Halloween in Japan


Halloween is just around the corner and Japan has caught up with the spooky craze! Over the years, Halloween has become the second favorite foreign holiday after Christmas. The country is no stranger to playing dress-up, as it popularized cosplay, performance art, and wearing costumes and fashion accessories to look like a particular character. Japan is a natural […]

Popular Fall 2016 Anime Adaptations


The anime industry in Japan is fueled by more than 400 production studios in the country alone, and it has continued to gain significant international success over the years. Here’s what’s happening with the Fall 2016 anime lineup. Bungo Stray Dogs – Season 2 Bungo Stray Dogs (文豪ストレイドッグス Bungō Sutorei Doggusu), is a Japanese manga series written by […]

Mount Takao: A Gem to Discover Near Tokyo


Japan is an island nation composed of 6,852 islands. The four largest islands, making up about 97% of the country, are Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu. Japan also has over 200 volcanoes and breathtaking mountainous terrains. One of the most popular mountains in Japan is Mount Fuji, a staggering 12,389 feet high: the tallest mountain […]

Unearthing Sado


Sado is just one of the thousands of islands to discover in Japan. Its city takes up the whole of Sado Island in Niigata Prefecture, in the Chūbu region. Sado, the sixth largest island in the country, has an interesting past. Sado (佐渡市 Sado-shi) contains two mountain ranges that run from southwest to northeast. The Ōsado range to the north is […]

Take a Dip in Japan’s Many Hot Springs


Japan is a beautiful island nation consisting of almost 7,000 islands. Rich in many natural resources, over 70% of the country is mountainous, and there are over 200 volcanoes in the Japanese jurisdiction. As a volcanically active nation, Japan has literally thousands of hot spring resorts or onsen. Hot springs are waters heated by geothermal energy. Japan […]

Tottori Prefecture and its Many Gems


Tottori Prefecture (鳥取県 Tottori-ken), located in the Chūgoku region of Japan, is the country’s least populous prefecture and one of the most beautiful places to visit. The word “Tottori” comes from two kanji characters 鳥, which means “bird” and the second, 取 means “to get.” Early settlers in the area made a living by catching waterfowl. The Nihon shoki […]

Delicious Mosaic Sushi


Sushi, a popular Japanese favorite, has reached the far corners of the world. It’s healthful,  fast to get or make, and a complete, filling meal. Sushi (すし, 寿司, 鮨) usually consists of cooked rice mixed with vinegar and sweet sake, raw or cooked seafood, seaweed, and vegetables. The ingredients and presentation vary, but sushi always contains rice. […]

KCP Alumnus Tyrone Harmon’s Japan Experience


Summer Short-term 2016 student Tyrone Harmon sure knew how to have a fantastic time while studying at KCP in Japan. We have pictures to prove it! Thanks for sharing, Tyrone. Ninja Showdown. | KCP Flickr Ikebukuro Dorm. | KCP Flickr Cross culture cooking lessons. | KCP Flickr At the Kawaii Monster Cafe. | KCP Flickr […]

Japanese Athletes Go for Gold at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics


Still fresh with excitement  from the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics, Japanese athletes are coming into focus with the anticipation of what’s to come when Japan hosts the 2020 Olympic games. Japan proudly competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil from the 5th to the 25th of August and earned a bevy of awards […]

Karaoke Time!


Karaoke is the best way to either shine or embarrass yourself in front of an audience. For anyone who wants to belt out a tune with a full accompaniment (as opposed to a cappella), karaoke is the answer to your prayers! Karaoke is a popular pastime for singing enthusiasts all around the world. The word  […]