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Bilingual Magazine Kamihikouki Celebrates Tea Art

Kamihikouki Magazine [caption id="attachment_28781" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Kamihikouki Magazine features TEA in their 7th issue.Photo Credit: Kamihikouki Magazine[/caption] Kamihikouki Magazine is an artist-run magazine based in Osaka, Japan. They welcome submissions in either English or Japanese from writers and artists based anywhere in the world. The magazine aims...

Beautiful weather and colorful leaves for the 2016 Chagenkyo Matsuri in Wazuka, Kyoto.

Welcome to the Chagenkyo Matsuri: Wazuka’s Teatopia Festival

What is Chagenkyo? Celebrating the long history of tea cultivation in Kyoto, the Chagenkyo Matsuri is a festival that has taken place annually for over 30 years. Located in the town of Wazuka, visitors can enjoy great tea and cultural education in a scenic location.Wazuka was one...

Good morning, Osaka!

10 Must-Do Activities in Osaka

When in Osaka, be sure not to skip over these activities. Experience every side of the metropolitan city. Abe no Harukas [caption id="attachment_28681" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Abe no Harukas is the tallest building in credit:[/caption] The tallest building in Japan, visiting the top of the Abe no Harukas...

Do you know where to go for tea in Kyoto?

Tea Rooms to Visit in Kyoto

When visiting Kyoto, your tea options may seem limitless. Finding your perfect place to sip away the afternoon take some trial and error. Before you go, consider our short list of remarkable tea spots around the city. Tea Room Ceremony Juan Located within walking distance of the...


5 Places from Murakami’s Japan

Haruki Murakami Murakami became a literary legend with his 1987 novel Norwegian Wood. Since then, he has stolen the hearts of readers with his quirky, slightly fantastic, yet somehow realistic worlds. His main characters are accessible yet not quite typical. Shibuya, Tokyo 【After Dark】 While the precise location...


Kimono and Yukata Rental Shops in Kyoto

What’s the difference between Yukawa and Kimono? [caption id="attachment_28495" align="alignnone" width="860"] Formal Japanese KimonoPhoto credit:[/caption] The primary difference between yukata and kimono are the fabrics used to make the garments. Yukata are typically made from a light cotton material as they are worn throughout the summer...


Visit Yakushima the Inspiration for Miyazaki’s Princess Mononoke

Check out tea from Yakushima! Visit Yakushima's Ancient Forests Home to ancient trees and moss covered rocks, Yakushima is a lush green forest located off Kyushu island in western Japan. The forest became Japan’s first UNESCO World  heritage site in 1991. However the site is best known...

Lanterns light up a staircase during the festival.

Bamboo Lanterns Light Up Kyushu

Experience Kyushuu's Bamboo Lantern Festivals Throughout Oita Prefecture, there are various bamboo lantern festivals. These festivals were started, in part, to help maintain the surrounding bamboo forests. Today Oita Prefecture is the largest producer of madake bamboo in Japan! All of the bamboo lanterns are handmade and...