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Get to Know a Buddhist Nun at a Local Temple

Get to Know a Buddhist Nun at a Local Temple

If you had to choose, what words would you use to describe Buddhism in Japan? After visiting some of the famous temples, you might think of words lik...

A Beginner’s Guide to Sento

A Beginner’s Guide to Sento

by guest writer Stephanie Crohin (sento journalis)Sento or public bathhouses are an attractive part o...

Order a Cocktail from a Monk at Vow's Bar in Nakano

Order a Cocktail from a Monk at Vow's Bar in Nakano

by guest writer Laura Loss"Why," asked the Japanese man sitting at the counter, absently st...

Osechi—the New Year’s Cuisine with Ingredients Said to Attract Good Luck

Osechi—the New Year’s Cuisine with Ingredients Said to Attract Good Luck

by SHUN GATEOriginally published December 2016The main food associated with Japan’s New Year i...

8 Must-Try Wintertime Activities Around Sapporo

8 Must-Try Wintertime Activities Around Sapporo

Hokkaido is a snow lover’s paradise. While hitting the slopes for some skiing is very popular, th...

Hanko: a Part of Daily Life in Japan that makes a Great Souvenir!

Hanko: a Part of Daily Life in Japan that makes a Great Souvenir!

Hanko are personal seals that bear the name of their owner. These have been in use in Japan for government...

There's Still Time! Plan Your Visit to Disney Christmas 2016

Disney Christmas 2016

Disney Christmas is in full swing at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea! If you haven't yet made i...

Get Some Quality Time with Hedgehogs at HARRY, a Hedgehog Cafe in Roppongi

Get Some Quality Time with Hedgehogs at HARRY, a Hedgehog Cafe in Roppongi

Cafes at which you can interact with animals like cat cafes are very popular in Japan, but right now there...

EMBLEM Hostel in Tokyo

EMBLEM Hostel in Tokyo

Nishiarai isn’t a typical tourist destination. While it does have some beautiful sights like Ni...

Enjoy Autumn in Kyoto on the Sagano Romantic Train

Enjoy Autumn in Kyoto on the Sagano Romantic Train

The Arashiyama-Sagano area of Kyoto is great for enjoying the beauty of tree-covered mountains and rus...

Disney's Halloween 2016

Disney's Halloween 2016

Disney's Halloween is going on now at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea! During this event, the ...