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What’s Happening Now in Fukuoka & Japan June 2024

Japan seeks more visitors despite overtourism problems – Nationwide Japan's tourism chief said its ambitious goal of luring 60 million foreign tourists a year -- more than double the current level -- is well within reach, despite surging overtourism concerns. Japan last year attracted over 25 mi... READ MORE

Celebrating Children’s Day in Japan: A Festive Tribute to the Joy of Childhood

Japan is a country rich in cultural traditions and holidays, each with its unique charm and significance. One such vibrant and heartfelt celebration is Children's Day, observed annually on May 5th. This national holiday, known as "Kodomo no Hi" in Japanese, is a day dedicated to celebrating the hea... READ MORE

What’s Happening Now in Fukuoka & Japan May 2024

Online reservations begin for Mount Fuji climbers to ease congestion – Yamanashi Prefecture Online reservations began for visitors climbing Mount Fuji on the most commonly used trail situated in Yamanashi Prefecture to ease congestion, with local authorities set to start charging 2,000 yen when ... READ MORE

Exploring the Heartbeat of Japan: The Rich Tradition of Taiko Drumming

When one thinks of Japan, images of vibrant festivals, ancient traditions, and mesmerising cultural performances often come to mind. At the centre of this captivating tapestry lies an art form that embodies the spirit and soul of the nation: taiko drumming. For tourists planning to visit Japan, del... READ MORE

What’s Happening Now in Fukuoka & Japan April 2024

Japan records highest-ever monthly visitor numbers in March – Nationwide More than three million foreigners visited Japan in March, a record for a single month, government data showed in a major boost for its tourism sector. The total of 3.08 million represented an increase of 69.5 percent from ... READ MORE

Hanami in Japan: A Time-Honoured Tradition of Cherry Blossom Viewing

Hanami, the revered Japanese tradition of cherry blossom viewing, traces its roots back centuries, weaving a rich tapestry of cultural significance, poetic beauty, and communal celebration. Originating in the Nara period (710-794) when aristocrats would gather to appreciate the fleeting beauty of c... READ MORE

What’s Happening Now in Fukuoka & Japan March 2024

More foreign students set to be eligible for Japan gov't scholarships – Nationwide The Japanese government plans to expand the scope of foreign university students eligible for its scholarships from April to provide more academic opportunities to children of the country's growing number of forei... READ MORE

Valentine’s Day in Japan: Blending Tradition with Modernity

Valentine's Day in Japan offers a captivating glimpse into the intersection of tradition and modernity, where age-old customs merge seamlessly with contemporary expressions of love and affection. Rooted in Japanese culture for decades, the celebration of Valentine's Day has evolved into a nuanced t... READ MORE

What’s Happening Now in Fukuoka & Japan February 2024

University of Tokyo to launch new 5-year program with 50% foreign students – Tokyo Prefecture The University of Tokyo plans to launch a new five-year combined Bachelor's and Master's degree program in fall 2027, with half of the roughly 100-student capacity to comprise foreign students, a univer... READ MORE

Kintsugi – The Golden Art of Embracing Imperfections

Where Brokenness Becomes Beauty In the delicate dance between fragility and resilience, Japan introduces us to the art of Kintsugi—a practice that transforms brokenness into beauty. Unlike conventional methods of repairing broken pottery, Kintsugi embraces imperfections by mending shattered piec... READ MORE

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