Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Sendagaya– The main stage for Tokyo 2020 Games

Sendagaya area has mysteriously avoided attention up until now, despite being surrounded by Tokyo's hippest and liveliest neighbourhoods – Shinjuku, Shibuya and Harajuku. A 30 minute walk from Shibuya station, weaving through the cute...

FOODIE TOURS JAPAN: GIZEM’S TASTE OF TOKYO

“No one should be missing out on Japanese food!” Sounds like a cliché, but everything points to Gizem Sakamaki being born to do this. Even before starting her tour company Foodie Tours Japan, she...
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Protected: A short winter trip to Akita – seeing, doing, tasting the best of...

The snow-covered Akita prefecture is known for several things, but Akita dogs are easily the prefecture's most popular ambassadors, one of them a Shibuya landmark today. We're talking of course about Hachiko, a dog...
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Heroes and heroines behind the festivals: Sendai’s Tanabata Festival

Sendai’s Tanabata Festival: Wonders of traditional Japanese paper-making by shopkeepers Sendai’s Tanabata Festival is touted as one of the three major summer festivals in the Tohoku region, Held in Sendai from August 6 to 8, the lavish...
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Tohoku Outdoor Activities

Hachimantai: Hiking Through the Valleys of Hell When you think of areas for hiking and enjoying leisurely strolls, usually places covered with lush green vegetation spring to mind, right? Well, if you are tired of...

SADOU HOSTEL: experience the beauty and tranquility of a tradition Japanese tea ceremony from...

Sadou Hostel sets the standard for affordable travel accommodations with its revolutionary hostel in the culturally rich area of Ueno. The stacked beds design seems to have been inspired by popular capsule hotels. However, they are...
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Tea Ceremony Experience: Gahou-kai & Tsuruya Yoshinobu, Nihonbashi

The way of tea or "chado" tea ceremony is an elegant Japanese tradition that shows the utmost respect to the guest and dates back to the 9th century. A tea ceremony involves not only...

Matsuri hunting at Matsushiro Castle in Nagano

The 63rd Matsushiro clan: Sanada Jumangoku Festival Matsushiro is located in Nagano Prefecture, an area nowadays famous for skiing. However, during Sengoku period (the Warring States period: 1467-1600), Matsushiro was a famous warrior's territory called...

Noh Theater Workshop in Tokyo

What is Noh? The word literally means "skill", and is a form of classical drama, created in Iga by Kan'ami Kiyotsugu during the Muromachi period in Japan (14th century). Kiyotsugu incorporated story, dance and...
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Hedonistic Experience – ANA InterContinental Tokyo’s Red Ruby Chocolate Afternoon Tea

written by Sarah Nishina It's been said that nine out of ten people like chocolate and they say the tenth person is lying. Which one are you? The ANA InterContinental Tokyo, a hotel in Akasaka, is proud...