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Joshua Meyer

Joshua Meyer is a Tokyo-based freelance writer who also contributes to the American movie blog Slashfilm.com. He grew up in Florida and has been living in Japan since mid-2010. When not writing professionally he dabbles in travel photography and maintains his own website and portfolio at thegaijinghost.com.

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A Complete Guide to the Films of Hayao Miyazaki

Fill in the gaps of your anime knowledge with this 11-film must-watch list.

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6 Reasons to Visit the Tokyo International Film Festival

From celebrity sightings to movie premieres to this year’s Godzilla Fest (and more), this year’s TIFF venues in Roppongi and Chiyoda are where it’s at.

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Akira Kurosawa: 5 Essential Movies from Japan’s Greatest Filmmaker

You know his name and might be aware of his pervasive influence but how many of the maestro’s movies have you seen?

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The World’s Oldest Hotel: What It’s Like to Stay at Japan’s Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan

This historic mountain retreat in Yamanashi is over 1,300 years old and has been run by the same family for 52 generations.

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5 of the Coolest Studio Ghibli Movie Locations You Can Visit in Japan

Travel to real-life places in Japan where scenes from Studio Ghibli’s animated films spring to life.

By 7 min read

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Remembering Anthony Bourdain Through His Travels in Japan

Retrace the beloved travel show host’s steps through Osaka, Hokkaido, Tokyo and Okinawa.

By 10 min read

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6 Spots to Get a Bird’s Eye View of the Shibuya Scramble Crossing

A brand new observation deck is just one of the options for scoping out the world-famous intersection from above.

By 9 min read

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5 Cool James Bond Movie Locations You Can Visit in Japan

If 007 only lives twice and you only live once, then you better add these travel spots to your bucket list.

By 7 min read

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The 10 Best Tokyo Disney Resort Attractions

These are the rides to seek out during the resort’s year-long 35th anniversary event.

By 8 min read

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8 of the Coolest Movie Locations You Can Visit in Japan

Live the movies at these famous (and not so... ) Japanese locales depicted on celluloid.

By 7 min read

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Beyond Death and Pain: The Truth About Japan’s ‘Suicide Forest’

The forest itself is lost in a global media loop de-emphasizing its natural beauty in favor of tragedy. The first step to save the forest is reclaiming its name: It's called the "Sea of Trees" not the "suicide forest."

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A Guide To the Best ‘Lost in Translation’ Spots in Tokyo

With the film in its 15th anniversary year, you can still find many of the real-life locations it portrayed in Shinjuku, Shibuya, and Kyoto.

By 8 min read