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Love Thy Neighborhood: The Complex History of Osaka’s Nishinari District

At night, from atop the vertiginous heights of the Abeno Harukas mega-tower, the lights of Osaka shine to the horizon, almost into...

The Most Stylish Buddha in Japan gets a Fashionable Upgrade during Sakura Season

The 18m tall Great Buddha (daibutsu) statue in Konan, Aichi prefecture is somewhat affectionately known as the “Great Buddha with Sunglasses”. That’s...

Hozan-ji Temple: in the Mountains of Ikoma, Nara’s Hidden Wonder.

Hozan-ji is in many ways the embodiment of a perfect Japanese experience, in miniature. The otherworldly mountain temple complex is largely unknown...

Aomori’s Takayama Inari Shrine: Senbon Torii and Cherry Blossoms

Takayama Inari Shrine, in the northern Prefecture of Aomori, is famous for its Senbon Torii gates, framed with cherry blossoms in spring.

Strolling Through Yesteryear: Exploring Yanaka Ginza

After an early morning photo shoot at Nezu Shrine, I make my way to Yanaka Ginza, the...

Yanaka Beer Hall: Craft Beer In A Traditional Setting

With its bustling Ginza shopping street, veteran shopkeepers, winding backstreets and well-preserved architecture, Yanaka is one of...

Tokyo Station Bars: Top-shelf Drinking In The Urban Hub

Like most Tokyo neighborhoods, the area surrounding Tokyo Station has a thriving nightlife scene. However, you don’t even need to leave the...

Nojiri Loop Course: 15km Loop Around A Glacial Lake

The summer haven of Lake Nojiri resides in the deepest corners of hearts and souls around the...

Togakushi Soba: One Of Nagano’s Unique Varieties

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