Exterior shot of a shopping district in Osaka lit up in yellow celebrate Golden Week in Japan.

A Simple Guide to Golden Week in Japan

Golden Week is one of the longest holiday seasons in Japan, started in 1948. The name ‘Golden Week’ was coined in 1951 after the phrase ‘golden time’ from Japan’s radio and TV phrase, which was the primetime listening hours.

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A plate of karaage, or Japanese fried chicken, with some lemon on the side.

Karaage: The Story of Japanese Fried Chicken

Karaage, also known as Japanese fried is golden, juicy and crispy. It comes in many varieties from all over Japan, and utilizes many different flavors. Let’s learn more about karaage’s origins, and its worldwide fame.

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An imposing red gate torii gate, reflective of shinto in Japan.

The Ultimate Guide to Shinto in Japan

Shinto is based on beliefs in the supernatural and nature itself. Its beliefs of purity, respect for the cycle of life, and “the way of the Gods” underline every aspect of traditional and modern Japanese culture. 

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