Cherry blossoms, also known as sakura (桜:さくら) in Japan, are the small, delicate, light pink flowers that bloom from cherry blossom trees. This springtime phenomenon is breathtakingly beautiful, but also incredibly brief. After only two weeks, the petals of the soft pink canopy, drop to the ground like snow before they wither. If you visit Japan during cherry blossom season, it is … Read More
In Japan, turning 20 years old marks the official age of adulthood, and there is even a national holiday celebrating this big lifetime milestone. Coming of Age Day (成人の日 Seijin no Hi) is held every year on the second Monday of January in Japan. The holiday congratulates those who have recently reached or will soon reach the lawful age of maturity in … Read More
English is one of the most expansive languages in the world, and compared to Japanese, English consists of quite long, grammar-heavy sentences. Japanese speakers tend to use short, simple sentences and often rely more on context than spoken words to communicate. In addition, Western English-speaking countries and Japan have many cultural differences, and those differences are reflected in the language … Read More
Omatsuri (festivals) are an important part of Japanese culture. In fact, it is said that there are so many festivals held in Japan, that at any given moment, there is a festival happening somewhere in Japan! Some festivals are calm and respectful, while others are lively events attended by millions of people! Here is a list of the 10 most … Read More
Japan’s matsuri (祭り) festivals are an incredibly important part of traditional Japanese culture. Matsuri are typically dedicated to Shinto Shrines and their divine deities, and because there are over 8,000 different recognized deities, matsuri come in all shapes and sizes! Some matsuri are very quiet, intimate affairs, while other matsuri are notoriously lively and high-energy. Here is our list of some … Read More
Autumn is a truly magical time to be in Japan. From late September through mid December, the fall leaves in Japan reach their peak colors, which is called kōyō (紅葉) in Japanese. People all over the country love to visit places where the kōyō is especially beautiful. Here’s our list of the top 10 places to see the beautiful autumn leaves in Japan.