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NEW POST! 15 Must-Try Japanese Foods

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Japan is a food lovers paradise. And it isn't all sushi and seafood.

Ramen, okonomiyaki, tempura, yakitori, or the world's finest beef are all delicious alternatives. If you are a food lover or a seafood enthusiast, then Japan is a paradise for you.

Besides feasting on fresh fish and seafood in myriad ways, you also get a taste of an array of unique umami flavours, so there’s something for everyone.

TRY: 15 Must-Try Japanese Foods

Japanese Knives: 600 Years of Craftmanship

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From kitchen and chef knives, to specialist fish and paring knives, the quality of the best Japanese knives made using traditional craftsmanship is unsurpassed.

And one city, Sakai, accounts for over 80% of knives used by Japan’s professional chefs.

They also make great souvenirs.

In this fascinating guest post by expert Eric Chevallier, we reveal the different types of Japanese knife, the best for each use in cooking, where you can buy the best knives, along with the venerable history of this remarkable example of traditional Japanese craftsmanship.

DISCOVER: Japanese Knives: 600 Years of Craftsmanship

BOOK REVIEW: Hiking and Trekking The Japan Alps and Mount Fuji

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If you're an occasional hiker or even a more experienced trekker, then this guide book to hiking and trekking the Japan Alps and Mount Fuji is one you really should consider.

It's written by British writer and teacher Tom Fay, and American founder of, Wes Lang. Both live in Osaka and have travelled and written extensively about hiking and trekking throughout Japan and around the globe.

READ: Hiking and Trekking The Japan Alps and Mount Fuji

VIDEO: Finding Peace In The Mountains of Wakayama

Koyasan (高野山) is a sacred Buddhist mountain retreat in Wakayama Prefecture. Founded in the 9th century by the great Buddhist monk Kobo Daishi as the headquarters of the Shingon sect of Buddhism.

Followers believe Kobo Daishi did not pass away, instead entering a state of eternal mediation.

The mausoleum of Kobo Daishi is inside Okunoin (奥の院) an immense graveyard of 200,000 Buddhist monk graves, the largest in Japan.

Twice a day, every day of the year, monks make a sacred ritual offering of a meal to Kobo Daishi.

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Epic Japan Tour: Shinkansen and Street Food - 15% OFF

TRJ partner G Adventures have a special offer on right now on this 11-day tour starting in November. 

Travel by train to introduce yourself to Tokyo nightlife, the famous geisha district of Kyoto, and the iconic floating torii gate of Miyajima. Experience the country's traditions and cutting-edge modernity with lots of free time to do your own thing.

Target age range for this is 18-39 (so that rules *me* out!) but if you fit the profile check it out here:
Epic Japan Tour: Shinkansen and Street Food - 15% OFF

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