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The Custom of Communal Cleaning

While the spirit of cleaning is taught in Japanese schools, the principle very likely originated in Zen Buddhism, and continues on into adulthood.

Magical Photographs of Fireflies in Japan

When summer comes along, we look forward to different things. Some of us head to the beach, others to the mountains for camping. But for a select group of photographers in Japan, summer signals the arrival of fireflies and the hunt for the perfect shot!

10 Rare Japanese Sweets & Drinks

Ready for a new adventure? Try your hand at seeking out these 10 rare sweets and drinks in Japan!

Weird & Wonderful Tokyo Adventures

Check out some of the best offbeat experiences available in Tokyo to see the city from a different perspective.

Light Festival in Kyoto's Shimogamo Shrine

Enjoy a brilliant light festival in 'Tadasu no Mori' at Shimogamo Shrine!

The 6 Weirdest Cafés in Tokyo

As much fun as it is to gawk at Tokyo's shops and sky rises, it’s just as much fun to stop into a themed café to wet your whistle and enjoy an immaculately presented bite to eat.

My First Time at a 'Ryokan'

The Japan Guy gives us his first impressions of a traditional Japanese inn in a refreshingly humorous way!

Baby Keepsake Calligraphy Brushes

The concept of saving your baby's hair after their first haircut isn't uncommon, but families in Japan can opt to turn those shorn locks into unique calligraphy brushes!

Have a Cuppa in Kanazawa’s Old Town

While traveling in Kanazawa, be sure to stop for a nice, fresh cup of tea from a tea shop dating back to the Edo Period (1603-1868)!

10 Iconic Japanese Gods

Between its traditions of Shinto and Buddhism, Japan has a rich pantheon of gods and goddesses. Here are 10 that you're likely to encounter while shrine and temple hopping around the country!

Can You Survive Aomori's Summer Stove Train?

Looking for a steamy train experience? Head up to Aomori for a stove train that's heated to 50°C in the middle of summer!

Top 10 Best Ryokan of Japan

If you're looking for traditional Japanese-style lodging, look no further than these ten Japanese inns.

Subculture Fashion in Shibuya & Harajuku

Tokyo’s Shibuya and Harajuku districts have given rise to numerous fashion trends. Much of Japanese style can be grasped by examining the past and present of these districts, and the uniquely Japanese subcultures they have spawned.

The Dinosaur Kingdom in front of Fukui Station

The West Exit of Fukui Station is home to the Dinosaur Plaza, where life-sized dinosaur replicas await every visitor.

Japan's First Hedgehog Café has Arrived!

You can now add hedgehogs to the list of cute animals to visit on your next trip to the Japanese capital.

Japan's Top 4 'Best 3' Sightseeing Spots!

Witness the best sightseeing spots Japan has to offer in four official, comprehensive lists.

5 Things to Expect from Japan’s Countryside

Countryside Japan is quite different from cosmopolitan areas like Tokyo or Osaka. We'll help you get out there, get off the Shinkansen and go exploring!

A 13-Point Guide to Japanese Alcohol

Walk through 13 of the most fundamental types of alcohol in Japan. You know what's at the top of the list—but do you know the other 12?

7 Best Spots to Buy Toys in Japan

Japan is home to some of the most famous toys in the world. So what should you do if you’re in Japan and you—or, um, your kids—feel a sudden urge for toy shopping?

Japan’s 8 Most Awesome Hotels

Japan’s most luxurious hotels provide stellar services while sinking effortlessly into the surrounding landscape.

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