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Naoshima – Art Island

  On an island in the Seto Inland Sea, you can find beautiful modern art museums, architecture, and sculptures. Naoshima is an art island and known for its art museums. You might have seen images of one of Yayoi Kusama’s iconic pumpkin sculptures located near Miyanaura Port. “Ando Island” also features many structures created by...
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Japanese New Year

New Year’s Day (shogatsu) is said to be the most important holiday for the Japanese. It begins at night on December 31st and goes until January 3rd. During this time, most businesses’ are closed and families come together for the festive period. In Japanese culture, the new year is a clean slate. As a result,...
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Christmas Day in Japan

Christmas is celebrated not because of religious reasons but because of its festive mood. It is celebrated like Valentine’s Day and is the most romantic time of the year for couples. Young couples reserve dinner at high-end restaurants and exchange gifts on Christmas Eve while many others hold parties. Unlike in western countries, Christmas is...
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Takoyaki

Takoyaki – A Taste of Osaka

Although Takoyaki originated in Osaka during the 1930s, today it is popular all over Japan. They can even be found in supermarkets and convenience stores everywhere. But there is little doubt it is still most popular in Osaka. “Tako” is Japanese for octopus. And “Yaki” comes from “Yaku”, meaning to fry or grill. They are...
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Meet our Staff – Sarah Giannini

  Hello, I’m Sarah. I began my career with Samurai Tours in 2016 with our registration and billing departments. Since then I have joined our tours team and continue to work in our billing department.   Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago offered me lots of great opportunities. I completed my bachelor’s degree in...
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How to beat Jet Lag / Travel Tips

Jet lag is a temporary sleep disorder that impacts the circadian rhythm. All the biological rhythms are controlled by the body’s circadian clock, so if you suffer from this disorder, you will show several biological disruptions. Here’s a list of the most common symptoms you can experience during jet lag: • Insomnia • Fatigue •...
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Japanese Tea Ceremony Etiquette

Japan has a very interesting duality in its culture.  They are known for creating some of the world’s most cutting edge technology while perfectly maintaining traditions, like the tea ceremony.  You may think a tea ceremony is about drinking tea.  But at the heart of it, the ceremony is really about the host humbling themselves...
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What to Pack for a Samurai Tour

As you prepare for your trip to Japan, make sure to keep these essential packing tips in mind. Pack smart to avoid taking anything you don’t need or forget anything you do! Small Luggage Packing lightly is a useful skill for any kind of travel and navigating Japan is much easier when you have a...
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Japan by the Numbers – Foreign Tourists Visiting Japan

The number of this installment of Japan by the Numbers is 500. That is the percentage increase of the number of foreign tourists visiting Japan since 2011, the year of the Great Eastern Earthquake and Tsunami. In 2012, Shinzo Abe was elected Prime Minister. One of his first goals was to increase the number of...
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