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A Temple Less Crowded yet Equally Divine images

A Temple Less Crowded yet Equally Divine

Say the word Kyoto and immediately images of temples and shrines and all things traditionally Japanese spring to mind. It's Kyoto's inseparable association with the most beautiful and noble that Japan has to offer that makes it a choice destination for over 50,000,000 tourists that visit "The City …(399 words)

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Former Deep Japan Writer

Tourist Tip #8: How to Pray at Temples and Shrines images

Tourist Tip #8: How to Pray at Temples and Shrines

Whether a tourist or native, visits to temples and shrines are par for the course while in Japan. While there are – usually – no strict rules aside from using common sense and exercising common courtesy (be considerate to others, mindful of property, no smoking, respect no photographing signs, …(352 words)

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Former Deep Japan Writer

Do you like Ukiyoe ? A day tour with Ukiyoe prints with a Japanese bilingual guid! images

Do you like Ukiyoe ? A day tour with Ukiyoe prints with a Japanese bilingual guid!

10:00 am Gather at KataseEnoshima Station of the Odakyu Enoshima Line. ▶Walk to Enoshima Shrine. ▶Have Japanese Sweet then lunch at Restaurant. ▶Explore …(62 words)

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History in Iron and Steel at Saitama's Railway Museum images

History in Iron and Steel at Saitama's Railway Museum

If your kids love trains or if you're a railway buff at heart, look no further. Have I got the museum for you! Located in Saitama, Saitaima, Japan, the Railway Museum (鉄道博物館) is a treasure trove of all things related to Japanese trains - past, present, and future.The museum opened in 2007 …(220 words)

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Former Deep Japan Writer

Tokyo Skytree Cake Factory - Projection Mapping at Dream Christmas 2014 images

Tokyo Skytree Cake Factory - Projection Mapping at Dream Christmas 2014

This evening I visited Tokyo Skytree to see the Cake Factory projection mapping for Dream Christmas 2014. It was crowded tonight with people waiting to see where Santa’s sweets are made.We went outside on the 4F Sky Arena to the Christmas market. Exactly at 20:00 the projection started with Santa o…(223 words)

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David

Kawagoe: The Perfect Day Trip from Tokyo images

Kawagoe: The Perfect Day Trip from Tokyo

Little Kawagoe, a short one hour train ride away from Shinjuku Station on the Seibu Line, is a wonderful spot to get away from the big city and feast your eyes on buildings from the Edo and Meiji era.The main street is lined on both sides by gorgeous old wooden merchant houses, shops and inns, …(218 words)

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Chiara

Art in the Heart of Roppongi images

Art in the Heart of Roppongi

Roppongi is usually talked about for its high and night life, but it's equally well-known as home to two of the most astounding art museums in Tokyo, if not all of the country. Within walking distance of each other, these must-experience venues should be definitely be included in your itinerary whi…(210 words)

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Former Deep Japan Writer

Social Innovation and Smart Cities are about the Present and not the Future images

Social Innovation and Smart Cities are about the Present and not the Future

For the past 4 years, Nikkei Business Publications, Inc. (NikkeiBP) has organized a Smart City Week event in Yokohama. The first event, in 2011, was primarily a conference, with 5000 participants. In 2012 and 2013, the conference and exhibition expanded, with the number of attendees growing to 22…(838 words)

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mikekato

Glocal is Critical for Sustainable Social Innovation images

Glocal is Critical for Sustainable Social Innovation

Social Innovation/Smart City Week 2014 (I wrote about the event in another article in this site) was held on October 29-31, 2014. The event was the 4th edition of what is becoming a very important event for the promotion of activities that can help cities throughout the world adopt more sustainabl…(839 words)

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mikekato

Interpreting Japan’s Iconic Bridges images

Interpreting Japan’s Iconic Bridges

During your time in Japan you will most certainly come across many bridges within this tranquil island country, both new and old. With magnificent structural and ascetic beauty, you might wonder how the concept for some of these came about. Just like every human has their story, every bridge has it…(260 words)

