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How Japan Became the Hottest Ski Destination in the World

The Winter Olympics have been held in two different regions of Japan, Hokkaido/Sapporo and Nagano, yet for decades the island nation has remained off …

Led Zeppelin, Bowie, Queen, the Stones, and More... 25 Fascinating Photographs Capture Rock Stars As Tourists in Japan in the 1970s and 1980s

When Led Zeppelin arrived in Japan for a 1971 tour less than two months before the release of their fourth album, it was a time of great excitement …

Japan

Every Single Insane Thing I've Done to Score a Reservation in Tokyo

I tried <i>everything</i> to get a reservation. I got Japanese friends to call, but they were repeatedly told the 10-seat restaurant was fully booked. I asked concierges at the city’s top hotels to help, but they needed at least two months notice, and, even then, they couldn’t make any promises. One time I …

Japan

25 Japanese foods we love -- from tempura to miso

<b>(CNN) —</b> Japan is often called a "Galapagos" when it comes to technology, as the country's cultural isolation tends to produce innovations found nowhere else in the world. The same can be said about its food.<p>Japan is a culinary wonderland thanks to its unique heritage, a national obsession with …

Japan

Day Trip: Ultimate Photo Tour Through Kyoto, Japan | Moment

Travel<p>Day Trip: Ultimate Photo Tour Through Kyoto, Japan<p>Words +<p>Photos<p>| Meljun Picardal<p>Previous Post Next Post<p>If you’re heading to Japan, you …

Photographs of Fireflies at Night by Hiroki Ishikura

click images to enlargeSummer and fireflies go hand-in-hand in Japan. And during the short period of May through June, a select group of …

Japanese Culture

Tokyo train station at rush hour is just endless humans, and it's terrifying

We definitely wouldn't want to be caught in this rush hour traffic.<p>A Japanese user posted a video on Twitter showing thousands and thousands of …

A Flavored Kit Kat Factory Is Coming to Japan

One of our favorite Japanese snack souvenirs is about to get easier to find.<p>Japan is about to break itself off a piece of that Kit Kat business. (Bad joke, but you get it.) According to CNNMoney, the wafer bars are so popular on the island nation that Nestlé is building its first new Japanese …

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Japan's New Royal Express Train Offers a Luxurious Ride Through the Izu Peninsula

The train's interior looks like something out of a Victorian-era movie.<p>If you've ever traveled in Japan, you know how well the trains run; while byzantine in layout, the rail system is efficient, inexpensive, and reliable. And now, the Land of the Rising Sun just added another reason to choose …

Victorian Era

Inside Tokyo’s huge VR arcade

This VR arcade is proving to be a new Tokyo hotspot, with 12 virtual reality titles – including <i>Mario Kart</i> – available for gamers.<p>If you’re in Tokyo, …

Mario Kart

18 Fun Things You Have To See And Do In Tokyo

Tokyo is one of the most iconic cities in the world and one that is buzzing with life, culture and incredible things for us travellers to do. Far …

Japan

Thousands of colourful goldfish are on display at Art Aquarium in Japan

Every year for the past decade, Japan has held a hugely popular art exhibition featuring thousands of goldfish displayed in dynamic, colourful ways. This year, the ambitious project is back bigger than ever, with plans in place for a six-month stint that spans the cities of Tokyo and Kyoto.<p>Called …

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The Tokyo Neighborhood You Need to Know

Photo by Strelka Institute for Media/Flickr<p>Kōenji rewards intrepid travelers with killer vinyl, curious vintage shops, and secret-alley bar …

Japan: everything you NEED to do in Tokyo & Kyoto

Want a once-in-a-lifetime trip? Japan in springtime, when the cherry blossom famously puts on a brief but breathtaking show, is unlike anywhere else …

Japan
Japan

The fruit that makes everything taste better

I try not to, but I often take lemons for granted. I’ll buy a few more than I need for a recipe, drop the extras into a refrigerator drawer and forget them for weeks. Then one day, I’ll be scrounging around trying to put a meal together with what seems like nothing, and I’ll reach for one. A …

Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

23 High-Protein Breakfasts to Keep You Full All Morning

Most of us have no problem getting in our daily dose of protein—in fact, we might be consuming even more of it than we need. But it turns out it's …

Healthy Eating

16 Crazy Things You Can't Not Do When You're In Tokyo

This woman wrote not one, but two books on wacky stuff you can see and do in Tokyo — and here are her expert recommendations.

Explore the Street Art and Murals of Tokyo’s Tennozu Isle

the largest of the murals can be seen from the other side of the shore<p>Tennozu Isle is a small island in Tokyo Bay that was built over a period of 14 …

16 Rhubarb Recipes That Aren’t Pie

To some, rhubarb is a summertime staple, and for others, it’s a complete mystery (is it a fruit? Is it a vegetable? Hint: It’s totally a veggie). Lovingly dubbed the “pie plant,” it’s widely known as a summer pie filling — and not much else. We’re here to tell you that it is SO much more than the …

Breakfast

nextstations replaces walls with windows in japanese local sightseeing train

<b>ICHIBANSEN/nextstations replaces walls with windows in japanese local sightseeing train</b><br>(above) running train with mt. myoko in the background<br>all …

Japan

Japan's Harajuku Station to be rebuilt ahead of 2020 Tokyo Olympics

<b>East Japan Railway Company</b> today released images of <b>new building designs</b> planned for <b>three stations</b> on two of the city’s popular train lines.<p>JR East …

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Why Is Animation Only For Kids In The US? - Answerman

<i>James asks:</i><p>In the United States, most people seem to be under the impression that animated works are primarily for children and families, while the …

41 Salmon Recipes for All Your Roasting, Grilling, and Pan-Searing Needs

Salmon just never seems to get old. Here are our best easy salmon recipes to make with our favorite weeknight dinner protein.<p>We love salmon for a million reasons, but #1 is definitely salmon's versatility. Whether grilled, roasted, pan-seared, or smoked, this weeknight dinner all-star never gets …

Seafood

ninkipen! gandare house in osaka, japan

<b>ninkipen! peels up gandare house’s façade to form canopy in japan</b><br>all images © hiroki kawata<p><b>rising at three-storeys in a dense neighborhood in</b> …

This Man Knows All of Tokyo’s Food Secrets

This dude has impressed Anthony Bourdain, Wylie Dufresne, and many other chefs from around the world with his restaurant knowledge. His secrets will most likely blow your mind, too.<p>Tokyo is a mindfuck.<p>No amount of research or any guidebook will be able to adequately prepare you for its quickfire, …

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The Night Streets of Tokyo, Captured 'Blade Runner'-Style

By day, Liam Wong is an art director for a video game company. By night, he photographs the color and chaos of the largest city in the world.<p>One evening in Kabukichō, Tokyo’s red light district, Liam Wong snapped a photo (above) that changed how he saw the city: A taxi stands parked outside a “love …

How Akira sent shockwaves through pop culture and changed it

Ask anyone – Katsuhiro Otomo’s 1988 film <i>Akira</i> is largely considered the most important animation of all time. OF ALL TIME, Kanye West will tell you. It served as a visual ammo for his video for “Stronger”, some of its signature graphics recreated exactly as they appeared in the film.<p>One of <i>Akira</i>’s …

Anime