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Japanese Leisure Activities to Explore for Yourself

Culture Alyssa Low Alyssa Low

Despite being known for the notorious time-consuming, energy-draining work ethic in Japan, people still place an importance on leisure time. Japanese pastimes are a clear reflection of their society, which has influences from Western culture, as well as placing emphasis on tradition. We're fortu… Read More

Summer Festivals in Japan

Tokyo Culture Alyssa Low Alyssa Low

Summertime in Japan is associated with music, dance, and festivities. Almost every area has at least one local festival (matsuri) in late summer/ early autumn, where the celebrations are mostly centred around the paddy harvest. While there are no specific dates for when the festivals occur, they ar… Read More

Purikura-The Core of Kawaii Culture

Sydney Culture GJ Editor GJ Editor

Photos are a great way to preserve memorable moments. While the term 'selfie' only really became prevalent along with the advent of smartphones in recent years, Japan was perhaps the pioneer to develop something somewhat similar to this with the ‘Purikura' machine, a booth which produces stamp-size… Read More

Naoshima’s Contemporary Art Museums

Kyoto Art Alyssa Low Alyssa Low

Located 175km southwest of Kyoto, Naoshima is a small island located in the Inland Sea between the main islands of Honshu and Shikoku. Like many other islands in the area, Naoshima was suffering until the 1990s due to its dying industrial waste dumps until it was completely transformed into the con… Read More

The Recent Trend in Japanese Dating

Sydney Culture GJ Editor GJ Editor

Japan is currently struggling with an aging and shrinking population. The average age for first marriage shows that both men and women are getting married later than their previous generations. Numerous factors exist behind this trend such as the lack of confidence in their job security nor financi… Read More

Unique Table Manners in Japan

Sydney Culture GJ Editor GJ Editor

Every culture has its own table manner to follow and Japan is no exception. While Japanese will be generous and won’t be offended if you’re unable to conduct the correct table manners, it is always nice to understand and follow the common etiquettes to demonstrate your good manner and respect for t… Read More

Spring Festivals in Japan

Sydney Event Alyssa Low Alyssa Low

Every spring, Japan expects an influx of tourists who hope to catch a glimpse of the popular cherry blossom flowers, or sakura, that adorn the country. However, there is much more to Japanese spring than sakura. So, why not attend some of these other festivals that occur during the Japanese Springt… Read More

IKEBANA – The Japanese art of flower

Art Ayla Yuile Ayla Yuile

Have you noticed that traditional Japanese culture is very extra? For example, there's culinary arts, and then there's Japanese cuisine. Another great example would be Japanese tea ceremonies (stay tuned for more on tea ceremonies!), which are a performance even though it's basically a tea party. … Read More

Sumo: Japan’s biggest national sport!

Tours & Activities Ayla Yuile Ayla Yuile

Sumo is a national sport of Japan; a form of wrestling that has over a thousand years of history! Image via Robb Report Even after all of these years, it’s much loved by the Japanese people, and it’s a mainstream sport that can be watched freely on television. Viewing sumo at a tournament is on… Read More

All About Cherry Blossoms

Culture Ayla Yuile Ayla Yuile

The gorgeous blush coloured Cherry Blossoms are one of Japan’s key icons, although in recent years, Japan’s abundant powder snow has attracted many from around the world in winter, the Cherry Blossom season remains to be one of its key attractions, and for a very good reason. Photo by JJ Ying on… Read More

Anti-Aging and Bihaku

Culture Ayla Yuile Ayla Yuile

In today’s day and age, having perfect skin continues to be a defining feature of beauty. In Japan, a defining feature of perfect skin is Bihaku - an ideal which women of all ages have endlessly pursued. So what exactly is Bihaku?  The term Bihaku can be defined as having a flawless complexio… Read More

UNIQUELY TOKYO

Tokyo Culture GJ Editor GJ Editor

Speaking to visitors on the ground about six of Tokyo's must-visit spots From shopping and fashion to delicious food and traditional culture‭, ‬the bustling capital of Japan has so much to offer‭, ‬while also being close to attractions like Mount Fuji‭, ‬Hakone and Nikko‭. ‬We asked visitors at si… Read More

Japan with kids: exploring the world of the samurai

Culture GJ Editor GJ Editor

When my son heard my husband and I discussing a possible trip to Japan, his eyes instantly sparkled, and he whispered 'can we go and see a samurai?' To ease ourselves into the world of the samurai in Tokyo, our first step was to visit the Samurai Museum in Shinjuku. The museum provides free … Read More

The fire that lit up snowy Nozawa Onsen

Nagano Culture GJ Editor GJ Editor

‘I went to Nozawa Onsen not sure what to expect,’ recounts Chris of his experience visiting this traditional hot spring village in winter. He was soon won over by the the friendliness of the locals, and the fantastic hospitality at the ryokan inn he stayed in. The show-stopper of Chris's visit w… Read More

TOGURA-KAMIYAMADA ONSEN

Nagano Culture G'Day Japan!

Welcoming hot spring town with retro charm Togura-Kamiyamada Onsen carved itself a place on Japan's hot spring destination map just over 120 years ago in 1893. Times were tough, and to revive the local economy, the head of the town implemented a plan to dig for hot springs. Since the waters began… Read More

NAGANO CITY Powder bliss in Nagano-Niigata

Nagano Culture G'Day Japan!

NAGANO CITY -> Convenient winter holiday base 79 minutes from Tokyo -> Close to the Hakuba Valley, Nozawa Onsen and the snow monkeys -> Local attractions include Zenkō-ji temple, a National Treasure of Japan Nagano City is more than a famous gateway for pilgrims to Zenkō-ji, its icon… Read More

SHIBU ONSEN

Nagano Basics G'Day Japan!

The neighbouring town to the snow monkey park, full of charm and tradition Shibu Onsen is a quaint hot spring town in Nagano Prefecture that opens up behind a curtain of steam, revealing traditions and architecture of years passed, still standing tall and proud. The town's original spring-h… Read More

SIDETRACKED IN ISHIKAWA

Ishikawa Culture G'Day Japan!

The bullet train journey from Tokyo through the Japan Alps to Ishikawa Prefecture is like being fast-forwarded through a Japanese winter hall of fame; a snow resort from the Nagano Winter Olympics here, a hot spring retreat that inspired a Nobel Prize-winning novel there. The pot of gold at the end… Read More