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The Special Stew at the Heart of Sumo Wrestling

Why one dish defines an entire sport.<p>Sumo wrestlers have always been huge, but they’ve also never been bigger. An influx of Hawaiian and Mongolian …

Japan

Reality Check: Has Shinzo Abe's 'womenomics' worked in Japan?

<b>Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe has positioned himself as an enthusiastic advocate of promoting equality in Japanese society.</b><p>In a recent session of the Japanese Diet's Budget Committee, Noriko Horiuchi, a member of Mr Abe's Liberal Democratic Party, credited the prime minister's championing of …

Japan

New Sushi Restaurant Comes in Hot With $300 Aged Fish Omakase

From a successful Miami restaurateur comes new Upper East Side restaurant <b>Sushi Noz</b>, focusing on strict edomae-style sushi in a $300 omakase that will use old-school preservation and aging techniques. Former Sushiden chef <b>Abe Nozomu</b> (“Noz”) will run the kitchen in the space at 181 East 78th St., …

Japan

Japan plans to raise pension age beyond 70

The Japanese government has approved plans for raising the optional age for drawing public pensions to 71 or older. It is trying to grapple with …

Shinzo Abe

Japan has almost completely eliminated gun deaths -- here's how

Fuji-San<br>(Image by sermarr erGuiri) Permission Details DMCA<p>Japan, with over 127 million people, rarely sees more than 10 gun deaths a year. Culture is …

Guns

Inside the Tokyo restaurant with its own indoor forest and cave

Tokyo has no shortage of incredible and unique restaurants offering every kind of food imaginable. A world famous culinary hot spot, the city has something to impress everyone, and now, that includes a tranquil, nature-inspired restaurant in the heart of the fashionable Roppongi district that …

Japan

Osaka's Bustling Nightlife - See Another Side of the Kansai Capital | PLAN | OSAKA INFO -Osaka Visitors' Guide

In my experiences travelling across Japan, in particular the bigger cities, I have found that it is not until the sun has passed below the horizon …

Japan

Night-time, neon and backstreet bars: an Instagram journey through Tokyo

In high-rise, hi-tech Tokyo, photographer RK finds pockets where the old-style city peeks through the neon-lit towers – and characters from galaxies far, far away

Japan

The Expert's Tokyo Shopping Guide

Tokyo has a vibrant, playful flair you’ll be hard-pressed to find anywhere else.

Japan

5 must-see Unesco sites in Japan | Style Magazine | South China Morning Post

Japan has always been a favourite destination for Hongkongers because of its diverse natural environment and its rich cultural heritage. From …

Japan

The Best Times to Visit Japan for Cherry Blossoms and Bargain Prices

A snowy getaway in Hokkaido, a beach vacation in Okinawa, or a photography trip to capture cherry blossoms in Tokyo — the best time to visit Japan …

Japan

Want to Visit Japan During Cherry Blossom Season? These are the Best Times

Every year, thousands of people flock to Japan — one of the world's most popular vacation spots — for a variety of reasons. Its rich culture, …

Japan

The $5 secret to travelling in Japan

It’s been named the next hot destination for Australian travellers and with cheap flights, amazing food, spectacular snow and beautiful beaches, it’s …

Japan

So many Japanese people die alone, there’s an industry devoted to cleaning up after them

Every country has elderly people, but none experiences 'lonely deaths' quite like Japan, where over a quarter of the population is over 65<p>KAWASAKI, …

Japan

When Japanese People Die, Their Land Goes Into Purgatory

What happens to someone's land when the owner dies? In Japan, no one knows. In fact, no one knows who owns more than 10 percent of the nation's …

Japan

How the sushi boom is fuelling tapeworm infections

As eating raw fish has become more popular, gruesome tapeworm tales have emerged. But how worried should sashimi lovers be – and how else might we become infected?<p>The good news, said A&E doctor Kenny Bahn, was that the patient who had turned up at the emergency department was not dying. That is …

Microbiology

Stairway to heaven: hiking ancient pilgrimage trails in southern Japan

Mountainous Kumano is the holy ground of Japan and pilgrims have been trekking there for centuries. Shrines, mist, forests and waterfalls combine to create an entrancing hike<p>Normally I am not given to praying but the occasion demands it. After bowing twice and clapping twice, I make a silent …

Hiking

Exploring Shinjuku

Staying extra-safe in Japan<p>Japan is a wonderful and safe place with one exception. While in Tokyo, don’t take the advice or invitations of any …

Where to Drink and Buy Whisky in Tokyo

To drink whisky in Tokyo is to partake in centuries of culture—not just of whisky culture, but also of dedication to craft and service. Japanese …

Whiskey

A Tale of Two Okonomiyaki (and Where to Find Them in Japan)

Osaka-style okonomiyaki is rightfully world-famous, but there is another style of okonomiyaki that isn't commonly seen outside of Hiroshima. If you’ve never heard of it, you’re not alone. I grew up eating okonomiyaki cooked by family members from Osaka and Nara, but never knew that I needed to …

Japan

Ginzan Onsen, a Must-Visit Onsen in Yamagata

Have you heard of Ginzan onsen? Ginzan onsen (銀山温泉), literally means “Silver Mountain Hot Spring”, is a beautiful hot spring town in Yamagata …

This stunning Japanese island you've probably never heard of is the top trending travel destination for 2018

Ishigaki, a stunning white island in Japan's Okinawa archipelago, is the top trending travel destination for 2018 on TripAdvisor — but you'd be forgiven for never having heard of it.<p>The Japanese island has topped TripAdvisor's "Destinations on the Rise" list, which, as part of its sixth annual …

Trends

Anthony Bourdain Says This Is His Favorite City in the World

Anthony Bourdain travels a lot. It sounds like one of the best things about being Anthony Bourdain. On his popular, Emmy Award-winning CNN travel …

Osechi

"Oseti" redirects here. For Optical SETI, see Search for extraterrestrial intelligence § Optical experiments.<p><b>Osechi-ryōri</b> (御節料理 or お節料理) are …

3 Ways to Go from Narita Airport to Tokyo

Narita International Airport, also called Tokyo Narita Airport, is located in Chiba prefecture about 40 miles away from central Tokyo. This major …

Japan

The Japan waiting out west

Tokyo<p>A trip to Japan would hardly be complete without time spent in Tokyo. Yet when the world's largest metropolitan area becomes bewildering at the …

Your guide to Japan’s restorative winter bath traditions

If you think you’ve made an art of bathing at this point—you’ve soaked in everything from crystal-infused bath salts to apple cider vinegar, after …

Japanese New Year Customs - everything you need to know

Shares 1<p>New Year or <i>Oshōgatsu</i> (お正月) is the most important holiday of the year for the Japanese. It's a family holiday that is steeped in long …

Japan travel tips: Stay in Airbnb, not hotels for free wifi everywhere

<b>Screenshot/Airbnb</b><p><b>Internet is very important when English speakers travel to Japan because of the language barrier.</b>• <b><br>International data plans can be prohibitively expensive.</b>• <b><br>Most Airbnb listings in Japan include a "pocket Wi-Fi" device that provides unlimited data and can be brought anywhere.</b><p>Internet …

Japan