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Uji River Cormorant Fishing

Uji River Cormorant Fishing

Put down your rods and poles­, it’s time for some throwback fishing. Japanese fishermen have been using cormorants to help them catch fish for at least 1,300 years. Still a practice today, visitors are invited to see this traditional method of fishing with trained ...

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Setsuko Hara Retrospective

Setsuko Hara Retrospective

Jinbocho is one of the last remaining districts in Tokyo that retains a neighborhood feel. Dedicated to books, it has a large cluster of second-hand bookshops and is dotted with ancient coffee shops, including Saboru and Milonga. It's also known for showing wildly difficult ...

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Yamagata Ramen Festa

A slurp-fest that will undoubtedly parch your throat, in the best possible way, this summer. Yamagata Big Wing, Yamagata Pref.

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Tokyo Sports Expo 2016

Athletes can join the Olympic spirit and enjoy a weekend of fun at Tokyo Sports Expo 2016. With two full days of activities, the exhibition is a chance to try out new sports while testing one’s sportsmanship and teamwork skills. Participants can hone their ...

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Oktoberfest

The Oktoberfest series of events take place across the Japanese archipelago all summer long — you can slake your thirst at venues in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Okinawa and Kyushu.

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Aqua Metropolis Osaka Fes 2016

Aqua Metropolis Osaka Fes 2016

While most people know of Osaka’s love for bunraku, manzai comedy and okonomiyaki pancakes, they may be surprised to learn that Osaka considers itself a “water town.” For just over a month, the Aqua Metropolis Osaka Fes will promote water-oriented activities such as boat ...

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Aichi Trienniale

Aichi Trienniale

Expect some unconventional artwork at the third edition of the Aichi Trienniale. This year’s theme, “Homo Faber: A Rainbow Caravan,” will feature contemporary works, films and stage performances from 119 artists and collectives. The festival launched in 2010 in an effort to transform some ...

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World Press Photo 16

World Press Photo 16

Just as with its textual counterpart, photojournalism sheds light on the most pivotal moments in an ever-unfolding history. One annual exhibition captures the brutal reality — and beauty — of our world in flux. Whether entered as single photos or stories, World Press Photo ...

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Art Celebration in Nara — Beyond Time and Space

Art Celebration in Nara — Beyond Time and Space

The three-nation Culture City of East Asia project began in 2014 to promote cultural ties between Japan, China and South Korea. Each year a city (or cities) from one of these countries is selected as a representative and this year Ningbo, Jeju-Seogwipo and Nara ...

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Kirby Cafe

Kirby Cafe

Kirby fans will soon be able to inhale a pile of cute food — just like their pink hero. New Kirby Cafe pop-up shops will open in Japan this summer, and the menu already looks delicious and adorable. Guests will be able to eat ...

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Setouchi Triennale

The Setouchi Triennale promises to be the art event of the year, inviting hundreds of artists to a festival that spans 12 islands in the Seto Inland Sea including Naoshima, Japan’s art mecca.

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Biwako Biennale 2016

Biwako Biennale 2016

Otsu in Shiga Prefecture is the resting place of art historian Ernest Fenollosa (1853-1908), but head northeast and you’ll find more artistic flair on the shores of Lake Biwa. The Biwako Biennale art festival kicks off in nearby Omihachiman on Sept. 17. The city’s ...

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Nanyo Region Healing Tours

Nanyo Region Healing Tours

Ehime Prefecture already has a lot to offer the tourist — mandarin-orange groves, high-quality locally produced cotton towels and onsen spas — but to encourage even more visitors, the Healing Tours campaign in the southern region of Nanyo is highlighting a program of relaxing ...

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