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Alex

2.5 Jigen Kamimatsuri: Anime/Subculture Event images

2.5 Jigen Kamimatsuri: Anime/Subculture Event

Video coverage by Subtokyo:http://youtu.be/LMFhlqb9JbwI've been to many Anime or Subculture related events during my past 5 years in Japan and even before that when I was back in America. While the most exciting of events usually happen at giant convention centers like Tokyo Big Sight and Mak…(594 words)

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Alex Kobayashi /Subtokyo

Japanese Royalty and Imperial Palace images

Japanese Royalty and Imperial Palace

When you think of Japan, many things might come to mind like bright glimmering streets full of light up signs and billboards, mystic temples, busy street crossings, or even delicious sushi fresh from the source. Often over looked by outsiders, is the fact that like in many western nations who have …(257 words)

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Alex

Kanagawa Government Office: “King” a Great National Historical Building to See images

Kanagawa Government Office: “King” a Great National Historical Building to See

One of my absolute favorite places in Yokohama is the Kanagawa Prefecture Headquarters, called “Kanagawa Ken Hon-cho”. Until air travel allowed visitors to come via airports, Yokohama was Japan’s front door to the world. Officials wanted this building to have a view of the ocean and to showcase Jap…(822 words)

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Cat Café Nekorobi images

Cat Café Nekorobi

With such rich diversity residing within Tokyo, this makes the city a true melting pot of ideas, culture, and concepts. One of the most novel and cutest café concepts that I have seen here is called the Cat Café Nekorobi which is located in Ikebukuro Tokyo. This is not just a place decked out in c…(338 words)

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Alex

The Birthplace of Yumeji images

The Birthplace of Yumeji

Do you know Yumeji Takehisa? Even if you don’t know the name you are probably familiar with the work of this artist from the early 20th century. Sometimes referred to as Japan’s Toulouse Lautrec, Yumeji was active during the Belle Epoque of the Taisho era during which the nation lived in relative p…(315 words)

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Kenji

Rikugien Japanese Garden in Tokyo images

Rikugien Japanese Garden in Tokyo

There are a number of old Japanese gardens in Tokyo that have survived fast city development and natural disasters. Rikugien is one of them and an especially nice park in Tokyo.See the autumn leaves at nightThis is the Japanese Garden Rikugien at night. I visited it for the first time last …(358 words)

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David

Odawara Castle images

Odawara Castle

Nobility, castles, vast open farm lands, Shōguns, and warring samurai mounted on horseback are what you would have seen if you were to travel to Edo, or Tokyo, back in the fifteenth century. If you have come to Japan to try and get a little glimpse or feel for that era in time, or if you just have…(336 words)

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Alex

Japan's Sengakuji Temple and the 47 Famous Samurai (Part 1) images

Japan's Sengakuji Temple and the 47 Famous Samurai (Part 1)

Have you heard of “Chushingura” or the legacy of the Forty-Seven Ronin?The image of elegant Samurai, a picture of honor and integrity; this is the path of the “Bushi” or warrior. “Bushi-do” literally means “Warrior-path” with “do” the Chinese Character for “Path”.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v…(387 words)

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The mysterious statues of Sanjusangendo images

The mysterious statues of Sanjusangendo

In Kyoto you need to make choices. And choices are always tough.But if there is one place you should not forget to visit, this is it: Sanjusangendo.Why is it so different, or more Japanese than any other sites in Kyoto? gold pagoda, silver pagoda, Ryoanji and Kyomizudera. It's the atmospher…(288 words)

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Claire

Backpack Essentials for Better Sightseeing Throughout Japan images

Backpack Essentials for Better Sightseeing Throughout Japan

There are countless sights to see when you visit Japan, which means you'll probably want to fit as much as possible into your itinerary while you're here. Packing efficiently will help you cross as many off your list as possible.Based on my own experiences, these are the 10 essentials I would r…(625 words)

