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Well-known Japanese actress from the morning drama Hanako to Anne (花子とアン), Yoshitaka Yuriko (吉高由里子) is appearing on a Wednesday NTV drama titled Tokyo Tarareba Musume (東京タラレバ娘)! If you have watched the live-action film Gantz, then you must be familiar with Yoshitaka Yuriko, the supporting actress of the film. Yoshitaka Yuriko,...

When you're looking for somewhere to stay in Tokyo, the choices are endless. However, one hotel that has never failed me is Toyoko Inn (東横イン). I have been to several different branches of the hotel around Japan and they always provide guests with a great service and an awesome...

Spring in Japan is well-known for the full bloom of sakura (桜; cherry blossoms). If you are going to visit Tokyo for the cherry blossoms this spring, then you can't miss some of these popular spring festivals. Festivals, or matsuri (祭り), in Japan are common events. Almost every shrine celebrates...

Have you ever heard of steampunk fashion? It is a style which incorporates 19th-century industrial technology with Victorian aesthetics. Some people in Tokyo are so passionate about this subculture that they formed a regular event called Steam Garden. Steam Garden is held twice a year to gather lovers of the...

Shimokitazawa (下北沢) has been gaining popularity as a hip and trendy neighborhood. With an abundance of shops and cafes, it is very easy to see why it is being called as the newest must-visit place in Tokyo. This sweet little suburb is located in Setagaya-ku (世田谷区), just a few...

Cherry blossom viewing in Okinawa (沖縄) might have already come to an end but it's never too late to enjoy the sheer grandeur of Japan's southernmost prefecture. Due to its geographical location, Okinawa is the only place in the country that enjoys a tropical-like climate comparable to its neighboring countries,...

With Kyoto (京都) being one of the biggest cities in Japan, it is rich in history and culture. One of the places in the city that exhibit these qualities is Arashiyama (嵐山). There are many notable tourist spots in this district, like Togetsukyo Bridge (渡月橋) and Daikakuji Temple (大覚寺),...

One of the noticeable characteristics of Japanese culture is "discipline." This is seen in all aspects of their lives, from waking up in the morning to going to bed at night. They also practice it in flower arranging, or Ikebana (生け花), which is another representative aspect of Japanese traditional...

The sakura (cherry blossom; 桜) season is perhaps Japan's most anticipated time of the year. This essential part of Japanese culture brings a stream of new visitors each year, and with it, a massive boost to the country’s economy. Aside from beauty, these sakura flowers also bring great business to...

In the year 2011, a huge earthquake and 30-foot (9m) tsunami devastated the Tohoku (東北) region of Japan, making international headlines as one of the worst natural disasters of the 21st century. One of the affected areas includes Fukushima Prefecture (福島県), wherein a nuclear reactor exploded due to the...

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