Japanese Culture

Japanese Culture

Sight in Shizuoka


Formally an elementary school, Yamabikoso is now a hotel that guests can reserve when visiting Nishi Izu! Although the building remains the same, all classrooms have been refurbished and include tatami flooring to give visitors an authentic ryokan experience.

Article by Elsda Li

Perfectly Imperfect | The Art of Japanese Wabi-Sabi

Wabi-Sabi is a Japanese world view that essentially embraces the aesthetic imperfections of an object or living thing, and focuses on transparency and total acceptance.

Sight in Tokyo

Create your one of a kind Japanese name tags at Stock+

Ranked as the #1 shopping destination in the Chuo ward on Trip Advisor, Stock+ is a company that will translate your name into Japanese (using kanji characters) to create your one of a kind custom name tags. The perfect souvenir to bring back home!

Sight in Tokyo

Mottainai Festa

Mottainai Festa is a 2 day festival that offers something for everyone. They are a pair of flea markets next to each other, one operated by adults and the other but children, with goods ranging from anime treats to secondhand furniture. Be sure to check it out! Photos from JapanTravel

Sight in Tokyo

Tsukiji Mottainai Project Uoharu

Uoharu offers a unique dining experience because every morning they go to Tsukiji to choose their ingredients from the selection of fish that are left over and doomed for disposal due to slight imperfections. They have a different menu everyday and even highlight each dish’s imperfection. This restaurant not only feeds your belly, but also your conscience!

Article by Elsda Li

“Mottainai!” Culture

“Mottainai!” is a phrase in Japanese that means “What a waste!”. In Japan, being frugal is ingrained into the community and the culture, and in this article we will explore some of the sites that help make Japan the efficient and resourceful place it is.

Article by Athena Lam

How to...Kintsugi

Just broke your favourite cup? Before throwing it in the dustbin, consider it a golden moment to make your first kintsugi piece. Kintsugi is the Japanese craft

Sight in Miyagi

Entsu-in Temple

A Buddhist temple with a long history, Entsu-in Temple features two gardens, one traditionally Japanese, the other Western-style. Classes teaching how to make

Sight in Miyagi


A former teahouse but now a tearoom and museum of historic objects which belonged to the samurais of the Edo Period (1603-1867), Kanran-tei has sweeping views o

Sight in Saga

Ninja Village Hizen Yumekaido

The Ninja Village is a recreation of the Nagasaki Kaido from the Edo Period, includes a Ninja Show, and Daidogei (street performances)- has sign boards in Engli

Sight in Yamagata

Izu Kokeshi

Izu Kokeshi is a traditional wooden toy shop, craft store and workshop located close to Ginzan onsen in Yamagata prefecture.

Sight in Niigata


Shogetsudo is a shop that sells traditional Japanese wedding ornaments and gifts.

Sight in Osaka

Japan Tate-do Association

The Japan Tate-do Association holds lessons in "Tate", the art of sword-fighting, while teaching moral principles of discipline, "Do". Reservation required.

Sight in Wakayama

Shodou Shiryoukan

The Shodou Shiryoukan is a museum/exhibition site of Shodou (Japanese calligraphy).

Sight in Shiga

The Museum of Shiga Prefecture Biwako-Bunkakan *CLOSED for now

This is the oldest museum in Shiga that is established in 1961. They exhibit some national treasures and important cultural properties, and a large number of pa

Sight in Tokyo

Gallery Sakura

​Folk gallery, kimono fabric flea market and craft workshop all housed in an olden-style, Showa-era type residence.

Sight in Hyogo

Imeitei Hamasaka Senjin Memorial Museum (Imeitei)

Located in the renovated former Mori family residence, this museum aims to preserve the culture of Hamasaka and document the achievements of famous people in th

Sight in Kyoto

Samurai Kembu Theater

Visitors at the Samurai Kembu Theater can enjoy samurai shows and also becoming a samurai, with sword classes and kimono-wearing experience.

Sight in Iwate

Esashi Fujiwara no Sato

Esashi Fujiwara no Sato (Fujiwara Heritage Park) is a theme park recreating Japanese history by letting visitors experience the glory days of the Heian period.

Sight in Chiba

Miyoshiya Tea Room

Miyoshiya is a traditional Japanese tea room on Narita City's Omotesando Shopping Street.

Sight in Chiba

Hasegawa Kimono Shop

Hasegawa is a traditional Japanese clothing shop selling kimono, yukata, and accessories.

Sight in Kanagawa

Tea Room Kankodori

Kankodori is a small private tea room south of Yamate Park.

Sight in Nagasaki

Fundoshi Select Shop Teraya

Located near O-Urakaigandori Station in Nagasaki, this little independent store specializes in fundoshi, traditional men's underwear, as well as a variety of ot

Sight in Kanagawa

Kamakura Naya

Kamakura Naya is a fabric shop also selling goods made with old kimono fabrics and indigo dye.

Sight in Kagawa


Kanamaru-za, built in 1853, is the oldest Kabuki playhouse in Japan.

Sight in Osaka

Yamamoto Noh Theater

The Yamamoto Noh Theater has been showing traditional Japanese plays for over 80 years and is located just a short walk from Tanimachi Yonchome station.

Sight in Tokyo

Kamiyacho Open Terrace

Kamiyacho Open Terrace, within Komyoji Temple in Tokyo, organizes counselling sessions attended by monks.

Sight in Tokyo

Kikujudo Isetatsu (Yanaka)

Isetatsu is a 150-year old shop selling Edo-style paper, toys and various stationery items.

Sight in Saitama


Kyuka-en is a bonsai nursery in Kita-ku.

Sight in Tokyo

Sou-Sou Kyoto (Aoyama Shop)

Sou-Sou is a Kyoto-based clothing store that specializes in traditional fabrics, located close to the Omotesando metro station.

Sight in Tokyo

Asa No Ha

Asa no Ha is a small tenugui (hand towel) shop close to Azabujuban subway station.

Sight in Tokyo


Nihonbo is a high-quality Japanese chopstick shop located in Shibuya close to the Hiro subway station.

Sight in Gifu

Visitor's Rest House (Japanese Tearooms)

The Visitor's Rest House is a Japanese tearoom that serves serves green tea in two different settings, formal (seisui-an) and casual (kashouken).

Sight in Saitama


Shoto-en is a bonsai nursery located in Kita-ku.

Sight in Saitama


Fuyo-en is a bonsai nursery in Kita-ku.

Sight in Saitama


Toju-en is a bonsai nursery located in Kita-ku.

Sight in Saitama


Seiko-en is a bonsai nursery in Kita-ku.