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Savor Local Food and Drink of Setouchi!

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November 27, 2019

The Setouchi region refers to the coastal area of the Seto Inland Sea and consists of that sea and coastal areas of several prefectures – Hyogo, Okayama, Yamaguchi, Tokushima, Kagawa and Ehime. Okonom…

Enjoy Skiing in Japan!

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February 4, 2020

Japan has all kinds of snow activities to offer with great scenery and fun events all over Japan from the north to south during winter. Here are some of them. NISEKO HANAZONO Resort (Hokkaido) A snow …

The new face of Shibuya, SHIBUYA SCRAMBLE SQUARE

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November 12, 2019

The East Wing, the first wing of the “Shibuya Scramble Square,” a new facility in the Shibuya redevelopment area, opened on Friday, November 1, 2019. ⒸShibuya Station District Joint Buildi…

Finding Beauty in the Setouchi Region: Five Local Treasures

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November 12, 2019

Thanks to its warm climate, scenery of islands, abundant seaside and mountainside nature, and activities like cycling along the Shimanami Kaido (Nishiseto Expressway), the Setouchi region has become v…

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Handmade Craft Fairs in Kyoto, Outdoor Flea Markets

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November 8, 2019

In Kyoto, a variety of fairs and markets, including handmade craft fairs, morning fairs, and antique markets, at temples, shrines, and parks every month. Here are two of them. Hyakumanben-san No Tezuk…

Participating in the JAPAN Sake Tasting Competition

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November 1, 2019

I had the chance to participate in the International Category of the 39th JAPAN Sake Tasting Competition, organized by the Japan Sake and Shochu Makers Association. The competition caters to sake amat…

COREDO Muromachi Terrace Vol.2

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October 29, 2019

On September 27, 2019, a commercial facility, “COREDO Muromachi Terrace” opened on the 1st basement floor, the 1st floor, and the 2nd floor of Nihombashi Muromachi Mitsui Tower. Large rooftop space “C…

COREDO Muromachi Terrace Vol.1

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October 28, 2019

On September 27, 2019, a commercial facility, “COREDO Muromachi Terrace” opened on the 1st basement floor, the 1st floor, and the 2nd floor of Nihombashi Muromachi Mitsui Tower. “COREDO Muromachi Terr…

‘SPIRITS OF AGGREGATION’ at Yayoi Kusama Museum

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December 9, 2020

We went to an exhibition called ‘SPIRITS OF AGGREGATION’ at Yayoi Kusama Museum. (Please see the back story of our news gathering in the ‘Editor’s Blog’which can be accessed by clicking this link: htt…

Introducing the renewed Tokyo Tower!

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October 10, 2019

Tokyo Tower has long attracted people as a symbol of Tokyo as well as serving as one of the must-see sightseeing spots in Tokyo. Tokyo Tower has just finished the full-scale renovation project that be…

Great access from central Tokyo and airports! Have fun at night at “Tokyo City Keiba.”

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October 2, 2019

Taking 8 minutes by Tokyo Monorail from JR Hamamatsucho Station, I arrived at Tokyo City Keiba (Oi Racecourse), which is a short walk from Oi Keibajo-mae Station. Tokyo City Keiba offers a night-race …

Rich in blessings from the mountains! 7 recommended places in Southern Kyushu for you to visit this autumn Vol. 1

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October 4, 2019

On Kyushu Island, which is located in the south of the Japanese archipelago, Kagoshima and Miyazaki prefectures are warm in climate and rich in nature because of their southern location. Among other a…

[Editor’s Blog] We went to an exhibition called ‘SPIRITS OF AGGREGATION’ at Yayoi Kusama Museum

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December 9, 2020

Writer:Saki Yayoi Kusama is known all over the world for creating impactful polka dot motifs. Prior to the opening of the exhibition ‘SPIRITS OF AGGREGATION’ at Yayoi Kusama Museum, several members of…

[Editor’s Blog] COREDO Muromachi Terrace opens in Nihonbashi – where tradition meets the new future – on September 27

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September 27, 2019

Writer: Saki As a newcomer in the editorial department, I went to COREDO Muromachi Terrace in Nihonbashi yesterday before its grand opening on September 27. Nihonbashi is a traditional and historical …

Vegan sushi

Abundance of fresh vegetables! Introduction to the attractive points of Tōkamachi city, Niigata.

