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Day 1   Honolulu – Narita Our departure was on Memorial Day so that lines were short both at ANA check-in counter and the security check point.  Our flight took off on time too.  Here we come, Japan! Day 2  Narita – Shinjuku Immigration at Narita Airport was also surprisingly smooth, and we arrived at Keio Plaza Hotel before 7pm. How lucky we were!   Even though we were tired, most of us went out browsing the west side of...

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Day 1&2:  A total of 21 people met at Honolulu Airport around 10:30 am.  The airport was unbelievably busy with so many tourists going to places during Spring Break.  After extra long lines at the JAL check-in counter and the security check point, we could finally reach inside the airport around 12:30 pm.  After about 9 hours of a long flight to Kansai Airport, we encountered another long line at the immigration in Osaka. It took...

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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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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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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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Celebrating Setsubun at Zojoji

Celebrating Setsubun at Zojoji


Posted By on Jan 11, 2016

Setsubun, held annually on February 3, is a traditional day to welcome in luck for the coming year. Compared to New Year’s solemn celebrations, Setsubun is a fun-filled day for the younger crowds. Costumed “ogres” are the target of  bean throwing by children and adults. Celebrities often entertain crowds during large Setsubun events by acting as emcees or as ogres. One large event held annually is at Zojoji in Tokyo....

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