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Photos by Takahiro Takiguchi

Electric Town home to arcades, cafés and much more

Called Akiba for short, the Akihabara district of Tokyo is known as electric town. With hundreds of shops, ranging from tiny one-man stalls...
Photos by Takahiro Takiguchi

Strolling in Ueno offers taste of old and new

Japan’s oldest zoo, tons of museums, a French-style modern park filled with cherry trees, numerous Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples, along...
Photos courtesy of Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau

Mask, snorkel, fins! Let's explore Okinawa’s marvelous water world!

If you are on the island of Okinawa, you have the opportunity to see world-class reefs in crystal clear water. And you can explore this marvelous...

Photos by Shoji Kudaka

Okinawa's Owls Adventure Park gives a hoot about its customers

You don’t need to be a wizard at Hogwarts to make friends with owls.
 
Owls Adventure Park in Naha offers a place where...

LITTLE OKINAWA: Southern isles and south-of-the-border converge in Tokyo

There is no towering Ryukyu gate. There are no ‘shisa’ lion statutes standing guard. Just a few Okinawan restaurants and grocers scattered amid...

A travel junky's 5 reasons to Invest in travel, not things

If my mom’s English was good enough and she read this post, she would probably not talk to me for a long time. My mother-in-law lovingly called us...

Book next trip without breaking the budget

The worst part of a vacation is, of course, coming home after a week away from the real world. You look at your credit card statement and find...
The view from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, Photos courtesy of Jane Pipkin'

A student’s budget guide to Tokyo

So you have made the decision to visit Tokyo for the first time, great choice! However, you have one slight problem, you are a student still...
Photo by Shoji Kudaka

Hop over to Miyakojima for some adventure

A day relaxing on a beach, having a glass of beer and BBQ with your friend is a great way of spending your weekend in Okinawa. Or if you are a...

Moxibustion: Feel the burn if you want to heal!

With the cold of winter upon us, many people will begin to “feel” the weather. Lower backs will hurt, while bones and joints will ache just a...

Photo courtesy of  Tokyo Sento Association

Soak at a Sento on Okinawa to relax

Most foreigners believe that all public baths are onsen. But that’s not true. There is another type of public bath, sento, that also offers you...

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