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Learn How You Can Become a Samurai and Study the Art of the Perfect Cut

“Samurai” as a concept has been one of Japan’s hottest exports in last few decades. The rise in the popularity of anime, martial arts, and anything Japanese in the West has piqued the interest of younger generations in a way that other cultural imports haven’t been able to match. For many Japanophiles, their interest extends…

Top 7 Must-Visit Spots in Japan for Martial Arts Masters in Training

Martial arts have been a part of Japanese and East Asian culture for a long time, and its popularity soared with actors such as Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee starring in Hollywood. The dedication, training, and the undeniable coolness made martial arts a well-known and well-loved endeavour. Most people have heard of karate and judo,…

Enjoy Traditional Dance With Modern Music at the 2016 Tokyo Yosakoi Festival

The heat of the summer might have abated at last, but the streets of Tokyo are still searing! In an upcoming festival, yosakoi dance teams from around Japan will take over the Ikebukuro station area and be performing live! Yosakoi is a style of dance that blends traditional elements of Japanese costumes and dance movements…

How to Enjoy Izu Oshima Island, the Perfect Vacation Spot Without Tourist Traps!

Okinawa seems to be the pinnacle of the dream “island vacation” for Japanese and non-Japanese tourists alike. However, there are a series of small, relatively unknown islands off the coast of Shizuoka that could be your dream realized (and they aren’t the tourist trap like Okinawa is). Dynamic topography and unique in character, the Izu…

Try Final Fantasy Ezorea Cafe for the Ultimate Theme Cafe Experience in Japan!

For fans and non-fans alike, your trip to Japan should include a visit to the Final Fantasy Ezorea Café in Akihabara. Themed cafes are quintessentially Japanese and no trip to Japan would be complete without a stop at one of them. While cat cafes, maid cafes, and now even owl cafes are located all around…

Get out of Tokyo and Enjoy a Cheap Mini-Vacation Relaxing in a Private Onsen

A mere two hours away from the noise and lights of Shinjuku is the semi-forgotten onsen town called Kinugawa. With a direct express train leaving from Shinjuku station and the option of a free or reduced price onsen bus leaving from Ikebukuro, it is easy to get out of town for a night. Kinugawa att-japan.net/…

Why are these 3 Animals so Important that they have their own Statues in Tokyo?

Widely known and popularly used as meeting points, statues in Tokyo are seen by many but the story and meaning behind their creation is sometimes lost. While statues of people can somehow still speak for themselves, statues of animals are more often than not unrecognizable. Do you know these famous animal statues? 1. Hachiko (Shibuya)…

How Refined is your Palate? Discovering Japanese Umami

When describing food, westerners rely basically on 4 distinct tastes: bitterness, sweetness, saltiness, and sourness. However, there is another type of description for food – umami. While anyone reading this article can easily name foods that are bitter, sweet, salty or sour, umami is a little harder to pin down. Unlike bitterness, sweetness, saltiness, and…
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