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Petra

English-speaking dentists in Japan images

English-speaking dentists in Japan

It has been rumored that there are more dental offices in Japan than convenience stores. A quick search reveals this to be true with about 67,000 dental facilities and “just” 54,000 convenience stores throughout the country. Amazing statistics when one considers how ubiquitous Family Mart, 7/11 and…(85 words)

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HealthyTokyo.com

Birth control pills and other contraceptives in Japan – A basic guide images

Birth control pills and other contraceptives in Japan – A basic guide

Why can’t I find many choices for oral contraceptives in Japan?Unlike many Western nations and some Asian countries as well where the use of birth control pills is a common choice for women, Japan still has a long way to go until it nears the same level, partially because of its late legalizati…(253 words)

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HealthyTokyo.com

Google Translate app takes down language barrier images

Google Translate app takes down language barrier

From June 2014 I have had the opportunity to fly into Mexico for business.Right now Mexico is a hot spot for the automotive industry.Many Japanese automotive companies are in a rush to locate in the Central Highlands in Mexico. The company I work for has a factory in Guadalajara. My job is to…(421 words)

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Yuuki I

English speaking doctors in Tokyo – Finding quality and bedside manner that meets your needs images

English speaking doctors in Tokyo – Finding quality and bedside manner that meets your needs

Finding good English-speaking doctors in Tokyo is something that most of us require periodically, as we work and play in this vibrant and sometimes hectic city.There are some listings of doctors and hospitals available on the Internet and through embassies and other sources. However, what most …(161 words)

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HealthyTokyo.com

Yokohama Hanami Hotspots images

Yokohama Hanami Hotspots

It's that time of year again, when we look forward to warmer weather and the rebirth of spring. In Japan, that also means the brief return of "sakura" (cherry blossoms) and "hanami" (flower viewing). All across the country, cherry trees will explode in whites and light-and-dark pinks, inviting peop…(227 words)

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Former Deep Japan Writer

A Lesson in Perspective at Yasukuni Shrine images

A Lesson in Perspective at Yasukuni Shrine

Yasukuni Shrine was built in 1869 to commemorate the Japanese men who have died in war since 1853. To date, there are more than 2.4 million souls enshrined there. The large grounds feature the honden, or main shrine, a perfectly manicured shinchi teien, or sacred pond garden full of koi, and a larg…(246 words)

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Petra

Koishikawa Korakuen Japanese Garden in Tokyo images

Koishikawa Korakuen Japanese Garden in Tokyo

Tokyo is huge, busy, and rebuilding itself nonstop, but some old Japanese gardens remain in the city. Koishikawa Korakuen is one of these spots where time has stopped and a little bit of old Japan has been preserved.This is a beautifully landscaped area with paths around a lake for a leisurely …(244 words)

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David

Yokohama Treasures: Yokohama Museum of Art images

Yokohama Treasures: Yokohama Museum of Art

Yokohama is rife with things to do and see, boasting countless places to eat and enjoy oneself. There is old and new, local and international, every shade of interesting to delight in. Soon, visitors from all over the country and world will flock here to marvel at blossoming "sakura" (cherry trees)…(309 words)

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Former Deep Japan Writer

Yokohama Treasures: Nippon Maru and the Maritime Museum images

Yokohama Treasures: Nippon Maru and the Maritime Museum

Walk out of Sakuragicho Station towards either Queen's Square or the ocean and you can't miss it. The Nippon Maru, in all its magnificence, a Yokohama landmark since 1984. It was built in 1930 in Kobe as a training ship for cadets, and has for 54 years until her retirement trained some 11,500 cadet…(474 words)

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Former Deep Japan Writer

Enjoy the Changing Seasons at Tenryū-ji images

Enjoy the Changing Seasons at Tenryū-ji

Of all the places I've been to in Japan thus far, I can honestly say Tenryū-ji is among the most beautiful. With spring just around the corner, it's a perfect time to plan a trip out to western Kyoto to see this temple and its immaculate grounds.Nestled at the foot of the mountains in Arashiyam…(366 words)

