Life in Japan

Culture Day (文化の日): 5 Ways to Celebrate the Holiday that Commemorates Peace

Culture Day isn’t dedicated to Japanese culture alone, but whilst we are in Japan, how can we further appreciate the arts here?

Yamanashi Prefecture – The King and Queen of Mountains

Around a quarter of Yamanashi Prefecture is designated as National Parks, and two of Japan’s tallest mountains reside within one of them.

Hokkaido Prefecture – Putting the “Win in Winter”

Whether its drift ice, onsen, skiing or snow festivals, Hokkaido knows how to do winters.

Gifu Prefecture – Rich with Japanese Traditions

Many symbols of Gifu’s cultural heritage are still present today, including 250-year-old farmhouses and catching fish with aquatic birds!

Osaka Prefecture – Industrious and Spirited

Osaka prefecture is renowned for its spirit and fine food. It’s one of Japan’s two urban (府) prefectures with 33 cities.

Kanagawa Prefecture – So Much to See!

Kanagawa seems to have it all, a little Kyoto, views of Fuji-san, a blue-flag beach, a national park and a thriving capital city!

Tokyo Prefecture – Small but Mighty

Tokyo Prefecture is the third smallest prefecture in Japan, consisting of 23 special wards, all of which are governed like cities.

Sports and Health Day (体育の日): A Reminder of What’s Important

Sports and Health Day in Japan is more closely associated with exercise, the community and healthy-eating, but is there anything else we should pay attention to?

Autumnal Equinox Day (秋分の日): More Than Just a Change of Seasons

Far from being a new practice, the foundations of Autumnal Equinox Day were actually laid out centuries ago. But, many moons later, are the origins of this holiday still relevant today?

Respect for the Aged Day (敬老の日): A Meaningful Holiday for Everyone

The values behind Respect-for-the-Aged Day are important reminders for all of us. But why?

Dealing With Mold In Japan During The Rainy Season

Dealing with mold in Japan is a challenge but use these tools and tips to keep the fungus away from your apartment or home.

5 Ways to ‘Get-to-Know’ Mountain Day (山の日) in Tokyo

What is Japan’s newest holiday about, and can we actually celebrate it in Tokyo?