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Walking Around Ainokura Village, Gokayama

Walking Around Ainokura Village (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Gokayama, Toyama Prefecture Ainokura is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site in the mountains in the Gokayama area of Toyama Prefecture, on…

Review: Diary of A Tokyo Teen

Helpfully and explicitly subtitled “A Japanese-American girl travels to the land of Trendy Fashion, High-Tech Toilets and Maid Cafes“, Diary of A Tokyo Teen by Christine Mari Inzer is a vivid…

Meeting an Itako - Nakamura-san

Meeting an Itako – Spiritual Medium

​ “Itako – also known as ichiko (市子) or ogamisama (男神様), are blind women who train to become spiritual mediums in Japan. Training involves severe ascetic practices, after which the woman…

How To Eat Your Way Around Japan

One aspect of Japanese culture that strikes many travellers who explore Japan is just how distinctive the variation is in regional foods. And how you can get a speciality in…

Hand Feeding Deer in Nara Park

  Local authorities estimate there are more than 1,200 sika deer in Nara. They’re so loved they’ve been designated a national treasure. They can be found in the heart of…