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Yuzuyu (bathing with Yuzu) in winter. images

Yuzuyu (bathing with Yuzu) in winter.

There are a lot of customs in Japan and many of them are associated with healthy life. One of the examples is the yuzu bath in winter, known commonly as yuzuyu. It is said to improve blood circulation, guard against colds, warm the body, and cure neuralgia and pain in the lower back. I hope you wil…(96 words)

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OKAKI-sun

Winter Yuzu
Japanese vaudeville images

Japanese vaudeville

If you want to experience Japanese traditional theater but Kabuki and Noh are too esoteric for you, try the vaudeville.You will have the experience of kimono, geisha and all the samurai-ism you crave for and on top of that you will get much much more:- an autograph by the artists before the p…(380 words)

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Claire

Tokyo Yokohama Asakusa Theatre
Funny English (Sexy) images

Funny English (Sexy)

There are many examples of strange English in japan, as well as the rest of Asia. Strange English is found, in fact, on signs throughout the world. But some of the most strange English is found on t-shirts. I wonder who writes the copy? Many of these provide the foreign visitor with a great lau…(200 words)

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mikekato

English Tokyo Shinjuku Building Shibuya Fashion Japanglish
Udon is a Must-Try for a Real Japanese Noodle Experience images

Udon is a Must-Try for a Real Japanese Noodle Experience

Everyone knows the most popular noodle dishes for Japanese are ramen, soba and udon. Why then, we wonder, does udon seems to be mentioned less often and receive less attention from international visitors? Here, I would like to let you know where and how to experience UDON, our fascinating, tradit…(437 words)

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Hagi

Udon noodles Restaurant Ramen noodles Soba noodles Tempura Fast food
Akihabara & Studio Ghibli Animation Movie Museum – "Pilgrimage” to both of them in one day images

Akihabara & Studio Ghibli Animation Movie Museum – "Pilgrimage” to both of them in one day

Animation is now recognized as one of the representative cultures of Japan globally. We have many animation pilgrimage spots throughout the country and many people visit them from all over the world. Here I would like to share the efficient route to visit such holy animation spots in one day! J…(415 words)

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Eddie

Akihabara Anime Bus Museum Ticket Visit
Japanese Vending Machines: Food Tickets images

Japanese Vending Machines: Food Tickets

Many shops and restaurants have ticket vending machines at the entrance or outside. Ramen, soba, or udon noodle stores often have them. Some gyudon restaurants like Matsuya also use the ticket machines.To pay and order put in money and then select what you want to eat or drink. If you want to o…(156 words)

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David

Vending Machines Ticket machine Restaurant Ramen noodles Soba noodles Udon noodles Gyudon (Beef bowl) Ticket
Etiquette on the train/ subway and public places... images

Etiquette on the train/ subway and public places...

As you may know, Japan is the country of courtesy and helping each other as well as trying not to bother others. Well, used to be, at least. These days, I find that it is becoming the "lost art", sadly. Nonetheless, I would like foreign tourists and visitors to know and understand Japanese way t…(537 words)

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KIH

Train Etiquette Subway Bus Transportation Cafe Phone Priority Seat
Sushi, the fast food of Japan images

Sushi, the fast food of Japan

Sushi, is the traditional fast food in Japan. It is finger food in fact. Yes, you read me well: you do not need any chopsticks to eat sushi. Your fingers are all enough. So, to me, a 4 Michelin star sushi place, is quite similar to giving Michelin stars to a Mac Donald (yes, I am exaggerating, …(335 words)

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Claire

Sushi Tokyo Drink Beer Ginza Lunch
UNKAI Sea of Clouds in Hokkaido images

UNKAI Sea of Clouds in Hokkaido

Unkai Terrace is located in the resort town of Tomamu in Hokkaido Japan, about a 2.5 hour drive from Sapporo. The word "Unkai" in Japanese means "sea of clouds" and the natural phenomena only occurs occasionally, typically on summer mornings. Resort Tomamu located in Shimukappu village has the unka…(313 words)

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EmiOnishi

Sea Hokkaido Hotel Summer Visit Event Coffee Nature Mountain view
Lake Shikotsu in Hokkaido images

Lake Shikotsu in Hokkaido

Lake Shikotsu is located near Chitose in Hokkaido. This lake is the second deepest lake in Japan. The average depth is 265 meters and the deepest point is 363 meters. One interesting thing about this lake is the water temperature stays the same virtually all year long. It is also the northernmo…(125 words)

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Kevin

Hokkaido Lake Lake Shikotsu Chitose Japan Wildlife Nature
Mt.Fuji viewing over the Tokyo Bay from Chiba/Makuhari images

