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Trams Through the Blossoms: Discovering Tokyo on the Arakawa Line

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Roses line this Tokyo tram line At its peak, Tokyo had an extensive public tram network that covered 213 kilometers of routes and a private tram operation (Tokyu Tamagawa Line) with 18.4 kilometers (km) of routes. Only a...

Lanterns Over the Dark Sea Create Dreamlike Kiriko Festival on Noto Peninsula

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A glow from festival lights fills the air with excitement. As the warm days of summer arrive, the Noto Peninsula begins celebrating the Kiriko Matsuri, which continues until the early days of autumn. Colorful hanging lantern floats called kiriko are...

Enjoy the Summer Cheer at the Multicoloured Nebuta Matsuri

'Tis the season to be jolly! In Japan’s case, that means the season of summer festivals. One of the most striking festivals in the whole of Japan is the Aomori Nebuta Festival. Kicking off in early August, it takes place in Aomori...

Umi No Hi Festival A Different Way to Experience Tokyo in the Summer

The Umi No Hi festival is celebrated by decorating the beach of Odaiba Bay with paper lanterns. The event name itself is interesting as it plays on the same sound of hi, which means both lantern, as in “Lantern of the Sea,” and day,...

A Sea of Wisteria Reflected in the Rice Fields Near Odate City

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25 years ago, a local farmer planted a wisteria garden as a hobby. Now with around 80 wisteria trees, its blossoms reflect in the newly planted rice field, to the delight of locals and visitors alike. If...

Watch the Forest Fireflies of Ishigaki Declare Their Summer Love

Every year in Japan, as the spring season fades and the temperature starts to rise, something magical happens. The conditions have to be almost perfect, the stage set and the mood just right. Then, the fireflies light up the night to find...

Feel the Summer Breeze with Hyogo’s Decorative Ornamental Ferns

Come the first spurt of hot sunshine and 30-degree-Celsius weather, you will unmistakably start seeing tsurishinobu, a type of ornamental hanging fern bought in the summer period (June into July). A craft believed to...

Kyoto Rurikoin Temple’s Green Maple Leaves Are Stunning in the Rain

The Rurikoin Temple Green Maple Leaves June has arrived, and along with it an unusually early rainy season comes knocking at the door. Yet even at this time of year, there are little things in nature from which to...

Interview With Architect Kengo Kuma on the New National Stadium’s Design

Architect Kengo Kuma Weaves Nature Into New National Stadium’s Design The December 2020 opening ceremony for the New National Stadium in Tokyo inaugurated what is to be a major venue for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and...

Gundam the Giant Space Robot Arrives in Yokohama

The Yokohama Gundam statue A “life-sized Mobile Suit Gundam” space robot was unveiled to media gathered at Yokohama’s Yamashita Pier on November 30 by Evolving G, an otaku entertainment facilities operator under the umbrella of Bandai Namco...

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