How to Enjoy Tea Ceremony Like a Local
Like many traditional Japanese events, tea ceremony is a treasured cultural activity where manners are key. Before you sit down, here's a quick primer on the rules you'll need to know to properly enjoy 'chado.'
Get Active & Get on the (Japanese) Beach!
In addition to Japanese cuisine culture, the nation's active lifestyle is credited with contributing to its famed longevity. So how do Japanese people stay active?
You Only Turn 20 Once, so Spice It Up!
For some young adults in Japan, Coming of Age Day is a somewhat solemn or drab affair. But in Kita-Kyushu, it's anything but! We have the lively pictures to prove it!
Explore the Mysteries of Tohoku
If the heavy winter snow or rugged mountains didn’t keep you away, the stories of roaming bandits and forest monsters would! But nowadays people come to Tohoku to explore folklore, sacred rituals and natural wonders thousands of years in the making.
'Jikabuki': Local Kabuki in Gifu Prefecture
At Aioiza, a small museum and playhouse in Gifu, you can get right behind the scenes with 'jikabuki'—and even try on the makeup and costumes for yourself!
The Only New Year's Postcard You'll Ever Need
Japanese artist Feebee has created an 'ukiyo-e' woodblock print of an imaginary beast combining all 12 zodiac animals. Doesn't matter if it's the Year of the Rooster, Horse or Dragon, you can always send this print for the New Year!
The Secrets of 'Gokon'
What's the deal with mysterious Japanese group dates, or 'gokon'?
The Most Expensive Sushi Roll We've Ever Seen!
Invite good fortune into your mouth with sushi wrapped in edible gold.
Aizuwakamatsu: Modern City, Samurai Spirit
Join our writer Nick as he travels to Aizuwakamatsu, in Fukushima Prefecture, to get a deeper look at the rich history and culture the city has to offer.
A Japanese Home is a (Small) Sanctuary
A home in Japan is a comfortable place that will likely only be seen by a small, select group of people—and probably too cramped to host more than a handful of guests at a time! But this lies at the heart of the 'uchi' vs. 'soto' concept in Japan.
Get 'Spirited Away' at this Nagasaki Festival
You'll feel as though you've slipped into a Ghibli film as you glide through the streets of Nagasaki in a sea of orange and red lanterns.
Love in Japan: Valentine's Day & White Day
Not content with just one day of affection, Japan follows up Valentine's Day with White Day exactly a month later.
Small Island Burns for Japan's Early Days
Every year in January, the 800 residents of this small island pray for health and remember the nation's first emperor with a pillar of flame.
The Real Health Benefits of Green Tea
Green tea has long been believed to have health benefits, and nowadays people tout it for everything from weight loss to heart disease. But what does the research actually show?
Tokyo Restaurant Serves Real School Lunches
Wonder what a Japanese school lunch tastes like, but don't teach in a Japanese school? Try this Tokyo restaurant, where you can get both the flavor and atmosphere of an elementary school classroom!
The Polite Way to Sip Green Tea with Company
When sipping tea with your host, the polite way to partake depends on the kind of cup and the type of tea provided. Are you sure you know the right way?
East Japan Shines in 5 Videos of Wintry Wonder
If you can't make your way out to Fukushima, Tochigi or Ibaraki Prefectures, Diamond Route Japan is bringing their majesty to your screen in five breathtaking videos that will have you packing your bags immediately!
A 'Heart to Heart' Primer on Japanese Manners
Manners are a big part Japanese culture and society, but a first-time visitor or new resident will likely be surprised to learn many of these rules are unspoken, but understood. Therefore, we'd like to introduce a few to help you fit in while in Japan.
Full List—Japan's Intangible Cultural Heritage
Beyond its 20 spectacular World Cultural Heritage Sites, Japan has 21 traditions recognized by UNESCO as elements of Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Superb Night Views atop Gifu's Mount Kinka
The night view from the top of Mount Kinka in Gifu City, Gifu Prefecture is one of the most spectacular in all of Japan, on a par with some of the country's most popular night views!