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Tokyo’s Jazz Scene

Aug 30, 2017 By Mark Guthrie

When you think of music in Japan it is hard to get past the impression of super-cutesy J-Pop idols, adorably...[ Click to read more ]

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The Yatai Festival at Osaka Castle

Aug 28, 2017 By

Picture in your mind the usual selection of Japanese yatai and festival foods, like karaage, tama sen, JUMBO hot dogs, "kakigori"...[ Click to read more ]

Tokyo’s Alternative, and More Interesting, Beer Gardens

Aug 24, 2017 By Mark Guthrie

[caption id="attachment_33163" align="aligncenter" width="650"] Summer Nights at Yoyogi Village Beer Terrace[/caption] It could be argued (by me at least) that...[ Click to read more ]

Nara, the Original Capital City of Culture

Aug 24, 2017 By Mark Guthrie

Some 1,300 years ago the Empress Genmei established the seat of power in the mountainous area of Heijō-kyō, and in doing so...[ Click to read more ]

Lagunasia, Aichi’s Premier Amusement Park

Aug 24, 2017 By Mark Guthrie

Laguna Gamagori is an exciting, fun marine resort complex in the Bay of Mikawa, and is a place at which...[ Click to read more ]

Need for Speed: a Day at The Suzuka Circuit and Motopia Amusement Park

Aug 24, 2017 By Mark Guthrie

Japan is a nation for which the production of automobiles has driven (pun intended) its development and economy for generations,...[ Click to read more ]

Digging into the Rituals of Clam Digging

Aug 24, 2017 By Justin Hanus

They begin showing up on the beaches in late spring and continue to gather all summer long, armed with small...[ Click to read more ]

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Kobe’s Cutest Menace: Wild Boars

Aug 24, 2017 By Justin Hanus

Sometimes the most dangerous animals are not the ones you expect. In the United States the animal that kills the...[ Click to read more ]

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Horse Archery on Display in Kobe

Aug 24, 2017 By Justin Hanus

In the history of warfare there has seldom been a more impressive warrior than the horse archer. Riding a steed...[ Click to read more ]

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