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Halloween in Japan

Zombie nurses and scary police officers roaming the busy streets of Shibuya. Disney princesses and anime characters taking pictures with one another long after sun down. This is the relatively new "Japanese-style" Halloween. Halloween was never celebrated in Japan like it is now. The holiday was never a significant annual event. However, more and more people started [...]

By |October 25th, 2016|Japanese Culture|

Japanese Autumn

Summer is gradually leaving the country as cool autumn breezes are blowing out the hot and humid air. Japanese autumn is a time for relaxing your body and mind from all the summer excitement. A common autumn event is sports day. October 10 is “Taiiku no Hi,” the national sports day. The opening of the [...]

By |October 18th, 2016|Japanese Culture|

Universal Studios Japan

One of the four Universal Studios in the world is found here in Japan. USJ is located in the second largest city in the country, Osaka. This year, the amusement park celebrates its 15th anniversary, with an exciting theme: Reborn. With the introduction of a brand new Minion area (yes!), new rollercoasters, and more 3D [...]

By |October 11th, 2016|Area|

Kamakura: A Town by the Beach

Kamakura is a town in Kanagawa Prefecture. The town faces the ocean and is a popular spot for surfing and swimming. Here I will give some traveling advice and introduce a few of the numerous spots to visit. Kamakura is a popular destination in Japan. It has an ocean suitable for surfing, stylish cafes and [...]

By |October 4th, 2016|Area, Places to Visit in Japan|

Greenery in the City

Tokyo is mostly covered in concrete, and therefore, the city is prone to the urban island heat effect, especially during the summer. An urban heat island (or UHI) is an urban or industrial area that is a few degrees warmer than areas that surround it. The heat is partly due to waste heat that is produced [...]

By |September 29th, 2016|Japanese Culture, Traditional Japanese house|

A Sustainable Life: Learning from Edo

With countless environmental issues we face today, every country, company, and individual is trying to find ways to be eco-friendly and lead a sustainable life. I believe we should learn and get ideas from our ancestors. Before industrialization, they were able to live without mass production, disposable items, and durable plastic materials. The Edo era (1603 [...]

By |September 23rd, 2016|Japanese Culture, Traditional Japanese house|

Wood for Traditional Japanese Houses

Traditional Japanese architecture dates back thousands of years from the time when warehouses were built on stilts (2000 BC). With the development of architectural knowledge and technology, stronger and more durable buildings have been constructed. These houses and other buildings including temples and shrines, were built with local natural materials. The most used material was wood. Wood is the [...]

By |September 16th, 2016|Traditional Japanese house|

It’s Summer! Okinawa! Part 2

There are plenty of unique activities to do in Okinawa. Marine activities such as scuba diving, snorkeling, and canoeing are popular for the beach. If you can rent a bike, cycling along the road and finding new places that are not on guidebooks is a great way to spend time. Driving is the best way [...]

By |September 9th, 2016|Area, Places to Visit in Japan|

It’s Summer! Okinawa! Part 1

Bright blue skies, clear oceans, unique culture, delicious local food, friendly people. These are a few of the many reasons why Okinawa is the perfect place for a summer getaway. I myself have been to Okinawa on several occasions with my friends, and those vacations were the most adventurous, inspiring, and fun. Okinawa is located [...]

By |September 2nd, 2016|Area, Places to Visit in Japan|

Kakigori, Japanese Snow Cones

Snow cones are called kakigori in Japan. They are slightly different from the snow cones that you find in other countries. Hard, clear ice is shaved with a special machine so that the ice becomes soft and white. Kakigori is a popular snack for the summer, especially at summer festivals. You can even buy home [...]

By |August 26th, 2016|Japanese Culture|