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Mamatomo – The ‘Mum Friends’ Culture of Japan

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What, or should I say who, is a mama-tomo (ママ友)? This is an interesting phenomena that is experienced by many Japanese mothers. Aptly explained by aki-chan: "Mama-tomo is...

There’s no business like monkey business! – A trip to...

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Japanese monkeys must have one of the longest life spans in the world. After all, in addition to eating, sleeping and going around their...

9 Mind-blowing Places in Kansai

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If you missed the first part on what to do in Kyoto, please see this post! For those who wish to take a day trip...

3 Must-See Places in Kyoto

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Gion (祇園) Summertime in Kyoto means you must definitely catch Gion Matsuri! Held for the entire month of July, the main attraction is Yamaboko Junkō  (山鉾巡行),...

The Islands of Japan – Ishigaki

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Closer to Taiwan than Tokyo, Ishigaki Island (石垣島) is the main island of the Yaeyama Archipelago in Okinawa Prefecture. Flights to Ishigaki Airport are available from Tokyo, Osaka and Naha. Surrounded...

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