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Flowers by Naked

Flowers by Naked

Though spring seems a distant future right now, people in Tokyo can enjoy some early blooms this month at Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall’s Flowers by Naked event space. Until mid-February, the hall is hosting a series of flower-themed attractions, including ikebana displays, tastings of Japanese ...

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Nararurie

Nararurie

Nara Prefecture’s scenic countryside has long attracted visitors, inspiring the likes of tanka poet Yaichi Aizu (1881-1956) and photographers Seiyo Ogawa (1894-1960) and Taikichi Irie (1905-1992). The area’s annual Nararurie festival illuminates the ancient capital’s historical landmarks, including Kasuga-Taisha Shrine and Todaiji Temple, with ...

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World Valentine's Festival

World Valentine's Festival

In Japan, Valentine’s Day involves women giving gifts of chocolate to their boyfriends and male colleagues. In Thailand, however, women pray for true love at popular Hindu shrines, while couples line up to register their marriage with a golden certificate in Bang Rak, Bangkok’s ...

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Mt. Isetan Chocolaterie by Kloka

Mt. Isetan Chocolaterie by Kloka

Imagine hot chocolate on tap, literally running out of a faucet. Or how about a special patisserie where you can bake your own original cupcakes. This is the fairy-tale-like fantasy that Kloka, a creative studio that specializes in setting up quirky events, aims to ...

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Monster Hunter Festa ‘16 Miyagi

Monster Hunter Festa ‘16 Miyagi

“Monster Hunter” game fans can celebrate their favorite game’s 12th anniversary in five cities in Japan. Monster Hunter Festa ’16, which started in Tokyo, now moves to Osaka, before heading to Fukuoka, Nagoya and Sendai. While the hardcore “hunters” are gearing up to compete ...

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Play! Digital Game Exhibition

Play! Digital Game Exhibition

With the 30th anniversary of the “Super Mario Bros.” game series and the release of the movie “Pixel,” 2015 has been the year of the retro-game comeback. If you’re a real fan of arcade gaming, though, you should head to Saitama Prefecture’s Skip City. ...

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Cacao and Coffee Exhibition

Cacao and Coffee Exhibition

Chocolate and coffee is often considered the perfect mix of bitter and sweet for some people, so why not learn a bit more about their origins at the Sakuya Konohana Kan botanical gardens in Osaka. The seeds of Theobroma cacao are used to make ...

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Pixar In Concert Osaka

Pixar In Concert Osaka

Pixar Animation Studios is offering Tokyo and Osaka showings of a special compilation of clips from 15 of its much-loved Pixar-Disney films — including “Toy Story,” “Monsters, Inc.,” “Finding Nemo” and the Oscar-nominated “Inside Out.” These screenings will be accompanied by the live music ...

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Sweets Marathon

Sweets Marathon

Many people love eating dessert but few enjoy the process of burning off the calories. Those hoping to pick up exercising without dropping the chocolate may enjoy this sugary race. The Sweets Marathon is a fun (and delicious) run that offers treats to participants ...

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Bonsai Exhibition of Japanese Plum Trees

Bonsai Exhibition of Japanese Plum Trees

With a history of more than 2,000 years, the art of bonsai has become synonymous with Japan. This exhibition in Nagahama, Shiga Prefecture, celebrates its 65th anniversary with a show of plum trees on display in the zashiki (traditional Japanese-style) setting. As many as ...

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Bonsai Exhibition in a World Heritage of Nikko

Bonsai Exhibition in a World Heritage of Nikko

The Nikko Toshogu Shrine is hosting a bonsai-related exhibition to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of Japan’s first shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu (1543-1616). Bonsai cultivation was considered a meditative pastime for the upper class during the Tokugawa shogunate, and this exhibition features a ...

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Samurai and Ninja Show

Samurai and Ninja Show

The 16th-century warlord Oda Nobunaga (1534-1582), famous for introducing firearms to samurai warfare and being instrumental in the unification of Japan, may have died before he was able to accomplish all his goals, but he was still one of the most powerful rulers of ...

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Minions Funrun & Music Festival

The Minions, having served under a series of despicable masters, are seeking out a new boss. But they can’t do it alone and need you to join them at the Minions Funrun & Music Festival 2016. Each participant will be given a Minion costume, ...

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Universal Cool Japan 2016

Universal Cool Japan 2016

Last year’s Universal Cool Japan campaign, which included a number of manga-, anime- and game-inspired attractions at the major theme park, was such a success that it enjoyed an extended run. Now it returns, bringing with it upgrades to the “Evangelion,” “Attack on Titan,” ...

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Star Tours: The Adventure Continues

Star Tours: The Adventure Continues

The new “Star Wars” film has proven to be a force to be reckoned with, as its new characters and impressive special effects win over the series’ first generation of fans and captivate a new legion of followers. But if you really want to ...

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