July

Art Aquarium Retells an Old Japanese Tradition in a New Way

Jul 30, 2019 By Jason Gatewood

Anyone with a penchant for Japanese history and a love of Japanese artistry will recognize the Japanese Goldfish, “Kingyo,” as a cultural motif instantly. From anime and manga, high fashion,...[ Click to read more ]

Tokyo Tower is ‘Lit’ all Summer Long!

Jul 26, 2019 By Jason Gatewood

Tokyo Tower may have become Tokyo’s second tallest tower thanks to the new SkyTree in Sumida Ward stealing the title in 2010, but the Eiffel Tower lookalike is not to...[ Click to read more ]

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Best Boat Trips in Kobe

Jul 17, 2019 By Justin Hanus

As a port city, Kobe offers both residents and visitors the chance to take to the waters and enjoy the sights on a boat trip. You can sail around the...[ Click to read more ]

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Climbing Mount Fuji

Jul 14, 2019 By Ray Proper

Fuji season is upon us again!  The official climbing season for Fujisan, as it is known locally, is in July and August.  While it is possible to climb during other...[ Click to read more ]

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Beautiful Hiking and Walking Trails in Japan

Jul 11, 2019 By Mark Guthrie

When the weather heats up, many Japanese escape the humidity that envelopes the cities and head to the countryside. Being such a mountainous country, there are many great places to...[ Click to read more ]

Dealing with Humidity and Mold in Japan

Jul 10, 2019 By Ray Proper

Japan is a big place, but a large part of Japan sits with the "humid subtropical climate" zone, characterized by hot, humid summers and mild winters.   These long hot and humid...[ Click to read more ]

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Understanding Japan: The Tanabata “Star Festival”

Jul 08, 2019 By Mark Guthrie

Tanabata, also known as the 'Star Festival', is a popular summer event celebrated all over Japan. As the festival's name suggests (literally 'Evening of the Seventh'), it is held on...[ Click to read more ]

Why is Bubble Tea Suddenly Popular in Japan?

Jun 28, 2019 By Jason Gatewood

The first time I tasted tapioca pearls in milk tea was as a teenager in the mid-1990’s while checking out a new trendy Asian fusion spot that was all the...[ Click to read more ]

Cooling off with a Dip – Summer Swimming in Hiroshima

Jun 28, 2019 By Hugh Cann

Hiroshima is known for many things, but in summer it is known for humidity, and if not accustomed, the heat and humidity can be debilitating.  I grew up in a...[ Click to read more ]

Best Beaches in Kobe

Jun 20, 2019 By Justin Hanus

Kobe is a vibrant city famous for its beef, port, lush parks, and of course, Mount Rokko. What's not so well known is that it also has some great beaches...[ Click to read more ]