Top Japanese Pastimes to Explore for Yourself

Feb 15, 2019 By Justin Hanus

A great thing about Japan is there’s always something going on or something to do. By learning about the most popular pastimes, you’ll be able to properly experience the culture. Whatever your interests, you’re sure to find at least a few authentic Japanese hobbies or activities you’ll enjoy. Manga and...[ Click to read more ]

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Art of the Abandoned Station at Ueno Park

Jan 29, 2019 By Jason Gatewood

The Keisei Railway runs between Ueno Park and the far reaches of Chiba Prefecture including the city of Chiba and Narita Airport. Up until 1997, Keisei had a station right in the middle of the tunnel directly serving the Ueno Park Zoo and National Art Museum. The former Hakubutsukan-Dobutsuen station...[ Click to read more ]

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Dance Classes in Kobe

Jan 22, 2019 By Justin Hanus

Whether you fancy a bit of a tango, some contemporary street dance or just want to keep in shape with a bit of structured movement, you can find an assortment of dance classes in and around Kobe to suit all ability levels. Here is a guide to some of what...[ Click to read more ]

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Hiroshima Cinemas

Dec 28, 2018 By Matt Mangham

This is one of the best times of year to see a movie. Time off, cold weather outside, and a flotilla of holiday releases all clamoring for an audience. Luckily, Hiroshima is much friendlier to cinephiles than it is to English language readers. There are several large cineplexes, as well...[ Click to read more ]

Let’s Tour – Sendai: What to see & do

Nov 30, 2018 By Jason Gatewood

For a city its size (just over one million people, which is considered small by Japan standards), Sendai has a storied past, steeped in nature, and has a vibrant lifestyle for its citizens. This all adds up to a perfect place to check out if you’re looking for a change...[ Click to read more ]

Local Music in Kansai

Nov 19, 2018 By Justin Hanus

If you relocate to the Kansai region and are interested in live music, you'll be pleased to hear that there is a vibrant music scene spanning many genres. Japan has a good reputation internationally for producing artists from pop to avant garde, and Kansai is a hub where you can...[ Click to read more ]

Hiroshima Grand Inoko Festival

Oct 29, 2018 By Matt Mangham

Inoko Festivals are a familiar feature of autumn across western Japan. With roots in ancient Chinese harvest festivals celebrated in the tenth lunar month (the month of the boar), Inoko celebrations were observed in Japan as early as the Heian period, and over time developed into several distinct expressions, from...[ Click to read more ]

Enter a new world at VR-Zone Shinjuku

Sep 27, 2018 By Jason Gatewood

As the goggles slipped over my face and headphones popped over my ears, I was told to relax and move as naturally as possible. “Don’t worry, you will not bump into any walls or people because of the tracking system.” Suddenly the test screen disappeared and I could see a...[ Click to read more ]

Discovering Japan at the Japanese Folk Festival and Cultural Fair

By Mark Guthrie

One of the great pleasures of living in Japan is discovering the wide array of cultural differences that we encounter. From arts to food to ways of life, it is difficult to overstate how not only different, but also amazing, this country's cultural heritage is. Another delight is how proud...[ Click to read more ]

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Takehara Shokei-no-michi Candle Festival near Hiroshima

Sep 26, 2018 By Matt Mangham

If you missed the Onomichi Lantern Festival on the 13th, or you were blown away by it and wanted more, the Takehara Shokei-no-michi Candle Festival may be just what you’re seeking. These autumn lantern and candle festivals are increasingly popular around western Japan since they’re such an excellent way to...[ Click to read more ]