Beauty Guide

 
Hello Kitty
What's the story behind Hello Kitty?

She weighs as much as three apples and is as tall as five. You can find her whiskered face on makeup, clothing, cleaning products–even on sparkling wine. But how did Japan’s most popular character come to be? Your Japanese Beauty Experts have the story.

Read More
Origami Origins
Origami: How Folding Paper Became an Art Form

Origami is an arts and crafts classic. We've all done our share of it, from paper airplanes to the ever-popular Japanese crane. But how did this paper-folding art form come to be? Read on and we'll tell you!

Read More
Traditional Japanese Sushi That Might Surprise You
Traditional Japanese Sushi That Might Surprise You

June 18th marks International Sushi Day. To celebrate, we're exploring 10 traditional Japanese sushi rolls you may not have heard of. Read on to find what they are!

Read More
Miyajima
20 Must-See Nature Spots in Japan

Despite being an island nation, Japan is home to diverse landscapes and myriad natural wonders. Read on to discover just some of them in our list of the best nature spots to visit in Japan.

Read More
In the twilight rain these brilliant-hued hibiscus A lovely sunset
The History of Haikus

Ever wondered how types of poems are created? In this post, we explore the history of one of Japan's traditional forms of poetry—the haiku.

Read More
Japanese tourist spots
Popular Tourist Spots in Japan

From nature and technology to art and history, Japan’s got it all. Here are just 10 of the places every tourist must check out when in Japan.

Read More

Japanese Movies We Love

Japanese Movies We Love

Japanese films have carved out their territory in international cinema and have gained a cult following. See which films from Japan are some of our favorites!

Read More
Japanese drinks
20 Japanese Drinks You'll Love ... or Possibly Not

Japan always seems be at the forefront of innovation—even when it comes to beverages! Read on to learn about some of the fun and interesting flavors they have to offer.

Read More
The Cherry Blossom Festival: Celebrating the Bloom

One of the more well-known traditions of Japanese culture is the annual cherry blossom festival, celebrating the new season and the breathtaking blooms it brings. Learn more about the festival's origins and how it's celebrated today in the west.

Read More
20 Japanese Lucky Charms
20 Japanese Lucky Charms

You're probably familiar with the Maneki-Neko, also known to as the money cat or lucky cat, but Japan has a vast array of other lucky charms — some of which may surprise you. Read on to find out what they are!

Read More

Why Only Men Receive Gifts on Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day is all about guys showing their ladies some extra love. Find out why Valentine's Day in Japan is just the opposite.

Read More

成人式 Seijin Shiki: Coming of Age Day in Japan

Coming of Age Day is a Japanese holiday held on the second Monday in January, celebrating young adults and their journey into adulthood.

Read More

How to Throw Your Own Galentine's Day Party

February 13th, the day before Valentine’s Day is dedicated to giving some love to your lady friends. Made popular by NBC’s Parks and Recreation, we show you that you don’t have to be Leslie Knope to plan an extra special day for your gals.

Read More