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Elizabeth Sok

Elizabeth is a writer and translator from Canada with a PhD in history. When she’s not running after her little ones, you’ll find her in her garden in Kyushu with a cup of yame-cha and a book.

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Culture

7 Plants and Flowers For Japanese New Year

As we approach the new year, beautiful arrangements appear in front of homes and businesses across Japan. But did you know that every stalk and flower was chosen for its specific symbolism?

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9 Regional Hot Pots Across Japan to Try This Winter

Are you in the mood for crab, chicken or mushrooms boiled in a broth full of umami? Read on below for nine region-specific stars of nabe (hot pot) season.

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Learn

The 10 Best Phone Apps for Learning Japanese

Find your new favorite app to level up your Japanese!

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Where to See Real Gundam in Japan

Read on to learn about how you can step into the world of Gundam in Japan.

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8 Great Christmas Markets in Japan

Whether you’re in the mood for hot wine, decorations or taking photos in front of a dramatic Christmas tree, the eight markets below, from each region of Japan, have got you covered.

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Top 10 Things to See and Do in Kumamoto City

With a stellar castle, world-class Japanese garden and delectable local food, Kumamoto City is a wonderful choice for your next vacation.

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Spectacular Shikoku and Kyushu Autumn Foliage Illuminations

Autumn illuminations in the scenic parks, gardens and temples below will light up your late fall evenings and are every bit worth a trip south!

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Live

What I Love About Fall in Kyushu

Subtropical Kyushu may not be the place you imagine to have an idyllic autumn. But, if you read on, I hope you’ll be as moved by its loveliness as I am.

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Culture

Everything You Need to Know About Japanese Black Tea

Get to know wakoucha, or Japanese black, for a smooth and mellow cup with many health benefits.

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Events

Fun Shibuya Halloween Alternatives in Japan for 2023

With Shibuya out of the Halloween party sites this year, the parades, theme parks and parties listed below will be your new go-to for a night of mid-fall fun. 

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Five Famous Types of Japanese Sweet Potatoes

Get to know some of the most popular (and delicious!) varieties of Japanese sweet potatoes, from the soft and flaky beni azuma to the creamy beni haruka to the mellow and smooth silk-sweet. 

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5 Stunning Fall Flower Gardens in Kyushu

Celebrate some of Kyushu’s best autumn bloom-viewing spots in five gardens in five prefectures, all easily accessible via public transportation.

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