Nagasaki is a city so soaked in the history of Japan and the West that you can hardly turn a corner without stepping into a significant space. The Glover Garden is one such place. In 1863, Thomas Blake Glover, a Scotsman, established his estate on top of Minami-Yamate hill. In 1898, the American John Luther Long wrote “Madame Butterfly”, a short story that an Italian composer later turned into an opera of the same name. The Glover Garden’s ambiance and history have led to it being nicknamed “the Madame Butterfly House”, and today it is Nagasaki’s oldest Western-style wooden house.
The winter illuminations are a gorgeous counterpart to the summer illuminations: in the brisk cold of the southern island’s winter, you can see the Gardens’ shrubbery and lawns beautifully lit to create a Christmas-y mood.
The Kansai Queer Film Festival (KQFF) screens a wide range of films on the themes of gender, sexuality and equality from both Japan and all over the world. Now in its 15th year, KQFF 2022 will be held in Kyoto […]
The home of green tea in Japan, the small town holds a traditional tea-jar opening ceremony on the first Sunday in October each year. Located just between Kyoto and Nara, Uji has long been famous for producing high quality green […]
Just the right thing to get you ready for the spookiest month of the year. The Hanazono Rugby Stadium will turn into a night you’ll never forget. You have been invited to the event “Hanazono Wakuwaku Rugby Stadium” but as […]
The Paantu festival takes place on the Okinawa Prefecture island of Miyakojima in the far south of the archipelego. It was cancelled in 2021, so we can only hope 2022 goes ahead. What happens and when is it? The villagers […]