2022 will mark the 150th anniversary of the opening of Japan’s first railway.
Japanese train spotters take their hobby very seriously (ever seen the contest where people do vocal impressions of all the different train types?) Actually, all of Japan takes railways seriously, which is why we have awesome trains like the Shinkansen and why the Ministry of Land Transport is the official organiser of this event.
Timed to coincide with National Railway Day, there will be booths from the main rail companies and Thomas the Tank Engine – perennial favourite of pre-school children everywhere – will be there too.
After a few years of cancelations, the 91st Shimokitazawa Tengu Festival will go ahead. What happens? Every year during Japan’s Setsubun Festival (the day before spring in the old Japanese calendar), many demon-like characters called tengu prowl the streets of […]
As part of the Chinese Spring Festival celebrations in Yokohama’s Chukagai (Chinatown), there will be a variety of traditional performance art on show. Expect lion dances, dragon dances, other dancing, songs, harps and acrobatics. The event takes place in Yamashita-cho […]
It’s not spring yet — despite what social media is telling you — so why not get in the winter mood with some sake, fresh seafood, and live entertainment at this year’s Winter Festival in Yoyogi Park. What is there […]
There’s no train in sight at this ekiben tournament near Shinagawa. Ekiben, the combination of eki (station) and bento (lunchbox), are highly popular in Japan and are usually eaten on a long train journey to somewhere far off and exciting. […]