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5 Questions with the cast of NARUTO: Song of the Akatsuki

Fans of Japanese subculture would surely have heard of Naruto. After all, the big hit revolving around an adolescent ninja is only the third...

Sakura Season with Starbucks Japan

All ready to welcome sakura season? You're not the only one. Starbucks Japan has already released its annual spring beverages and goods, and they look...

No Beef with Kobe: Eat, See, Enjoy!

I took a day trip with K-san (unnamed for privacy) to Kobe during my week-long Japan vacation. We took the direct JR line (around...

Sakura Trilogy (Volume 3): 10 Sakura Foods Found Only in Japan

As you may have noticed, the sakura theme is very strong during spring in Japan. Stores are specially dyed pink in the theme of...

Sakura Trilogy (Volume 2): 15 Unique Sakura Spots in Japan

With the release of the 2016 Sakura Forecast, here are 15 unique sakura viewing spots through Japan! *Note that the spots are not ranked in...

Sakura Trilogy (Volume 1): Sakura Viewing Tips

Are you ready for the sakura season? Other than double-checking the technical details like the blooming period, the crowds, and weather, here are some other...

4 Memorable Ohanami Spots in Tokyo

Now that the sakura blossom period for Tokyo has officially begun, it’s time to start making plans. Allow me, a Dutch Tokyoite that has been...

10 fantastic sakura spots throughout Japan

Any Japanese has a weak spot for sakura. Myriads of trees all with the same bright blossom give the entire country a new colour...