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One of the most convenient and affordable ways of finding short, but also long-term accommodation in Japan are guest houses, also often referred...
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Aichi Prefecture (愛知県) is located in central Honshū and borders the prefectures of Gifu and Nagano prefectures to the north, Shizuoka Prefecture...
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Nagano Prefecture (長野県) is located in central Honshū and borders the prefectures of Niigata, Gunma, Saitama, Yamanashi, Shizuoka, Aichi, Gifu, and...
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The 1,000 most common Japanese family names This list with the originally 10,000 most common family names was generated by Tadashige Murayama of...
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Language Japanese Slang
An alphabetical list of the most common Japanese slang expressions and patois. Most of these phrases are used extensively in daily life. Note that...
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Biographies Prince Shotoku
Legendary Asuka statesman and devout follower of Buddhism As regent for Empress Suiko (推古天皇 Suiko-tennō, 554-628), Prince Shōtoku (聖徳太子 Shōtoku...
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History Nara Period
Nara Period (710-784) The Nara Period (奈良時代 Nara jidai) is the historical period beginning in 710, the year the capital was moved from Fujiwarakyō...
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Kōban (交番), translated as “police box”, are the ubiquitous urban police stations of Japan. Kōban are usually located next to train stations...
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History Yamato Court
The Yamato court (大和朝廷 Yamato chōtei) was the centre of the archaic Japanese polity (ca 4th-ca mid-7th centuries), situated in Yamato (modern-day...
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History Jomon Period
The Jomon Period (縄文時代 Jōmon jidai, ca 11000 BCE-ca 300 BCE) is generally identified with hunting and gathering ways of life, especially the...
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The Kairakuen (偕楽園) is a Japanese landscape garden located in Mito, Ibaraki Prefecture, and considered to be one of the “Three Great Gardens of...
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Religion Obon Festival
The Bon (盆) or Obon (お盆) Festival, also known as Urabon (盂蘭盆), is a Buddhist observance to honour the spirits of ancestors. It is traditionally...
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Almost two weeks ago, @Maciamo and I ventured into the city of Kamakura, south of Tokyo. Kamakura has been the de facto capital of Japan from 1192...
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A few impressions of CP+ 2019 at the Yokohama Pacifico, a comprehensive event at which all people living a "life with photography," from those who...
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This video was posted a few days ago by SeaWorld San Diego. It shows a Giant Japanese Spider Crab moulting, a procedure that takes up to six...
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It was a summer (and perhaps will be an autumn) of superlatives: the shortest rainy season, the hottest months of July and August, the deadliest...
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Typhoon No. 20 ('Cimaron') left flooded rivers, disrupted train services and several thousands of households without electricity in its wake, but...
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After a hearty breakfast, we set out for Izumo-taisha (出雲大社), the Izumo Grand Shrine. It is located on the northwestern outskirts of the city and...
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On Day 5, we left early for Matsue in Shimane Prefecture, about 120 km west of Tottori. There are no highways along the coast of San’in, only...
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Busy day in Tottori. We visited: The dunes the Sand Museum the Tottori Castle Ruins the Ikeda clan graves Iwami to join a boat tour the Hakuto...
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We planned a brief stopover in Amanohashidate, one of the three Scenic Views of Japan, but ended up spending the whole day. Here’s why...
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The second day of our journey saw us set out south for Fukui Prefecture. After a brief stop at the scenic cliffs of Tojimbo, we were headed for...
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This year’s summer trip will bring us from Kanazawa to Shimane and back to Kobe via Ako and Himeji. It’s the first time for me to travel along the...
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