Japan Travel

Japan’s Cherry Blossoms: When is Cherry Blossom Season in Japan?

Japan’s Cherry Blossoms: When is Cherry Blossom Season in Japan?

A cloud of soft pink petals coating the world in a blanket of springtime joy- it sounds like a fairytale or a scene from an anime. But in Japan, this beautiful dream comes true once a year- during cherry blossom season! Called 桜 sakura in Japanese, cherry blossom time in Japan is without a doubt…

What is a Tatami Mat?

What is a Tatami Mat?

You’ve likely noticed that the flooring in Japanese rooms looks different than what we are used to in the West. This type of flooring is called tatami and, like many things in Japan, it’s quite interesting. What is Tatami? A tatami is a type of mat used as flooring material in Japanese rooms. Traditionally, the…