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Lynda Deaver

Museums, parks, restaurants, cultural events, and historic sites are just a few of the many attractions Tokyo has to offer. I want to introduce you to the heart of Japan by writing about ways to discover the culture and people beyond the tourist spots.

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The Moors of Oze, a Japanese National Park

Oze is Japan's largest highland marsh, and is famous as an area rich in rare and precious plants and animals.

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Summer Sky: The Four Types of Japanese Fireworks

It's getting close to the end of fireworks season but there's a few more festivals left.

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Yelo Shaved Ice: Tokyo’s Sweetest Nightspot

In this bar, you can eat the yellow snow.

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Mosaic Lamps and Endless Food at Zakuro

Whether you go for the food, shopping or the entertainment, you are sure to leave Zakuro with a full stomach and a strong impression.

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Sado: Island of Gold and the Crested Ibis

Sado is an island of sprawling rice fields, uncrowded beaches, and sightseeing spots that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. From the gold mines to the ibis conservation center, Sado offers experiences unlike any others in Japan.

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Shimizuyu Onsen: Bathing with Strangers

Drinking diluted apple vinegar, stretching out my feet on the foot massage tiles, enjoying the cool night breeze on a reclining chair. The Shimizuyu Onsen is definitely a place I will return to.

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The Unexpected Fees to Expect in Japan

Japan is the land of the rising fee! Everywhere you look you will be faced with open and hidden fees.

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Experiencing Natsu no Shun, Japan’s Summer Foods

Summer in Japan is a great time to sample the many 夏の旬 (natsu no shun, summer seasonal) foods!

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Trying Vinegar-topped Ice-cream at Osuya

Osuya, which means “the vinegar shop” in Japanese, sells various flavors of dessert vinegar and also has a small restaurant that serves vinegar-based drinks, food, and sweets.

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Ichiran Ramen: Eating Without a Word

The policy of the Ichiran ramen chain is to minimize the interaction with shop staff and customers as much as possible. A strange set up but how's the ramen?

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Does Sake Have an Expiration Date?

GP contributor Lynn Allmon finds an old bottle of nihonshu which prompted the question, does sake go bad?

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Ota Market: Japan’s Largest Vegetable and Flower Market

It may not be as well known as the Tsukiji fish market but the Ota Vegetable and Fruit Market is over 100,000 square meters and boasts a flower section in addition to fruit, vegetable, and fish sections.

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