All about Hamaya ~ Benefits, how to decorate, how to discard


Have you ever heard of HAMAYA? Many Japanese people buy this arrow-shaped lucky charm when they go to Hatsumōde 初詣 (New Year’s shrine or temple visit). The “Hamaya” is a popular item for Hatsumōde (New Year’s visit to shrines temples). Learn the legend behind it and have a happy New Year.

Top 10 Things to Do in Japan in January 2019

The New Year certainly kicks off with a bang in Japan! Between dramatic fire festivals and incredible winter illuminations, there are a number of things that you simply can’t miss if you are in Japan this month. Here are our top 10 events happening in Japan in January 2019.

Japanese Lucky Charms for a More Successful 2018

Would you like to attract more luck and success? Who wouldn’t right? The Japanese people have many traditions that is believed to improve one’s health, love life, and finances. Many of these beliefs are based on Shintoism and Buddhism, and have been passed on from generation to generation. Here are some lucky charms to help improve your luck in 2018.