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Furubira's Dazzling Demon Dance Fire Festival

These stunning photographs truly capture the beauty of Hokkaido's Tengu no Hiwatari Festival.

Why Is Japanese Customer Service So Amazing?

Many people around the world know about, and expect, warmhearted hospitality in Japan. But what if we tell you the reason why might not be as simple, or polite, as a culturally ingrained sense of respect?

4 Awesome Fireworks Festivals Outside Tokyo

Tokyo may be the heart of Japan, but to see amazing fireworks this summer, you'll need to venture out of the capital.

Nishimonai Bon Odori

While Japan's Bon Odori dances may be symbolic of the summer, if you want to really learn the dance, you'd better start in winter!

Kizuna Festival: Coming Together in Tohoku

Join our intrepid writer Nick on a journey to the inaugural Kizuna Festival in Sendai to celebrate the community, cooperation and cultural diversity of the Tohoku region.

Bonsai Artist Explores the Depths of Tradition

The Japanese botanical artist Makoto Azuma finds inspiration in presenting the natural world in an unnatural way.

University Entrance Exam Adds Ninja Section

If you don’t know your 'mizugumo' from your 'kunai,' then I’m afraid you might not be Mie University material.

This Beer Garden is Offering Summer Kimono

Not only do you get an incredible view, a three-course meal and all-you-can-drink alcoholic beverages, but you even get a 'yukata' for an unbeatable price!

3 Hot Tokyo Fireworks Festivals

Summer is always an eventful time in Tokyo. During July and August, there are countless summer firework festivals to see!

Legendary Katana Now On Display in Tokyo

The legendary crescent moon katana, one of Japan's Five Swords Under Heaven, is now on display and is a hit with history buffs and video gamers alike.

4 Fantastic Tokyo Summer Festivals

As much as you might see about summer fireworks, there are also a number of other fantastic festivals happening in different corners of Tokyo that are very much worth heading out for!

Takayama Autumn Festival

One of the three largest festivals in the country, the Takayama Autumn Festival is not to be missed!

Tap Dancing Their Way Into Our Hearts

From graceful Awa Odori dance movements to routines in kimono at a New York subway, his tap dancing duo are turning heads everywhere they go.

Celebrate Tanabata at Tokyo Tower

On July 7, head over to Tokyo Tower for a dazzling Milky Way Illumination. And be sure to come in a summer kimono to get a discount!

Saiki Spring Festival Lights up the Night

20,000 bamboo lanterns brighten the night in this sleepy seaside town.

Astonishingly Beautiful Hand-Cut Paper Art

One Japanese artist is showing off her mad cutting skills with these intricate works of art.

The Japanese 'Taiko' Drum Goes Electronic

The world's first ever electronic 'taiko' drum will be played on stage with the internationally recognized performance group Kodo.

World Bonsai Convention in Saitama

The World Bonsai Convention returns to Japan for the first time in 28 years.

Bonsai & Origami Combine in New Japanese Art

Folding paper into origami shapes is hard enough, but folding a less-than-half-inch piece of paper into a crane and placing it onto a bonsai tree branch takes some serious skills!

Dance in the Center of Shibuya

The first-ever Bon Odori dance festival is coming to Shibuya Crossing! The famous intersection will be closed to traffic to allow everyone to participate in this traditional summer dance festival on August 5.

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