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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!

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. 

Wabi-sabi and the Japanese Identity

It is often said that the Japanese have a unique sense of aesthetics that is very different from Western standards of beauty. This sensibility is termed as wabi-sabi although it goes much deeper than just appreciation of art and beauty. It is a lifestyle and philosophy that is ingrained in the Japanese identity.

SUMO 101 – Learn the Basics of Sumo Wrestling

Sumo (相撲) is one of the national sports of Japan and is steeped in history and tradition. What are the rules, and how do the wrestlers get so big? Here is everything you need to know about sumo wrestling!

The Secret World of the Maiko

Most people do not really know Geisha beyond their elaborate kimonos. Many can recognize one from a mile away, but apart from the white makeup and the intricate hairstyle, there is very little that is known about them. We take a closer look at the intriguing world of the Geisha and the Geisha-in-Training, the Maiko.