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Dogo Onsen: Wrapped in History and Charm

Just a short tram ride from Matsuyama city center in Ehime is Dogo Onsen, Japan’s oldest hot spring. Its main bath house has been the inspiration for the Studio Ghibli film Spirited Away (2001). But despite a famous pedigree, the...

Awa Odori Festival in Tokushima: An Obon Tradition

Summer is peak festival season in Japan, particularly during the Obon period in August. For one of the largest and oldest in the country, head to Tokushima on the east side of Shikoku, the smallest of Japan’s major islands. Held annually, Awa...

The Ruins of Takamatsu Castle: One of Japan’s Three Great Water Castles

My fiancé and I were on our way to Japan’s famous art island, Naoshima, for a much-anticipated weekend of art galleries and yurts. However, despite our panicked dash, we’d just missed our ferry out of Takamatsu port. Like it or not, we...

Overheating at Dogo Onsen: Tokyo to Okinawa Day 5

The celebrated novel Botchan by Natsume Soseki tells the story of a grumpy young man and his teaching experiences in the town of Matsuyama in Shikoku. Convinced he is better than just about everyone, he finds his only calm in the warm...

Myojinmaru’s Famous Salted Bonito Tataki

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The word bonito would, for most, evoke the common visual of little flakes dancing atop your meal. However, there are so many other delicious ways to prepare bonito fish, for example the Myojinmaru Bonito Tataki. Shikoku’s Bonito