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10 Artsy and Creative Chocolates in Japan

A visual taste of ten creative chocolates made by artists and chocolatiers in Japan.

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Japanese Folklore in Studio Ghibli Animation

Traditional creatures, classic fairy tales and so much more inspire the iconic studio’s films. Here are seven examples of influences from Japanese culture and folklore.

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Explore Sumo and Edo Culture on a Sumida River Walking Tour

Explore old and new Tokyo with this unique experience on the Sumida River that embraces tradition, culture and sumo.

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Get Your Creative Juices Flowing with English Friendly Art Workshops Around Japan

Looking for art experiences across Japan? Here are 5 places you can be an artist for the day.

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Izumo no Okuni: The Woman Who Created Kabuki

Modern-day kabuki actors are mostly men, but a woman from rural Japan founded this iconic traditional art.

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5 Songs from Ryuichi Sakamoto that Impacted Japanese Culture

Revisit the late composer's best-known works and discover what made him so beloved in his native country.

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5 Japanese Electronic Music Artists for Your Playlist

From techno to house and dubstep to hip-hop, here are five Japanese electronic artists to vibe to.

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Japanese Culture and Folklore in Persona 5

From the tales lurking within the Persona compendium to real locations and culture, it looks at Japan which few other games can rival in depth and detail.

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The Western Influences Behind Junji Ito’s Manga Work

The spiral of horror influences twists through Jaws, H.P. Lovecraft, and more.

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Following Junichiro Tanizaki, One of Japan’s Greatest Writers

A roundup of significant literary sites in Kobe and Ashiya for fans of one of Japan's most renowned authors.

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Filled in: How to Start Kintsugi in Japan or Online

Kintsugi encapsulates the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi, striving to seek beauty in imperfection. Kintsugi is a distinctively Japanese technique of restoring pottery and ceramics that can be enjoyed by anyone at any skill level.

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5 Japanese Bands Influenced by British Rock

Expand your musical horizons with these rock bands that looked to England for inspiration.

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