Tokyo Yamathon 2016!

If you are familiar with Japan, then you have probably heard, and used, the Yamanote Line—it’s that super-convenient JR train that takes you all around the main districts in Japan. Well, did you know that there is a marathon associated with this train? It’s called the Yamathon! The Yamathon is a marathon in which teams…

Kodomo no Hi (Children’s Day)

Another Golden Week has come to an end, as yesterday was “Kodomo no Hi” or Children’s Day—the last holiday in the Golden Week party. Children’s Day is celebrated on May 5th, and was designated as a national holiday in 1948. History It was originally known as “Tango no Sekku” or Boy’s Day, and as the name…

Niconico Chokaigi 2016!

Yesterday was the last day of this year’s Niconico Chokaigi 2016, which was held at Makuhari Messe in Chiba Prefecture. The event was from April 29 to April 30, and brought more than 152,000 attendees! Niconico is a video sharing website in Japan, and is Japan’s largest social video website with over 53 Million registered…

Tsukiji Market Festival!!!

For those that haven’t had the privilege to visit Tsukiji Market, it is the largest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world, and is located right in the heart of Tokyo, Japan. It is also world-famous for having the largest tuna auction in the world, with most of the best sushi restaurants buying their…

Umekita Festival Breakdancing 2016

Another great event at this year’s Umekita Festival 2016 in Osaka, Japan was the Street Experience, which showcased breakdancing, beatboxing, and BMX.  The Umekita Festival 2016 was a 10-day festival in Osaka, Japan, celebrating the 3rd anniversary of the opening of the Grand Front Osaka. The highlight of the Street Experience event was the breakdancing…

Waiter’s Race 2016

Last week Japan had another cool event…a race! Hold on, it wasn’t just any race, it was the Waiter’s Race in Osaka, Japan. In this race, waiters and waitresses race each other while carrying a drink tray with a liquor bottle and glasses. The first group to the finish line without spilling the drinks or…

Sakura in Japan 2016

One of Japan’s most beautiful times of year is Sakura or Cherry Blossom season. The Sakura are so important to Japan that much of the country comes to a standstill when they bloom. Right now the Sakura are blooming in Japan, and though many of you are not able to see them in-person, you can…