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Getting Dramatic – Kabuki in Tokyo

Nov 19, 2016 By Bert Wishart

When one thinks of Japanese high art, alongside haiku, ukiyo-e, and the movies of Yasujiro Ozu, kabuki is most probably one...[ Click to read more ]

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Vaping in Tokyo

Nov 17, 2016 By Bert Wishart

While vaping, the alternative to smoking which its advocates claim to have none of the adverse affects of tobacco, is...[ Click to read more ]

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Kyoto Hanatouro Illumination Festivals

Nov 14, 2016 By Ray Proper

Hanatouro is an "illumination festival" that happens in Kyoto twice a year at two separate locations.  Actually there are two...[ Click to read more ]

Kobe Animal Kingdom

Oct 27, 2016 By

For anyone who likes birds, plants and animals, but really isn't into the whole dirty and bug infested wilderness thing,...[ Click to read more ]

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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

Oct 24, 2016 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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Hungry in Hiroshima?

Oct 21, 2016 By Jade Brischke

Feeling hungry? Well look no further than the annual Hiroshima Food Festival. It’s held every year in October and with...[ Click to read more ]

Nagoya Players Theater: Jukebox Paradise

Oct 21, 2016 By Ray Proper

Jukebox Paradise Set in a teen malt shop in Hilo, Hawaii during the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, Phil and...[ Click to read more ]

Family Fun in Tokyo at Yomiuri Land Amusement Park

Oct 20, 2016 By Bert Wishart

While the sprawling Disney resort is the most famous amusement park in the Tokyo area it is by no means...[ Click to read more ]