What is the best season to visit Japan?

What is the best season to visit Japan?

Posted by Yuri Nonaka on 24th Aug 2018

I often get asked about the best season to visit Japan. Such a seemingly simple question. However, there are more choices and more “seasons” than most people realize.Japan is a land of ever-changing s … read more
Gentle rains of early May

Gentle rains of early May

Posted by Yukiko Kisaki on 2nd May 2018

A sure sign of summer’s arrival in Japan is warm, pleasant rains of early May, called samidare. The picture above was taken in Miyazaki Shrine. The priestess ladies are about to begin their … read more
Mountains, Sacred Myths, and Respect for Nature

Mountains, Sacred Myths, and Respect for Nature

Posted by Momoko Kagamizu on 9th Aug 2017

Japanese affinity for the awe-inspiring beauty of their mountains is deep-rooted in a curious mix of sacred myths, love of outdoors, and respect for nature.Nearly 70 percent of the Japanese archipelag … read more
Fairness, Equality and the Humble Rice Paddy

Fairness, Equality and the Humble Rice Paddy

Posted by Momoko Kagamizu on 30th May 2017

The Japanese character for rice paddy is ta. It is a simple, stylish character which depicts equally divided rice paddies, representing fairness and sharing.Rice farming is an integral weave in the ta … read more
Toko Shinoda: A Bold, Beautiful Lady

Toko Shinoda: A Bold, Beautiful Lady

Posted by Yukiko Kisaki on 26th Apr 2017

Toko Shinoda is a leading Japanese avant-garde painter who just turned 104. For over seventy years she has kept on creating bold, evocative art which speaks from her heart.Toko-san created the paintin … read more