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How Loop Of The Loom Is Uniting Autistic Weavers & Fashion Designers

Yukako Satone first knew that her life was going to change in 2001. She just had no idea how much. Yukako was a new mother, a graphic designer with 15 years of experience working in both New York and Japan. […]

Tasty Travel: Learning The Art Of Soba Making In Japan

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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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 Sushiyama Travels tells us about her experience of getting to know Japan through family visits, proper etiquette, travel tips and how to truly have an […]

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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 […]

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

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 […]

Traveling The Roads Of The Japanese Teas

Traveling The Roads Of The Japanese Teas

I have often followed the roads of tea during my stays in Japan. My first visit was in Shizuoka, Japan’s main tea production and transformation area — 70% of Japanese teas are processed in Shizuoka — beautifully settled around Mount […]