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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.

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.

Enter the 'Womb' of Mount Fuji

This system of caves beneath the surface of Mount Fuji are believed to represent the womb of Konohana Sakuya-hime, the goddess of the mountain. And you can climb right inside!

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!

Furubira's Dazzling Demon Dance Fire Festival

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

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.

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.

Dress as a Fox Bride at This Studio in Kyoto

One photo studio in the historical Arashiyama neighborhood is offering a makeover/photo package you won’t find anywhere else.

Drink With Geisha For an Affordable Price

Foreign guests welcome at lobby lounge function that sidesteps the cost and pretense of orthodox geisha services.

Bonsai Artist Explores the Depths of Tradition

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

The 4 Most Powerful Clans of Early Japan

Japan's Heian Period was dominated by four clans known collectively as Gem-pei-to-kitsu. These clans produced countless famous officials and warriors, and have even influenced Japan all the way to the present day.

Test Your Ninja Skills

For the first time ever, Koga City's ninja exam was held in Tokyo and test takers dressed in ninja cosplay to earn an extra 10 points on the exam.

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!

Hands-On Fun Along the Shoryudo Dragon Route

After experiencing the unforgettable Ukiyo-e Route of the Shoryudo (Rising Dragon Road), we made our way up north to learn all about the treasures of Chubu, Japan's central region.

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.

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.

Astonishingly Beautiful Hand-Cut Paper Art

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

Takayama Autumn Festival

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

Undiscovered Japan: Fukushima & Miyagi

While Fukushima and Miyagi prefectures were both badly hit by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, the region has now largely recovered, and is looking to see travelers flock in once again.

Togawa Oshi House: Lodging for Fuji Pilgrims

'Oshi' houses traditionally provided lodging for worshippers preparing to ascend Mount Fuji. Reaching their peak in the 19th century, a number of these houses can still be seen in Kamiyoshida in Yamanashi Prefecture.

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