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Since the economic bubble burst in Japan in the 1980s, the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (and their forebearers) have been working to get the economy back on track. Japan, as with many other countries, did rebuild but were hit with another recent recession, where they saw...

Tokyo is the capital of Japan and one of the most glamorous cities in Asia. With its low crime rate, countless bars and restaurants, and numerous cultural and historical sites, it's no wonder that it sees millions of tourists every year. The Tokyo 2020 Olympics are coming and an even...

Mt. Fuji (富士山) is an iconic landmark which draws many tourists traveling in Japan. As a symbol of Japan's natural beauty, Fuji is often one aspect of Japan that tourists wish to conquer. Sadly, if you are visiting outside of the July to September period, which is the hiking...

The Sumida River (Sumidagawa 隅田川), one of Tokyo’s classic waterways, is a photographer’s dream. With waterside terraces, appealing atmosphere, and breathtaking views, it’s a definite “must” on any tourist’s list. Yet sadly, many fail to take advantage of this fun, free opportunity. Originating in Chichibu (秩父), Saitama (埼玉), the Sumidagawa...

Katakana is that wonderful part of the Japanese language that makes you feel rather uncomfortable when pronouncing an English word in a way that just feels wrong. But as most Japanese learners will know, not all katakana words came from English. Some of them are entirely Japanese creations, and...

Cherry blossom, or sakura (桜), is a national treasure in Japan. Each year, hundreds of thousands of Japanese people and tourists flock to cherry blossom viewing areas for hanami (花見) or flower viewing parties. This is not a new trend as flower viewing has been a pastime for many...

“Otoko wa tsurai yo!” (男はつらいよ; It’s hard being a man)! These famous words, now part of Japanese folklore, are synonymous with the lovable movie character, Tora-san (寅さん). Ahh, poor Tora-san… that traveling salesman whose comical exploits cause his family endless problems. The poor guy whose romances never work out the...

Most people who come to Tokyo visit Asakusa (浅草); it is a hotspot for tourists which boasts wonderful sites, including the famous Senso-ji Temple (浅草寺). Then there’s popular Ueno (上野) – a magnet for culture, with its museums, history, and park. But have you ever heard of Ryusen (竜泉)?...

Having specific dietary requirements has often been a struggle for visitors and residents in Japan. Be it gluten-free, vegetarian or vegan, there were never many options in the past. However, Tokyo and Japan are changing, and more and more restaurants and shops are opening up to cater for those...

Easy access to snow monkeys, mountain ranges, historic shrines, and perhaps the best-preserved castle in Japan; first-class bars selling regional wine and sake, a local football team whose fans are amongst the most loyal, and people whose genuine smiles warm the hearts of locals and tourists alike – this...

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