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CoCoLo Yuzawa

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JAPAN TRAVEL
Showcasing Niigata right by Echigo Yuzawa Station
My first memory of Echigo Yuzawa Station was one of excitement. We had just gotten off the shinkansen and made our way through the ticket gates out into the station's indoor market area and I became giddy at the warm lighting, incredi...

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Capcom Store Tokyo

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GAIJINPOT TRAVEL
 
The Devil May Cry when he sees this awesome store dedicated to all things Capcom.
With a life-sized Ryu from Street Fighter preparing to spam Hadouken standing outside, Japan’s first Capcom Store is very easy to spot. Located on the sixth floor of the Shibuya Parco shopping com...

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Toshio Suzuki and Ghibli Exhibition

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Getting to know the legendary Ghibli producer and co-founder
Venue: Kanda Myojin When: Apr 20th - May 12th 2019 ,  10:00am - 6:00pm
From 20 April to 12 May 2019, immerse yourself in the world of Ghibli magic at the “Toshio Suzuki and Ghibli Exhibition” held at the Edo Culture Complex...

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Osuga Cho

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A hidden gem of Hiroshima City’s nightlife and a perfect place to sink your teeth into some okonomiyaki.
Osuga Cho, a hidden gem of Hiroshima City’s nightlife, is jam-packed with tiny restaurants and bars. The neighborhood’s nickname, Eki-nishi, gives a clue as to its convenient...

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Kyoto Black Montsuki

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The colour of nobility
It was the most unexpected of homecomings. Over a decade ago, I literally put on the family crest, in the most formal embodiment of Japanese attire called kuro montsuki, in a wedding a block away from where I met my wife.
And now, I am at the home where this ga...

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Takeshita-dōri

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LONELY PLANET
 
 
Area in Harajuku & Aoyama
This is Tokyo’s famously outré fashion bazaar, where trendy duds sit alongside the trappings of decades of fashion subcultures (plaid and safety pins for the punks; colourful tutus for the decora; Victorian dresses for the Gothic Lolitas).
Be warned: th...

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Yokai in Sakaiminato, Tottori

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The Birth of the One Eyed Monster Boy, Kitaro
In a recent article about our Trip to Tottori I mentioned our visit to Mizuki Shigeru Road in Sakaiminato. 
Shigeru Mizuki, born Shigeru Mura, was a very famous manga artist, but many are not aware that he was also a historian who wrote a...

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Visiting Ghibli Museum From Abroad

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JAPAN TRAVEL
You can now prepurchase your Ghibli tickets online
I'm sure they are out there. But at the moment, I've yet to meet a person who hasn't been impressed by, if not become a fan of, Studio Ghibli after watching one of their productions.
One of the most endearing attractions for both loc...

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Miyagawacho Beer Garden

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Kyoto specialities, beer & fun with Maiko
When: Jul 15th - Aug 31st 2018 ,  6:00pm - 9:30pm
The Miyagawacho Beer Garden is a rare occasion where you can enjoy beer, daily specialities served by neighboring restaurants, and Classical Japanese dance by the Maiko (apprentice geisha) of ...

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The Booksellers of Jimbocho

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JAPAN TRAVEL
A salute to Tokyo’s bookworm wonderland
Many years ago, when I took my first job in Tokyo at the publishing house of Graphic-sha, in Kudan-kita, I discovered a place that I would wander through during my lunch hours, on free weekends, and at any opportunity I’ve had in the following ...

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