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An Introduction to Shrines, and Questions You Might Feel It’s Too Late to Ask: Let’s take one more look at the rituals and practices of Japan’s traditional religions (Shinto).

The first day of the year, regular days, unlucky years, lucky years, and weddings. These are some of the many times practically every Japanese person has visited a Shinto shrine. But when you stop and think about it, do you really know what to do at shrines? Can you explain …

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Japanese sake, the global phenomenon — try it for yourself! An up-to-date beginner’s guide to Japanese sake.

We’re beginning to see renewed interest in Japanese sake from young people here in Japan. Its meteoric rise is far from over abroad as well. According to the National Tax Agency (NTA), 2015 saw 14 billion yen worth of sake exports. That’s 121.8% of the previous year, making it the …

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What is Japan’s “Kawaii! Culture” so loved by the world? Let’s review basic facts about “Kawaii! Culture” that you have been too afraid to ask!

It was 2010 when Takashi Murakami, a worldly contemporary artist, proposed for a “strategic ‘Cool Japan’ method of production in the art world,” leading to the appearance of the Cool Japan Advisory Council at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in 2010. While Cool Japan is Japan’s all-nation effort …

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5 things you should know about Okunoin Temple in Mount Koya before you visit it

Okunoin Temple in Mount Koya is very popular and is visited by many tourists from overseas, so I would now like to introduce 5 things you should know about it before visiting. (The following article contains information on rituals and practices that include components based on Japan’s traditional religions (such …

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More People Should Go To Okayama! The Top 3 Little-Known Tourist Spots in Okayama Prefecture

Okayama is located between Hiroshima and Hyogo. In Hyogo there is Kobe and Akashi, and in Hiroshima there is Hiroshima City, Miyajima, and Onomichi, which are famous tourist spots, so many people visit there, but Okayama lays in between, and seems to have a kind of dull image. However, the …

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The Epitome of Summer! 5 Recommended Kanto Fireworks Shows

Summer means fireworks! But it seems like there are a lot of people who don’t know what kind of festivals there are, or where they can find them. We’ll be introducing 5 recommended fireworks shows you can visit in the Kanto area. 1.Sumida River Fireworks Festival (Tokyo) This fireworks show …

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Things to know about soba noodles you eat on a daily basis

With an increase in interactions with overseas countries and foreign visitors to Japan, there are more volunteering efforts to help foreign visitors to Japan who are unfamiliar with Japanese cultures to have a cultural exchange. The #1 problem that foreign visitors are facing is table manners. It is difficult for …

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Come to Kagoshima! Three little-known Kagoshima prefecture places that everyone should know about

Kagoshima is a prefecture with a relatively large area located on the southernmost tip of the island of Honshu. It is also known by its historical name, “Satsuma.” There are many places with a historical feel in the prefecture. The most well known tourist hot spot is Sakurajima, and many …

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Easy access from Tokyo! Three hot springs perfect for day trips

Japan’s hot springs are not only popular among locals, they are becoming more popular with foreigners as a tourist attraction. However, there is an impression that hot springs require staying at a ryokan (Japanese style inn) or that they are difficult to use for those who are unfamiliar with them. …

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