Have group, will travel: social travel companies taking off in Japan.
For Felicity Hughes's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan's tomato boom still has some juice.
Does buzz-free beer mix with business lunch?
Monks gone wild? Not quite, but Buddhism is indeed trying out new ways to reach the next generation.
The packages get a little smaller for adult anime.
In Japan's new shopping trend, the destination might be the train station itself.
Billions of yen are piling up in unredeemed loyalty points. Use them, lose them or donate them.
Trendwatchers say it will all be about keeping it 'real' and local in 2012.
Worried about high heating bills? How about a desk kotatsu, or a sleeping bag suit?
Tourism is still suffering from the effects of the 3/11 disasters but at least there is hope, big hope, in China and its millions of visitors.