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By Kate Cohen | Japan. Travel, Culture, History, Food.

Traveling Across Japan

Hiroyuki Ito covered a lot of ground this summer: Moji, Dazaifu, Hakata, Yanagawa and Kumamoto on Japan’s Kyushu Island; Kochi-city and Cape Ashizuri in Kochi; Atami in Shizuoka and Omiya, Saitama. 54 cities in 18 prefectures, to be exact.<p>He was looking to capture the way people live outside of …

My favourite garden in Tokyo is the Hamarikyu Koen. Visiting there I take a break at the tea house and enjoy a cup of matcha 🍵 with sweets. https://t.co/PN2N6tiBlC

Giant Straw Animals Invade Japanese Fields After Rice Harvest And They Are Absolutely Badass

Fall is a season of harvesting, and festivals to celebrate it are currently taking place all over the world. In Northern Japan, the Wara Art Festival …

Female Samurai Warriors Immortalized in 19th Century Japanese Photos

Most of my generation’s exposure to Japanese culture came heavily mediated by anime and samurai films. One cultural artifact that stands out for me …

Ancient History

Kitagawa Utamaro | A Woman and a Cat | Japan | Edo period (1615–1868) | The Met

In this domestic scene, a young woman sits in front of a lacquered needlework box, folding a length of resist-dyed fabric. Several shades have been …

How to visit an ‘onsen’–and enjoy the bath of your life

The “onsen” at Yukai Resort, Ureshino Kan —PHOTO COURTESY OF YUKAI RESORT<p>Ureshino’s special tofu cooked in spring water<p>Trust the Japanese to take the …

A Year in 22 Japanese Festivals

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7 Hotels That Will Make You Want to Visit Japan

From Tokyo’s bright lights and towering skyscrapers to Kyoto’s ancient temples and tiny teahouses, Japan brilliantly fuses centuries-old culture and …

Japan

Tachiai (立合い)

The story broke out a few days after the beginning of the Hatsu basho. NHK found out that Osunaarashi has rear-ended a car while visiting the Nagano …

Japan

Fishermen express fury as Fukushima plant set to release radioactive material into ocean

Local residents and environmental groups have condemned a plan to release radioactive tritium from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean.<p>Officials of Tokyo Electric Power Co., the operator of the plant, say tritium poses little risk to human health and is quickly diluted by …

Japan

Outdoor private #onsen bath is nothing short of Japanese heaven @zaborinryokan #zen #ryokan #luxury #nature https://t.co/qTaikGFzE0

Hand-Colored Photographs from 19th Century Japan: 110 Images Capture the Waning Days of Traditional Japanese Society

What we euphemistically refer to as the “Opening of Japan” catalyzed a period of seismic upheaval for the proud formerly closed country. Between the …

Kyoto residents now complain about hordes of overseas tourists:The Asahi Shimbun

KYOTO--Endless crowds, unknown neighbors and unruly behavior have drained many residents here of their sense of “omotenashi” (hospitality).<p>They now …

You too can cook washoku / Futomaki can be filled with anything

In the United States, “sushi burrito” shops are often seen at food courts. They sell a kind of evolved version of futomaki thick sushi rolls.<p>You can …

82-year-old DJ puts unique spin on Tokyo’s club scene

Sumiko Iwamuro knows a thing or two about juggling work. She spends her days behind the counter at a family-run specialty gyoza restaurant and one ...

Unique

The Ultimate Guide To Tokyo

Mobal: No contract unlimited Japan SIMs<p>A no contract unlimited data and voice SIM for all. No residency card or visa required!<p>Mobal’s Japan Unlimited …

Japan's traditional blues for bright and cheery kids

“It’s stinky!” shouts my 4-year-old daughter, jumping up and down with an expression of pure glee on her face. The object of her fascination is a …

Crafting

I'll miss the Tokyo subway how to be polite signs https://t.co/PkEuIiRsji

At 104, Toko Shinoda talks about a life in art

The concept of 守破離 (<i>shu-ha-ri</i>) has been applied to pursuits of all kinds over the years, including the tea ceremony, noh drama, and various martial …

Art

Short, sweet and to the point: the one-line retort

Years ago, someone in Japan coined a wonderfully succinct slogan for a safety campaign against drunk driving that went: 飲むなら乗るな、乗るなら飲むな (<i>Nomu nara</i> …

Japan