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February brings some of the most fun holidays to celebrate to the world: Setsubun in Japan, the Lunar New Year in China, Presidents Day, and of course Valentine’s Day. What better way to celebrate your love for Japan than to learn about traditional Japanese weddings? Tsurugaoka Hachimangu is a shrine complex with a rich history just a few minutes away from the Kamakura Station. Indisputably the most important shrine in the city...

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The Meiji Restoration Period of Japan (1868 – 1912) was the first major step away from the tradition and culture of Old World Japan. Japan had achieved tremendous accomplishments at the price of several crippling drawbacks. Embracing their Western contemporaries, Japan had great economic, militaristic, and technological growth as well as many Japanese immigrating to America in the late 1800’s, where my ancestry in America began. The...

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If you’re interested in going to Japan, or you’ve been numerous times, chances are that you’re familiar with what a Ryokan is. On the other hand, you’re probably also aware that Ryokan have beautiful, but limited facilities in comparison to hotels. Both Ryokans and hotels in Japan allow you to live in the lap of luxury, but which one is right for you? For many of us, such as me, it’s both! There are things to consider for your next...

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Quaint and vivacious, slender and attractive; Japan has something for everyone to do, but you may ask yourself “What can I do there that I can’t do here?” There are countless things you couldn’t do in most of the world, but here are some of the most unique experiences in Japan:   1: UNESCO World Heritage Sites Japan has 19 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and that number is only getting larger. From Chuson-ji Temple, independently...

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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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“I don’t like sushi. I can’t go to Japan.” This common complaint has been said by many who are curious about Japan’s cultural and visual offerings but worried about the cuisine. Don’t worry – some Japanese people don’t like sushi either. With so many diverse and delicious national dishes, Japan has more to offer than many potential visitors  can manage to consume in one visit. How can...

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