This post has been updated to include the third cherry blossom forecast, announced February 18 While some people may say plum blossoms blooming are one of Japan’s first signs of spring, we…

For those times when you want to visit Kyoto but don’t have the time, Creative Office Haruka has created a high-resolution virtual reality version of the historical city. The studio’s Kyoto VR…

Launched in 2015, Omotenashi Selection is a collection of quality Japan-made products conveying the country’s craftsmanship and hospitality (summed up by the word “omotenashi”). This year the project launched its Experiences category,…

Two French journalists are on a mission to capture all of the locations listed on the 100 Landscapes of Japan (Heisei era) by February 2018. At the time of writing, they have explored 76 of the…

Fans of Japan’s celebrated tea: take note. Starting this December, D-matcha, a Kyoto-based tea maker, will offer tea garden hiking tours which allow you experience picking tea leaves used in Kyobancha, one…

Popular actor Tadanobu Asano picked up the Toshiro Mifune Award at this year’s Kyoto International Film and Art Festival. The 43-year-old, who has appeared in Zatoichi, 47 Ronin and Martin Scorsese’s Silence,…