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There are tourists that come to Japan for the food or the anime and then there are tourists that come to Japan with a specific purpose in mind. Japanese martial arts are experiencing a surge in popularity around the world. There are tourists who travel to Japan (or want...

With the upcoming release of the Nintendo Switch, Nintendo seems to be on the upswing after a very troubling period. It is hard to remember that in the late '80s and throughout the '90s, Nintendo was on top of the world. It was seemingly indomitable. They could crush any...

Sake (酒) is one of Japan's most well-known products, and it is famous throughout the world. Understandably, many visitors to Japan are eager to try Japanese rice wine for themselves. However, sometimes it can be hard to know where to begin; I came to Japan knowing nothing about how...

For those fans of Iron Chef (料理の鉄人) and the newest iteration Iron Chef America, you probably already know the premise. It takes top chefs from each cuisine – French, Japanese, Italian, and Chinese just to name a few – and has them going up head to head against another...

Japan is well-known around the world for its fast, safe, and modern public transportation. However, using crowded trains may not always be the best idea for travelers to the Land of the Rising Sun. If you are traveling with your children or people with special needs, you may want...

When I was a kid, I was obsessed with aliens and the unexplained. I remember getting a book from the library about unexplained phenomena: the Bermuda Triangle, the Mary Celeste, Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, and much, much more. In the book, there was a short chapter on a...

Zombies are everywhere!!! No, really, I mean it. You can't throw a dead voodoo cat without hitting some kind of zombie media – The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead, The Last of Us, Warm Bodies, and many more. One of South Korea's biggest hits this 2016 was a...

Almost every city in Japan has a dish or specialty they can boast about. Gujo (郡上), however, is famous not for its cuisine but for its food replicas. If you've ever been to a Japanese restaurant, you will have seen the plastic foods displayed at the entrance. These models...

Nearly 700,000 young Japanese people are missing. They have seemed to drop from the face of the earth. They do not work, they do not engage socially, and they are gone for years at a time. These tend to be largely young men between the age of 15 to...

When I was little and just learning games from my older brother, I would watch him and his friends play our NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) for hours at a time. I remember watching him beat all of Super Mario Bros. 3 in one sitting (no warps). I remember watching...

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