10 Incredible Things to Do in Japan This September

When you think of September in Japan, what do you think of? Hot weather? The start of fall? I bet you don’t think of a nationwide sumo wrestling tournament, or a massive EDM music festival that features A-list DJs like The Chainsmokers and Steve Aoki. But these events are happening in September, among several others! You can’t miss these 10 … Read More

All About Japanese MONEY

Everything you need to know about Japanese bills, coins, currency exchange, and money etiquette!

OCHUGEN お中元: The Gift of Summer

What is Ochugen お中元? Japanese custom calls for the giving of gifts twice a year to someone who is taking care of you. This duty is performed once in the summertime, called ochugen and once at the end of the year, called oseibo. The custom started at

Things to do During SUMMER in Japan

Japan’s summer season is notoriously hot, but it’s also very fun! Here’s a list of the most popular activities to do during the summer months in Japan.

How to Enjoy Japanese Onsen

Here is how you can enjoy using Japanese onsen (温泉) or “hot springs” when you come to visit Japan.

Byakugouji's Fuji (Wisteria) Festival

Springtime in Japan isn’t only about cherry blossoms – in fact, fuji (藤 ふじ), or wisteria in English, is a beautiful purple flower that blooms in long hanging strands. People gather in many places all around Japan to witness these beautiful blossoms in person. One popular spot is Byakugouji (白毫寺) Temple in Tanba City.

Kodomo no Hi (Children's Day) in Japan

Does your country have a national holiday dedicated to children? In Japan, Kodomo no Hi (こどもの日) is a day set aside to celebrate children’s personalities and happiness. 

Kuromon Ichiba – “Osaka’s Kitchen”

Kuromon Ichiba street market is a long stretch of locally owned shops and food stands that runs through the center of Osaka. Especially famous for great meat and seafood, this street market is a Japanese food lover’s heaven!