All About Japan

47 Souvenirs from All 47 Prefectures!

Traveling around Japan but don't know what souvenir to buy from each region? We've got you covered with this crazy list of our Top 47 'omiyage' from each of the nation's 47 prefectures!

Catch a Glimpse of Daily Life in Akita

Family and nature both feature prominently in this stirring glimpse of a day spent far away from the bright lights of Tokyo.

Portable Shrines of a Monstrous Proportion!

These giant portable monster shrines took over Ueno Park to dazzle and frighten all.

A Little Dive into Some Japanese Subcultures

A foreigner’s foray into a few of Japan’s more offbeat cultural aspects.

Survival Japanese for Shopping

Since most shop clerks don't speak English, it's very useful to know a few sentences in Japanese to get what you want!

How Japanese Students Clean their Classrooms

Do you know the secrets of 'zokin-gake'?

The Ins & Outs of 'Omotenashi'

'Omotenashi' is often defined as the spirit of hospitality, but it encompasses so much more.

You Too Can Become a Kabuki Star!

Live out your dreams of being a kabuki actor—if you have the cash!

When You Wish Upon a Pun

There’s a special reason why Japanese people offer ¥5 coins at temples and shrines.

The 6 Main Types of 'Omamori'

These good luck charms can provide you with all kinds of special help!

A Historical Walk Through Japanese Tea

Take a stroll through Kyoto’s Yamashiro region, the historical nexus of Japanese tea production, with a history dating back some 800 years.

Japanese Alcohol: From Hokkaido to Okinawa

There are more than 1,800 sake breweries and shochu distilleries in Japan. Highlighting Japan has profiled nine leading representatives from Hokkado to Okinawa.

Top 6 Souvenirs to Take Home from Kyoto

Kyoto's deep history makes it one of the best places in Japan to find old-fashioned crafts and handmade goods you won't find anywhere else.

How Akita Warms the Winter

See life in Akita through the eyes of elementary school students as this snowbound town prepares for its winter balloon festival. If you've ever lived in small-town Japan, we challenge you not to cry.

10 Things That'll Surprise You in Japan!

Are these normal Japanese things weird to you? Here are the 10 things that might surprise you when you visit Japan for the first time.

The New Classics: Culture Experiences in Tokyo

Traditional Japanese experiences have been receiving a revamp, with visitors and locals alike flocking to try new versions of old favorites!

How to Play 'Jan-Ken-Pon'

In Japan, paper-rock-scissors is known as 'jan-ken-pon.' Children here use it to decide virtually everything—and this means that if you're a schoolteacher, 'janken' is one of the very first skills you need to pick up!

The Next Stage of Japan's Beloved Pancake

If you're a big fan of Japanese grilled dishes, you won't want to miss this 'teppanyaki' restaurant in Osaka that flips traditional 'okonomiyaki' on its head.

The Origin of the Maneki Neko

The Maneki Neko, literally the "beckoning cat,"is a very common Japanese figurine. Although there are several possible stories behind its origin, the one revolving around Gotokuji Temple probably has the most veracity to it.

The Many Meanings of 'Mottainai'

Something you might hear everyday in Japan is the word 'mottainai.' And without mincing words, we present to you three ways to use this useful expression!

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