Osechi Ryori: The Story Behind Traditional Japanese New Year Food

It’s 2017! In Japan, the New Year is one of the most anticipated holidays. Many Japanese mark the arrival of the New Year with age old traditions such as kadomatsu (a bamboo-pine arrangement placed at the entrance of the home), otoshidama (giving money to children), hatsumōde (first trip to a shrine or temple in the […]

Natural Cold Remedies and Japanese Medication for Colds and Flu

Winter is upon us! Winters in Japan are generally dry but, as everywhere in the northern Hemisphere, the days are shorter. Some attractions close for the season, but skiing is very much the anticipated activity this time of the year. For some countries that experience winter, it can be quite a challenge to avoid getting colds […]

Countdown to KCP’s Spring 2017 Application Deadline

Cherry blossoms in full bloom, hanami parties left and right, and an array of festivals to take part in. Spring is the perfect time to visit Japan. There is no better place to admire and experience the beauty of the season than with all the lush foliage Japan has to offer, as well as the […]

Shiratani Unsuikyo Ravine: The Magical Forest of Princess Mononoke

Princess Mononoke, or “Spirit/Monster Princess” is an epic anime historical fantasy from 1997. It was written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. It was produced by Toshio Suzuki and Studio Ghibli was responsible for bringing the film to life. Released in the U.S. in 1999, the film was a critical and commercial hit and was the […]

Cheap Eats in Tokyo for Students on a Budget

For a student trying to get by on a budget, every cent counts. Food is one of the necessary expenses that can eat up your budget. There are many options for saving on food such as cooking but with the limited time of stay in Japan, cooking may not always be an option. Tokyo can […]

Akemashite Omedetou 2017!

Like most countries, Shōgatsu or the Japanese New Year, is celebrated on January 1. Before the Meiji period, the Japanese New Year was based on the Chinese lunar calendar which was observed in Korea, China, and Vietnam. New Year is probably the most anticipated celebration in the country. Most Japanese mark the arrival of the […]

Getting around Tokyo on a Student’s Budget

The allure of exploring a new place in a different country is one of the best perks of studying abroad. Discovering exotic locations, culture, language, tradition, and of course, bargain shopping! Tokyo is one of the most expensive cities in the world, and for any foreign student, it may be quite a challenge to stay on […]

Breathtaking Winter Landscapes in Japan

Winter in Japan can be as equally exciting as any other time of the year. Each season brings something new and beautiful to the landscape and surroundings that makes your visit fun and memorable. Winter in different parts of Japan presents varied experiences. It’s such a north-south country, there’s a great difference in climate. Big […]

The Deserted Hashima Island

Hashima island, also known as Gunkanjima (or ‘Battleship Island’) and Ghost Island, is one of the 505 uninhabited islands of Nagasaki Prefecture in Japan. Nearly a century ago (from 1887 to 1974), it was a bustling coal mining facility and home to thousands of workers. When the demand for coal began to shift to petrol, the […]