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TRAVEL June 15, 2019

The Four Seasons in Japan

Ah, to be in Japan, now that spring is here… or fall… or winter… The fours seasons in Japan are fondly admired and quite distinct. Each is regarded in as a step in an endless cycle, each one bringing its own food, festivals and sights. From the hanami picnics of spring to the ski-and-onsen trips […]

ARTS&CULTURE May 24, 2019

Wa and the Japanese Reluctance to Say “No”

The simple word wa is perhaps the most important in the Japanese language. It is so important to the nature of Japanese social interaction that it was the original name of the country. Wa means “harmony,” and the maintenance of that harmony is absolutely paramount in all Japanese relations, because the essential nature of social […]

TRAVEL December 19, 2016

Japan’s Delightful, Traditional Ryokan

Although the traditional Japanese lodging known as the ryokan is often described as a country inn, or as Japan’s version of the French Auberge, many ryokan are more, being beautiful, elegant places that offer a total hospitality experience that is a must-do for any visitor to Japan. Less common in big cities like Tokyo and […]

FOOD&DRINK April 26, 2016

5 Things Visitors Must Know About Sake

The word sake is actually a generic Japanese word, and refers to any alcoholic beverage. Vodka is, then, sake in Japan, as is beer, which now out-sells sake in Japan. What English speakers call sake is what the Japanese call seishu or nihonshu: “Japanese liquor.” But since English-speakers routinely call it sake, we will continue […]

TRAVEL April 18, 2016

10 Money-Saving Tips Every Tourist Should Know When in Japan

Even if you have ample funds and a healthy credit card, there are good reasons to shop for bargains beyond simply saving money: Watching for bargains gets you out of your accustomed ways, puts you in the position to meet ordinary Japanese (and other travelers) and see how they live, introduces you to new habits, […]