Climbing Mt. Mizugaki

Climbing Mt. Mizugaki

by guest writer Stephen UngerThere are so many impressive mountains in and around the greater Tokyo area that it's difficult to choose which ...

Meeting the Manga Jizo

Manga Jizo

Do you dream of becoming a manga artist? If so, there's someone you should visit who might just give y...

Tsumari in Bloom by Yayoi Kusama

What is the Echigo-Tsumari

Giant metal flowers usually don’t come to mind when you think of farming, and yet there it is. It si...

How to Tell a Temple from a Shrine

Four Differences Between Japanese Temples and Shrines

Japan is home to countless shrines and temples. In just the city of Kyoto alone the estimated combined to...