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No Bad Apples in the Bunch – Fruit as a Status Symbol in Japan

Dec 21, 2016 By Justin Hanus

There are quite a few things that evoke the saying, "Only in Japan." Fruit as a status symbol is one....[ Click to read more ]

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Ramen 101: How and What to Order

Nov 28, 2016 By Justin Hanus

Oh the weather outside might be frightful, but a warm bowl of ramen is so delightful. With Japanese winter in...[ Click to read more ]

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Nakanoshima River Cruise in Osaka

By Justin Hanus

Located between the Dojima and Tosabori rivers, the island of Nakanoshima is a gorgeous sight to behold any time of...[ Click to read more ]

Shorter Days + Cooler Weather = Momijigari

Oct 25, 2016 By Justin Hanus

There is only a relatively small band of latitudes across planet earth where the chlorophyll in the leaves of deciduous...[ Click to read more ]

It’s Fall in Japan; Time to get Nutty about Chestnuts

Oct 24, 2016 By Justin Hanus

For many folks autumn in Japan means chestnuts. Asia is known as both the largest producer and the largest consumer...[ Click to read more ]

If It is Important in Japan There’s a Mascot

By Justin Hanus

In their original incarnation, mascots were intended to provide luck; and so you found them most often with military units,...[ Click to read more ]

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The Wisdom of Ancient Stones – Tsunami Stones

Sep 27, 2016 By Justin Hanus

Japan is a most beguiling land of ancient wisdom and modern technology. The two beliefs often mingle and sometimes conflict....[ Click to read more ]

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Kyoto’s October Festivals

By Justin Hanus

October’s cool temperatures and changing fall landscape makes it the perfect month to enjoy the rich history and beautiful natural...[ Click to read more ]

The Art Beneath Our Feet

By Justin Hanus

Travel to France and you might well come home with an extensive photographic collection of stained glass cathedral art. Travel...[ Click to read more ]

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Big Traffic Brother Is Watching You

Aug 21, 2016 By Justin Hanus

In many places the eternal battle between motorist and traffic cop is carried on like a game of cat and...[ Click to read more ]