Thunderous Taiko Drums


Japan has a long, proud history in its unique ancient culture and heritage that span centuries. Musical instruments have been an influential part of Japanese traditions as seen in the many festivals that are celebrated yearly. Some of these traditional Japanese instruments have withstood the test of time, notably the taiko drums, which have attracted quite a number of […]

The Versatility of Green Matcha


Matcha is finely ground powder of specially processed and grown green tea. A popular flavor in Japan, matcha is also used in the traditional Japanese tea ceremony that centers on the preparing, serving, and drinking of green tea. Matcha was discovered by a Chinese monk, from a tea plant called Camellia sinensis. The farming and processing […]

Delicious Japanese Fruits


Japan prides itself on its many gastronomical delights. Freshness is an unquestionable factor when it comes to the ingredients used in all Japanese cuisine. Fruits are laboriously cultivated by expert farmers and are packed with care. Here are some popular Japanese fruits to try when in Japan: Sudachi is a small, round, green citrus fruit with […]

The Historical Ueda Castle


Ueda Castle (上田城 Ueda-jō) plays an important part in Japanese history that exemplifies determination and courage. The castle was built in the late 16th century by the daimyo Sanada Masayuki who later became the governor. Sanada Masayuki was known for his resourcefulness and courage. He was skilled in war tactics and strategies and led his limited forces masterfully in bravely going […]

KCP Winter 2016 Students Explore Kamakura


Kamakura, one of Japan’s most popular destinations, has many historical Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples, some of which are over a thousand years old. The Great Buddha of Kamakura located in Kōtoku-in (a Buddhist temple of the Jōdo-shū sect), Kamakura City, is one of the famous attractions that draws visitors every year. The Great Buddha of Kamakura is a bronze statue of […]

Ukai: The Traditional Japanese Way of Fishing


Ukai or cormorant fishing is a traditional fishing method using trained cormorants (from the family of Phalacrocoracidae consisting of about 40 kinds of species of aquatic birds) to fish in rivers. Fishermen tie a snare by the base of the bird’s throat, preventing them from swallowing the bigger fish they catch. The smaller fish can […]

Exciting Gifu


Gifu City, located in the southern central portion of Gifu Prefecture in Japan, is also the prefecture’s capital.  Many interesting cultural and historical sites are found in Gifu, making it a favorite tourist destination. Two major rail lines connect the city to Japan’s national and international transportation infrastructures which allow visitors easy access to Gifu. There’s JR […]

Delectable Karaage


Karaage chicken is popularly known as Japan’s version of fried chicken. What makes it different from other types of fried chicken is its size and seasoning. Chicken karaage is often served in boneless bite-sized pieces and is specially seasoned with a mouth-watering mix of popular Asian flavors such as ginger and sesame. Karaage is a Japanese […]

Explore the Exciting World of Japanese Robotics


The biannual International Robot Exhibition in Tokyo is a thrilling event that showcases futuristic machines and realistic androids exhibiting a number of noteworthy advantages. The December 2015 exhibition focused on disaster relief to help aid Japan and its people in times of natural calamities. The world of robotics has long been a subject of fascination for […]

The Secrets to Japanese Longevity


Japan is a country whose citizens live a long, full, and healthy life. In the World Health Statistics 2015 announced by the World Health Organization (WHO), Japan has the longest average lifespan in the entire world! Compared to other countries, the average lifespan of Japanese men and women combined is 84 years, Americans’ average is 79 […]