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CULTURE

A Whole Town Dedicated to Bonsai! Visiting Omiya Bonsai Village

Visiting Omiya Bonsai Village

Japanese culture and art are often closely connected with nature and its representation. One of the best examples of this is bonsai (盆栽), the art o...

They're Real! 10 Places in Japan Every Studio Ghibli Fan Should Visit

10 Places in Japan Every Studio Ghibli Fan Should Visit

For any respectable Studio Ghibli fan, a trip to Japan can't be complete without a visit to the Ghibl...

Driving Away Demons With Beans: The Fascinating Japanese Tradition of Setsubun

The Fascinating Japanese Tradition of Setsubun

When February is around the corner, Japan knows it's time to brace for the real winter. Fortunately ...

16 Unusual and Unique Vending Machines in Tokyo

16 Unusual Vending Machines in Tokyo

Walking the streets of Tokyo you'll find one at every corner. Colorful and spotless, ready to quenc...

14 Teas That You Can Find in a Japanese Supermarket

14 Teas That You Can Find in a Japanese Supermarket

Tea is surely one of the first beverages that comes to mind when thinking of Japan. Think of a teahouse in K...

Traveling From Home: We Recreated Famous Japanese Landscapes in Miniature

We Recreated Famous Japanese Landscapes in Miniature

Temporarily unable to travel Japan, I decided that I was going to bring some of Japan into my own house! In...

4 Weird Japanese Winter Festivals That You Can Participate In

4 Weird Japanese Winter Festivals That You Can Participate In

There are countless religious and folk festivals being celebrated in Japan throughout the year. Among ...

Hiruzake: The Pastime of Daytime Drinking in Tokyo

Hiruzake: The Pastime of Daytime Drinking in Tokyo

If there's one thing that Tokyo doesn't lack it's drinking establishments. From tiny wat...

Why Is It so Expensive? Japanese Luxury Fruit Culture Explained

Japanese Luxury Fruit Culture Explained

One of the first times I visited Japan, I remember walking inside a sumptuous mall of marble and stone lin...

Early Day in Tsukiji! Morning Service and Breakfast at Hongwanji Temple

Early Day in Tsukiji! Morning Service and Breakfast at Hongwanji Temple

If I say "morning in Tsukiji" I'm sure most of you will think of the same thing: getting up ...

Setouchi Triennale 2019: Which Artworks Should You Visit?

Setouchi Triennale 2019: Which Artworks Should You Visit?

The Setouchi Triennale (Setouchi International Art Festival) is the largest art event in Japan and is h...