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Sensoji Temple in Asakusa during the Coronavirus epidemic in Japan
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Reflections of Tokyo During the COVID-19 Pandemic, a Photo Essay

Have you ever seen Asakusa this empty?

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Mount Fuji Closed for 2020 Climbing Season

You’ll have to take the climb off your bucket list this year, but don’t worry, you can be better prepared for next year.

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Kanji Cheat Sheet: Going to the Movies in Japan

*Shoves popcorn in mouth excitedly*

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GaijinPot’s 2020 Cherry Blossom Contest Winner and Top 10 Photos

And the #gaijinpotsakura2020 grand prize goes to...

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Why You Shouldn’t Go to an Animal Cafe in Japan

Visiting a cat cafe in Japan is a bucket list item for many tourists, but the animal cruelty that goes on behind closed doors should give you pause.

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Tokyo Rainbow Pride 2020 Moves Online with Pride from Home Hashtag and Live Streams

A look back at photos from previous years and how Japan's LGBT community is sharing their pride with #おうちでプライド.

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10 Ways to Experience Japan From Home

Immerse yourself in everything Japanese while quarantined with movies, whisky, and Japan wanderlust photos.

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Learning the Way of the Monks in Wakayama Prefecture

Even if you’re not the spiritual type, hiking the Kumano Kodo and staying with the monks of Mount Koya is a fulfilling experience.

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The Real Ninjas of Mie and Shiga Prefectures

These Japan Heritage Sites in Iga and Koka show us how real ninjas lived and trained throughout history.

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Japan’s Indigenous Ainu Culture Deserves Recognition

The sacred land of the Kamikawa Ainu in Hokkaido offers a peek into the way of life of Japan’s original people.

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A Day at Nagano’s Ryuoo Ski Park

Winter in Japan’s chilly central prefecture means skiing, Hokusai, and most importantly, snow monkeys.

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5 Things to Do in Japan This Spring (That Don’t Involve Hanami)

If you want to tone down the cherry blossom celebrations this year, here are five alternatives to squatting in the cold on a blue tarp.

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Into the Mind of Shintaro Kago, One of Japan’s Most Infamous Erotic Manga Artists