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New Year's traditions in Japan
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Japanese New Year Traditions: 10 Ways to Celebrate Like a Local

Put those pajamas on and settle in for a proper o-shogatsu—Japanese style.

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Finding Pieces of India in Japan

Are you feeling homesick for India? Here are some experiences to remind you of home: from food to sports to festivals—even religion

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5 Places to Visit in Japan if You Can’t Go to Europe

Want to go to Europe but don't have the money or the time? Are you missing home's rolling hills and charming villages? Here are five places to feel like you're in Europe without leaving Japan.

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Gift Giving in Japan: Sad, Happy, Overjoyed? Have a Towel

Towels might not be your first choice abroad, but in Japan, they’re a meaningful and practical gift. Why is that?

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5 New Spots to Eat and Drink in Tokyo: Neo-Yokocho in Japan

Enjoy the essence of a classic 'yokocho' (side street) in a more contemporary setting by heading to a neo-yokocho in Tokyo.

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Away Games: Ranking Every Pro Baseball Stadium in Japan

See what the sport has to offer in every corner of Japan. One fan made the full journey and ranked every pro ballpark.

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Places of Worship: The Shrines of Ise and Daihonzan Eiheiji

Travel with Fergus to Fukui and Mie and discover some of the most important sites of worship in Shinto and Zen Buddhism.

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Why is Japan called ‘Japan’ and not ‘Nihon?’

The reason why Japan isn’t called Nihon involves a gradual change over millennia and the many countries that had an influence on it.

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The Eel and The Ox: Summer Unagi in Japan

Learn about Day of the Ox and why people in Japan can't get enough eel in summer.

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4 Japanese Comfort Foods Made in the Microwave

The journey of a thousand meals starts by pushing a single button.

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5 Iconic Great Buddha Statues in Japan

These Great Buddha statues are as iconic as they are huge.

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Tanabata: The Yin and Yang of Japanese Holidays

How much does Japan's star festival actually have to do with the stars?

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