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Trouble Finding Souvenirs in Japan? Choose the Best Without Wasting Time or Money!

When traveling, many people want to take something special home for their loved ones, or for themselves to remember their journey. However, getting gifts can be costly, time-consuming and stressful because it allows less time to travel and less money for yourself. Though there are many places to buy souvenirs, it can be hard to…

Top 100 Things to Do in Asakusa, Tokyo’s Oldest Traditional District in 2018!

Asakusa (浅草) is a district in Taito-ku (台東区), Tokyo (東京) that is home to many historical and modern sights, making it one of the most popular go-to destinations for visitors to Japan. The area is home to various department stores, restaurants, affordable youth hostels, and the famous Senso-ji (浅草寺) Temple, which is the oldest Buddhist…

4 Ways to Relive the Days of the Japanese Samurai at Nikko’s Edo Wonderland!

The Edo (江戸) period was one of the most definitive periods of Japanese history in terms of art, culture and society. This was also the era in which Japan earned its name as the Samurai Country. Edo Mura (江戸村; Edo Village), also known as Edo Wonderland (日光江戸村), in Nikko (日光) gives visitors a chance to…

16 Hilarious Pictograms are Being Used in Iwate Prefecture for Tourists

It can be difficult for foreigners to get around in Japan due to the language barrier, as many locals are not well-versed in English. With the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics, many more foreigners are expected to make a visit to Japan. As such, authorities are making efforts to reduce the language barrier and make tourists…

8 Places to Buy Quality Martial Arts and Samurai Gears in Tokyo

Japan has long been the hub when it comes to samurai and martial arts training. In fact, a number of foreigners who want to master a specific art would visit the country to train under the best schools and mentors teaching various fighting types such as Aikido (合気道) and Judo (柔道). Whether you’re trying to…

Saigo Takamori, the Real Last Samurai With a Fascinating Story

One of the aspects of Japan that attracts many people is samurai. Noble Japanese warriors wielding deadly weapons with codes of honor is a cool concept for many people. Although the blockbuster movie starring Ken Watanabe and Tom Cruise, The Last Samurai, was based on the true Japanese figure, Saigo Takamori, the truth does not…

Witness Sword-Wielding Warriors at the World Samurai Summit 2016 in Aichi

Armored knights have assembled. The noble samurai battle is commencing. The main stronghold is under siege. Have you marked your calendars to witness this annual event? The World Samurai Summit 2016 is a two-day event set to happen on November 19 and 20, 2016 (Saturday and Sunday) at Nagakute City of Aichi Prefecture. It’s a…

Meet the Real-Life Samurai That Inspired Anime Characters!

Samurai are icons that often pop up when we talk about Japan. In films they’re depicted as those noble warriors who faithfully serve their lords using their strict fighting discipline and mastery in the art of kenjutsu (Japanese swordsmanship). But, with a unique variety of depictions they have enjoyed in movies, drama series, and anime,…
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