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Kisenosato on path to yokozuna

Ozeki Kisenosato expressed his joy on Monday, a day after receiving the Emperor’s Cup at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament for his first tournament …

Visit Japan – 14 reasons you have to make Tokyo your big 2017 holiday

Tokyo is everything you’ve ever dreamed an Asian city to be but super-sized and with the volume cranked up to 11.<p>It’s a sprawling metropolis, crammed …

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Takamatsu's Sweet Tradition. Taking a wasanbon sweet-making workshop in Shikoku: #Japan #travel

6 Tips about onsen etiquette

One of the greatest allures that Japan has to offer is the <i>onsen,</i> or hot springs. The great deal of volcanic activity that comes with its location in …

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New Japan, Old Japan / Elements of Hokutosei sleeper train revived as Tokyo hostel

In 1988, the Hokutosei sleeper express was the first train to use the Seikan tunnel to link Ueno Station in Tokyo to Sapporo, over a journey of 1,200 …

Japanese folklore meets anime in Kyoto

The colors were jarring. Beneath the vermillion torii gates of Kyoto’s Shimogamo Shrine and surrounded by the olive broadleaves of Tadasu Forest was …

‘Oden’: Japan’s traditional winter fast food

The shelves of Japan’s convenience stores change with the seasons, but winter brings a particularly unusual addition: stainless steel food warmers …

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11 Beautiful Japanese Words That Don't Exist In English

Once, when I asked my friend from a small tribe in Burma how they would say “breakfast” there, she told me that they didn’t have a word for it …

It’s never too early to check when cherry blossoms will bloom

Most parts of the country are now in the freeze-dried depths of winter, with Hokkaido and some areas on the Sea of Japan coast thickly blanketed with …

Want Gourmet Meals but on a Budget? Try These 4 Restaurants in Tokyo

High-quality delicious food is not rare in Japan. You can find it almost anywhere. Different cities offer varieties of dining experiences ideal for …

One of Japan's biggest hotel chains is denying that the Nanjing Massacre took place

Chinese tourists are boycotting APA hotels in droves, one of Japan's largest hotel chains, after people discovered it had placed books denying the Nanjing massacre throughout its rooms.<p>The book, titled "Theoretical Modern History II — The Real History of Japan," was written by the CEO of the APA …

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Best Kyoto Souvenirs

Kyoto is the best place in Japan to buy authentic Japanese goods. Here’s a handy list of some great Kyoto souvenirs and the best place to buy …

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‘Liar’ birds for luck

A Shinto priest colors wooden bullfinch charms on Tuesday at Kameido Tenjinsha shrine in Koto Ward, Tokyo, ahead of the Usokae Shinji ritual event …

American aspires to fulfill childhood dream as geisha in Japan

In modern times joining the fascinating yet cloistered world of a geisha — even for young Japanese girls — is rare indeed.<p>But if you weren’t born …

One Perfect Day in Matsuyama

Shikoku is Japan’s smallest island, home to a little over four million people. Yet it packs in a lot of big-ticket destinations, including biking …

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Bad Pilgrims

My husband, my son and I are in a fast food store in Tokushima on the island of Shikoku, about to embark on a pilgrimage to the eighty-eight Buddhist …

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Symbols for toilet functions to be unified in Japan

An association of Japanese toilet makers will unify pictograms on toilets with bidet functions to help foreign visitors use them. The nine companies …

Do not disturb: Mind your 'jamas' and 'shitsureis' as you come and go in Japan

<b>O-jama shimasu. (Sorry to disturb you.)</b><p><b>Situation 1:</b> Mrs. Okubo’s niece Erika from Fukuoka visits the family in Tokyo. They are happy to see …

Shiritori: a simple game that's great for practicing your Japanese vocab

It’s a game everyone in Japan knows. It requires no equipment and can be played anytime, anywhere. All you need is a minimum of two players (at least …

Enjoy Matcha Art In Wazuka, The Town Of Tea | MATCHA - JAPAN TRAVEL WEB MAGAZINE

When someone mentions <b>Kyōto</b>, the majority of people imagine things like shrines, temples, Kyōto cuisine and, of course, <b>Japanese culture</b>.<p>Let's gain a …

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Curtain call: examining the evolution of Japan's humble 'noren'

The <i>shōtengai</i> (shopping street) in Katsuyama, a rural hamlet located on the banks of the Asahi River in Okayama Prefecture, wouldn’t look completely …

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If this ad doesn’t make you want to visit Hikone, we don’t know what will 【Video】

Hikone Castle is celebrating its 410th anniversary in style.Hikone Castle, located in Japan’s Shiga Prefecture, is considered by many as the most …

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Exploring Omusubi and Onigiri in a Japanese Tea House with Elizabeth Andoh

Tape recording found of unreleased conversation with Yukio Mishima

A tape recording of a conversation with novelist Yukio Mishima (1925-70) has been found in which he talked about his view of literature and life and …

Third-generation heir to kimono business finds success in recycling traditional garb

For Kenichi Nakamura, the third-generation heir of a nearly century-old kimono business, the market for the traditional Japanese garment, currently a …

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Sakai, a suburb of Osaka, is known for... - Chef Rick Bayless

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