Weathering Typhoons in Japan

Every year, typhoons brew over the Pacific Ocean, and some of these swirling storm systems make their way to Japan. Tropical storms can occur at any time of the year, but most of them form between July and October. Visitors planning a trip to Japan during this time should not be overly concerned about the chances of a typhoon hitting during a visit….

Hostel in Osaka lets guests fall asleep while counting cats

Osaka – A hostel attached to a rescue cat cafe in Osaka Prefecture allows guests to fall asleep while gazing at cats, offering a haven for those wishing to escape from reality amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.The hostel, known as Neko Hatago, opened last December as an annex to the cat cafe Neko Yokujo. With eight dormitory rooms modeled after…

Japanese researcher fulfills dream as a ‘winterover’ at South Pole

Osaka – For Yuya Makino, this year is not just any other year — he has been living his dream of working at the South Pole under one of the most beautiful night skies on the planet.A member of an international scientific research team, Makino has been working since November in Antarctica, where the cold winter nights are lit up with the colors of…

Cool temps, various activities and delicious food await

Coronavirus international travel restrictions may have scuttled many a summer vacation plan, but there has never been a better time to embark on a domestic adventure and support local businesses. The Hokkaido town of Niseko, most famed for its snow-capped peaks and popularity as a world-class ski resort, has increasingly become a summer season destination…

Early summer desserts for a sweet reprieve

Desserts and cakes are always a welcome distraction, perhaps now more than ever. The New Otani Hotels group of hotels in Tokyo, Makuhari in Chiba Prefecture and Osaka is running an early summer sweets fair campaign until June 30, with matcha, melon and chocolate as the starring ingredients.Items are available for takeout, but can also be eaten at each…

Wakayama: The land of the gods

Just a couple of hours south of the electric city of Osaka, there’s a place where ancient pathways lead to hidden shrines shrouded in mist; where monks worship waterfalls and mystical forests float.Located on the remote Kii peninsula on the southern coast of Kansai, Wakayama Prefecture makes up a large part of the UNESCO World Heritage…

Saga: Fun in the mud

Saga is the smallest prefecture on the island of Kyushu, best known for its prized and pricey pottery.Located between the lively Nagasaki and Fukuoka, Saga’s attractions are refreshingly rural. Visitors are drawn to the picturesque natural landscape and hot springs dotted around the prefecture, safe knowing they’re unlikely…

Osaka In August: Perfect Time To Witness The Colourful And Exciting Festivals!

Osaka being the third-largest city of the Land of the Rising Sun, prospers in many aspects, from culture to food, technology to the modern infrastructure. Osaka in August is the time when you want to visit the place in order to be a part of the amazing festivals of the city and feel the place like a local. Though it is quite hot during this time of…

Sakura season is over; time for tulips at Osaka’s Expo Park

Cherry blossom season came early this year, and it disappeared just as quickly. Everyone’s SNS feeds were full of white and pink petals for a few weeks, but their fleeting beauty is gone now…However, that’s not to say you have to forget about flower viewing completely until next spring.Each flower has it’s own peak season, and although plum…

Amazing photos of off-the-beaten-path Japanese castles to add to your travel wish list

When traveling in Japan, there are three castles that are particularly likely to have a spot on people’s itineraries. Kyoto’s opulent Nijo Castle often gets folded in with other historical sights on tours of the city. Osaka Castle is likely an easy destination to include while checking out the more modern attractions of Japan’s third-largest…

Want to race in a Mario Kart? Go to Japan, when you can

fter a year of pandemic life, many people need an escape. Last month, thousands in Japan found one in the fantasy land of the Mario Bros.A theme park, Super Nintendo World, opened at Universal Studios Japan in Osaka, ending months of delays and testing the proposition that people will want to gather in large numbers while the coronavirus is circulating…

Shopping In Osaka: What To Buy And Where To Shop In The Beautifully Ancient City!

One of the most visited places in Japan, Osaka is a complete package of fun. With a very unique culture and food and many important landmarks and tourist attractions this place is somewhere you would everything. Not just that but this historical merchant city in Japan holds a reputation for having something for everyone. Moreover, the locals are people…

Unique festivals in Kanagawa Prefecture

Located south of Tokyo, Kanagawa Prefecture has such famous tourist areas as Yokohama, Kamakura and Hakone — which are all well known. But there are also many unique festivals in Kanagawa which you can join in.Due to COVID-19, some festivals have been cancelled, so please check the relevant website before you go.China Town in Yokohama is one of…

‘Biden’ sake riding wave of presidential success in Japan

Fukuoka – It was around April 2019 when Tadatsugu Inoue of the Mii no Kotobuki sake brewery noticed the name of future U.S. presidential candidate Joe Biden appearing more regularly in the news, providing his business with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.The coincidence of his brand being called Hojo Biden was not lost on Inoue, master brewer of…

The world’s most beautiful buildings according to science and it’s St Paul’s Cathe …

But science has another take on this, that what’s pleasing on the eye follows the ‘golden ratio’ – and researchers say that according to this theory, Sir Christopher Wren’s St Paul’s Cathedral in London is the most beautiful building in the world, because it adheres most closely to this formula, by an alignment of 72.28 per cent to…

HBO’s ‘The Last Cruise’ Charts How The U.S. Missed The Boat On Covid

An ambulance travels away from the Diamond Princess cruise ship, docked in Yokohama, Japan, on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020. Photographer: Toru Hanai/Bloomberg © 2020 Bloomberg Finance LPA new documentary debuting at the online SXSW festival this week and on HBO later this month takes aim at the United States’ early response to Covid-19.“The Last…

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