The transition from winter to spring is always highly anticipated in Japan. So, to welcome this new season, we take a look at the history, meaning and celebrations of Vernal Equinox Day.
Due to its somewhat controversial origins, National Foundation was abolished following the post-war constitution, but it subsequently bounced back 20 years later. We wonder, does it still hold the same meaning?
Coming-of-Age Day has been saying “welcome to adulthood” officially since 1948. But how, and why? We take a look at what it means to turn 20 in Japan.
Many of us welcome the “bigger and brighter” beginnings that New Year’s Day brings, but there are also many wonderful traditions surrounding this important holiday in Japan. To commemorate this day, we explore a handful of some of the most popular.
To honour the Heisei Emperor’s birthday, we take a look at the origins of this holiday, the monarchy, and how Tokyo is involved.
Tochigi may be most famous for its UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Nikko National Park. But have you heard about its close connection to gyoza? Or the tale of its magical kitsune?
Thanksgiving in Japan isn’t solely connected to the produce of the autumn harvest, it’s also a day of gratitude for the working people of Japan. So, how do these two meanings complement one another?
In the heart of Japan’s main island, Aichi Prefecture is the place to go to nurture the wonderful geek within you!
Nagano Prefecture – and its many mountains – have many (sometimes surprising) delights to offer. It holds nine of Japan’s 12 tallest peaks and encompasses much of the areas of the Kita-Alps, Chuo-Alps and Minami-Alps.
With coastlines on both the Sea of Japan and the Seto Island Sea, many of Hyogos most distinguished locations are on the coast, including the home of Kobe Beef and Japan’s most spectacular castle.
Culture Day isn’t dedicated to Japanese culture alone, but whilst we are in Japan, how can we further appreciate the arts here?
Around a quarter of Yamanashi Prefecture is designated as National Parks, and two of Japan’s tallest mountains reside within one of them.