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Battle it out in Shinshiro

/ Jul 2, 2014

Battle it out in Shinshiro

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During the Sengoku period (1482-1573), the Takeda family was one of the strongest clans in Japan, known in particular for its successful cavalry charges. Yet in 1575, it found itself up against something that rendered it powerless — the new western technology of firearms. In ...

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 ...

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, ...