The Big Three Japanese Gardens
Heritage

The Big Three Japanese Gardens

Japanese gardens, or nihon teien, are traditional gardens built to express and symbolize native rituals and beliefs and mold landscapes to an idealized form. Originally…

Robatayaki: Fireside Cooking Japanese Style
Gourmet

Robatayaki: Fireside Cooking Japanese Style

Sushi, sashimi, ramen and tempura are all well established in the average gourmet’s Japanese food vocabulary, but robatayaki, where small portions of meat, fish or…

5 Ways to Indulge Kyoto-style
Luxury

5 Ways to Indulge Kyoto-style

Kyoto, located in the Kinki region of Japan, is arguably the country’s most beautiful and historic city. With much of its original architecture still intact,…

Randoseru: Japan’s Ubiquitous Backpack
Pop Culture

Randoseru: Japan’s Ubiquitous Backpack

Randoseru are the large, sturdy backpacks used by Japanese elementary school children to carry books and supplies while they commute to school.  Maybe you’ve noticed them…

Nakano Broadway: Tokyo’s other Otaku Heaven
Pop Culture

Nakano Broadway: Tokyo’s other Otaku Heaven

Any visitor to Tokyo interested in anime and manga will surely have Akihabara high on their to-do list. However, on the other side of Tokyo,…

Experience the Thrill of a Sumo Stable
Latest News

Experience the Thrill of a Sumo Stable

On the narrow back streets of the Ryogoku district of Tokyo, the heart of sumo wrestling in Japan, lie what are known as sumo beya…