Mt.Fuji viewing over the Tokyo Bay from Chiba/Makuhari

As you know, Narita International Airport is located in Chiba Prefecture. Makuhari City in Chiba Prefecture has the venue for international exhibitions and events as well as multiple first-class hotels to welcome international tourists and business people. Makuhari City also provides easy access to…(250 words)

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Daijo

Tokyo Chiba Tokyo Bay Mount Fuji
Nombe Yokocho - Drunkard's Alley images

Nombe Yokocho - Drunkard's Alley

That is exactly what the sign says, "Nombe Yokocho" - Drunkard's Alley. It is located about a minute from Shibuya Station - almost directly across the street from a police box. It is a small section next to the JR tracks that is filled with bars. Sorry, this photo is taken during the day, when n…(188 words)

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mikekato

Train Shibuya Harajuku Only in Japan bars
Japanese Perfection in Flower Gift Design images

Japanese Perfection in Flower Gift Design

Japanese Perfection in Flower Gift DesignPutting the “Wow” into flower design.Every time I wonder what to send someone for a birthday, office move or wedding, I think FLOWERs!! Okay, no one would say “No” to a flower gift right? How about a super cool, Japanese-style flower arrangement?…(432 words)

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K-FLORIST design

Flower design Hotel Etiquette Beauty Japanese inn May Communication Businessman style
Anime Street! Let's go to Asagaya! images

Anime Street! Let's go to Asagaya!

At the end of March 2014 opened a fantastic street called Asagaya Anime Street, a place where anime creators and fans of anime can come together and create an experience like no other.Located only about 4 minutes by walking from Asagaya station, Asagaya Anime Street is like a little mall design…(650 words)

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Alex Kobayashi /Subtokyo

Anime Tokyo Drink Visit Event Museum Coffee Game Manga Movie
"Chinowa" - a Very special ring at shrine! images

"Chinowa" - a Very special ring at shrine!

"Chinowa" is a large ring made of grass and erected on the pathway leading to a shrine on the days of purification (harae). Photos are taken at Shinagawa Shrine.At the shrine, you can pass through the ring as an act of purification from misdeeds (tsumi), impurities (kegare), or bad luck. Shinag…(170 words)

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EmiOnishi

Jinjya (Shrine) Tokyo Visit Mountain Shinagawa Station Mount Fuji Shinagawa
Japanese Breads: Yakisobapan and Karepan are Superheroes images

Japanese Breads: Yakisobapan and Karepan are Superheroes

Japanese people obviously love bread. It seems that next to every train station there is a bakery and every convenience store has a bread corner. Many of these breads look like something you might find in Europe, but the Japanese breads are often a little different, they have evolved into their own…(335 words)

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David

Bread Curry Yaki soba noodles Anpan (Japanese sweet roll) Anpanman Anime
Japan Gets Ready For "Godzilla" 2014 images

Japan Gets Ready For "Godzilla" 2014

The Legendary Pictures/Warner Bros. "Godzilla" opens Friday in theaters throughout Japan. The movie is being distributed by Godzilla's parent company, Toho Co., Ltd.Thus far, "Godzilla" is within a "hair's breath" of making $500 million worldwide. It will likely go over that mark during its Jap…(196 words)

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ArmandV

Movie Godzilla
Go see the sea paradise in Miyako Island (Miyako-Jima) in Okinawa! images

Go see the sea paradise in Miyako Island (Miyako-Jima) in Okinawa!

My wife and I make it a rule to visit Okinawa every summer, as it's a marriage promise that I made to her. She was living there for 4 years in her university days and enjoyed skin diving and snorkeling in the sea, so she wants to go back there every year.We think the best attraction in Okinawa…(417 words)

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maxnino

Okinawa snorkeling Miyako Island Sea Paradise Summer diving Beaches Yabiji Yoshino Coast Ikema Bridge
Shoes Fit for a King images

Shoes Fit for a King

I like shoes. Not enough to have 3000 pairs, like the wife of a former Asian dictator, but I think good shoes are a very important thing. A good pair of shoes keeps our feet on the ground, after all.Atsushi Inoue is a Shoe Creator. Not just any shoemaker. His shoes are, no doubt, a mixture …(294 words)

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mikekato

Shoes Play May style design comfort durability
Fresh Coffee at Japanese Convenience Stores images

Fresh Coffee at Japanese Convenience Stores

Japan has many coffee shops, chains like Starbucks or Doutor and old Japanese style cafes called kissaten. Coffee is also available from vending machines everywhere, both hot and cold canned coffee. The many convenience stores offer a variety of coffee products, now also including freshly brewed co…(256 words)

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David

Convenience store Coffee Cafe Vending Machines Coffee shop Drink
Flee markets: an alternative to shop souvenirs images

