Sophie Skillett is a teacher and writer based in Saitama, Japan. She used to work for the Royal Shakespeare Company back in the UK and loves all things theater. If she isn’t writing travel posts, she’s probably watching Sailor Moon or visiting themed cafes.
There’s snow place like Japan when it comes to winter festivals.
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Eternity isn’t nearly long enough at the spectacular hot spring towns of Oita prefecture.
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10 ideas for straying off the beaten path in one of Japan's most vibrant and entertaining cities.
10 reasons to visit this little-known gem in southern Japan. As if you need an excuse.
Kabuki, Noh, Bunraku, Rakugo, Ukiyo-e and the Tale of Genji - maybe you've heard of these but have no clue what they are? Our new "Introduction to" series breaks down the best of Japan's traditional arts and culture, and shows how you can experience it for yourself.
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