Rainy Season 101
While June to mid-July can be a drizzly experience in much of Japan, there are a few spots that look their very best at this time of year.
9 Ways to Talk About the Weather
Since it changes so often, the weather is actually a hot topic in Japan—no pun intended! Find out nine ways to get in on this easy conversation-starter!
Rainy Days are the Perfect Excuse for Pottery
A rainy day doesn’t mean you have to stay cooped up indoors. Pottery anyone?
Toto's Toilet Museum Is Flush with History
This is no joke: the improbably elegant Toto Museum presents the innovative history of a device undeniably central to our lives.
Hang This Doll to Pray for Clear Skies
While many believe the tradition of making 'teru teru bozu' dolls can be traced back to a bald-headed monk, history suggests it may have begun with a small girl.
The Portable Paternal Playgound!
This wearable prototype turns dads into jungle gyms!
Creating Digital Rain, One Drop at a Time
Extraordinary designer Yugo Nakamura 'makes it rain' in this unique video, a digital effort to explain where the sound of rain comes from.
8 Great Kinds of Theater in Japan
Japan has a vast array of theatrical traditions, both ancient and modern. From kabuki to Broadway musicals, there's always something great to see!
Navigating Japanese Umbrella Culture
The Japan Guy tackles an age-old philosophical question: 'What's the deal with umbrellas here in Japan?'
20 Japanese Words for Rain, in Art Form
How would you depict 'autumn rain' in a bottle? How about 'sudden rainfall'? Check out this design troupe's dioramas creating snapshots of 20 Japanese words for rain!
Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo
This museum beside Izumo-taisha Grand Shrine attempts to unravel the mysteries of one of the most important religious sites in all of Japan.
5 Modern Tabletop Games to Play in Japan
Tabletop games have come a long way since classics like 'shogi' and 'go.' Come see our top picks for modern games available in Japan that are sure to entertain while the rain pours!
5 Family-Friendly Typhoon Day Activities
Check out five tried and tested family-friendly typhoon day activities, from window coloring to tabletop games and sofa forts.
6 Traditional Japanese Tabletop Games
Stuck inside on a rainy day? Play these classic Japanese tabletop games while listening to the relaxing sound of the drops outside!
Rainy Day Fun with Japanese Egg Molds
Looking for a little pick-me-up indoors activity on a rainy day? Why not add some adorable fun to your eggs!
Saiho-ji: Kyoto's Rainy Season Gem
The rainy season brings gray clouds and inclement weather to Kyoto each June, but all that moisture leaves Saiho-ji moss temple glimmering like an emerald!
Gifu's Colorful Hydrangea Road
The rainy season, known as 'tsuyu,' is well-known for its gloomy days and the beautiful hydrangea that brighten the misty days with their flashy pops of purple.
Okinawa Blue Cave Snorkeling & Kayaking Tour
Enjoy the tropical waters of Okinawa on a private, guided tour!
100 Yen: The Japanese Arcade Experience
In a culture famous for miniaturization, arcades in Japan conversely seem to go bigger, brighter, louder and increasingly diverse—as this documentary on the history of arcade games reveals.
7 Lesser-Known Art Galleries You Should See
In Japan you can find delicate scrolls, exquisite pottery and incredible kimono art along with works by Yoshitomo Nara, Henri Matisse or Pablo Picasso—you just need to know where to look!