Japanese Gibier Cuisine in Nagano

Once upon a time in Nagano, like most of the world, wild game was a common ingredient in recipes of all kinds, and a part of everyday life in Japan. During the Meiji period (1868–1912), however, a wave of modernization, foreign influence, and general change swept across Japan, and the utilization of wild game began to slowly fall out of practice. But Japan’s verdant forests are still populated by the deer, wild boar, rabbits, and even bears, once a part of the local diet, and in recent years those ingredients have been making a comeback. These days, it’s more and…


As Japanese coffee brand Mt. Rainier says themselves, “the lifestyle changes brought about by the COVID-19 crisis have caused stresses we don’t even notice.” And so, in a new promotion they appear to be calling “a cup of deep relax,” the brand has responded to the pandemic situation in a similar fashion to many in Japan: cute animals. And yet, Mt. Rainier’s approach to sharing the soothing visages of Japan’s most adorable baby animals is a little unique.

Not content with a simple promotional webpage or a billboard or two, Mt. Rainier has taken over an entire train. …


Surrounded by cold, nutrient-rich seas and abundant with green fields and beautiful summer weather, Hokkaido is a treasure trove of delicious food made with fresh, straight-from-the-source local ingredients. While international sightseers might think of Hokkaido and imagine Sapporo beer breweries and snow festivals each winter, local Japanese travelers know that one of the best ways to enjoy Hokkaido is with your taste buds! So take a look at just a couple of the many great gastronomic options in Hokkaido’s city of Otaru.

Seafood Rice Bowls at Poseidon


Bonsai trees aren’t just small plants, they’re carefully shaped creations meant to represent the world of natural beauty, and the Omiya Ward of Saitama is a hotspot for these natural works of art. The culture is particularly concentrated in the Omiya Bonsai Village, where people gather to create and compare bonsai trees, visit Bonsai Art Museums, and see bonsai trees that have been around for a whole millennium. If you’ve ever wondered how bonsai trees are made, or just wanted to see some of the most beautiful ones in Japan, this is the place to be.


The Iwatsuki area of Saitama prefecture is known as the top doll manufacturing area in Japan, but this doll making is an age-old local tradition. The history of hand-crafted traditional Japanese dolls made in Iwatsuki goes back hundreds of years, and it’s said that the craftsmen were originally involved in the construction of the Nikko Toshogu Shrine at the beginning of the Edo period (1603–1868). …


Saitama Prefecture is the go-to destination for Tokyoites looking to escape the hustle and bustle and discover glimpses of fresh greenery, flowing rivers, deep valleys, and clean air, all less than an hour from the big city. Saitama is Tokyo’s northern neighbor, just outside of the city, but its natural features like Mount Buko make it a favorite of anyone looking for a nice hike or little a camping trip. …


The Pilgrimage

The Chichibu 34 Kannon Temple Circuit is a pilgrimage route through western Saitama Prefecture, leading travelers through small villages and along forest paths or mountainsides covered in trees, to find 34 different Buddhist temples and images of the goddess Kannon. Pilgrims have been trekking along this countryside route through Saitama since the 13th century, and to this day travelers can pick up some white robes (called hakui, 白衣) and straw hats (sugegasa, 菅笠), start from the easily-accessible Jigenji Temple, and try their own pilgrimage. …


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Japan’s state of emergency is being extended and expanded, local vaccination plans are only just starting to come into effect, international travel is still out of the question for most, and with less than two months until the long-awaited and long-postponed Tokyo Olympic Games, COVID-19 rates are high and the public’s enthusiasm is low.

But the 2020-turned-2021 Olympic Games haven’t been canceled yet, and despite all doubts, it looks like they’ll be happening after all! So, in preparation for the marathon of sports broadcasting that is the summer Olympics, broadcast networks around the world are promoting the event to their…


Japan might not seem like the place for dairy, but Hokkaido is actually known for milk products! Japan’s northernmost island has beautiful weather and plenty of grassy fields, which means that Hokkaido produces plenty of fresh milk―a gift from the region’s happy cows. And the people of Hokkaido know how to use that milk, too, making it into delicious butter, cheese, and (most importantly) ice cream! A trip to Hokkaido inevitably calls for a frozen sweet treat or two, so this time, we’re looking at a couple favorites from the city of Otaru.

Soft Cream Janken (ソフトクリームじゃんけん)

It’s hard to go wrong with ice…

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