Dragon Boat Races

Haarii, or dragon boat races are an ancient Okinawan seafaring custom celebrated as a festival to thank the ocean for the blessings it provides. For these races sabani’s, which are elongated boats used by Okinawan fishermen for centuries, are used.. Continue Reading

Koenji Awa Odori Dance Festival

The Koenji Awa Odori is the Tokyo version of an enormous dance festival which originated in Tokushima City approximately 400 years ago. It takes place in various cities across Japan as part of the O-bon festival but the Koenji Awa Odori, as the name.. Continue Reading

Cherry Blossoms in Okinawa

If you’re fortunate enough to be in Okinawa between late January and early February you will be among the first people in Japan to experience the yearly cherry blossoms. Actually, Spring is a period when the archipelago becomes famous.. Continue Reading

Aoi Matsuri Festival

The word Aoi Matsuri translates to ‘Hollyhock Festival’ and is sometimes referred to as the Kamo Festival. The event, which is over a thousand years old takes place yearly on the 15th March and is one of the three main Kyoto festivals. It involves a procession.. Continue Reading

Asakusa Samba Carnival

If you thought the Samba Carnival only takes place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil then think again. It originated in Brazil and many people do not know this but it’s also celebrated in other countries around the world. The Asakusa Samba Carrnival held each August in.. Continue Reading

Mount Unzen

The active Mount Unzen volcano sits at the center of Nagasaki’s Shimbara Peninsula. It’s known as the deadliest volcano in Japan because of its multiple eruptions over the last couple of centuries which claimed many lives. The mountain along with.. Continue Reading

Hashima Island

Hashima Island goes by various other names. Some call it Gunkanjima which translates to Battleship Island and some even refer to the desolate piece of land as Ghost Island. Regardless of the name you prefer, it sits approximately 15 kilometer’s from Nagasaki City… Continue Reading

Bonsai Exhibitions in Japan

The bonsai, when sculpted correctly, has an incredible aesthetic beauty to it. And what better way is there to enjoy this art than at one of the many year-round bonsai exhibitions in Japan? These shows attract some of the best horticulturalists who come.. Continue Reading

Sanja Matsuri Festival

Every year on the third weekend of May thousands of people gather in Asakusa for one of Tokyo’s three biggest festivals – the Sanja Matsuri. It’s an enormous religious Shinto event that is loud, energetic, fun and at times extremely rowdy. Continue Reading

Learn the Art of Mokuhanga

You have probably seen some amazing Japanese woodblock prints and wondered how it’s actually really done. Well, now you can learn the step by step process with an experienced teacher at one of these ukiyo-e workshops in Japan. Continue Reading