Shimoda and the Famous Black Ship Festival

Evert year, Shimoda hosts a three-day Black Ship Festival the third Saturday in May. The event attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors throughout Japan. Commodore Matthew Perry and his black…

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A New Year and a Daruma Doll Goal

A New Year Every year, people around the world set fresh goals. In Japan, a Daruma doll is a special, tangible way to remind yourself of your new year’s resolution.…

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