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Never been west of Kyoto and Osaka? It’s time to try something new. Many visitors to Japan rarely travel west due to time constraints, yet there are many sights beyond Osaka waiting to be explored. From the whirlpools of Awaji to the folkdances of Tokushima, there are numerous activities and sights to enjoy on the way west. 1. Famous dance festival The Awa Odori Dance Festival of Tokushima is well known throughout Japan for its...

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(Day 1 & 2) Honolulu – Fukuoka Despite the typhoon approaching on its way to Japan, we didn’t have much turbulence also no rain in Fukuoka. Yay!! First meal in Fukuoka – tonkotsu ramen (pork base soup).   (Day 3) Fukuoka – Imari – Arita – Nagasaki We are in Saga pref. today and visit Imari and Arita town where it’s known for porcelain. As I get older I find myself admire and...

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Summertime in Japan means one thing- Matsuri (祭り)! Matsuri can take place all year round, but some of the largest and most lively matsuri seem to take place during the warm months of summer. One of the most famous of these events is Tokushima City’s Awa Odori, which just came to an end a few days ago. Held every year from August 12th – 15th, this festival is part of the Obon ritual to welcome the dead. Dating back 400...

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A trunk of pine tree covered with a rice straw mat like in the picture is often seen in Japanese garden in early winter. We associate this scene with people with a muffler around their neck, accordingly this method is mistakenly regarded as protecting pine trees from the cold of winter, but this actually is a countermeasure against harmful insects of pine trees. These insects usually eat pine leaves, however they descend from the...

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Would you like to become a dancing queen?? OR , would you like to ENJOY dance festival whether you dance or not.Summer is a time for festival in Japan. and Awaodori, is a traditional dance festival held in Tokushima, Shikoku Pre. on Aug 12 to 15. Not only great dancers but anyone (including YOU!!) can participate in a “NIwaka-ren” dancing team as a dancer! Here’s kindergarten team dancing.. their steps are already...

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