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Japan but not as you know it – why the Setouchi region should be on your bucket list

Miles away from the maid cafes, the manga and the Japan that mostly lies in the minds of what people imagine Tokyo to be, lies the Setouchi …

Japan

First Time in Tokyo? Know These 18 Things Before You Go | For Two, Please

Tickets for Two April 10, 2018<p>Visiting Tokyo for the first time can be overwhelming, and planning a trip to this bustling city is a daunting task.</i> …

Japan

Beyond Tokyo: 8 of Japan's best foodie destinations

<b>(CNN) —</b> We all know about Tokyo 's amazing sushi, ramen and tempura.<p>Japan's capital is a gastronomic wonderland -- that comes as no surprise.<p>But if you want to really experience Japan's rich culinary canon, you'll need to get out of Tokyo and eat your way across the country.<p>"Japan has one of the …

Japan

Why Japanese cuisine goes sa-shi-su-se-so

by Marguerite Winter<p>You could say that Phaidon's new 464-page Japanese cookbook reduces in essence to a little tune that goes sa-shi-su-se-so, which …

Japan

On opening day, Japanese baseball is in the MLB spotlight

When the US Major League Baseball season begins today (March 29), one of the most closely watched players will be Shohei Ohtani, who is debuting in the US after a remarkable four-year career in Japan. Ohtani, who will play for the Anaheim Angels, was the both the best hitter and pitcher in Nippon …

Baseball

The Birth of Japan: Japan's answer to The Ten Commandments

For fans of classic cinema, watching Cecil B. deMille's <i>The Ten Commandments</i> (1956) is something of an Eastertime tradition. Renowned for its …

Box Office

30 of the Most Terrifying Haunted Places around the World

It seems that one of the most enduring aspects of cultural similarity found throughout the world involves the supernatural. No matter where you go …

Shopping in Roppongi, Akasaka & Around, Tokyo, Japan

Antiques in Roppongi, Akasaka & Around<p>If you're after a samurai sword or weaponry, this venerable place sells the genuine article – including antique sword guards and samurai helmets dating from the Edo period – as well as convincing replicas crafted by…

Japan

Early blooming cherry blossoms draw massive crowds in Tokyo

Tens of thousands of locals packed Ueno park as Tokyo's cherry blossom came into full bloom nearly nine days earlier than usual because of warmer weather.

Japan

Japan's Cherry Blossoms Made a Beautiful (Early!) Appearance, and the Photos Are Breathtaking

If you needed a beautiful Spring pick-me-up, we have good news: Japan's got you covered. The country's famous cherry blossoms made an early appearance in Tokyo this year, and have now reached full bloom, a sure sign of springtime. Crowds have gathered throughout the nation's capitol to appreciate …

Japan

5 Japanese Hot Spring Baths to Put on Your Bucket List

With Tokyo Fashion Week coming to a close, there is much to see and do outside of the collections—from the gardens to the shrines and the obligatory (and adorable) stationery store romps. However, few visitors know that across the volcanically active country lie thousands of natural hot springs …

Japan

10 Things Every Traveler Should Know Before Going to Japan

<b>Cash is king</b><p>Japan may be a common by-word for technology, but the country is very old-fashioned when it comes to handling money. Even today, in 2016, …

Here's A Secret Tip On How To Make And Eat Ramen Out Of The Bag

For when you're either very busy or very desperate.<p><i>This post was translated from Japanese.</i>

A walking tour of the Izu Peninsula, an hour from Tokyo by bullet train, where tradition meets tranquillity | Post Magazine | South China Morning Post

“Jumbo?” asks the kimonoed room attendant, perky yet deferential, looking me up and down. “Jumbo!” she decides, then disappears and returns a minute …

Japan

I've been to Tokyo twice and it feels like New York in an alternate universe — here are 6 of the coolest things Americans will find surprising