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November 29, 2019

Tōkamachi city in Niigata prefecture is located in the beautiful country side, roughly 2 hours away from Tokyo. Hokuetsu Express Hokuhoku Line at Tōkamachi Station Located in the south part of Niigata…

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“Mount Fuji of the west and Mount Tsukuba of the east”

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September 10, 2019

Take a ride on Tsukuba Express to see a spectacular view of autumn foliage! One of the “100 famous mountains of Japan,” Mount Tsukuba, comprising the double peaks of Mount Nyotai (877 meters) and Moun…

Highly recommended cafés in Kyoto

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September 9, 2019

When you get tired from walking around Kyoto for sightseeing, take a seat at a nice café and relax for a while with delicious sweets and drinks. This article will introduce you to some wonderful cafés…

Full of Spectacles! Let’s go to WEST JAPAN! Vol.2

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September 19, 2019

The West Japan region is home to various charms of Japan from fashionable town perfect for shopping to scenic spots of the sea and mountains. Places in the region are easily accessible by railways fro…

Full of Spectacles! Let’s go to WEST JAPAN! Vol.1

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September 19, 2019

The West Japan region is home to various charms of Japan from fashionable town perfect for shopping to scenic spots of the sea and mountains. Places in the region are easily accessible by railways fro…

Explore and experience the history and culture of Japan along with the great view of Setouchi! Shodoshima Vol.1

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September 10, 2019

Shodoshima Island was designated as one of the Japan Heritage sites as an “Island of Stones” in 2019. The island is home to a district with many complicated small alleys, which is called “Town of Maze…

SETOUCHI TRIENNALE 2019

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September 12, 2019

Modern Art Festival Highlighting the Accord of Humans and Nature on the Islands of Setouchi Spring Encounters: Apr 26 – May 26 Summer Gatherings: Jul 19 – Aug 25 Fall Expansions: Sep 28 &#…

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Kyoto in Autumn, Autumn Leaves

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August 27, 2019

Kyoto in autumn The peak of autumn foliage in Kyoto is usually from early November to early December, but varies depending on the climate and other conditions of the year. Because of the higher elevat…

Delving deeper into Nara pittoresque countryside

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August 23, 2019

Writer: J. L. from Belgium Have you ever heard of the Yoshino district? Me neither… At least until last July when I got the chance to visit there. Located in the Southern part of Nara Prefecture…

The cats of Sanagijima Island

Traveling the Seto Inland Sea

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August 19, 2019

Stretching some 450 km east to west, the Seto Inland Sea is busy with the comings and goings of vessels ranging from large freighters to small ferries and fishing boats. ©️SHOKO TAKAYASU About Setouch…

Kiyotsukyo Gorge Tunnel in Niigata!

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December 9, 2020

The Kiyotsukyo Gorge in Tokamachi City, Niigata Prefecture is ranked as one of the Three Great Gorges of Japan, along with Kurobe Gorge and Osugi Valley, and has been designated a national natural mon…

Enjoy Ikebukuro for a Whole Day! Anime, Events, Sunshine City

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August 8, 2019

Ikebukuro is a bustling place which is only eight minutes away by train from Shinjuku. Since Ikebukuro Station is a terminal station, many people go through this area for connection to other lines. Ho…

The Niigata City Loop Bus, a great way to tour!

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September 4, 2019

The city of Niigata is dotted with numerous tourist attractions located right within its radius. Since this was my first trip, I decided on the Niigata City Loop Bus to make my round of places I wante…

The Lure of Niigata Prefecture and the Shonai Area ~Great places for eating, drinking, and sightseeing~

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September 8, 2019

Great cuisine and great sake are the draws of Niigata Prefecture and the Shonai area of Yamagata Prefecture. Why not explore the rich food culture and the history that cultivated that culture? The sec…

The lure of Itoigawa City in Niigata Just 2 hours from Tokyo on the Hokuriku Shinkansen

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September 6, 2019

Itoigawa City, the most prominent jade-producing region in Japan, sits on the western edge of the Fossa Magna, a fault line that geographically separates East and West Japan. Itoigawa was the first of…

Kiyotsukyo Gorge Tunnel in Niigata!

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May 19, 2020

The Kiyotsukyo Gorge in Tokamachi City, Niigata Prefecture is ranked as one of the Three Great Gorges of Japan, along with Kurobe Gorge and Osugi Valley, and has been designated a national natural mon…