The Beastie Boys’ Guide to Another Dimension

“Well, now, don’t you tell me to smile. You stick around I’ll make it worth your while,” they scream confidently into the fish-eye cam as they prance around the streets of Tokyo. Perhaps they are referencing the dire lack of facial expression in public spaces in Japan. Or maybe they are[…]

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What To Do With Your Kids in Japan

My friend Angela Ortiz has advice on some unconventional activities for your kids in Japan: http://www.tokyo-kids.com/blog-spot/item/3-essential-experiences-for-kids-on-holiday 5am “Wake up Tonia!” She’s actually pretty fast once she gets going, I must admit. It also helps that we have nothing there to distract ourselves with and were all pretty eager to get[…]

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Japan Travel Destination: Hakone

The Hakone region with lake Ashi at the center is the perfect place to catch a glimpse of Mount Fuji towering over the horizon. Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park offers numerous hiking trails amongst the gorgeous scenery and is perfect for day trips. Hakone is filled with elegant spas and fantastic resorts[…]

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Celebrate Japan! Festivals for Every Season

Japan is home to amazing festivals that celebrate the seasons all year round. Every town offers its own unique festivals that are enhanced with local foods, traditions and fabulous entertainment. Travel to Japan in the spring and enjoy the world-renown scenery of cherry tree blooms. Many cherry blossom festivals can[…]

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Japan 365: A Drawing-A-Day Project by J Muzacz

I came across a very unique book depicting Japan through some mesmerizing drawings called Japan 365: A Drawing-A-Day Project by J Muzacz: The book is simply a collection of ballpoint drawings, one for every day of the year 2011 – the year of the Great Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami Disaster.[…]

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Best Souvenirs to Get in Japan

When traveling in Japan you are sure to encounter many intriguing items that are unique to Japan, which would make for fantastic gifts to share with your friends and family back home. So what are the best souvenirs to bring back from Japan? Luckily, many great gifts and souvenirs you can[…]

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How to See a Sumo Match in Japan

Sumo is one of Japan’s most popular and long-running spectator sports with a 2,000 year legacy. Performed in the past to entertain the Shinto gods, sumo still holds much weight (literally) in the modern era. In sumo, two rikishi or wrestlers enter the ring wearing a silk sash. After throwing[…]

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Samurais vs. Ninjas

One of the most intriguing aspects of Japan is its feudal past characterized by warlords and the honorable samurai class. Many are inspired by the tales of the samurai who were of high class ranking in the caste system during the Edo period. The samurai were the only Japanese permitted[…]

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