I Want To Live Here For The Entire Month Of October. Pretty Please?

December 14, 2017

Halloween isn’t too popular in Japan, though its popularity is growing. Perhaps this brand new spoooooooky apartment building will change that. If anything is going to get a nation into the idea of door-to-door free candy, it’s a row of apartments inhabited by “witches.” If the people of Hamamatsu can’t realize what kind of trick-or-treater’s paradise they live in, maybe we need to take a trip on October 31st. If you…

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These 21 Bento Box-Inspired Meals Are Almost Too Cute To Eat. I Want Them All.

December 5, 2017

We know we’re not supposed to play with our food, but how can we resist when it’s this cute?? The Japanese art of aesthetically pleasing meals, usually packed in an equally charming bento box, has spread across the globe and created pretty much the most delightful food trend ever. Now, you don’t have to travel the world to see this adorable food. The adorable edibles can take the form of little animals, cartoon-y faces or…

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These Globetrotters Document Their Travels In A Really Cool Way.

September 7, 2017

Peter Sedlacik and Zuzu Galova run the blog “Lens Between Us,” which documents their travels through photography. Specifically, they take pictures of themselves taking a picture of the other. It may seem confusing, but their photos feature some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. They really have a great sense of what makes for a perfect backdrop. Not only that, but the “behind the scenes” aspect adds depth…

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There’s A Tree In Japan That Blossoms Every April. And It’s Probably The Most Beautiful Thing Ever.

August 29, 2017

Every year in Japan, people flock to different cities to witness the blooming of the pink sakura, or cherry blossom trees. The sakura is closely associated with the culture of Japan; the national weather service even tracks the movement of the “sakura front.” This is the imaginary line of blooming trees that travels south-to-north every season. (To find out where the sakura front is now, click here.) Even though the cherry…

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Cab Drivers In Japan Are Having A Big Problem With Ghostly Passengers

August 25, 2017

Imagine that you’re a taxi driver in Ishinomaki, Japan. You pick up a young passenger and ask for her destination. She tells you that she’s headed to the Minamiyama District, which is strange because no one ever goes to the Minamiyama District — not since the tsunami, anyway. You tell her this and she asks, “Have I died?” When you turn around, she is no longer there. Ghost passengers are…

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Oh, Deer! This Japanese Town Is Overrun By A Bunch Of Bambis.

July 14, 2017

If you travel just about two hours outside of Tokyo to Nara, Japan, you might think you’ve stepped into a Disney movie. If you think about how India feels about cows, you’ll have an idea of how this town feels about deer. They are approximate 1,200 deer roaming their streets. It’s as adorable as it sounds. Among the temples, shrines (including one of the world’s largest shrines to Buddha) and ancient…

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The World’s Most Beautiful Trees And Forests Around The World

May 16, 2017

In case you didn’t know, cherry blossom season is in full-swing! Even if your town doesn’t have an ideal climate for the beautiful blooms, you can still enjoy photos of the vibrant trees. It’s almost as good as wandering through rows and rows of them. In an effort to celebrate that spring has finally sprung, we thought it’d be fun to tour the world’s most beautiful forests and budding trees….

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This Walk Through An Ancient Cemetery Is Creepy, But The Last Building Is Amazing

April 24, 2017

Deep within the quaint Wakayama Prefecture of Honshu, Japan, lies Mount Koya, known around the world as the headquarters of the Kōyasan Shingon-shū sect of Japanese Buddhism. The town of Koya and its monastery are sights to behold, but the real gem of the area is the Okunoin cemetery, which holds 200,000 ancient graves. But to those who practice Shingon Buddhism, none of those buried are actually dead. They’re merely…

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