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  • The Tastes of Japan
    September 18th, 2012By Category: Food & Dining, Travel
    Japan is one of the best foodie places on the planet with a wide variety of dishes and regional specialities. Japan as we know it today is a relatively modern invention. Before the Meiji Restoration, Japan was a collection of states and regions each with its ow ... » Continue Reading
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    Edo-Tokyo Museum: One Station Past Akihabara, and Several Centuries Earlier
    September 17th, 2012By Category: Travel
    I would not say my second home of Tohoku (northern Japan) is not cool, but let’s just say many of my friends are easiest to meet in Tokyo. Tokyo is great, but to me and others who live in or have been to Japan more than once, Tokyo can seem a bit dull if you’r ... » Continue Reading
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    Gunkanjima by Night
    September 17th, 2012By Category: Photography, Travel
    Gunkanjima doesn't need any more presentation: it is the famous abandoned island of Japan and one of the most loved urban exploration spots in the world ! My dream to go there has been fulfilled a few times, but like all explorer/hobbyist photographer, I wanted more... ... » Continue Reading
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    Can You Put a Price on Love and Care?
    September 17th, 2012By Category: Shopping
    Someone once threw me a small, brown, hairy kiwi fruit, and I threw a wastebasket over it until it was dead. Something out of this world is usually priceless.  Its value surpasses the baseness of money.  Love and care are things which come from the heart.  Nurturi ... » Continue Reading
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    Beer culture in Japan
    September 14th, 2012By Category: Culture, Travel
    Japan is truly an alcohol lover’s paradise. Bars and izakaya saturate each neighborhood, customers are rarely carded when buying alcohol (even when a little below the 20-year-old legal age), alcohol is sold in some vending machines, it is perfectly legal to walk down th ... » Continue Reading
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    Singled Out
    September 14th, 2012By Category: Culture
    Why the Japanese have no problem asking about your marital status. As I looked in the mirror, I gave myself a quick, appraising look. I had decided to go with the black knee-length dress, tailored blazer and long, gold pendant. Professional but not your regular borin ... » Continue Reading
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    Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri
    September 13th, 2012By Category: Arts & Entertainment, Culture, Travel
    According to history, the Danjiri Matsuri (float festival) was held in the 16th year of the Genroku era in 1703. It was started by the Daimyo of Kishiwada, Okabe Nagayasu, when he prayed to Shinto gods for abundant harvest. Start: September 15, 2012 End: Septemb ... » Continue Reading
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    Tokyo Shoe Shops for Women with Big Feet
    September 13th, 2012By Category: Shopping
    Finding shoes from size 6 UK size (39 European, 7 US) or 24.5cm is not too difficult in Tokyo despite preconceptions.  I have found 13 shoe shops that stock from 24-27cm.  Like clothes shops, your foot size can differ in each shoe shop so make sure you get a good fi ... » Continue Reading
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    Harajuku: Fashion Lovers’ Playground
    September 12th, 2012By Category: Shopping
    Stepping off the platform at Harajuku station on the Yamanote line in Tokyo, I surveyed the chaos unfolding around me. Fashion-conscious Japanese girls with hair extensions, stilettos, and brightly-colored shopping bags pushed past me. A group of gothic lolitas ming ... » Continue Reading
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    5 Free Things To Do in Okinawa
    September 12th, 2012By Category: Travel
    Okinawa has free activities in some of the most unlikely places. I usually expect to pay for everything I see at an aquarium or a theme park but here you don’t have to. If you are on a strict budget or have limited time, this list has something for everyone. So take ... » Continue Reading
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    Off The Beaten Tokyo Trail
    September 11th, 2012By Category: Travel
    I re-checked my guidebook and confirmed where I was going. It wasn’t my first time to Tokyo, more like my fifth and I had decided that this time; I was going to do things a bit differently. On my previous four trips to Japan’s capital, I had pounded the pavement ... » Continue Reading
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    Japanese Ryokan
    September 11th, 2012By Category: Travel
    What is a Japanese ryokan Staying at a Japanese ryokan (旅館) or traditional style inn is one of the must have experiences on any trip to Japan. A Japanese ryokan provides the opportunity to experience traditional Japanese culture and customs. These include staying in a ... » Continue Reading

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