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The Suzuka mountain range: Nature’s Majesty

Japan is an island chain born of volcanic activity. Mountain ranges stretch the entire archipelago, and provide some of the most breathtaking experiences and views of Japan, in addition to being a classic setting for Japan’s old legends and stories. Mt. Fuji is, of course, the highest and most famous landmark in the center of…

“Cafe-meguri”, or cafe-hopping in Japan.

Cafe-meguri (カフェ巡り)is Japanese for visiting several cafes in one day. Cafe-hopping, if you will. Although it may not be something you’d consider visiting Japan for, Japan’s cafes are as numerous and as diverse as they are in the West. Of course, there are the popular chains such as Starbucks, Doutor, Cafe de Crie, where each…

Get lost in Nagoya: castles, shrines, museums and more!

Author’s photo Nagoya is one of the Japanese largest cities. Located in the center of Honshu, it is a transportation hub, servicing tourists and commuters to and from Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and just about every other famous city on the island. Though many foreigners fly into Tokyo’s Narita and Osaka’s Kansai airports, Nagoya is also…

Kabuki, the ancient art of Japanese opera.

A combination of all fine performance arts – music, theater, and dance – kabuki is the art of Japanese opera. Performances are seasonal, and tickets tend to sell quickly, so opportunities to see this rare art form are relatively few. The tradition originates in the Edo period, where it began as more of an eccentric…

The Art of the Hanami Party

Spring is upon us once again in Japan. I tasted warm weather with this week’s rotation of warm days after a frigid weekend, something the Japanese refer to as “San-Kan-Shi-On”, literally meaning “three cold four warm” (三寒四温). The cherry blossoms are of fabled beauty here in Japan, and famous the world over, but no words…