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Best Shrines For Hatsumode in Japan

Our choices for the top Shinto shrines to ring in the New Year in Japan.

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7 Plants and Flowers For Japanese New Year

As we approach the new year, beautiful arrangements appear in front of homes and businesses across Japan. But did you know that every stalk and flower was chosen for its specific symbolism?

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Modern Japanese Monsters and Their Folklore Equivalents

As anime writers get more creative, they often depart from the original versions of the traditional creatures and create their own spin.

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The Japanese Twist on American Fast Food Chains

Explore how iconic American fast food brands evolve in Japan, from unique menu items to cultural adaptations. Dive into the surprising twists and flavors that await you in the Land of the Rising Sun.

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Everything You Need to Know About Japanese Black Tea

Get to know wakoucha, or Japanese black, for a smooth and mellow cup with many health benefits.

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10 Japanese Books To Read This Halloween

In the spirit of spooky season, it’s time to delve into the mysterious, the unsettling and the downright terrifying.

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5 Iconic Japanese Foods Not From Japan

From tempura to salmon sushi, these seemingly traditional Japanese dishes actually came from overseas.

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Temples and Shrines Devoted to Mythical Creatures in Japan

Exploring sacred places in Japan for ghost, demons and tricksters.

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Restoring Antique Japanese Plates with Gold – Kintsugi

Ever wonder what kintsugi workshop in Japan is like? Watch and find out!

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The Best Breakfast in Tokyo from Cheap to Fancy

All the top Tokyo options for breakfast no matter your budget.

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Cautionary Kappa Folktales and Modern Japan

Discover the mischievous water-dweller believed to inhabit Japan's swamps, lakes and rivers. 

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Kyushu Ceramics: Discover the Beauty and History of Japanese Porcelain

Southern Japan's rich history of cultural exchange is at the heart of the story of Kyushu's ceramic wares, from the first fired up in the country to the contemporary pieces that continue to capture hearts.

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