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Ukiyoe – Edo Period Travel Blogs and Guides

Japan enjoyed something of a travel boom in the late Edo Period (1603-1868). This was no doubt a key impetus behind the famous ukiyo-e landscape series “Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji” created by Katsushika Hokusai around 1830, depicting the beauty of the iconic mountain from a variety of locations. A short while later, Utagawa Hiroshige...
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Hachiko

You may be familiar with Hachiko as his story was made into a Hollywood movie in 2009 called ‘Hachi: A Dog’s Tale’ which starred Richard Gere.  Hachi was a stray dog. A professor of Tokyo University found this abandoned dog and took him home. Over a period of time, he formed an unbreakable bond with Hachi....
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Follow the Yellow Brick Roads – Japan’s Tactile Paving Blocks

Ask anyone who has been to Japan, and they will always remember the ubiquitous yellow tactile paving blocks. As a tour guide, I am often asked what they are. Designed to assist sight-impaired individuals travel solo, Japan’s tactile paving blocks are typically found everywhere, such as stairs, elevators and railroad station platforms. First created and...
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Tsukemono – Common Pickle Dishes

Tsukemono – Common pickle dishes The following are some of the more common types of tsukemono (Japanese pickles) that travelers are likely to encounter. Most tsukemono can be found nationwide, except where noted, however the exact ingredients of each tsukemono type may vary from region to region and household to household. Umeboshi Umeboshi are Japanese...
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Godzilla

Godzilla

Godzilla Did you know the original Godzilla (“ゴジラ” Gojira in Japanese), was made as an anti-nuclear protest film? In 1954, a Japanese fishing boat inadvertently strayed into the U.S. H-bomb testing range of the Bikini Atoll. The crew aboard were subsequently irradiated, with one dying of radiation poisoning. With the memories of Hiroshima and Nagasaki...
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Tsukemono – A Taste of Japan (Part 1)

Tsukemono – A Taste of Japan (Part 1) Tsukemono (Japanese pickles) are an important part of the Japanese diet. They are served with practically every traditional meal alongside rice and miso soup. They are valued for their unique flavors and commonly used as a garnish, relish, condiment, palate cleanser, or digestive. Tsukemono first appeared thousands...
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Sumo Wrestling; Japan’s National Sport

Sumo wrestling is Japan’s national sport. It originated centuries ago as entertainment for the religious deities of the Shinto religion. Many of the original rituals of the performances are still in practice at Sumo matches today. In accordance with tradition, only men can wrestle professionally. The rules of the matches are very straightforward; the first...
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Cosplay in Japan

Cosplay in Japan is very popular and quite a big business, with many shops, events, and even conventions dedicated to the fun pastime. “Cosplay” is a contraction of costume and play and consists of people dressing up as characters and acting out scenes. These characters are from books, movies, video games, TV shows, and especially...
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Seven Samurai

Explore Japan through Japanese Movies

Are you a voluntary or involuntary corona virus shut-in, and tired of watching Gilligan’s Island reruns? How about a virtual tour of Japan through Japanese movies. Watching Japanese movies is a great way to learn more about Japan, its people and culture. Here are some of our suggestions. I have tried to provide a wide...
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Atami Onsen

Atami Onsen

Atami Onsen Overall Onsen Rating Atmosphere   Atami Onsen (the literal translation of Atami is “warm ocean”) is located on the Pacific Ocean at the north-eastern edge of the Izu Peninsula about 100 km (70 miles) southwest of Tokyo. There is a Shinkansen station for the Tokaido Shinkansen that runs between Tokyo and western Japan...
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