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Osaka's Aizen Festival begins

Jun 26, 2014

Osaka's Aizen Festival begins

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Even though it is mid-rainy season, the Aizen Festival anticipates the hot summer ahead with a parade of women wearing cool and attractive yukata (light kimono). As Osaka’s first summer festival of the year, this is held from June 30 to July 2 at ...

Yokohama's French connection

Jun 19, 2014

Yokohama's French connection

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Around 150 years ago, silk traders from Lyon in France went all the way to Yokohama to buy silkworm eggs that they heard could resist an epidemic disease that was ravaging the French silk industry. Since then, the two cities have built a strong ...

Royal purple surrounds majestic Mount Fuji

Jun 19, 2014

Royal purple surrounds majestic Mount Fuji

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Among the photo opportunities featuring Mount Fuji, there’s one that shouldn’t be missed: The majestic icon towering behind Lake Kawaguchiko in Yamanashi Prefecture, with a bed of vibrant purple lavender in the foreground. From spring to fall, Lake Kawaguchiko, one of the Fuji Five ...

Getting crafty in Yokohama

Jun 5, 2014

Getting crafty in Yokohama

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These days, stores and even markets are filled with cheap, manufactured and mass-produced products. It’s no wonder that there appears to be a bit of a rebellious demand for original handcrafted goods. This weekend, Yokohama hosts one of the biggest craft fairs in Japan, ...

Light up the night with a firefly festival

Jun 5, 2014

Light up the night with a firefly festival

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Fireflies, known as hotaru in Japan, have inspired numerous artists and writers, including Haruki Murakami, whose short story “Firefly” was later adapted into the first part of his best-seller “Norwegian Wood.” In the real world, however, fireflies are sadly in decline, as their natural ...