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Meet a real Maiko: Kyoto culture in Yamagata

For many visitors to Japan, one of the most coveted cultural experiences is meeting a ‘Geisha’ (also ‘Geiko’ depending on the region) or an apprentice ‘Maiko’. For centuries, these impeccably skilled artisans have perfected and protected some of the finest and beautiful elements of Japanese tradition and culture; from music and dance to tea ceremony and calligraphy. […]

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Flight of the Crane: Tsurunomai Bridge

Taking a drive through countryside Aomori on a clear and sunny spring day, we couldn’t believe our luck when we decided to take a pit-stop by Lake Tsugaru-Fujimi. Even with the last few cherry blossoms still clinging to their branches, our eyes were completely captivated by a beautiful triple-arched wooden bridge stretching across the blue […]

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Mountains of Monsters in Tohoku

The Tohoku region consists of six unique and equally amazingly prefectures, so it is a very difficult task to pin-point just one attraction that represents the ‘essence’ of Tohoku. If there had to be one though, this would be it! There is simply nothing like this anywhere else in the world. Forget an elusive ‘Bigfoot’ – we’re talking a whole army of […]

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For fox sake! Shiroishi’s ‘Kitsune-mura’

Hidden away in the mountains of Miyagi Prefecture is one of the world’s most unique villages. Like many mountain-dwelling communities, its residents  (somewhat shy) live happily amongst nature, welcoming the occasional visitor from outside. However, in this village there is not a human resident in sight… Welcome to Kitsune-mura – Fox Village! Just 20-30 minutes outside of Shiroishi […]

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Japan’s Largest Morning Market

I am not a morning person. Not by any means. So when it was suggested that I get up at half-past-stupid o’clock (5:30am) to go shopping, I wasn’t particularly enthused…until I saw this: Oh no, wait…!! I meant THIS: Every Sunday morning between March and December, the usually quiet Tatehana Wharf of Hachinohe City in Aomori […]