Tips on How to Keep Safe While Studying Abroad

Japan is ranked as one of the safest countries in the world. The country has an incredibly low crime rate. A 2014 Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development study ranked Japan as “the safest country in the world.” Japan also reports “the second-lowest homicide rate after Iceland and the second-lowest assault rate after Canada.” Japan is proud of […]

The Enchanting Iya Valley

Iya Valley is considered one of the last vestiges of Japan’s old world. Historically, the remote Iya Valley (祖谷渓, Iyakei) served as a sanctuary for the members of the Taira Clan or the Heike, who took refuge in the region after losing the Genpei War (1180-1185), during the end of the Heian Period. Descendants of the Heike […]

National Museum of Western Art Makes UNESCO World Heritage List

On July 17, 2016, the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) committee recognized buildings in seven countries for their innovation and influence in laying the foundation for modern architecture. The National Museum of Western Art in Ueno Park, Tokyo, and 16 other buildings designed by the Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier have been added to […]

Japanese Superstitions and O-mikuji

Japanese superstitions are deeply rooted in the history and culture of the people. These beliefs are meant to serve as lessons and practical advice for everyday life. Some common superstitions in Japan have been adapted for Japanese culture from other countries. Japan shares many superstitious beliefs with other Asian countries, especially the Chinese, with whom they share close […]

The Holy Trail of Kumano Kodō

The sacred trails of Kumano Kodō (熊野古道) are a series of ancient trails used for the pilgrimage to the sacred site Kumano Sanzan, the Three Grand Shrines of Kumano. The Kumano Kodō and Kumano Sanzan, along with Koyasan and Yoshino and Omine, are part of UNESCO’s designated World Heritage Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range of Japan. […]

Must Try Ramen Spots in Tokyo!

Ramen (ラーメン) is synonymous with Japan and has caught the attention of people from all across the globe, even those with the most discriminating palates. Ramen is a delicious steaming hot bowl of Japanese soup made with Chinese-style wheat noodles. A good ramen consists of a tasty broth that takes hours to make, topped with an assortment of […]

Timeless Beppu Bamboo Crafts

Beppu is a city in Ōita Prefecture on the island of Kyushu in Japan. It is strategically nestled between the sea and mountains making it a popular spot for its hot springs, or onsen. Beppu has eight geothermal hot spots (Earth’s internal heat), also known as “eight hells of Beppu”.  Beppu is not only known for their amazing hot springs, but […]

Must See Places in Tokyo!

Tokyo is the bustling capital of Japan. It embodies the rich history, culture, and traditions and the awe inspiring progress of Japan and its people throughout the centuries.  If you’re only there for a short visit or when you are trying to squeeze in some relaxation in your busy schedule and Tokyo is your only destination, […]

Tips on Emphasizing Your KCP Experience in Your Resume

Your Japanese language immersion experience with KCP is an impressive element of your resume. It’s not just the Japanese language that you may have learned while in Japan. Living in another country can give you a wealth of worldliness. You can come back home bringing with you newfound insights, you may see things from a different […]

Wrapping with Fukusa

Giving gifts is a common Japanese custom.  Different types of gifts are given depending on the occasion. A lot of attention is also given to the wrapping of presents. Fukusa is a Japanese textile used for gift-wrapping and also used in Japanese tea ceremony. Fukusa in a Japanese tea ceremony can refer to several types […]