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A to Z of Japanese Musical Instruments

Nov 24, 2020 By Justin Hanus

Traditional Japanese music sounds quite different from Western music for a few reasons. For one thing, there’s less emphasis on...[ Click to read more ]

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Winter Illumination in Kansai 2020

Nov 19, 2020 By Justin Hanus

Don’t let the cold stop you from heading outside as there are beautiful displays of holiday lights throughout the Kansai...[ Click to read more ]

Winter Illumination in Hiroshima 2020

Nov 19, 2020 By Matt Mangham

Seasonal illuminations are a big deal in Japan. From the famous Kobe Luminarie, donated by the Italian government following the...[ Click to read more ]

The Sacred Route Between Japan’s Most Revered Shrines

Oct 29, 2020 By Admin

Intro: A path of enlightenment from the Kii-peninsula to Ise. The basis for Japan’s focus on nature in its indigenous...[ Click to read more ]

Finish Yard Weeding in Autumn

Oct 28, 2020 By Admin

Weeding is one of the many time consuming and tiring chores required around the house. You do it, but the...[ Click to read more ]

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Planning a Visit to Shiga Prefecture in Kansai

Oct 26, 2020 By Justin Hanus

Just to the east of Kyoto in the Kansai region is Lake Biwa — the largest lake in Japan. Surrounding...[ Click to read more ]

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Miyajima – A Holy Island That’s Wholly Worth a Visit

Oct 26, 2020 By Bert Wishart

Hiroshima Prefecture has much to offer it, from the hustle and bustle of the city, the somber and thought-provoking memorials,...[ Click to read more ]

Hisaya Odori Park – Shopping and Dining in Style at Nagoya’s Latest Attraction

Oct 26, 2020 By Bert Wishart

A couple of years ago, there was some consternation amongst Nagoyans when the tall trees that lined Sakae's Hisaya Odori...[ Click to read more ]

Craft Beer in Tokyo and Yokohama

Oct 20, 2020 By Bert Wishart

Japanese beer is usually thought of as just the 'big three': Asahi, Kirin, and Sapporo. While these are great when...[ Click to read more ]

In the Frame – Playing Pool and Billiards in Hiroshima

Sep 29, 2020 By Bert Wishart

"Show me a man who is good at pool, and I'll show you a man who had a misspent youth,"...[ Click to read more ]