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Day1:  Jan 17, 2019 Departure from Honolulu We checked in at the Philippine Airlines counter, which had a dedicated line for our group.  The airline provided us with a “gold line” at TSA, which made our inspection so much faster. The flight (PR#101) was 10hr45min nonstop to Manila. We were served with two hot main meals and a snack with a choice of pork barbecue or kung pao chicken and pancit & pork or beef lasagna. We enjoyed our...

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Tokyo is the most well-known city in Japan for many more reasons than just being the capital. While it doesn’t have as many historical sites like Tofukuji,  Chusonji, or Seisonkaku, Tokyo has a bustling urban life that never goes to sleep. Tokyo is the heart and soul of modern Japan from advanced architecture to tasty treats, like gourmet Kakigori (Japanese Shaved Ice). Here are five fun flashy places for your next trip to Tokyo! 1:...

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You may think that Kakigori (Shaved Ice) is a summertime dessert, but it has actually become a popular treat all year round! Tokyo, the central hub of Japanese culinary arts, there are kakigori shops that serve long lines in the autumn and winter. In rain or shine, sleet or snow, kakigori cafes are even popular when it’s freezing cold. Though many kakigori are served with fruit flavored sugar based syrups, these shops serve high...

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Like the words samurai, ninja, sushi, and emoji, “kawaii” is one of the Japanese phrases world widely known today. Doesn’t matter if you’re young or an adult, Japanese females in general are all obsessed with kawaii stuff!! Well not all, but most girls like me are 😉 Today I would like to show you few examples of kawaii culture in Japan.   “Kawaii” Characters From anime characters like...

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Like the phrases samurai, ninja, sushi, and emoji, “kawaii” is one of the Japanese words world widely known today. Doesn’t matter if you’re young or an adult, Japanese females in general are all obsessed with kawaii stuff!! Well not all, but most girls like me are 😉 Today I would like to show you a few examples of kawaii culture in Japan. “Kawaii” Fashion I personally think living in Japan in terms...

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  ‘Tezuka Osamu’ was a cartoonist with a medical license. He stood out in the field of a comic strip in a paper soon after the second World War, and issued ‘New Treasure Island’ that was highly evaluated as Japan’s first feature-length cartoon. He moved to Tokyo from Osaka, his home town, while making many SF feature-length cartoons. He lived in ‘Tokiwa-so’ two story wooden apartment in...

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