Himeji Castle: A National Treasure

Himeji Castle is commonly regarded as the most beautiful castle in all of Japan. Not only do its famous white walls and incredible 600-year history make it a national treasure, but it is also an official World Cultural Heritage Site. 

The Most Popular Ohanami Foods

The 2-week-long period in which the cherry blossoms are in bloom is a magical time in Japan. People of all ages gather with their friends, family, and loved ones to do “ohanami” (お花見) which typically means having a picnic beneath the beautiful sakura (さくら) trees. Here is a list of the most common foods and snacks that people can enjoy … Read More

Balloon Fashion Show in Kurashiki, Japan

When it comes to fashion, Japan is arguably one of the biggest risk-takers in the entire world. Although Tokyo is known as being one of the major international fashion hubs, several other cities in Japan are home to forthcoming designers with promising potential.

Cosplay Show ~Nipponbashi Street Festa 2018

If you are familiar with Japan’s popular anime, gaming, and cosplay culture, then chances are you’ve heard of Japan’s famous “anime town” in Tokyo – Akihabara. But, did you know that Japan’s second largest city, Osaka, is home to one of these pop culture hubs as well?

Okonomiyaki – The Hottest Japanese Food Trend + Our Visit to Kobe Genji Okonomiyaki

Japanese cuisine is known worldwide for a reason. The food is a gastronomical experiences made from the simplest, freshest ingredients and prepared with so much heart and utmost precision. As Japanese cuisine gains more popularity around the world, many people have had the opportunity to taste Japanese favorites in their home country. It is amazing to see mainstays such as … Read More

Travel Diary: A Fun Day Trip to Nagoya

I spent a day in Nagoya, Japan’s third largest city! When you think of Nagoya, what do you think of? There is a lot you can do there in just a day.

5 Popular Japanese Noodles You Shouldn’t Miss

Noodles are a staple in Japanese cuisine and there are hundreds of delicious ways to prepare them in distinctly Japanese ways. Check out any Japan trip bucket list and it is sure to include a steaming bowl of ramen, or a filling serving of cold soba noodles. It is truly an experience that you could not miss when you visit … Read More

A Basic Guide to Zen Buddhism Beliefs and Practices

There has been a recent uptick in interest in the practice of Zen Buddhism because of its said benefits the mind and body. But what exactly is it about? It can be quite difficult to explain since Zen is not bound by the words and letters of the sutras. But in this article, we try to dig deeper into the … Read More