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What is Obama City in Japan All About? Much More Than You Think

Back when Barack Obama was the president of the USA, Obama city in Fukui prefecture, Japan, decided to ride that wave of name recognition. The omiyage with the president’s face was popping up everywhere, the lucky coincidence of the two names helping propel the small Japanese seaside town to newfound fame. Now that Barack is…

Undiscovered Japan: The Mogi Port, the center of North-Eastern Asia

When you think of Japan, what springs to mind is succulent sushi, bright neon lights, samurai swords, Tokyo high-rise and kinky manga. What does not immediate spring to mind is a quiet, seaside port; a sleepy fishing village that could best be described as a one-horse kind of town. But nevertheless, this is where I…