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'Like Watching Flowers Blooming at Night' Expats Reveal 5 Surprising Things About Japanese Fireworks Festivals

Niigata And Sado Japanese Festivals (Matsuri)

Fireworks displays are an indispensable part of Japan's summer traditions. However, in recent years, many have been canceled due to Covid-19. Japan is famous for its large-scale fireworks festivals, including the National Omagari Fireworks Festival in Akita Prefecture and the Nagaoka Fireworks Festival in Niigata Prefecture. These bright and beautiful displays of color have also captured people's hearts from all over the world. We asked foreign residents in Japan, "What surprised you the most about Japanese fireworks festivals?" And the responses were varied! Let's take a look and see what impressed and surprised people the most! (The following responses are the personal opinions and experiences of those who responded to our interview.)

Nijigen no Mori (Awaji Island Anime Park) Guide: Enjoy the Worlds of Dragon Quest, Naruto, Godzilla, and Crayon Shin-chan

Awaji Island, Maiko Theme Parks

Nijigen no Mori is an anime theme park that immerses you in the worlds of your favorite Japanese anime and games, including Dragon Quest, Naruto, Godzilla, and Crayon Shin-chan. Located on Hyogo Prefecture's Awaji Island in the middle of Hyogo Prefectural Awajishima Park, this theme park is an exciting place to visit for Japanese anime fans! There's so much to see and do, you couldn't possibly fit it all into a single day! Lucky for you, they also have plenty of delicious foods and accommodations, so you may even want to spend the night!

Become a True Gundam Pilot - Stepping into the P.O.D. at a Tokyo Arcade! (Video)

Arcades

Japan and robots go together like a hotdog and mustard. One of the nation’s most famous robot exports is known worldwide simply as “Gundam.” What started out as an anime has become a huge franchise with its own games, movies, and even a life-sized statue in Tokyo’s Odaiba. What many people don’t know, however, is that there is a way to pilot your very own Gundam robot!

Cool Down in the Hot Summer! 10 Refreshing Places to Visit in Kyoto in Summer

Kyoto Station, To-ji Temple Shrines

Kyoto is a popular tourist destination both domestically and internationally. Situated in a basin surrounded by mountains, summers are hot and humid, and on many days the temperature exceeds 30°C. However, Kyoto also has cool summer destinations, including mountains, the seaside, and rivers. In addition to beautiful natural scenery, there are plentiful experiences and activities to get a feel for the city’s summer atmosphere. Here are 10 cool spots in Kyoto where you can beat the heat, from famous sites like Shimogamo Shrine, Tadasu-no-Mori, Kibune, and Arashiyama Bamboo Forest to less frequented areas away from the city.

7-Eleven, FamilyMart, Lawson: An Insider’s Guide to Japan’s Three Giant Convenience Stores!

Asakusa

From busy downtown areas to sleepy rural villages, convenience stores are a common sight in Japan, open 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. The three big names of Japanese convenience stores are 7-Eleven, FamilyMart, and Lawson, dominating the city centers. You won’t only find snacks, boxed lunches, and freshly brewed coffee but also alcoholic drinks, everyday items, and a lot more in these stores. During the night, they even act as a drop-in spot for the police and services like mail reception, ATMs, multifunctional printers, and free-to-use toilets make convenience stores indispensable for Japanese daily life. But what is the difference between the difference convenience stores? We’re taking a thorough look at Japan’s “Big Three” and their different services, brands, and more.

Definitive Travel Guide to Hokkaido: Sightseeing, Transport, Food, and More!

Sapporo / Chitose Other Sightseeing

Hokkaido, the northernmost island of Japan, is a vast sightseeing paradise popular with both Japanese and international travelers. From spring to summer, an incredible array of colorful flowers bloom, while autumn sees stunning fall foliage and winter with luscious, white snow, making each season a completely different encounter. Hokkaido is also renowned as a foodie destination, with a tapestry of distinctive dishes changing between region and season. In this complete guide to Hokkaido, we will introduce essential information and tips to ensure a successful trip, including the island’s most famous spots, seasonal sightseeing, must-eat dishes, and how to get around. Read on to make sure your Hokkaido itinerary is up to scratch!

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