All About Japan

3 Historic Fan Shops in Kyoto

Japanese fans are as much about fashion and art as they are about keeping cool, and these traditional shops have really mastered the craft!

Experience the Fervor of High School Baseball!

The National High School Baseball Championship—better known as Koshien—isn't just a tournament for high school students. It's a nationally beloved summer tradition that can also open a direct door to the big leagues!

10 Scary Superstitions & Taboos in Japan

Why might Japanese people sometimes hide their thumbs? And which way should you avoid sleeping? For that matter, why is it bad to cut your nails at night? Find out!

Kagura: A Dance Fit for the Gods

Kagura is a ritual dance associated with autumn that, according to legend, was entertaining enough to coax the goddess of the sun to come back out of a cave and light the world again.

The Story of a Sweet Old Dog

Hachi was an Akita dog famous for waiting for his master at Shibuya Station for nearly 10 years after he died. This is his story.

3 Animal Dances in Miyagi

Where could you see a dozen tigers dance on a rooftop? Head north to Miyagi!

5 Tips for Enjoying Kagura

This thousand-year-old Shinto dance is both graceful and opulent. But watching outdoors can be cold!

3 Wild 'Onsen' Theme Parks

Want a little more than just a soak in hot water? Try an 'onsen' theme park, where a whole world of water-related adventure awaits!

The 3 Dragon Gates of Tokyo

Who needs Dragon Balls? There are three Dragon Gates in Tokyo said to grant the wish you make while touching them!

A New Form of Japanese Traditional Art

Merging ‘kyogen’ comedy, ‘nihon buyo’ dance and ‘wadaiko’ drums, 'infinity' aims to merge Japan’s historical traditions and folk art into a new-age form of entertainment.

3 Pottery Trips from Japan's Biggest Cities

We've lined up three famous pottery towns that make easy day trips from Nagoya, Osaka or Tokyo.

Obake in Japanese Popular Culture

Japanese ghosts and monsters have infiltrated everything from manga and anime to theater and movies—or maybe you'd just prefer to experience a good old haunted walk?

Japan's Animal-Based Personalities

Are you a cat or a dog? Japan has several ways to describe a person's personalities based on animalistic behaviors. You might even be a penguin!

Spectacular Handheld Bamboo Fireworks Photos

This Aichi-area festival features geysers of light exploding from handheld bamboo cannons!

Otoshi: Izakaya's Compulsory Appetizer

Before heading out to an Japanese pub, you might want to read up on the infamous 'otoshi.'

Botan Doro: The Seductress Spirit

If you have a lover who only appears at night, you may want someone to check in on you!

A Guide To Hiroshima’s Best Hotels & Airbnb

We've prepared the perfect list of the best accommodations in Hiroshima, with recommendations of both Airbnb homes and modern hotels!

5 Creepy Japanese Children's Songs

Read on for a compilation of seemingly innocuous children songs that, according to urban legends, hide a quite different meaning…

How to Properly Wear 'Geta'

Do you know the real Japanese technique for wearing traditional footwear?

Italian Knows Enough Noh to Teach in Kyoto

Noh scholar Diego Pellecchia shows how it's done.

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