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September 13, 2014

The Moors of Oze, a Japanese National Park

Oze is Japan’s largest highland marsh, and is famous as an area rich in rare and precious plants and animals.

August 30, 2014

Summer Sky: The Four Types of Japanese Fireworks

It’s getting close to the end of fireworks season but there’s a few more festivals left.

August 24, 2014

Yelo Shaved Ice: Tokyo’s Sweetest Nightspot

In this bar, you can eat the yellow snow.

August 5, 2014

Mosaic Lamps and Endless Food at Zakuro

Whether you go for the food, shopping or the entertainment, you are sure to leave Zakuro with a full stomach and a strong impression.

July 27, 2014

Sado: Island of Gold and the Crested Ibis

Sado is an island of sprawling rice fields, uncrowded beaches, and sightseeing spots that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. From the gold mines to the ibis conservation center, Sado offers experiences unlike any others in Japan.

July 14, 2014

Shimizuyu Onsen: Bathing with Strangers

Drinking diluted apple vinegar, stretching out my feet on the foot massage tiles, enjoying the cool night breeze on a reclining chair. The Shimizuyu Onsen is definitely a place I will return to.

July 11, 2014

The Unexpected Fees to Expect in Japan

Japan is the land of the rising fee! Everywhere you look you will be faced with open and hidden fees.

July 6, 2014

Experiencing Natsu no Shun, Japan’s Summer Foods

Summer in Japan is a great time to sample the many 夏の旬 (natsu no shun, summer seasonal) foods!

July 4, 2014

Trying Vinegar-topped Ice-cream at Osuya

Osuya, which means “the vinegar shop” in Japanese, sells various flavors of dessert vinegar and also has a small restaurant that serves vinegar-based drinks, food, and sweets.

June 29, 2014

How to Be Super Cool Biz

Super cool biz is an attempt by the Japanese government to conserve energy in part by having government offices and private companies set the air-conditioner to 28˚C.

June 24, 2014

Ichiran Ramen: Eating Without a Word

The policy of the Ichiran ramen chain is to minimize the interaction with shop staff and customers as much as possible. A strange set up but how’s the ramen?

June 17, 2014

Does Sake Have an Expiration Date?

GP contributor Lynn Allmon finds an old bottle of nihonshu which prompted the question, does sake go bad?

June 10, 2014

Understanding Your TEPCO Electricity Bill

Nobody likes paying your electric bill but with this handy guide at least you will know what you are paying.

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