JAPAN LOCAL

JAPAN LOCAL

From the rural to urban, we peer into a Japan seen through the lens of a local, whether it's food, lifestyle or goods.
These beachside Airbnb rentals in Japan have stunning ocean views
Tourists often visit Japan during summer to experience cultural traditions in major cities, like the Obon festival or firework festivals. But it’s ...
Tech meets tradition: Revitalizing a community with Nara’s Yoshino Cedar House
“Technology × Tradition.”  While it’s an oft-explored concept, the collaboration of “Airbnb × Yoshino Cedar” aspires not to merely pique interest, ...
JAPAN LOCAL's guide to Shibuya, Tokyo
On the surface Shibuya is a neon-bathed urban hub, with swarms of high-schoolers and business people flocking to mega department stores, multi-stor...
Wabi-sabi: everyday goods from Japan as (imperfect) works of art
Minimalism has died, long live wabi-sabi—or so the trendsetters are saying. But while it’s talked about from everywhere from Elle to Huffington Pos...
Osaka market revitalizes by removing pricetags entirely
Osaka, historically known to be the center of merchant culture, is characterized by its comfort with the notion of price haggling, especially compa...
Nostalgic Osaka pub serves comfort food with a loyal following
What makes a restaurant something you want to keep coming back to?Eating can be every bit about ambiance as well as taste, a nuance that's within t...
Spring Valley Brewery's craft beers and food are fitting for Kyoto, the Old Capital's Kitchen
Kyoto’s Nishiki Market, fondly known as the Old Capital’s kitchen, is a highly popular spot for eating and walking, known for the quality of its fo...
Stylish country living is only 90 minutes away from Tokyo
Sometimes you may want to escape the distressing, overtime-ridden life in the city, but don’t have the time for a lengthy beach vacation. Or, stayi...
9 fine shaved ice to cool down for the summer
Japan is well-known for its dreaded heatwave during the summer, and one of the traditional ways to cool off is to have freshly shaved ice. It used ...
Wafrica is the unexpected kimono fashion collab of Africa and Japan
Traditional Japanese Kimono is known something to be worn at formal functions. While many women young and old still do wear the layered garb for sp...
Aomori’s beautiful WWI-era Starbucks revamped with local artisans
Starbucks has its own characteristic, if not inert, atmosphere and design, making more people feel welcome. But due to its Seattle, Washington root...
5 delicious sweets made from Kanoya’s acclaimed Beni Haruka sweet potatoes
Kagoshima Prefecture, located at the southern-most tip of Kyushu, ranks as the top producer of sweet potatoes in Japan. In Kagoshima, they find a w...
Obi, a castle town where tradition, modernity and art meet
Standing at the batter’s box overlooking the field, I see stone walls of an old feudal-era castle on the other side, along with a historic-looking ...