What I Found Missing in the Kanamara Matsuri—the ‘Penis Festival’

  It’s a warm Sunday morning in Kawasaki, Japan. Across the world they are celebrating Easter, possibly April Fool’s Day. How ironic, as I have other plans. I am going to Kawasaki’s Kanamara Matsuri, or as it is known from numerous articles by the foreign press, the “Penis Festival.”   The Kanamara Festival has its […]

12 Things You Might Not Have Known About St. Patrick’s Day

Above: photo taken by Nheyob of a stained glass window depicting St. Patrick / Source: Wikimedia Commons     Earlier this month, alongside a flurry of announcements concerning the start of Tokyo’s cherry blossom season, the “biggest Irish event in Asia” was held in Yoyogi Park. The unabashedly named I Love Ireland Festival attracted over 100,000 […]

Tastes of Mt. Fuji

Tokyo is often considered a foodie’s paradise, with Japan’s capital having more Michelin-starred restaurants than any other city in the world. From the chaos of Tsukiji Market—where sushi of all types entice both locals and foreigners alike—to cozy izakaya serving yakitori, ramen shops, and vegetarian-friendly restaurants, there seems to be something for everybody. However, if […]

Mass Trans-Innovation Japan 2017

Drone Technologies Take Spotlight at Mass Trans-Innovation Japan

Mass Trans-Innovation Japan International Trade Fair, the joint exhibit for rail technology and systems infrastructure, was held in Makuhari-Messe for the 5th time from November 29 to December 1, 2017. Sponsored by Fuji-Sankei Business, the three-day event was attended by about 32,000 people. Amongst them were guests from foreign railway companies and governing bodies, such […]