• Experience Japan as it was 400 years ago  at Himeji Castle
    Experience Japan as it was 400 years ago
    at Himeji Castle
  • Watching Drift Ice  in Hokkaido and the Okhotsk Sea
    Watching Drift Ice
    in Hokkaido and the Okhotsk Sea
  • Engimono (Lucky charms) in Japan,  cute and heart-warming
    Engimono (Lucky charms) in Japan,
    cute and heart-warming
  • Evolving capsule hotels
    Evolving capsule hotels

  • "Dondo-Yaki",  wishing you happiness in the new year
    "Dondo-Yaki",
    wishing you happiness in the new year
  • Can you buy luck?!  Fukubukuro or lucky bags, a New Year's specialty
    Can you buy luck?!
    Fukubukuro or lucky bags, a New Year's specialty

Monthly Topics

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2014.10

Experience Japan as it was 400 years ago at Himeji Castle

Himeji Castle is a World Heritage Site undergoing a 3-year restoration. This June, the Main Keep was unveiled, showing the public what the castle looked like in its original state when it was built 400 years ago. Himeji Castle, one of the most famous castles in Japan, can be reached in 30 minutes by bullet train from Shin-Osaka to Himeji station, the nearest station to the castle. It is be easily visited from Osaka or Kyoto. Himeji residents, Kerry Doyle, Andrew Scott and his son Jun, visited Himeji Castle and Main Keep on march 27, 2015 before the castle’s grand opening to the public.

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2014.10

Engimono (Lucky charms) in Japan, cute and heart-warming

Engimono (Lucky charms) carry people’s wishes for good luck. Many Japanese people believe in good and bad fortune, and there are a variety of Engimono in various areas in Japan that have been passed down through history. They are also popular souvenirs when traveling to different areas of Japan.

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2014.10

Evolving capsule hotels

Is this a colony of ants? Or a scene from a near-future science fiction film? Capsule hotels, a unique hotel concept from Japan, are booming now. Let us introduce a few which provide even more unique services than most.

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