Tokyo is the most well-known city in Japan for many more reasons than just being the capital. While it doesn’t have as many historical sites like Tofukuji, Chusonji, or Seisonkaku, Tokyo has a bustling urban life that never goes to sleep. Tokyo is the heart and soul of modern Japan from advanced architecture to tasty treats, like gourmet Kakigori (Japanese Shaved Ice). Here are five fun flashy places for your next trip to Tokyo! 1:...Read More
Must visit Museums
‘Tezuka Osamu’, a very well-known cartoonist for his works such as ‘Astro Boy’, ‘Jungle Emperor’ and ‘Princess Knight’, established a foundation for a feature-length cartoon.
‘Tezuka Osamu’ was a cartoonist with a medical license. He stood out in the field of a comic strip in a paper soon after the second World War, and issued ‘New Treasure Island’ that was highly evaluated as Japan’s first feature-length cartoon. He moved to Tokyo from Osaka, his home town, while making many SF feature-length cartoons. He lived in ‘Tokiwa-so’ two story wooden apartment in...Read More
The headquarters of the Imperial Guard Division in bygone days, standing in ‘Kitanomaru Park’ in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, is used now as The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo.
The old headquarters building built in 1910 is one of the representative Western-style buildings of the day. Japan’s Imperial Guard Division, which formally started in 1891, had a role in protecting the Emperor and the Imperial Palace grounds in peace time, and occasioanlly it went to the front as the strongest army division in wartime. The Crown Prince had to join this division，as he was the future Emperor, the...Read More
Studio Ghibli is an animation studio responsible for films such as Kiki’s Delivery Service, My Neighbour Totoro, Ponyo, and the highest grossing anime film of all time, Spirited Away. Lying in the western suburbs of Tokyo is the famous Studio Ghibli Museum. The Studio Ghibli Museum, officially called the Forest of Mitaka Ghibli Art Museum (三鷹の森ジブリ美術館) is a small yet perfectly formed jewel of a museum. To get to it, you can take the...Read More
Kurashiki is located merely 20 minutes from Okayama and is easily accessed by train and public transportation. It is a place you must visit, especially if you are venturing out to Bitchu Matsuyama Castle. Kurashiki is known for its history of art and its unique white-walled warehouses. Most tourists when visiting Kurashiki will be mainly visiting the Bikan Historical District. It is in the district that there are many things to see...Read More