The International Food Festival UTAGE 2017 in Osaka, offers a unique opportunity for foreigners and locals alike to enjoy the different flavors of Japanese cuisine and the evolution of Japanese food. Occurring only once every four years, the UTAGE 2017, i
Shōwa Day marks the beginning of Golden Week on April 29. From commemorating the controversial Emperor Shōwa, also known as Emperor Hirohito, to recognizing Japan's rebound from World War II, Shōwa Day has undergone various official reasons to celebrate.
Premium Friday, the Japanese government's latest attempt to curb "karoshi" or "death by overwork" and stimulate the economy, has failed spectacularly. With voluntary participation and lack of planning, it is clear that Japan needs to address the work-life
Yoshino Mountain in Nara is renowned for its iconic views of sakura covered mountains, but there is so much more to explore. From delicious food, to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Yoshimizu Shrine, there is plenty to enjoy besides the cherry blossoms.
What were the determining factors behind which animations made the cut as nominees of the "Feature Animation" category at Tokyo Anime Award Festival 2017? IZANAU sits down with the anime industry veteran, Tomoyuki Saito, to find out.
Spring time in Japan is the start of new beginnings, and these five movies capture the spirit of the Japanese spring perfectly. From high school graduations to sakura season, get in the spring spirit while watching these movies.
IZANAU sits down with the preliminary selectors of the short animation features featured in Tokyo Anime Award Festival 2017. Keiko Shiraishi and Haruki Kasugamori have been in the anime industry for years and IZANAU learns about their thought process behi
Golden Week in Japan consists of Showa Day, Constitution Memorial Day, Greenery Day and Children's Day. Golden Week is one of the busiest and most crowded times of the year, so here is our guide to avoiding the crowds and congestion.
The Shōwa era was a bittersweet one - full of both enlightenment and tragedy. The ambivalence is also reflected on Shōwa Day, which marks the beginning of Golden Week in Japan. It is a commemoration of Emperor Hirohito who led Japan to World War II, and a
Melco plans to construct a multi-billion dollar casino in Osaka, as Japan legalizes gambling. The entertainment complex would include restaurants, bars, spas and nightlife, along with casinos, and would capitalize on tourists and Japanese public.
April, and springtime in general, is a time for new beginnings in Japan. From graduations, to new jobs and the beginning of a new fiscal year, watch these J-Dramas to inspire you for the upcoming year
In a recent gaffe, Mayor Kyohei Sakita of Nichinan, sent his employees a "sexy" LINE message, that was meant for one set of eyes only. Embarrassingly enough, the LINE message was addressed to another employee, raising questions about power and sexual hara
The fictional, competitive ice skating world created by director Sayo Yamamoto, and writer Mitsurou Kubo, for "Yuri!!! on Ice" has captured the hearts of millions around the world including professional figure skaters. The anime takes a revolutionary appr
Japan's teal-haired vocaloid, Hatsune Miku, will be performing at her biggest concert yet, from September 1st- September 3rd in Tokyo, which will also include a expo. There is a lottery to obtain tickets for the "Magical Mirai 2017" concert, and the winn
Japan has a variety of medication and products to prevent and treat allergies. From masks and medication, to filters and eye drops, learn how to find simple allergy relief during pollen season in Japan.
Takahiro Yoshida, an NHK executive, was arrested after making a home visit in hopes of collecting the NHK subscription fee and kissing the woman who opened the door. Japan's national broadcasting channel, NHK, has called called the situation "regrettable"
Izanau presents 4 model courses for people from Hong Kong heading to Sakai City!
Izanau presents 4 model courses for people from the UK heading to Sakai City!
In Japan, Golden Week is around the corner which means it's time to start planning your getaways! If you're visiting or staying in the Kansai area, here are our top five recommendations to make the most of Golden Week!
Izanau presents 4 model courses for Americans heading to Sakai City!