I sometimes describe Tokyo as New York in an alternate universe.<p>There are skyscrapers, a subway packed with commuters, busy sidewalks, bright lights, and buzzing energy. Many things about Tokyo feel familiar to the city-dweller.<p>And yet, for all its similarities, something at the very foundation of …

Japan

Visit Setouchi - JapanTravelJapan Travel - Japan Tourism Guide and Travel Map

Community Discoveries<p>See what other discoveries our community has made in Setouchi<p>Hyogo<p>Why you can see statues of jazz musicians in Kobe Kitano. …

10 cool things to do in Kyoto

Shiny golden temples, ultra-calm Zen gardens and scarlet-lipped geisha are all evocative of Japan's old imperial capital. Kyoto is a soothing …

Japanese couples are fighting to keep their names—and identities—distinct when they marry

Masaka Yamaura, a 33-year-old mother of one in Tokyo, adopted her husband’s last name—Takahashi—after she married. But her new name never sat right with her. To return to her former self, she took a drastic step.<p>“I felt like I had been living as a different person. ‘Takahashi’ and ‘Yamaura’ are …

The complicated and ‘incomplete’ legacy of Nobuyoshi Araki

He is Japan’s most famous photographer and has defined the Western image of Japanese sexuality since he started taking pictures of Tokyo’s anything-goes sex scene in the 1960s: but what else is there to learn about the hugely influential Nobuyoshi Araki?<p>An ‘incomplete’ retrospective in New York …

The Japanese cherry blossom forecast for 2018 has just been released

Japan’s iconic cherry blossom blooms draw in travellers from all around the world each spring. But planning a trip around something as fickle as the start of a season can be tough. Thankfully, the Japan Meteorological Corporation (JMC) has begun to release its 2018 cherry blossom forecasts.<p>The …

Japan

Short video about Japan's museum of rocks that have faces

Japan is home to the only museum in the world that is dedicated to rocks that look like they have faces. The owner started the museum because her …

17 English Words that Come From Japanese : Rickshaw

Minamoto no Yoritomo, the first shogun of the Kamakura shogunate (1179).<p><b>Definition:</b> <b><br>1)</b> a top leader (as in politics) <b><br>2)</b> a businessperson of exceptional …

Amazing images of Tokyo before it was a city

Before Tokyo matured into the gleaming, dense city it is today, it was a small fishing village called Edo.<p>Now home to over 13 million people, the …

Japan

Yakuza boss arrested in Thailand after photos of his tattoos go viral

A retired Japanese crime boss has been arrested in Thailand, ending more than 14 years on the run, after photos of his yakuza tattoos and a missing little finger went viral.<p>Shigeharu Shirai, 72, was apprehended while he was shopping on Wednesday in the central market town of Lopburi.<p>Decoding …

Japan

Please Enjoy These Very Silly Photos Of Dogs Catching Treats

So happy, so clumsy, so cute.

Pets

ANA enlists influencers to travel a crowdsourced journey in Japan in the hope of attracting new types of visitors

All Nippon Airways (ANA) has brought on board social media influencers from across Asia Pacific to travel to slightly lesser known experiences in …

Marketing

Japan economy grows at 4 percent annual pace in April-June

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's economy grew at a hearty 4.0 percent annual pace in the April-June quarter, helped by stronger consumer spending and corporate capital investment.<p>Economists had been forecasting a relatively strong performance for the world's third-largest economy, though the actual numbers …

Economy

Top 10 super cheap foods in Japan for budget travelers

This blog and our new book are all about saving you money on your holidays in Japan. Food, especially eating out, is one of the things that can …

Kyoto to Charge a Tourist Tax for Overnight Stays

Visiting Kyoto's about to get a tad more expensive.<p>While tourism is good for a local economy, locals are often at odds with huge swaths of tourists. In fact, some uber-popular places, like Barcelona and Venice, have extended caps and restrictions on the inflow of visitors. The latest such policy, …

Japan