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Festivals

Nebuta Matsuri Japanese Festival

Japanese Festivals There are numerous festivals in Japan, some based on local folklore, some having religious origins in Shintoism, Buddhism, Taoism and Christianity, and others deriving from harvest prayers or thanksgiving. Rich in seasonal and local colors, the festivals are…

Aso

The Aso region in Kumamoto prefecture is well known for its natural beauty, pictures scenery, and sought-after hot springs. \ Mt Aso itself is a mammoth and very much alive volcano.

Ekiben

Japan’s bento, or lunchbox, is famous as a solution to the problem of dining elegantly on the fly. Sold at convenience stores, supermarkets and train station kiosks, the bento is the fuel that drives Japan. A kind of bento sub-genre,…

Depachika

Department store food floors are a fun and relatively cheap way to experience Japan’s food culture, and foreign ones as well. Depachika is short for “depaato-chika shokuhin uriba,” (department store basement food-selling place) but don’t let the name fool you…

Kumamoto Castle

Near the end of the Hollywood blockbuster “The Last Samurai,” U.S. Civil War veteran Captain Nathan Algren (Tom Cruise) and samurai Katsumata (Ken Watanabe) charge on horseback against government forces positioned atop a country hillside — only to fall beneath…

Kamakura Festival

It gets pretty snowy in the winter up in Akita Prefecture, at the northern tip of the mountainous Tohoku region on Japan’s main island of Honshu. February gets the deepest snow, and it’s traditionally a time of impassable snow drifts…

Uchiwa

The “uchiwa” (round fan) is a traditional Japanese handicraft with a long tradition. Originally from China, it is made by cutting a bamboo tube into narrow splinters which are then splayed out in the radial shape of a fan. Over…

Replica Food

On a diet? How’s this sound? An ice cream parfait in a tall, frosty glass with fat scoops of chocolate, strawberry and vanilla topped by milky clouds of whipped cream and a single, shiny, red cherry. The cost is steep…