Japan Fall Foliage Forecast 2021

Japan is famous for its four distinct and breathtaking seasons, and many visitors to the country often consider the Japanese autumn to be the most beautiful. As temperatures dip after the scorching summer, the colors of the leaves change into vibrant shades of orange, red, yellow, and brown. This fall foliage is a magnificent sight that has inspired artists and poets for centuries. In Japan, the natural phenomenon is called koyo or momiji (meaning red leaves). The activity of searching for the most striking shades of leaf is known as Momijigari (red leaf hunting) It has been popular in Japan for centuries and is now a major draw for tourists. Momijigari: Fall leaves viewing Autumn in Japan is known as Aki (秋) and the fall foliage is classified by two different terms: Koyo (紅葉) and Momiji

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Society 5.0 Expo in Tokyo Showcases Japan’s Latest Innovations

TOKYO — Japan is showcasing its latest scientific achievements, ranging from sea and air to space, as the government aims to boost and propagate cutting-edge technologies despite the country’s decline in international competitiveness in such fields. The Cabinet Office is co-hosting an event dedicated to “Society 5.0,” a future society the government believes Japan should aspire to. At the capital’s iconic 634-meter Tokyo Skytree, the world’s tallest tower, over 200 items are being exhibited as examples of Japan-born innovation — mostly publicly funded — and what the world could look like in 2030, after the government initiated this fiscal year a new five-year basic plan for science, technology and innovation. The main exhibitions began July 15 and will run through

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Japan National Stadium for the Olympic Games

  Editor’s Note: We share travel destinations, products and activities we recommend. If you make a purchase using a link on our site, we may earn a commission. The newly erected Japan National Stadium for the Tokyo Olympics. Photo from Wikipedia by Arne Müseler 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo kick off July 23, 2021, a year late, thanks to the COVID pandemic. The Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics are finally starting – in 2021. The July 23-Aug. 8 games were postponed a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will be held without spectators. They will be followed by the Paralympic Games Aug. 24-Sept. 5. The opening ceremony will take place from 8 to 11:30 p.m. (Tokyo time) on July 23.

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TeamLab and TikTok’s immersive sauna exhibition in Tokyo

teamLab & TikTok, teamLab Reconnect: Art with Rinkan Sauna Roppongi Staff members walk past “Ephemeral Solidified Light,” one of the installations at teamLab and TikTok’s “Reconnect: Art with Rinkan Sauna” in Tokyo. | AFP-JIJI It’s the hottest new exhibition in town: an immersive digital art experience filled with futuristic light installations that doubles up as a sauna complex. The sweaty but spectacular art show in Tokyo, which opened Monday, allows visitors to “experience art in their finest mental state.” People must wear swimsuits but can put indoor clothing on top to enter the exhibition, which contains seven saunas of various temperatures lit up atmospherically in bold colors from magenta to deep green. After a few minutes relaxing in the heat

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Taking on Tokyo Like a Local

Midnight trains packed with spent salarymen. Tangled streets snaking through canyons of neon light. Alleys wall-to-wall with shops hawking bowls of ramen and electronic parts. And of course, the world’s busiest crossing, where pedestrians glued to their cell-phone screens fire like pinballs every time the walk signal turns green. Images like these have branded Tokyo as a concrete jungle that never sleeps. But if you get to know the city’s vast constellation of neighborhoods, a more nuanced picture comes into view. From trendy Tomigaya to local-favorite Kichijoji, many areas prove that even Tokyo has a quiet side. Here are some of the best spots to experience Tokyo like a local. A great place to start is Tomigaya. Strolling the back

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Start Planning Your Next Trip to Japan

Whether virtually strolling gardens in Kyoto or keeping a live stream of Shibuya Crossing open in a tab at all times, Japan is kinda sorta always on our minds—especially as coronavirus cases around the region wane and the prospect of travel opening up becomes more realistic. Last week, Japanese officials approved a plan to remove the coronavirus state of emergency from Tokyo and four other prefectures, allowing schools, public facilities and businesses to reopen in phases in the coming weeks while watching any signs of a resurgence of infections. So, with this good news, we have begun plotting our next adventure to the country. With the help of Tokyo-based travel photographer Andrew Faulk (andrewfaulk.com), we’ve come up with five Japanese

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2 Exhibitions Featuring Ukiyo-e Masters in Japan

Famous Ukiyo-e prints all in one location Ukiyo-e is an iconic form of Japanese art that enjoyed immense popularity among the urban populace during the Edo period (1603-1868). Its popularity eventually spread to the West, where it profoundly influenced the Impressionist painters and other artists and sparked a craze for Japanese art known as Japonisme. Today, The Great Wave Off Kanagawa by Katsushika Hokusai is among the most recognizable works of Japanese art in the world. Hokusai and Hiroshige are known for their astonishing landscape art. The famous piece “The Great Wave” is undoubtedly Hokusai’s most famous piece. Hiroshige is not as famous outside of Japan but his art is often seen in Japan. It has a distinct flair and is easily recognizable once one is

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