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Japanese Culture

  • Taketomi Island

    Taketomi Island

    One of the Yaeyama Islands, Taketomi Island is situated on the cost of Ishigaki Island in the Okinawa Prefecture. Although it is a very small island, many travelers make the visit... explore more
  • Japan Packing Guide

    Japan Packing Guide: What to pack for Japan?

    Packing for any trip is always important and requires some planning ahead. Depending on the season, packing for Japan may vary based on the weather. Taking the extra step to check... explore more
  • Miyako Odor

    Miyako Odori

    Spring in Japan is notable for a variety of reasons, including the famous cherry blossom season, and in Kyoto, the Miyako Odori is one of the most beautiful celebrations honoring the... explore more
  • Yasaka Koshin-do Temple

    Yasaka Koshin-do Temple

    Located in Kyoto, in the Higashiyama district, the Yasaka Koshin-do Temple, also known as Daikoku-san Kongo-ji Koshin-do can be found. A relatively small temple, it is close to the well-known Kiyomizu... explore more
  • Chopstick Etiquette in Japan

    Japanese Chopstick Etiquette

    Eating food with chopsticks are an essential part of Japanese culture and cuisine. While other utensils are used and available, mastering the use of chopsticks is a key part of eating... explore more
  • Manhole Covers Japan

    Japanese Manhole Covers

    Japan is a notable destination for art and design lovers. From Naoshima island, an entire dedicated to art and culture to the many museums found throughout Tokyo and Kyoto, there are... explore more
  • Doll Festival- Hina-Matsuri

    Doll Festival- Hina-Matsuri

    Taking place on March 3, annually, the Doll Festival, also referred to Hina-Matsuri is celebrated in Japan. Another holiday is known as “Girls’ Day” also coincides with the Doll Festival, taking... explore more
  • Obon Festival

    Obon Festival

    Japanese Obon Festival also referred to as Bon, is a ceremonial custom which dates back some 500 years – honoring and celebrating the spirits of family members who have passed. The tradition... explore more
  • Ōmisoka Festival

    Omisoka Festival

    Taking place just before the Japanese New Years Festival, Omisoka is a significant and important date, occurring on December 31 annually. The holiday is symbolic and the goal is to prepare... explore more
  • Japanese Floating Lantern Festival - Tōrō Nagashi

    Japanese Floating Lantern Festival - Toro Nagashi

    Literally translating to “lantern” and “cruise/float”, respectively, Toro Nagashi represents the Japanese concepts of floating paper lanterns down a river. Traditionally, this idea of floating paper lanterns symbolized the guiding of... explore more