Ojika Island off the coast of Nagasaki Prefecture is a place where a local fisherman will gift a fresh catch to a neighboring farmer and in turn find a basket of seasonal…

What makes Fukushima the perfect place for a sake brewery to thrive? Whether they stick with traditional methods or play with innovation, the brewers who base themselves in this vast Tohoku prefecture…

To quote Paul Simon, “There’s something about the sound of a train that’s very romantic and nostalgic and hopeful.” Even though these days we’ve all grown more accustomed to other, often faster…

Located in the north-central part of the peninsula with which it shares its name, Izu city is one of Shizuoka Prefecture’s prime hot spring destinations. Particularly known for being home to the…

If Shimane were a fantasy character, she would be the quiet one pretending to be just an ordinary person while, in fact, she’d be the one leading the story in a genuinely…

The Sumida River not only bisects the city of Tokyo, but it also creates a boundary between the city’s past and future. In days of old the river could only be crossed…

Breaking news is flashing on the TV screen for yet another time this week, the local store has a hand-written announcement on its door and the building manager just rang the bell…

2021 will mark seven delicious decades of softcream culture in Japan, since the company Nissei introduced the dessert to the nation. The culture is one that’s evolved from luxurious fad to nostalgic…

Anyone visiting Japan (who is of age) should take the chance to sample the local beverage sake. This truly unique alcoholic drink distilled from locally grown rice can be served chilled or warm,…

Since the days of the Meiji Restoration, when Yokohama was a village of a few hundred houses, Yokohama has been at the forefront of change and modernity in Japan. Now with 3.7…

In 1947, Japanese-American George Tanaka established the company Nissei and began selling softcream machines to businesses around Japan. In 1951, after hearing about the success of softcream sales to the public at…

On March 7 this year, ROPPONGI TSUTAYA BOOKS reopened its doors with a fresh new look and a name change — and a whole new concept. Instead of being just a place…