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Tasty Travel: Learning The Art Of Soba Making In Japan

Izushi, Japan, located in the Hyōgo Prefecture less than two hours from Osaka and about two-and-a-half hours from Kyoto, is known for many things: an ancient theater, castle ruins, a preserved old-time feel, and, the focus of this piece, soba […]

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Green Tea, Shabushabu And Kushiage: Epicure’s Guide To Japan’s Kansai Region

From the high-quality green tea of Uji to the rich soba culture of Izushi to Osaka’s hearty soul food, Japan’s Kansai Region is made to be explored through the tongue. While many may associate Japanese food with rice, sushi and […]

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Matcha, Bento And An 11th-Century Temple: A Cultural Walk In Uji, Japan

While Japan in General is known for its curative green tea culture, there is one place where the offerings are truly rich: Uji. Located in the Kyoto Prefecture, just on the outskirts of the city of Kyoto, Uji’s plains and […]

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Immersive Travel: Your Ultimate Guide To Japanese Culture

Interested in traveling to Japan? Culture-enthusiasts should read on, as Japanese-American travel blogger Kimi Sugiyama of Wandering Soldier tells us about her experience of getting to know Japan through family visits, proper etiquette, travel tips and how to truly have […]

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Traveler’s Guide To Cultural Immersion In Japan

Have you ever dreamed of not only visiting Japan, but truly immersing yourself in the local culture? Travel blogger and insatiable nomad Beth Williams of Besudesu Abroad had the opportunity to live with a family in Japan while she studied […]

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A Look At Thanksgiving Traditions Around The World

Among much else, America is a land where leaves change color and temperatures begin to reach nose-nipping levels during the month of November. These notions have made finding the best way to curl up into the changing seasons a priority […]

Tin Nu Breathing, Ishigaki Pork And Shiisas: Experiencing Traditional Culture On Okinawa's Taketomi Island

Tin Nu Breathing, Ishigaki Pork And Shiisas: Experiencing Traditional Culture On Okinawa’s Taketomi Island

“We create a culture here based on traditions while coexisting with nature,” explains Kyoko, the marketing representative for HOSHINOYA Resorts, which includes the property we’re currently touring, HOSHINOYA Okinawa. “The design of the property is based on the traditions and […]

Cultural Immersion: Becoming A Mikoshi Bearer In Japan

Cultural Immersion: Becoming A Mikoshi Bearer In Japan

It is still very hot on this November day. Some of my friends living in Saitama, the large prefecture north of Tokyo, have invited me to come and visit them in their city of Kawaguchi for a matsuri, a Japanese […]

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A Photo Guide To Okinawa’s Innovative Ryukyu Nouvelle Cuisine

A cuisine created by HOSHINOYA Okinawa on Taketomi Island in Japan, Ryukyu Nouvelle is an innovative style of Okinawan food based on French cuisine. The recipes are based on local ingredients prepared using French cooking techniques, putting a never-before-seen twist […]

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Traditional Japan: Exploring Culture On Okinawa’s Taketomi Island

While Japan’s Okinawa Prefecture is composed of hundreds of islands, Taketomi Island is said to have the most well-preserved heritage. The island is home to 323 inhabitants, all of whom are extremely proud of their culture and where they come […]