5 Favorite Obon Festivals
Heritage

5 Favorite Obon Festivals

The Japanese Buddhist celebration, Obon, is devoted to honoring the spirits of the dead. Obon usually takes place between July-August. It is a time that…

Boutique Shopping and More in Tokyo’s Jiyugaoka
Luxury

Boutique Shopping and More in Tokyo’s Jiyugaoka

It’s hard to believe that Jiyugaoka is only ten minutes by train from Shibuya. Walking the calm and sophisticated streets of this leafy residential area,…

The Sumida River Fireworks Festival
Heritage

The Sumida River Fireworks Festival

Fire Flowers over Eastern Tokyo No summertime spent in Japan, as either resident or tourist, is complete without taking in at least one of the…

Hiyashi Chuka: Ramen’s Summertime Sibling
Gourmet

Hiyashi Chuka: Ramen’s Summertime Sibling

Hiyashi Chuka, a dish of cold ramen noodles with a chilled tare sauce and vibrant toppings, is one of the best parts of summer in Japan. Characterized by…

Ready to Rock? Our Fuji Rock 2013 Preview
Pop Culture

Ready to Rock? Our Fuji Rock 2013 Preview

2013 marks the 17th installation of Fuji Rock, Japan’s largest and most popular outdoor music festival. The three-day festival has been a staple of Japanese summers…

Climbing Mount Fuji 101
Outdoor

Climbing Mount Fuji 101

Mount Fuji, the iconic 3776 meter active volcano a stone’s throw from Tokyo, is arguably the most celebrated landmark in Japan. With over 300,000 people…