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Experience Small-Town Life in Tamana, Kumamoto

If you have already seen the sights of Kumamoto and find yourself at a tourism loss of what to do, consider a day trip to the nearby city of Tamana for an outing that combines history, culture and relaxation. Location   View this post on Instagram   #repost @3oni6 via @PhotoAroundApp #とつけむにゃあ玉名 #タマてバコ #ななつ星 #ななつ星in九州…

Yokobachi – Top Restaurant for a Local Kumamoto–Style Meal

Whether you’re in Kumamoto as a resident or a tourist, trying the local food should be top of your to-do list. Each region in Japan has its own specialist dishes, and Kumamoto has some particularly delectable treats to try out. If you want an authentic experience of eating traditional, local food, check out the popular…

Walking Along the Rainbow Bridge Into Odaiba

There are many famous bridges in the world. England has its London Bridge, Australia its Harbour Bridge, and America its Golden Gate. Not to be outdone, in 1993, the Japanese built their own bridge “attraction” in Tokyo (東京) and named it Rainbow Bridge (レインボーブリッジ). However, unlike Sydney and San Francisco, Tokyo’s Rainbow Bridge is pedestrian-friendly…

5 Differences Between Yukatas and Kimonos You Didn’t Know About

It is very easy to recognise the traditional Japanese clothing of the yukata and kimono when you see one, they are very distinct garments. However, many people will not be aware of the difference between the two. The origin of the Japanese kimono is from the Chinese traditional Han clothing, although an apron was still…
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How Does Tokyo Deal With Its Huge Population?

Tokyo is a monster of a city, with an enormous headcount of over 13 million people. That’s a huge number to imagine, but to actually see even a small portion of that number in one place is pretty amazing. Tokyo’s most populous areas get incredibly crowded; Shibuya’s famous “Scramble” sees over a thousand crossers per…
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Check Out Japan`s 5 Great Sakura Trees to Visit This Spring!

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 eras. Transport yourself to the hanami…

Studio Ghibli: The (Not So) Hidden Meaning of Spirited Away

Japan is one of the world’s leading countries in the production of animated works. Although Dreamworks and Disney will no doubt come to mind when someone mentions animation, the Japanese company Studio Ghibli is renowned for its feature films and other animated works such as short films and commercials. With their stunning art style and…
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Masks Out: Winter has come so Beware of the Flu!

If you’re visiting Tokyo this winter you may be alarmed by how many people are wearing surgical masks like a scene from 28 Days Later. Don’t worry, the apocalypse isn’t coming. They either just have a cold or are protecting themselves from catching one. Why? jp.fotolia.com/ As the temperature in Tokyo starts to fall, the…