Hakuba Valley, once a secluded gateway to the Japanese Alps, is now a premier global ski destination complete with world-class terrain, modern accommodations and first-class dining. The area played host to the…

How a night owl like myself managed to wake up at 4am on a Sunday for the 2019 Yokohama Marathon I’ll never quite understand. Nevertheless, on November 10, fueled by caffeine and…

The classroom at Temple University, Japan Campus’ (TUJ) new location in Sangen-jaya, Setagaya-ku still has that new-car smell. The pristine whiteboard has the sheen of a new dashboard yet to be marred…

In the heart of Kamakura, traditional Japanese culture not only endures, it flourishes. Here you’ll find historic temples, shops and statues with origins that can be traced back to the Kamakura period…

Now that you’ve acquainted yourself with what a hanko is and what the basic types are, it’s time for an in-depth guide on its usage. All Hanko Are Not Equal The hanko…

Founded in the mid-19th century, Ladurée began as a patisserie and salon that embodies the French philosophy known as art de vivre (art of living). Famed for its innovative edible jewelry, the…

A good night’s sleep or a recharging lounge day calls for an absorbing book, a cup of hot herbal tea and, most importantly, a fresh set of cozy yet stylish PJs. Arriving…

From bus tours to bullet trains there are various ways to travel around Japan. However as you zoom through the Japanese countryside from the seat of a bullet train or glide around…

As we embarked from Utsunomiya Station we were greeted in the street by four gyoza restaurants. The Tochigi Prefecture capital of Utsunomiya, just a 50-minute ride from Tokyo Station on the Tohoku…

While Kagawa and Tokushima have shared a long history and kept positive relations since ancient times, Tokushima has set out to differentiate itself from Kagawa and the other Shikoku prefectures by shining…

Despite Typhoon Hagibis’ quick approach, Arts Council Tokyo offered short refuge from the rain inside the Kita Noh Theatre. The event, held on the weekend of October 11, was supposed to take place in…

Growing up in the Midwest of America you are handed barbecue tongs at a young age. Barbecued burgers, hot dogs and brats are synonymous with American summer holidays, just as Weber grill…