For the first time in four years, the spectacular kaleidoscopic displays of the Kumano Great Fireworks Festival lit up the beautiful Shichiri Mihima Beach.
At this annual summer event, participants dash across floating mats on the beautiful Lake Biwa to compete for the fastest time.
Aomori Nebuta Festival, Tohoku's legendary summer event, is finally back with 23 massive floats, lively dance, and plenty of music.
Lotus leaves have emerged from the water to catch all the sunlight they can. The sheer abundance of them, covering every inch of the pond, is...
The Kiyose Sunflower Festival is finally back after four years, featuring music, dance, and even a farmer's market offering fresh local produce.
From the Omagari Festival to the Lake Suwa Festival, here's what to expect from some of the top fireworks celebrations in Japan this summer.
Participants of the Girls' Mikoshi parade at the Tenjin Festival get to showcase their energy and even have a shot at becoming Ms Tenjinbashi.
Zushi City's Fireworks Festival returned with a bang after a four-year hiatus. But why are these magnificent displays a big deal in Japanese culture?
The prized Echigo Joufu cloth for summer kimono — a beautiful collaboration between craftsmen and nature — actually hails from one of Japan's snowiest regions.
More salad than soup, it has a sweet and savory sesame sauce with a colorful mix of veg and protein toppings like cucumbers, ham, and fried...
Enoshima stood straight ahead with Kamakura over to the right. Boats bobbed, windsurfers surfed and the elusive Mt. Fuji lurked beyond. Welcome to Morito Beach!
from spring to summer, the lack of busy traffic, cool Hokkaido breeze and astonishing scenery all make this charming region perfect for cycling.