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  • Bonsai: The Cutest Tree of Them All
    October 2nd, 2012By Category: Culture, Outdoor/Sports
    "A tree that is left growing in its natural state is a crude thing. It is only when it is kept close to human beings who fashion it with loving care that its shape and style acquire the ability to move one.” - Utsubo Monogatari The purposes of bonsai are primaril ... » Continue Reading
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    Adrenaline Rush
    October 1st, 2012By Category: Arts & Entertainment, Outdoor/Sports, Travel
    Shopping, relaxation, cosplay--these are just some of the fun things you can try in Japan. But if you’re an adventure-seeker and adrenaline junkie, Japan can also be one of the nicest destinations for outdoor recreation. Minakami is a four season hot spring resort to ... » Continue Reading
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    Gift Shop Bonanza in Tokyo
    October 1st, 2012By Category: Arts & Entertainment, Culture, Play, Shopping, Travel
    Buying gifts for friends and family can easily take up a whole day of your precious holiday time.  Looking for just the right thing can be agonising and expensive.  To take part of the pain away, try to do the following. write a list of who you need to buy thing ... » Continue Reading
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    Simple Cosplay Reminders
    September 28th, 2012By Category: Culture, Events, Photography
    Being the anime capital of the world, I think it’s quite obvious that Japan holds the grandest and most colorful cosplay events. There’s the Japan Cosplay Festival, the World Cosplay Summit, the summer Comiket and the two upcoming cosplay events, Tokyo Game Show in ... » Continue Reading
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    Japanese Whisky
    September 28th, 2012By Category: Food & Dining
    After a hard day of chasing 8-year olds around a classroom trying to retrieve my markers and diagrams back, I love the smooth taste of a fine gentleman's refreshment, with the zingy aftertaste and the rich aroma that floats around your head. Finding scotch whi ... » Continue Reading
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    Off to Ferry Land
    September 27th, 2012By Category: Travel
    Owning a car in Japan is a luxury that most of us cannot afford. Lucky for travellers, Japan offers a myriad of ways to get around without a vehicle. The train network is nothing short of excellent and Shinkansen (bullet trains) are the perfect way to get to your dest ... » Continue Reading
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    Organic Aoyama
    September 27th, 2012By Category: Food & Dining, Play, Shopping, Travel
    The outdoor Aoyama Farmer’s Market in Omotesando is a great place to buy organic fruit and vegetables from around the Kanto region. Every weekend on both Saturday and Sunday, there is a variety of prime produce brought in by local farmers. It is hugely popular and provi ... » Continue Reading
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    Yokohama and Steamed Dumplings
    September 26th, 2012By Category: Food & Dining, Shopping, Travel
    Yokohama smelled good, like steamed dumplings and ramen. Of course, I was standing in the middle of Yokohama’s Chinatown, the largest in both Japan and Asia, so that might have had something to do with it. Located at Motomachi Chukagai station, it is about a forty-minut ... » Continue Reading
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    Japan Rail Odyssey: Seishun 18
    September 26th, 2012By Category: Travel
    There’s still time left to grab one of the best transportation deals in Japan! Imagine yourself whirring along on a train through the countryside, contemplating the following images: beautiful white cranes landing in dazzling green rice fields, forested mountains that r ... » Continue Reading
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    Japan – Adventure Travel
    September 25th, 2012By Category: Outdoor/Sports, Travel
    This island nation located in East Asia offers an amazing mixture of the ultra modern and historically ancient. With huge, bright cities and large areas of beautiful countryside and wilderness, it is a country of contrast and beauty. Be blown away by the fantasti ... » Continue Reading
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    Naha Downtown
    September 25th, 2012By Category: Travel
    In Okinawa, the main city is Naha. By “main,” I mean the place where the most number of people concentrate. Here you can find all you need and have good time. I lived for more than one year next to downtown Naha. From my apartment it took me only 10 minutes on foot t ... » Continue Reading
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    How to Speak With a Foreigner
    September 25th, 2012By Category: Culture
    Most of us are lucky enough to meet someone who has traveled the world, and for some reason or another your paths have crossed. They may not in fact speak your language, but please know that your efforts to communicate will be greatly appreciated. Prior to living in J ... » Continue Reading

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