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Victoria Vlisides

Victoria is a Tokyo-based journalist and staff writer for the GaijinPot team. Living in Japan since 2014, she's always got travel on the brain. And of course this question: Do we shape culture or does culture shape us?

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Japan Wanderlust: You Will Get Lost!

How to transcend this and other negative travel expectations when visiting Japan, plus more than 10 resources for first timers.

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Japan’s Tourism ‘Fails’ Make it a Perfect Travel Destination

The anti-tourist’s wet dream: Japan — and all its quirky charms — is waiting for you, despite the government’s befuddling missteps at promotion.

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Autumn Mystery Fruit in Japan: Akebi

Somewhere in northern Japan, someone is cooking this fruit and making it taste fantastic. That person, though, is not me.

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Japan Wanderlust: The Joy of Getting Naked

Going commando at Japan’s natural hot spring baths make taking a dip an other-worldly experience. We answer questions for first-timers and highlight five hot springs for you to get "eau naturale" during your fall and winter travels.

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10 Articles To Make Life Easier for New ALTs in Japan

So, you’ve just flipped your life upside down (in a good way!) and started anew as an assistant language teacher (ALT) in Japan...

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Japan Wanderlust: 5 Freaking Incredible Mountains to Hike

Aug. 11, is a holiday for the sole purpose of giving you time to cozy up to Japan’s mountains. Check out these non-Fuji mountainous destinations that are worth a climb at any time of the year.

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Viral Artist Mixes Coffee Cups, Tokyo & Instagram

Meet the illustrator whose hobby is showing his IG followers compact-yet-detailed views of Tokyo — all on a reused coffee cup. We’re addicted to these panoramic-style videos, and here’s why.

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Japan Wanderlust: Get On Up To Tohoku

Cool off in Japan’s northeastern region satiated with poetic mountain air, huge festivals and unforgettable lakes that will leave you lusting for more.

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Japan Wanderlust: This Week’s Inspiring Travel

Join us on a visual trip to white sandy beaches, massive waterfalls and the geekiest cafe in Western Tokyo.

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The Top 5 Konbini Countdown: Part 2

Where do you stand in the FamilyMart vs. 7-Eleven debate? There's a new #1 in our top 5 konbini for 2017

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