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Petra

Yokohama Treasures: Nigiwaiza images

Yokohama Treasures: Nigiwaiza

Nigiwaiza opened in April 2002, and is Yokohama’s only vaudeville theater since most of them were destroyed eaither in the fires of the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923 or air raids during World War II in 1945.Conveniently located within walking distance of Sakuragicho Station, Nigiwaiza is argua…(320 words)

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Former Deep Japan Writer

Spring is coming in Oku Nikko images

Spring is coming in Oku Nikko

Dave had been stocking up a stash of Belgian beers for several years. That’s right – years. A connoisseur was Dave; knew what he liked and savoured produce at its optimum. Mind you, the Dave that was, still is.He had been making lunchtime runs from work to the international supermarket, almost…(481 words)

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scramjetmach9

Cherry blossoms along the Meguro River are about to bloom! images

Cherry blossoms along the Meguro River are about to bloom!

Meguro riverside is one of the famous places to enjoy cherry blossoms in Tokyo. Recommended for couples and families... well, all people all over the world! There are about 800 cherry trees along the river, and you can go there from Ikejiriohashi station, Nakameguro station, and Meguro station. …(172 words)

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skymaho

Bathe in Paradise at Luxury Hotel Kaze no Kaori images

Bathe in Paradise at Luxury Hotel Kaze no Kaori

Izu, in Shizuoka Prefecture, is a favourite go-to locale for both Japanese and tourists. Its seaside hotels, hot springs, and some of the freshest seafood in the country are well-known to many who come to treat themselves to a small piece of heaven.My favourite hotel to stay at when I visit is …(289 words)

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Former Deep Japan Writer

My Peaceful Enlightenment at the Yokohama Archives of History:) images

My Peaceful Enlightenment at the Yokohama Archives of History:)

On March 21, 2015, I had the opportunity of exploring the Yokohama Archives of History (Yokohama Kaikō Shiryōkan) located in Kannai, Yokohama. This museum focused primarily on the years between Commodore Mathew C. Perry’s arrival in 1853 and the Great Kantō Earthquake in 1923. Generally, when I vis…(810 words)

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hanavictoria

Town of Shibamata a blast from the past images

Town of Shibamata a blast from the past

Shibamata, Tokyo is a throwback to the Showa Era, enjoy the architecture and taste the rare traditional treats. Shibamata gained fame as the main setting for the movie series "Otoko wa Tsurai Yo" (It's Tough Being a Man). The lead character, Tora-san, embodies many traditional values, such as frien…(110 words)

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Aron

Fuji Shibazakura Festival! images

Fuji Shibazakura Festival!

I am going to introduce the reasonable way from Tokyo to Fuji Shibazakura Festival site, which is held between 18 April and 31 May.Fuji Shibazakura Festival is famous scenic site that you can admire 800,000 shibazakura (moss phlox) and Mount Fuji together.The most reasonable way from Tokyo to t…(147 words)

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Fish market for lazy birds - part1 images

Fish market for lazy birds - part1

Early bird catches the worm.... and maybe fish, too...Since I'm not an early bird in the mornings, I always give up going to Tsukiji fish market and where the famous tuna auction is held ......super early in the morning.Also the tourist cannot just show up and see them anymore. You need …(308 words)

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Zara

Three things to complete your Kawagoe day trip images

Three things to complete your Kawagoe day trip

Visiting the religious place is sometimes hard.... especially that religion is not of yours and not easy to understand. And also for children.I visited too many temples and shrines in my life. So even I feel get confused of them unless I mean to visit there on purpose. However....these place…(337 words)

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Zara

Sanja Matsuri/Festival in Asakusa - Summary and report images

Sanja Matsuri/Festival in Asakusa - Summary and report

Of all the festivals in Asakusa year around, Sanja Matsuri Festival should be the most famous and the biggest one. If you have a chance, I encourage you to make a plan to see it once, referring to this and other sempai posts listed below. 1-2-3 basics;Sanja matsuri festival is held every y…(567 words)

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Zara