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3 Stories Inspired by Japanese Folktales

Japanese folktales have had an enormous impact on the history of fiction and storytelling, not only in their native Japan, but across the world. Now, in collaboration with Short Shorts Film Festival and Japan Cultural Expo, three young contemporary Japanese writers from Okinawa, Hiroshima, and Kumamoto have each written a short story inspired by traditional …

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13 Japanese Cookbooks 2022 (for Inspiring Home Cooking)

Treat yourself to one of these Japanese cookbooks and learn how to cook your favourites from ramen and sushi to delicious Japanese comfort food dishes. With Japanese cuisine being one of the most renowned, beautiful, and respected cuisines in the world, it’s easy to feel intimidated when attempting it yourself. Japanese cooking often looks impossible …

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21 Unique Things to Do in Tokyo (2022)

Tokyo, more than a city, is a metropolis; an overwhelming landscape that’s home to the world’s finest cuisine, quirkiest districts, kindest people and most ambitious art and architecture. It’s a city that inspires visitors to be adventurous and to discover its strangest secrets; it’s also a city that cannot be conquered, which makes it all …

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15 Delicious Japanese Snacks (And Where to Buy Them)

We all love snack food, whether it be healthy or not. And we grow up with an appreciation for our own country’s snack foods, but discovering how other cultures do their snacking is always intriguing and exciting. Japan is a nation of healthy food that blurs the line between cuisine and art, but it is …

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A Complete Guide To Japanese Izakaya (居酒屋)

Here’s what to expect when you visit a Japanese izakaya for the first time, as well as what food and drinks you’ll find on an izakaya menu. The Japanese izakaya is, to put it simply, Japan’s answer to a British pub. Famed for delicious Japanese drinks and jaw-dropping Japanese food, Japanese izakaya are places that …

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5 Things to do in Okinawa, Japan (In Bad Weather)

In the event of unfortunate and unpredictable tropical weather, here are some amazing things to do in Okinawa, Japan regardless of the state of the weather. Sooner or later, it will rain on your trip to Okinawa. The reason why it often rains on weekends in urban areas is due to the build-up of pollution …

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Top 10 Beautiful And Obscure Tokyo Bookstores

With captivating cultural, historical and literary stories to tell, touch down in one of these ten Tokyo bookstores and let your inquisitive spirit run free.  The birthplace of the now world-famous contemporary Japanese literature, Tokyo is filled with library-style hotels, writers’ bars, and commuter trains jam-packed with keen readers.  It’s no surprise, then, to discover …

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In Tokyo: The World’s Largest (And Smallest) Bookstores

Tokyo is full of quirks. That might, in fact, be the most obvious and understated thing we’ve ever said. Did you know Tokyo holds the world’s biggest and smallest bookstores? Get ready to explore Tokyo’s most interesting bookstores. While it might be a land of salarymen being driven to karoshi — death by overwork — …

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10 Best Anime for Beginners (New & Classic Anime)

There are few fandoms as enthusiastic and impassioned as the anime fan community. For this reason, it can be quite intimidating to figure out where to start when looking to get into anime. Hopping on Reddit and asking for the best anime for beginners will undoubtedly spark a heated debate that will leave you feeling …

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5 Magical Kanazawa Onsen You Must Experience

Kanazawa is one of the great historic cities of Japan: a place near the coast, not too far from Tokyo, which embodies the image so many of us have in our heads of that Heian Period Japan. Kanazawa provides world of Shinto shrines, torii gates, and open-air onsen. And the Kanazawa onsen are certainly one …

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