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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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Culture

5 Japanese Films to Put You in the Oscars Mood

Have a personal Academy screening at home with these awards-worthy drama features from Japan.

By 9 min read

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4 Tips for Getting the Best out of the Sapporo Snow Festival

Reduce needless travel stress and have a better experience at this year’s 70th anniversary winter festival.

By 8 min read

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Ultimate Guide to Observation Decks and Elevated Views in 7 Major Japanese Cities

Brush up on the best lookouts in Sapporo, Tokyo, Yokohama, Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe and Nagasaki.

By 13 min read

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5 Innovative Genre Filmmakers from Japan

Feel the pulse of anime, J-horror, samurai and yakuza movies with these celebrated Japanese directors.

By 9 min read

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3 Things to Know About the Blockbuster Japanese Movie ‘One Cut of the Dead’

It’s the zombie comedy everyone’s talking about and it’s not just for horror fans.

By 6 min read

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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.

By 8 min read

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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?

By 8 min read

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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.

By 9 min read

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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 9 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 8 min read