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  • Dress Up and Fly
    September 10th, 2012By Category: Arts & Entertainment
    Admit it. At one point in your life you’ve imagined yourself as a superhero or an anime character. You took a short blanket, wrapped it around you to make it a cape and called yourself a superhero who can fly. It’s one of those experiences you can look back on and te ... » Continue Reading
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    Forgotten Dreamland
    September 7th, 2012By Category: Play, Travel
    Japan is home to many amusement parks, the most famous being Tokyo Disneyland but some parks have been abandoned by their owners. Whether they are too expensive to run or to tear down these once great family entertainment centers are left to be slowly taken over by natu ... » Continue Reading
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    Rebranding Japan with a new wave of products
    September 5th, 2012By Category: Culture, Shopping
    Old craft houses and workshops in crumbling side streets are certainly far removed from the shiny modern images of Tokyo that the country likes to associate with its cool Japan branding campaigns. But it is the small, (usually) old family businesses that lie within th ... » Continue Reading
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    Why people ‘Cosplay’
    September 3rd, 2012By Category: Culture
    “What makes people get into cosplay? Is it only the otaku type? How openly is cosplay culture accepted outside of Japan and what kind of businesses are available for cosplayers in Japan?” Many of you who are not quite into today’s cosplay culture may question the r ... » Continue Reading
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    The Okinawan lifestyle
    September 3rd, 2012By Category: Travel
    By Carlo Fornari I have been living in Okinawa for almost two years. For a lot of foreigners, especially Western people, Okinawa is an unknown destination, known only through the movie “Karate Kid Part 2,” or at least for me it was so. This doesn’t surprise me very m ... » Continue Reading
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    AKB48 member holds emotional ‘graduation’
    August 31st, 2012By Category: Arts & Entertainment
    The popular group loses one of its stars but there are plenty others to take her place in the music juggernaut. When Atsuko Maeda, a 21-year-old singer in the mega-popular girl group AKB48 gave her farewell concert on Aug 27 in Akihabara, 250,000 fans applied for ... » Continue Reading
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    ANA launches Experience JAPAN Fare for foreign visitors
    August 29th, 2012By Category: Travel
    All Nippon Airways has launched a new campaign for foreign visitors to Japan, called Experience JAPAN fare, which is valid through Oct 27, 2012. The campaign offers fares to any of ANA’s destinations within Japan for as low as 10,500 yen. Compared with a JR p ... » Continue Reading
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    Convenience store trivia
    August 24th, 2012By Category: Culture
    Imagine Japan without combini (convenience stores). It would hardly be the same country, so ubiquitous are these garishly lit emporia – to the point where seeing two or three convenience stores on a single street corner hardly even seems strange anymore. What ... » Continue Reading
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    Order 1 Pizza – get 1 free
    August 20th, 2012By Category: Food & Dining
    Domino’s Pizza makes ordering food in Japan really easy with their English-language website and now they have an incredible offer - buy 1 pizza and get 1 free. Simply order one of the popular Brooklyn style pizzas and you’ll get another pizza of your choice for free ... » Continue Reading
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    Fun Under the Sun: Sunflower Festival in Zama
    August 16th, 2012By Category: Travel
    Sunflowers need full sun to grow best and bloom beautifully. If you're tired of seeing the usual spots in the city, and you just want to have fun and take lots of pictures this summer, why not try driving to Zama and take photos of its sunflower fields? Since it's sum ... » Continue Reading