JTBUSA blog

formerly known as JAPAN TRAVEL BUREAU


When you set foot in the Land of the Rising Sun, you’ll notice the ubiquity of temples. Temples, temples, temples everywhere; from the heart of Urban Tokyo to the depths of Kyushu’s jungles, from the rustic country side to the scenic mountains, temples are everywhere. These historic monuments are all unique and rich with history and culture, but each one tells a different story— what’s your favorite?   Tofuku-ji’s story starts in...

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Like the words samurai, ninja, sushi, and emoji, “kawaii” is one of the Japanese phrases world widely known today. Doesn’t matter if you’re young or an adult, Japanese females in general are all obsessed with kawaii stuff!! Well not all, but most girls like me are 😉 Today I would like to show you few examples of kawaii culture in Japan.   “Kawaii” Characters From anime characters like...

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You’re probably wondering what could be so controversial about a Zen temple, just like I was. The UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ryoan-ji Temple (Temple of the Peaceful Dragon) is home to one of the most famous “Karesansui,” or Zen rock gardens; the origin and meaning of this garden are still contested by historians. The garden still remains today; the only plant life being the moss around the rocks. Sitting on an...

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Here is some of popular proverbs people in Japan still use in daily conversations. If you know these proverbs, not only you can enjoy conversation but also you will be getting respect immediately. So, let’s learn Japanese Proverbs. Hinsureba donsuru. When in poverty, one becomes dull-witted. When money goes, wits may follow suit. With an empty purse, one may lose the power to exercise one’s wit. Poverty turns the edge of wit....

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Hiraizumi Chusonji 2016 is a commemorative year for Chusonji Temple and Hiraizumi; it has been nearly 5 years since this location was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Established by the Fujiwara clan, rulers of northern Japan during the Heian Period (794 – 1185), Hiraizumi is Tohoku’s first World Heritage Site. Before the establishment of Chusonji Temple, there is no historical or archaeological evidence of...

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