Category: Tradition

Onsen in Japan
By: Date: September 3, 2020 Categories: Lifestyle,Onsen,Tradition Tags: , , , , ,

The Onsen in Japan are spa where you can receive treatments based on water coming from volcanic underground. The land of Japan sits right on a volcanic belt and this geographic characteristic allows many volcanic hot springs to emerge out from its earth. It is said that there are over 3,000 hot spring locations nationwide. Since…

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Your Essential Survival Guide to Festivals
By: Date: July 19, 2018 Categories: Festival Tags:

If you are a regular attendee at festivals and gigs, then you will know what it’s like to go without life’s comforts while spending a few days in a tent. However, you don’t have to be completely without civilization; there are a few handy items that you can take with you. They will help you…

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A Tour around the Oldest Onsen in Japan
By: Date: May 23, 2013 Categories: Onsen Tags: , , , , , ,

The spa town of Zao is located at an altitude of 880 meters above sea level, on the slopes of the volcano of Mount Zao, Yamagata Prefecture. In winter, it is regarded as one of Japan’s leading ski resorts, allowing skiers to enjoy great relaxing baths in hot tubs after a day on the slopes….

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Onsen: Heart of Japanese dreams
By: Date: April 9, 2013 Categories: Onsen Tags: , , , ,

When the Japanese salary men dream of isolation, they do not dream of exotic beaches. They dream about the onsen, the natural hot springs in Japan. It is no exaggeration to say that the onsen are the Japanese national obsession. Many Japanese go to the onsen at least a couple of times a year. In…

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How to Bow in Japan – Learn to Do It Properly
By: Date: February 21, 2013 Categories: Lifestyle,Tips,Tradition,Travel Tags: , , , , , ,
Two people bow in front of each other in martial arts

The bow in Japan can be used as a greeting, to present yourself, to show respect or extend an apology. A part of this, there are different types of bows that is useful to know. This is one of those gestures more present in daily life of the Japanese, so it’s really good to know a…

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Hanami in Tokyo : full bloom of cherry blossoms
By: Date: April 11, 2012 Categories: Festival,News Tags: , , , ,

The Hanami is the Japanese traditional custom of enjoying the beauty of spring flowering trees, especially those of Japanese flowering cherry trees, the Sakura. In the last weekend, Japan has been celebrating the hanami, the full bloom of cherry blossoms, that despite the powerful winds andrains of recent days did not affect their beauty nor their full bloom.     Hanami is celebrated as parties from Japanese that meet with friends to make picnic, drinking and eating under cherry blossoms. The sakura bloom reach…

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The Christmas lights of Tokyo
By: Date: December 10, 2011 Categories: Lifestyle,Tradition Tags: , , ,

If any of you have already had the luck to spend the holiday season in Tokyo, you should have noticed that is full of Christmas decorations and areas where the lighting for Christmas is a spectacle of color that leaves you speechless. But since Japan is now facing the worst energy crisis in history, you may think that this…

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Shinjuku Eisa Matsuri on July 31st in Tokyo
By: Date: August 17, 2011 Categories: Festival,Shinjuku,Tradition Tags: , ,

This year on July 31st in Tokyo, there was the Shinjuku Eisa Matsuri, that involved the spectators into the spirit of the distant islands of Okinawa. Like the festival Gujo Odori, also the Eisa Matsuri is one of the main Japanese Obon dance festival. To commemorate the victims of the earthquake, this year’s festival will also include teams…

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