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Kanto(Tokyo, Yokohama)

There are many high-end Japanese restaurants in Ginza, but no places give off the same refreshing personality as “Tsurutokame,” which opened less than two years ago. The restaurant is special for its seven itamae chefs, who are all women. Together, they have ushered in a new whirlwind in cooking and cuisine. Indeed, “Tsurutokame” is a rare and special restaurant in Japan. From the moment you open the door of “Tsurutokame”, the chefs’...

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“What If…” Many great art in the world is created by asking that simple question… JTB and the World Heritage Theater (WHT) did just that by asking this question: {WHAT IF… Nikko Toshogu and Kabuki collaborated to create a special performance stage?} And what did they end up with? They created an immortal performance that will remain cherished in the audience’s memories forever.   General...

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The first Luxury Collection hotel to open in Tokyo is an exquisitely designed hideaway in the upscale Kioicho district, a premier address steeped in the history of the Tokugawas and just minutes on foot from the vibrant entertainments of Akasaka. The 250-room Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho occupies the top seven floors of a 36-story tower, offering iconic city views from every angle along with exquisitely curated artwork. The...

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Day 1 & 2   Honolulu – Narita – Daiba Traveling to Narita by ANA. Everyone was on time and so excited to go to Japan. Our fight time was about 9 hours. We all enjoyed watching many movies. When we landed in Narita, the weather was cloudy but wasn’t too cold. We arrived at Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba around 3:40pm, little earlier than scheduled. We all liked our nice hotel rooms. We checked in our rooms and we got back together at 5pm...

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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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