Flee markets: an alternative to shop souvenirs

There are so many things you can bring back home as souvenir from Japan that sometimes, choice and possibilities are overwhelming. It's so difficult to decide which souvenir will please the best to who...And, everyone does not always enjoy "shopping" per se. So you rush to some kind of souvenir…(476 words)

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Claire

Tokyo Shopping Kyoto Souvenir Kimono flee markets
Getting your Motorcycle License images

Getting your Motorcycle License

There are a few ways to get a motorcycle license in Japan. If you have a license from your home country you can go through the process of having it transferred to a Japanese one. This process differs according the home country in question.If you don't have a license you can get one by taking th…(189 words)

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Kenji

School running Motorsport
Amazing taste of Soymilk in Asakusa images

Amazing taste of Soymilk in Asakusa

Some of you may know the delicious taste of Tofu. But best of best is super delicious taste of soymilk. There are becoming decreasing of the number of such great Tofu shop. But you can easily taste it in Asakusa. Ichikawa Tofu, 3rd generation succeeding Tofu shop. Ichikawa Tofu5:00am-1:00p…(139 words)

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Shige

Asakusa Tofu (Soy bean curd) May Shop
Shibuya' Traditional Festival - Portable Shrines (Mikoshi) go along Omotesando Street images

Shibuya' Traditional Festival - Portable Shrines (Mikoshi) go along Omotesando Street

Shibuya is one of the most popular places to visit in Tokyo.What are the things to do in Shibuya?TripAdvisor recommends you to do (http://goo.gl/e1hJHq)x Meiji Jingux Yoyogi Parkx Shibuya Center Townx Shibuya Pedestrian Scramblex Omotesandox Ota Memorial Museum of Artx National Ch…(452 words)

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Cecilia Reiko

Shibuya festival Omotesando Tokyo Park Visit Beer Art Museum Jinjya (Shrine)
Top 10 Things to do in Okayama Prefecture: Autumn images

Top 10 Things to do in Okayama Prefecture: Autumn

Just because summer is over doesn't mean there's not plenty to do and see. If you're headed to or passing through west Japan, don't miss stopping off in Okayama Prefecture and enjoying some of the best seasonal activities.1. Bizen Pottery FestivalI wrote about this festival previously in a…(1168 words)

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Andrea Miyata

Autumn Okayama Visit Train City Park Summer Building Event Food
Hanayashiki - Asakusa's Beloved Tiny Amusement Park images

Hanayashiki - Asakusa's Beloved Tiny Amusement Park

Asakusa is an old part of Tokyo. In a city that changes quickly and often, it is not surprising to read about the many changes that have happened in this area. Asakusa was a major entertainment district filled with theaters and restaurants. While many of the theaters disappeared, the small amusemen…(571 words)

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David

Asakusa Children Hanayashiki Amusement Park Amusement park Senso-ji Temple Tokyo
Miharu Takizakura - Waterfall Cherry Tree of Miharu (Fukushima) images

Miharu Takizakura - Waterfall Cherry Tree of Miharu (Fukushima)

I would like to introduce you to one of the five great cherry trees of Japan: Miharu Takizakura. It is also one of three giant cherry trees of Japan. It was designated a national treasure in 1922. Apparently, polls frequently rank it as the number one tree in all of Japan. While in Japan last Ap…(248 words)

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Dolores

Cherry National Treasure Waterfall Cherry Tree Fukushima
Enoshima Island is a Legendary Power Spot images

Enoshima Island is a Legendary Power Spot

I work on Enoshima, a small island with a legendary past that is known as a power spot. Enoshima has the myth of a five-headed dragon. The dragon was responsible for the hardships in the surrounding area, and the benevolent goddess Benzaiten eventually came from above to soothe the dragon’s rag…(782 words)

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Sayaka

Enoshima Island Jinjya (Shrine) Shop Sea Nature Beauty good luck design
Journey on the Tokaido (Shinagawa is Stop Number Two) images

Journey on the Tokaido (Shinagawa is Stop Number Two)

Now that we have left the first stop Nihonbashi (described in my previous article), we are approaching our next stop of Shinagawa. Imagine you are traveling from Edo (Present Tokyo) to Kyoto during early 1800’s. It is highly likely that Tokaido Road was used to make your journey. It runs north and …(630 words)

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AustinA

Shinagawa Tokyo Tokaido 53 Tsugi Train Summer Art Kyoto Hara Museum
SinKaya: Shibuya's Heavenly Secret images

