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TRAVEL June 15, 2019

The Four Seasons in Japan

Ah, to be in Japan, now that spring is here… or fall… or winter… The fours seasons in Japan are fondly admired and quite distinct. Each is regarded in as a step in an endless cycle, each one bringing its own food, festivals and sights. From the hanami picnics of spring to the ski-and-onsen trips […]

TRAVEL March 27, 2019

Chinmoku, Sontaku and the Uses of Silence

Photo by J3SSL33 via Flickr It is said that in music, the space between the notes can say as much as the notes themselves. This idea also applies to language, through which the pauses in speech, the unspoken words and the implications of the context can say as much as any overt comment. And that, […]

TRAVEL November 8, 2018

Winter in Japan: Things to Do and Everything Else You Need to Know

Winter in Japan often goes overlooked by visitors due to the hype surrounding the spring cherry blossom season and vibrant foliage of autumn. Winter, however, provides an equally incredible Japanese experience where you can witness numerous exciting events and activities that are only offered at this time of year. Japan’s winter landscapes are magical and […]

TRAVEL October 12, 2018

Autumn in Japan: Things to Do and Everything Else You Need To Know

Photo by Syuzo Tsushima via Flickr Japan offers four distinct seasons and it could be argued that autumn is the perfect season to fall in love with the country. While it may lack the famous cherry blossoms of the spring hanami season, it provides just as much vibrant color in the form of autumn foliage. […]

ART&DESIGN, KYOTO, TRAVEL April 12, 2018

Ryōan-ji, The World’s Most Famous Rock Garden

photo by Wenjie, Zhang via Flickr Japanese rock gardens or Zen gardens have been around since the 8th century where they served as a place to meditate and search for the meaning of life. They can be recognized by their raked gravel or sand which symbolizes water ripples and great planning goes into what rocks […]

TRAVEL February 8, 2018

23 Places To See Cherry Blossoms In Japan This Spring

Photo by cpo57 via Flickr Any well-seasoned Japan lover knows the obsession with cherry blossom season across the island. Every spring, thousands of viewers flock to see the various shades of beautiful blooms decorate the air. There is no shortage of spectacular locations to enjoy a stroll through the fairy-tale like atmosphere, so we’ve listed […]

TRAVEL November 23, 2017

The Whimsical Treehouses of Koyabashi

credit: Takashi Kobayashi / Treehouse People Interest in tree houses continues to grow, to the point that builders even have an annual conference in Oregon, U.S.A. celebrating the form. Photo spreads of treehouse dwellings have graced numerous magazines and travel websites, documenting ingenious arboreal habitations from Costa Rica to England, Mozambique to Sweden, Bali to […]

TRAVEL November 15, 2017

A Closer Look at Itsukushima: Japan’s Mesmerizing Floating Shrine

Photo by DozoDomo If you have any interest in Japan and its most popular sites, you’ve likely heard of the Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima Island in Hiroshima Prefecture. After all, Miyajima is one of the top three scenic spots in Japan. But, there is much to learn about this hallowed site, and we’re here to […]

TRAVEL October 11, 2017

7 Stunning Train Rides in Japan You Don’t Want to Miss

Photo by Alex Chen If you’ve started your research about getting around in Japan, you’ve discovered that trains are the most popular mode of transportation, both in major cities and between them. Although they can be a bit complex to use, they are notorious for being punctual and are the most efficient way to traverse […]

TRAVEL September 13, 2017

A Guide To Tokyo’s Coolest Neighborhoods

Tokyo’s sheer size can make planning a visit to the expansive metropolitan area seem like a daunting task. Apart from popular tourist destinations like Shibuya and Ginza, where are the best neighborhoods to discover chic cafes, modern museums, artsy boutiques and creative bars and restaurants? Wonder no longer; we’ve compiled a guide to Tokyo’s trendiest […]