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Okuizumo in Shimane
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Okuizumo: Swords and Steel in Rural Japan

Explore hidden gems in Japan. Visit the Japan Heritage website and uncover Okuizumo in Shimane Prefecture—loved for its unspoiled nature, traditional steel forging practices and delicious food.

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Taiko Drum History and Culture in Japan

What are those big powerful drums you see at festivals in Japan?

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Year of the Dragon: Where To Find Dragons in Japan

From spectacular carvings to ancient legends, explore nine of Japan’s top dragon-themed sites this new year.

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12 Popular and Famous Churches in Japan

Japan is full of historic, beautiful churches—many hosting events around the holidays.

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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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Visit The Sites of Japan’s Historic Battles

Visit the decisive battles of the Warring States Period at the sites of its major battles.

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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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A Tour of Ancient Japan in Nara

Explore Japan’s earliest history in these impressive archaeological sites around Nara Prefecture.

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5 Places In Japan You Are Not Allowed To Visit (And How to Still Enjoy Them)

The allure of the forbidden characterizes these five places that (mostly) do not allow visitors, but they can still be appreciated by curious minds.

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Secret Symbols: Exploring Pentagrams at Seimei Shrine

Why is a temple full of pentagrams near the Kyoto Imperial Palace? GaijinPot shares one of Japan’s most secret symbols. 

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