Ukiyo-e, The Japanese Art of Woodblock Painting

May 30, 2017 by Mark Guthrie

When one thinks of Japanese artwork, there is a good chance that the picture above, or one very much like it, is the one that springs to mind. There is a good reason for this. The art form of ukiyo-e, the style of painting using wooden block prints, has very much permeated every part of […]

Sanno Matsuri, One of Tokyo’s Three Most Important Festivals

May 30, 2017 by Mark Guthrie

When it comes to festivals (matsuri), nothing can quite beat Japan in the summer. Pretty much every town and city will have one, and Tokyo, being the cultural (and pretty much geographical) epicenter of the country, has more than its fair share. One of the capital’s three most important matsuri – along with the Kanda […]

Reach for the stars at Hiroshima’s Planetarium

May 23, 2017 by Jade Brischke

Although the stars may be a little hard to see sometimes in the city with all the lights, you don’t have to head out to the country in order to find them. Instead, you can make your way to Hiroshima’s very own planetarium, which is located inside the Hiroshima Children’s Museum. For those kids (and […]

Toukasan Festival: Hiroshima’s Official Start of Summer

May 23, 2017 by Jade Brischke

Toukasan (とうかさん) is not only the biggest festival in Hiroshima, but also one of the oldest of the summer festivals in the whole of Japan. Dating back some 400 years, the three-day festival is the event the highlights the fact that summer has officially begun. Held every June on the first weekend, the event revolves […]