Japan Monthly Web Magazine – July 2016

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Feel the Heat of Summer Excitement in Japan with the “Three Great Festivals of Tohoku”

It`s the Matsuri festival season in Tohoku! Three of the most spectacular among them are the Sendai Tanabata Matsuri, the Aomori Nebuta Matsuri, and the Akita Kanto Matsuri, collectively known as the “Three Great Summer Festivals of Tohoku”. A perfect opportunity to feel the heat and noise and experience these unique cultural events.

Experience the finest professional technique and hospitality at nail salons in Japan

Let`s travel Japan with Japanese nail art on your fingers!
Japanese nail salons are not just a place to get your nail polished, but it`s « Nail Art Atelier” of 3D designing, gel coated art that is extremely long lasting the ordinary nail polish.?When having all 10 fingers painted with art, it can cost from around 3,000 yen to 15,000 yen depending on the nail salon and the details.
Why not book your appointment with one of the world class salons in Japan at the beginning of your vacation in Japan?

A must-see for railroad fans! Visit railway museums in Kyoto and Saitama!

Calling all the trainspotters! Visit newly opened “Kyoto Railway Museum”?opened in April 2016. Exhibiting from 1964 “0 Series Shinkansen bullet train” to a “C62 steam locomotive”, this new tourist spot has ever so popular Driving Simulator. It comes with driver`s uniforms and caps, and lets you feel as if you are a real train driver.
All aboard!

Why do Japanese people bring masks and parasols?

Looks weird? No,it`s Japanese manner and out of necessity.
Explore the mystery of why Japanese people bring masks and parasols?

Experience making lacquerware in Kawada, Sabae City in Fukui Prefecture – the home of lacquerware

Experience the art of Japanese lacquerware in Kawada, Sabae City.
There are production areas of lacquerware all over Japan from Hokkaido to Okinawa, but “Echizen lacquerware” has a particularly long history.
Check out the Step-by-step workshop report where you can experience the basic steps of making lacquerware.

Welcome to Japan`s “Omotenashi” Station!

Mosquito bite? Sunburn or just looking for duty-free Japanese cosmetics?
Super-drugstore “Matsukiyo” is the multilingual oasis for hot and humid Japanese summer

Experience vegetable culture in Japan – the land of longevity

Four seasons, four “SHUN,” the best season for vegetables!
In a supermarket, you can get the “SHUN” vegetables and experience vegetable culture in Japan.Alternatively, you can pick extra fresh seasonal Japanese vegetables from any convenience stores, in hassle free KAGOME “YASAI JUICE”. Is this the secret of the Japanese longevity?