Festival of Color: The Aomori Nebuta Matsuri

Festival of Color: The Aomori Nebuta Matsuri

The Nebuta Matsuri is a breathtaking and unique festival celebrated in the northern prefecture of Aomori. Held once a year, it features gorgeous, vivid floats…

Unagi: Summertime Stamina Treat

Unagi: Summertime Stamina Treat

Japan is known throughout the world for their use of cutting edge technology to make everyday life easier. In fact, there are hundreds of products…

5 Favorite Obon Festivals

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

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

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

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…