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The Bank of Iwate Red Brick Bu...

If you find this building has a striking resemblance to Tokyo Station Hotel, that's probably because they share a common designer ...

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Innoshima Murakami Suigun Samu...

Looking out over the waters of the Seto Inland Sea, it’s hard to imagine that these waters were once controlled by pirates. Pirate...

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Demons, beans and stinky fish

Although the coldest time of the year is often still to come, setsubun marks the shift from winter to spring. Every year on Februa...

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Hiroshima Kagura: Japanese fol...

Traditional Japanese theater is an acquired taste. While no-one can doubt the cultural importance of Noh and Kabuki, to the uninit...

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Ginzan Onsen

Always wanted to experience Ginzan Onsen in snowing condition but it was early December and snow does seem to come early. However,...

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Namahage Museum

Namahage is a traditional folk event, held during New Year’s Eve in Akita Prefecture, Oga peninsula.This is depicted by men wearin...

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Asabiraki Sake Brewery

If you love sake, you owe it to yourself to try some made in Tohoku. Good sake is all about the rice and water, and the water in T...

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Nebuta Matsuri

The Nebuta Matsuri, the largest summer festival in Aomori City, is an explosion of colourful lanterns, taiko drum beats, dancing a...

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