Kristel Van Ael

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Look Inside Aesop's New store in Kawaramachi, Kyoto

Aesop makes the newest addition to their roster of eclectic retail spaces, most recently looking to Kawaramachi in Kyoto, Japan. The fine Australian …

3 Perfect Tokyo and Kyoto Itineraries

While there are countless worthwhile tourist destinations spread throughout Japan, like Osaka, Hiroshima, and Mount Fuji, most travelers only have …

Snapshots from Japan: Nishiki Market in Kyoto

GallerySnapshots from Japan: Nishiki Market in Kyoto<p>Though sushi, tempura, and teriyaki are well known Japanese dishes, one trip through <b>Nishiki Market</b> reveals just how much Japanese cuisine remains unfamiliar in much of the United States. Known as "Kyoto's Kitchen," this vibrant market features 126 …

Spirited Away in Kyoto

From the November 2012 issue of National Geographic Traveler<p>From the November 2012 issue of <i>National Geographic Traveler</i><p>I first arrived in Kyoto Station, with my mother, in 1984: just a three-day layover en route to the countries that had enchanted me the year before, Thailand and Burma. We looked …

Beautiful Sunset Beach KYOTO JAPAN

Harajuku Hair Salon Staffer w/ Smiley Faces, Suspender Skirt & Platform Converse

Ayano works at VeLo/vetica hair salon and she’s 20 years old. Her cute stylish short blond hairstyle often catches our eye in Harajuku.<p>Ayano is …

Hair

Cute Braids Hairstyle, Floral Dress, Faux Fur Sandals & Unicorn Backpack

Kinako is an 18-year-old specialty school student who we met in Harajuku. She has blonde braided hair with bangs.<p>Her pink button-down floral dress is …

Clothing

Geishas in Kyoto: 7 things to know before going to Gion | CNN Travel

1,200 Whimsical Stone Statues at Buddhist Temple in Kyoto

Otagi Nenbutsu-Ji is a Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan that features over 1,200 stone figures representing Rakan, or disciples of Shaka (the founder of Buddhism), that were mostly carved by amateurs from across the country under the guidance of sculptor Kocho Nishimura. Each sculpture is a …

Exploring Japan's Toei Kyoto Studio Park | CNN Travel

Nishiki Market

Inner garden at Nijo castle

Takasebune tempura

Ryoan-ji Moss Garden

Fushimi Inari Shrine

Ginkaku-ji (The Silver Pavilion)

Read the Short Story that Captured the Hearts of Japan

<i>The following is a translation of a short story originally taken from a 2008 book by Haruhiro Kinoshita and posted on a blog called One Minute</i> …

Tokyo Travel Guide | CNN Travel

Sushi 101: Learn how to eat raw fish like a pro<p>Behind the scenes at Tokyo's Robot Restaurant<p>Where Tokyo's top bartender likes to drink and dine<p>5 Tokyo neighborhoods getting a lot of buzz<p>Top places to see Tokyo's fall colors<p>15 sights that make Tokyo so fascinating<p>Visiting Tokyo? Insiders share …

Travel

Going to Tokyo? 10 tips before your trip | CNN Travel

The best sushi restaurants in Tokyo | CNN Travel

(CNN) — Ask four Tokyo residents to name the best sushi restaurants in the city, and you're likely to get four different answers -- the old "how long is a piece of string?" quandary.<p>That's because the sushi experience is a very personal one that can include not only raw seafood, but also things …

Thomas Card photographs Tokyo street fashion in his book Tokyo Adorned.

Japan’s street fashion scene has long inspired and fascinated adventurous style-watchers across the world. Since the early 1990s, fashion tribes—from …

25 Reasons to Love Tokyo

Tokyo is fascinating in more than a million ways, and we would jet off to that Japanese city in a heart beat. And do we even need a reason to do …