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Jessica Sayuri Boissy

A San Franciscan by birth, but a native Ibaraki citizen at heart, I enjoy savoring the rural pleasures of small-town-life. However, while you can take the girl out of the city, you can’t take the city out of the girl! During my weekly excursions to Tokyo, I get my urban fix through scouring art museums in Ueno, enjoying the latest delectable food trends, and finding solace at the many Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples that rival Japan’s best!



KENPOKU Art 2016: Why You Need to See This Incredible Art Festival in Ibaraki

This autumn, against a natural canvas of soaring mountains and rugged shorelines, Ibaraki prefecture is playing host to an international art festival that is equally dynamic as it is diverse.

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Seeing Europe From Japan With Ambassador Urs Bucher

As his administration term comes to a close, the Ambassador of Switzerland to Japan Urs Bucher looks back on his six-year stint with topics ranging from the challenge of postmodern Japan’s diversity to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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Unexpected Adventures On An Island Away from Home

With roughly 24 hours on the clock, I was more than ready to soak up the Okinawan sunshine and experience a different side of the Japanese archipelago.

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Hiroshima: Two Sides of the Same City

Exploring the Cityscape of Hiroshima and the Mystical Island of Miyajima.

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Kodo: The Way of Incense

Kōdō is a highly ritualized incense ceremony that cultivates refinement and deepens both sensory and spiritual awareness.

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Sanzen-in Temple, Kyoto

Seeking Serenity Inside One of Kyoto’s Famed Temples

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Classical Japanese Theater (Noh), Kyoto

Knowing about the world of Noh, where realism and spirituality meet on stage.

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Get Dolled Up at Toride’s 12th Annual Hina Matsuri Festival

Toride City will be hosting its annual Hina Matsuri Festival with over 90 hina dolls on display.

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