Japanese Festivals in February

Japanese Festivals in February

Japanese culture has a very large number of festivals. All these have traditional backgrounds and they are considered to be important events of the calendar. Japanese festivals usually celebrate life and death, but most of them are resounded joyfully. February, the second month of the year is symbolizing the approaching spring. Though everyone in Japan is waiting for the springtime, the February air is still cold and carries snow. February festivals are good ways for forgetting the crue... [ read more ]

Most Beautiful Places in Honshu

Most Beautiful Places in Honshu

Honshu is Japan's largest island: it is 60% of the country's total area. The population of the island surpasses 100 million. It is so populous because of the large metropolitan areas: the Great Tokyo Area, including Tokyo, Yokohama, Saitama and Kawasaki. Other large cities, such as Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe, Hiroshima and Nagoya are also located on Honshu island. As the largest island of Japan, Honshu has hundreds of sights. Amazing historic sights as well as religious spots can be found all ove... [ read more ]

Famous Samurai Districts in Japan

Famous Samurai Districts in Japan

Samurai warriors are one of the most representative symbols of Japanese culture. They were serving the nobility of the country. Samurai were popular both in China and in Japan. In the 12th century they became similar to bushi, or upper and middle warrior classes. Samurai culture is associated with paintings, rock gardens, tea ceremonies and poetry. Their culture was developing throughout the centuries: the reign of different emperors and ruling periods had strong influence on the samurai ... [ read more ]

Must-see Old Cities in Japan

Must-see Old Cities in Japan

Japan is a very old country: archeologists demonstrated that the Japanese archipelago was already inhabited in 14.000 BC. From the very beginning, the inhabitants had gathered in groups and started to establish small communities, villages and later cities. Japan's historical cities had managed to maintain the traditional and cultural environment of ancient Japan. Many shrines, temples and other buildings transmit the feeling of the ancient past. Japan has many old and historically valuabl... [ read more ]

The Tradition of Valentine's Day in Japan

The Tradition of Valentine’s Day in Japan

Everyone knows that Valentine's Day is getting more and more popular every year. The tradition of giving small gifts to the loved persons had reached the Land of the Rising Sun, too. As everywhere else, Valentine's Day in Japan is celebrated on the 14th of February. Though the tradition of giving gifts is quite different from the rest of the world, it is still a lovely holiday and much of the population is celebrating this day. Another holiday, White Day is closely related to Valentine's ... [ read more ]

Top 5 Japanese Gardens in Tokyo

Top 5 Japanese Gardens in Tokyo

Japanese gardens (or Nihon Teien) are very important symbols of Japanese art and culture. The gardens represent idealized landscapes with amazing views. They can be rock gardens, Zen gardens, roji, stroll gardens or courtyard gardens. These gardens usually include sand, ponds, rocks and of course, plants and flowers. The aesthetic pleasure of the gardens appeared in the Edo Period. Since than, Japanese gardens had conquered the world: they not only attract tourists, but many Japanese gard... [ read more ]

Tips for Visiting an Onsen

Tips for Visiting an Onsen

Thousands of tourists plan to visit an onsen, or hot spring, when they travel to Japan. Hot springs are very popular throughout the whole country. They are very good choices if someone is looking for relaxing activities. Most of the Japanese hot springs are traditional, focusing on the traditional values of Japanese art and culture. If you plan to visit an onsen, it is advisable to have some knowledge about the etiquette of a Japanese hot spring. Visitors should know what to do and what t... [ read more ]

Nihon Sankei or the Most Beautiful Views of Japan

Nihon Sankei or the Most Beautiful Views of Japan

The three most beautiful views of Japan, called Nihon Sankei, are included in a canonical list. This list includes the most popular scenic sights of Japan. These places were selected many centuries ago. The most scenic spots of Japan are Matsushima, Amanohashidate and Miyajima. In Japan they are considered equally important as the seven wonders of the world. These three must-see places are all located on (or around) Honshu island. If you plan to visit Japan, you should consider visiting o... [ read more ]

Best Anime and Manga Attractions in Japan

Best Anime and Manga Attractions in Japan

Children probably associate Japan with the land of anime and manga. Nowadays these are important parts of Japanese art and culture. The term 'manga' refers to the comics created in Japan or in Japanese language. 'Anime' usually refers to the animated version of a manga. In the 20th century, manga and anime had become popular all around the world. Manga industry is still expanding: many companies are preoccupied with these themes. Even museums are established to exhibit interesting things ... [ read more ]