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How to get to Tokyo Comic Con
7 months ago

How to get to Tokyo Comic Con

It may seem like Japan is hosting its own perpetual Comic Con, at least in Akihabara, and to some degree that’s true. There are already a host of anime, …
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Tsukiji Market Tour
1 year ago

Tsukiji Market Tour

While jetlagged, yet enthusiastic tourists were making their way to the famous market, our group of six introduced ourselves to each other in front of Tsukiji Hongan-ji temple, a …
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Japan Media Arts Festival 2016
1 year ago

Japan Media Arts Festival 2016

With submissions from 87 countries, Japan Media Arts Festival is in its 19th year running. Grand Prizes are awarded in four categories: Art, Entertainment, Manga, and Animation. The exhibit encourages …
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Japanese New Year
1 year ago

Japanese New Year

Traditionally, Japanese new year was in-line with a lot of Asia, and based on the Chinese lunar calendar. While the country still celebrates the animals of each year (2016 is …
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Coming of Age Day
2 years ago

Coming of Age Day

This special day can trace its origins back to the early 700’s, though the actual age and many of the customs have changed over the years. These days the …
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Sapporo Snow Festival
2 years ago

Sapporo Snow Festival

This festival really has that “wow” factor especially if you are visiting with children, or are young at heart. The creativity, and artistic ability of the teams making the ice …
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Takashi Murakami: The 500 Arhats
2 years ago

Takashi Murakami: The 500 Arhats

One of the major highlights in the Tokyo events calendar for autumn and winter, “Takashi Murakami: The 500 Arhats” opened on October 31st at Mori Art Museum, located on the …
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The Always Vibrant Tokyo Design Week
2 years ago

The Always Vibrant Tokyo Design Week

Though it has arguably lost some of its mojo ever since Designtide stopped in 2012, Tokyo Design Week 2015 is still a reliably bustling affair, and is complemented by several …
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Yoshitomo Nara: Shallow Puddles Exhibition
2 years ago

Yoshitomo Nara: Shallow Puddles Exhibition

The aesthetic of Nara’s art is beguilingly simple (as is the technique, since he can churn out drawings at a rate of a score per day), but his work has …
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Halloween in Japan Gets Even Bigger
2 years ago

Halloween in Japan Gets Even Bigger

Until recently, Halloween in Japan had been confined to English school parties for Japanese kids, international events attended by foreign residents and their Japanese friends, and the infamous “Yamanote Line …
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Unusual Local Art Festivals to Visit
2 years ago

Unusual Local Art Festivals to Visit

In recent years art festivals have been popping up  in more ‘local’ Japanese areas, allowing visitors to experience the cultures and peoples of regions outside of the well trodden major …
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