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!
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!
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.
Seek Shelter Under this 'Foliage Umbrella'
Rain or shine, this is the perfect umbrella for whatever the weather.
7 More Things to Do on Rainy Days in Tokyo
Visiting Tokyo during the rainy season? Have your plans for the following day been cancelled due to rain? Not to worry! Check out a list of indoors activities and experiences that will make you forget the dark clouds!
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.
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.
The Portable Paternal Playgound!
This wearable prototype turns dads into jungle gyms!
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!
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!
The Bicycle Culture Center Museum in Tokyo
Calling all bike lovers! Ever been to the Bicycle Culture Center in Tokyo? If not, you'll be surprised to learn it's actually a uniquely designed museum showcasing the history of bicycles in Japan!
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.
Hydrophobic Brollies Make Light of Heavy Rain
Don't let a soggy umbrella get you down! With these water-resistant umbrellas, both you and your brolly will be water-drop free!
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!
Okinawa Blue Cave Snorkeling & Kayaking Tour
Enjoy the tropical waters of Okinawa on a private, guided tour!
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.
3 Earthy Things to Do in Kumamoto
Here are three great options in the Kumamoto area if you're looking to reconnect with creatures past and present, as well as the earth below!
Texan in Tochigi!
How can you not be fascinated by something called the 'Kanman-ga-Fuchi Abyss'? As our favorite Texan in Tokyo proves, Nikko has something for everyone, rain or shine!
5 Rainy Day J-Pop Hits
If you ever thought rain's sole purpose was to ruin your day, then you might be missing the essence of life. Rain is the creative genius behind these hit J-pop tracks!
Navigating Japanese Umbrella Culture
The Japan Guy tackles an age-old philosophical question: 'What's the deal with umbrellas here in Japan?'