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All You Need to Know About Maneki-Nekos, Japan’s Lucky Cats

In Japan, there are many things considered to be auspicious or bodes well of which one of the most common and popular ones would have to be the maneki-neko (招き猫) which literally means “beckoning cat.” The maneki-neko features a standing cat with one of its front legs raised like a hand which looks like it…

Relive the Past by Visiting These 4 Historic Places in the Kansai Region

One of the many things that attracts tourists to Japan is its rich history which is present up until today’s modern times. Many people are interested in visiting Japan’s historic towns to get a feel of what life used to be like in the country. Thatched roofs, castles, shrines, temples, and samurai lodging all draw…

Enjoy the Authentic Charm and Traditional Japanese Buildings in Oharai Machi!

Oharai machi is known to be a cathedral town in the Ise City of Mie Prefecture which runs between the entrance to the Inner Shrine and Prefectural Route 32. It is actually a small side street which is home to many vendors selling specialty goods and restaurants serving delicious meals. With souvenir shops and well-established…