The Sand Dunes and Hidden Delights of Tottori

Tottori is Japan’s least populated prefecture. But WOW, does this place pack a punch! It’s known for sand dunes, camels, pear farms, Matsuba crab… Hold on, you say? Japan has…

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6 Day Trips From Yokosuka You Will Love

Japan is reopening! There are so many places I’d love to show visiting family and friends. Here are six day trips from Yokosuka I know they’ll enjoy. I’m excluding Tokyo…

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A Love Letter To My Cho (Neighborhood)

Changing neighborhoods every few years is not easy – I have a tendency to get fond of every place I’m at. I had a sinking feeling the first day I…

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Kanagawa’s Two Most Famous Arrivals: Commodore Perry and Godzilla

At first glance, Commodore Perry and Godzilla might not seem to have much in common. Both arrived in Kanagawa Prefecture by sea within 100 years of each other. Both Commodore…

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Japan’s Sado Island – Island of Exile, Gold, and Sublime Beauty

Sado Island is many things. For centuries, it was an island of exile. Later, it became famous for gold and silver. Above all, it’s a place of beauty. At 330…

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Niigata – Wara Art Festival and the Ultimate Rice Celebration

Niigata is Japan's premier rice growing region. Every autumn, Nishikan Ward hosts the Wara Art Festival, an event that features creatures constructed entirely out of rice straw. Believe you me,…

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Misaki’s Tuna Town and Jogashima Island – A Winning Combination

If you are a hard core fan of tuna and a relaxed day at the seaside, Misaki’s “Tuna Town” and Jogashima Island are a hard combination to beat. Is there…

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