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  • Japan’s Most Important Shrine: Ise Jinja

    Posted on October 29, 2014 by in All, Mie
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    In the Shinto religion, the most important deity is Amaterasu, goddess of the Sun. After all, the sun is very important to the people of Japan and its symbolism is very prevalent, such as the nickname “Land of the Rising Sun.”  It is believed that Amaterasu helped shape ancient Japan with her siblings Susanoo and […]

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  • Hokkaido Grand Autumn Tour October 16~October 24, 2014

    Posted on October 28, 2014 by in All, Hokkaido
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    October 16: A total of 18 people, all of them from Hawaii except one, joined the tour. The majority of them were first time visitors to Hokkaido, so they were very excited. October 17: After a long flight from Honolulu by Hawaiian Air, we finally arrived in Chitose, Hokkaido (including one hour stop-over in Sendai). […]

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  • Nara and it’s Lesser Known Koriyama Castle

    Posted on October 27, 2014 by in All, Castle, Nara
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    Located in Yamatokoriyama City, Nara Prefecture is Koriyama Castle (郡山城). The origins of this castle date back to 1162! in 1580 Tsutsui Junkei and Oda Nobunaga built what became Koriyama Castle by strengthening a smaller fort. Toyotomi Hidenaga later became the lord of Koriyama Castle and added several new structures to the castle. At the time, […]

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  • Ryu-Gu-Kutsu and Toji Sand Slopes

    Posted on October 22, 2014 by in All, Shizuoka
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    Ryu-Gu-Kutsu, or the Cave of Dragon Palace, is located along the rugged coastline of the Izu Peninsula in Shizuoka prefecture, not far from the picturesque town of Shimoda. From above, the cave is a ragged heart cut-out as if stamped by a cookie cutter into rock. From inside, it is a cave of wonders filled […]

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  • Quiet Seaside City Draws Visitors Year-Round

    Posted on October 18, 2014 by in All, Shizuoka
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    Shimoda, once a bustling port city, is now a quiet town in which to spend a tranquil day by the sea. Everything seems to move more slowly by the seaside city. It’s no wonder visitors travel from far away to relax for a weekend in this sleepy town. The views of the seas from viewpoints […]

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