SinKaya: Shibuya's Heavenly Secret

Shibuya's Dogenzaka has a reputation for its seedier side, albeit safe for those adventurous enough to wander its streets. One of its oldest areas, called Hyakkendana ("100 Shops"), is usually shunned by tourists and only ever used as a short-cut for locals.And it's exactly that reason why SinK…(336 words)

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Former Deep Japan Writer

Shibuya Restaurant Izakaya Tokyo Drink Food Beef Shochu Beer Cuisine
Only 2 hours from Kyoto. Enjoy snow and eating crabs in the Onsen resort founded 1,300 years ago images

Only 2 hours from Kyoto. Enjoy snow and eating crabs in the Onsen resort founded 1,300 years ago

Kinosaki Onsen has a beautiful and nostalgic view with rows of willow trees along a little river. There are at most 7 public baths in the area and you can casually visit and enjoy them even without staying over at the local ryokan Inns. They are called "sotoyu"(open air bath) which is opposite of "…(424 words)

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Eddie

kinosaki Onsen Snow City English Kyoto Spring Summer Ticket Visit
5 Tips On How to Eat Sushi in Japan images

5 Tips On How to Eat Sushi in Japan

As we sat at the Sushi Bar in Tokyo’s Shinagawa Station we were so excited about what would emerge over the glass separation from the Sushi Shokunin (Chef). We watched as he deftly clumped slightly sweetened and vinegar-kissed white rice into little Nigiri Gunkans (literally translated at “Pressed …(1182 words)

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Sushi Chopstick Etiquette Green tea Horse radish Restaurant Sashimi (Raw fish) Soy sauce Tea Tokyo
Yokohama's "Akarenga Soko" Red Brick Warehouse images

Yokohama's "Akarenga Soko" Red Brick Warehouse

The "Akarenga Soko" Red Brick Warehouse is one of Yokohama's most popular destinations for both tourists and locals alike. It's a great place to enjoy a walk or small picnic, or just sit around and stare at the sea. Because of its large open spaces, Akarenga is often the site for events - so there'…(202 words)

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Former Deep Japan Writer

Yokohama Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse Park Summer Food Beer Souvenir Sea Winter Walk
Suginami Animation Museum images

Suginami Animation Museum

This past week I visited the Suginami Animation Museum, located in Kamiogi, Suginami-ku near Nishiogikubo station. It was a wonderful 3 floored museum that all ages can go and enjoy.The museum often features an exhibition of different artists works periodically. I attended this time to check ou…(616 words)

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Alex Kobayashi /Subtokyo

Museum Suginami Anime Tokyo Visit Art History activities
Photography Workshops in English images

Photography Workshops in English

If you are a foreigner in Tokyo looking to learn some photography techniques in English, then you have some excellent opportunities here. In the almost 15 years that I have been in Japan, it was only about 4 years ago when I took up photography more seriously. I believe learning is a continuous pro…(396 words)

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Ani

Photography English workshop Art Internet Tokyo Hobby Nature
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

Visit Kyoto Garden
Yubara Onsen (Valentine Special) images

Yubara Onsen (Valentine Special)

If you're looking for a special way to spend Valentine's Day in the Chugoku region, how about a trip up to Yubara Onsen? Located in Maniwa City, Yubara is Okayama Prefecture's most well-known hot spring town, and is situated along the Asahi River and next to the Yubara Dam.Yubara is a hot sprin…(271 words)

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Andrea Miyata

Onsen Region Okayama City Trip Spring River Outdoor recreation Beef Grilled meat barbeque
Denim Kimonos--Only in Kurashiki! images

Denim Kimonos--Only in Kurashiki!

Did you know that the birthplace of Japanese denim is Kurashiki, in Okayama Prefecture?Kurashiki is best known for the great shopping and sightseeing opportunities in the Bikan-chiku Historical district. This area is well known throughout Japan for having refurbished original 'kura' warehouses …(655 words)

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Andrea Miyata

Kurashiki Okayama Kimono experience Shopping rental
Math is cool! Science too! images

Math is cool! Science too!

I have always had a hard time finding equation beautiful. Not my thing. But many people do. Einstein, for instance. Math is not only used to explain the universe and quantum theory. Actually I find it very useful everyday in my life (more simple than quantum theory too). Measuring calorie…(262 words)

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Claire

Tokyo Museum
Sake Brewery Visit in Shisui, Chiba images

Sake Brewery Visit in Shisui, Chiba

Have you ever visited Shisui (酒々井)town near Narita city in Chiba? The place is named after a popular story about a well (井戸)where sake (酒)seemed to have sprang up. There is a long established (300 years old) sake brewery in the beautiful rice field countryside. Please visit the brew house …(189 words)

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Hatha Yoga Lover

Visit Sake (Rice wine) Chiba City Spring Walk Lunch Cafe style Eat