Manami Okazaki

For Manami Okazaki's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Tokyo's Jimbocho neighborhood won't close the chapter on books

Books Oct 26, 2019

Tokyo's Jimbocho neighborhood won't close the chapter on books

Thousands of bibliophiles are expected to descend on Tokyo's Jinbocho neighborhood over the next week or so as the city celebrates the 60th anniversary of its largest secondhand book fair. Some even claim the Kanda Used Book Festival, which this year runs through Nov. 4, ...

Miyagi's hot-spring valley of the dolls

Travel Aug 22, 2015

Miyagi's hot-spring valley of the dolls

If local train rides, bucolic vistas, simple family-run ryokans and hot-spring baths overflowing with mineral-rich waters sounds like the perfect getaway, Naruko Onsen village in Miyagi Prefecture should be your next destination. Accessible by the Rikuu-East train line, the valley is flanked by wooded mountains ...

Ghostly Japanese shipwrecks at the bottom of Chuuk Lagoon

Travel Mar 21, 2015

Ghostly Japanese shipwrecks at the bottom of Chuuk Lagoon

When most people think of scuba diving, they usually envision colorful coral reefs, turtles and countless schools of fish. At Chuuk Lagoon in the Federated States of Micronesia, however, the star attraction is not the abundance of life that exists beneath the waves, but ...