Uncovering the Secrets Behind Ninja Techniques

by Amy on May 15 2017 |


Authentic documents that cover details about ninja missions and techniques were recently discovered in a town in western Japan. Japanese historians agree that these are important documents because they prove that the profession of ninja (those who secretly conducted espionage, sabotage and assassination) was something passed down for generations. Ninja clans were especially prevalent in the cities of Koka and Iga in Mie Prefecture but diminished during the Edo Period (1603-1868) until they no longer existed well into the Meiji Period (1868-1912). Read full story...

Japan Day 6: The Floating Gates (Itsukushima Shrine) Timelapse

by Dave on May 09 2017 |


The floating gates are a sight to see. Arriving right before sunset we were able to capture a cool timelapse of Itsukushima Shrine slowly illuminating in the darkness. Check out the video in the full story! Read full story...

East Japan Railway Company Unveils Ultra Luxury Shiki-Shima Train Line

by Dave on May 04 2017 |


Japan has the best transit system in the world and it's getting more luxurious with the announcement of the Shiki-Shima train. The catch: tickets will cost between $3,000-$10,000 a piece. Read full story...

Japan Day 5: Shibuya Crossing At Night (VIDEO)

by Dave on May 03 2017 |


Shibuya crossing is a sight to see during rush hour, but at night it's a bit less chaotic due to all the pretty lights and advertisements. Check out the video in the full story! Read full story...

Japan Day 4: Pokémon Center Mega Tokyo (VIDEO)

by Dave on May 01 2017 |


We visit the mega-Tokyo Pokémon Center and try to not buy everything. Check out the video in the full story! Read full story...

Japan Day 3: Nara Prefecture. Cherry Blossoms and Bowing Deer (VIDEO)

by Dave on Apr 25 2017 |


Check out our third day in Japan - we get to see some Cherry Blossoms and bow to Nara deer! View the video in the full story! Read full story...

Japan Day 2: Harajuku and Cotton Candy (VIDEO)

by Dave on Apr 20 2017 |


Day 2 is up - and we visited Harajuku and had a bit too many candy treats. Check out the video in the full story Read full story...

Japan Day 1: Jetlag, Skytree, And A Panda. (VIDEO)

by Dave on Apr 19 2017 |


We're posting some quick edits of our journey (almost) every day. Check out the video in the full story to see a glimpse of our visit to Skytree and Ueno Zoo to see the Pandas! Read full story...

We'll Be In Japan April 18th-May 1st And You're Coming With Us!

by Dave on Apr 18 2017 |


Surprise! We're actually - as a blog named Japan Yay - going to be in Japan (surprising, eh?) for close to two weeks starting Tuesday, April 18th! Our entire itinerary is posted below - and we're bringing you along via Facebook LIVE! If you haven't liked Japan Yay on Facebook yet and want to catch our live streams from Japan, be sure to do so ASAP! Check the full story for our entire itinerary. Read full story...

Chibi Tamagotchi Released in Japan for Ultimate 90’s Nostalgia

by Amy on Apr 12 2017 |


The classic Tamagotchi tchotchke has once again hit the Japanese market, in chibi (tiny!) form. Japanese toy company Bandai first released the gadget globally in 1997 (following a positive Japan-only release in 1996), selling over 76 million worldwide at the time. Due to its huge success, several knock-off versions by other companies were distributed across the world, but none are as iconic and endearing as Bandai’s innovative egg-shaped digital companion. Read full story...

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