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7 Hours in Japan

Ren Dungari | Posted 01.13.2016 | Travel
Ren Dungari

Danielle's eyes began to water as she didn't want to disappoint her best friend. Instead, she smiled. If Bourdain could do it, she too, could enjoy the unknown parts of Japan... Even if was only for the first seven hours.

Getting Lucky in Tokyo's Asakusa

Gail Nakada | Posted 01.04.2016 | Travel
Gail Nakada

The Seven Gods of Good Luck play an important part in Japan's love of luck. These deities made their way from India and China along the Buddhist trail with one Japanese Shinto Kami (god/spirit) thrown in for good measure.

Hidden In Brooklyn: The Japanese Izakaya Restaurant You Should Know About

Brad Hobbs | Posted 12.23.2015 | Taste
Brad Hobbs

New York is a city built on culture. With Culture brings prized national dishes, chances are, if you live in New York or visit, your taste buds have v...

7 Things You Need to Do to Understand Japan

Amy Chavez | Posted 12.15.2015 | Travel
Amy Chavez

Bathing in very hot natural springs is a tradition in Japan thanks to the volcanic landscape that ensures a plethora of thermal springs. And bathing is at the heart of the Japanese culture of cleanliness.

A Window Into Japan's Millennials and Boomers

Crystal Kadakia | Posted 12.08.2015 | Business
Crystal Kadakia

Generational challenges and Millennial themes are not 100% the same worldwide. Big surprise, right? Over the Thanksgiving holiday, I visited Tokyo, Ja...

The Japanese Way: How to Eat Japanese Food Like the Natives

KitchHike | Posted 08.04.2015 | Taste
KitchHike

When eating one's meal, there are a few points to keep in mind, particularly when using one's chopsticks. There are a number of taboos when it comes to using chopsticks, but here are some important ones to remember.

This High School Baseball Player Must've Been A Jedi Knight In Another Life

The Huffington Post | Justin Block | Posted 07.23.2015 | Sports

No, he's not calling his shots a la Babe Ruth. He's just doing what he always does. This baseball player for Namekama High School in Japan ...

19 Sushi Myths You Probably Believe

Thrillist | Posted 05.29.2015 | Taste
Thrillist

It's no surprise that the world of sushi has developed its own set of myths, exaggerations, and bold-faced lies.

Haruki Murakami Is Here To Answer Your Questions

HuffPost Korea | Sae Hee Park | Posted 01.08.2015 | Books

Nine years after Haruki Murakami's last online exchanges with fans, Murakami’s publisher Shinchosa Co. has announced that they are planning to launc...

What Japan Can Teach You About Living A Long, Healthy Life

Posted 06.09.2015 | Healthy Living

Want to know where to look to live a long, prosperous, healthy life? It’s simple. Just look east. Japan, the land that gave us such treasures as ...

Takashi Murakami's Smiley Faces On A Mushroom Cloud

Pico Iyer | Posted 07.05.2014 | World
Pico Iyer

Every time I look at the work of Takashi Murakami, I see both the super cute, charming surfaces for which Japan is rightly famous and all the demons that peek out behind them. He dreams up lovable blobs and dolls and oversized cuties to ask his compatriots what might be the cost of holding onto such childish things.

13 Photos Of Japanese Vacation Spots Reveal A Very Different View Of Relaxation

Posted 02.20.2014 | Arts

Japanese photographer Nobuto Osakabe's series "Holiday Making" captures popular relaxation destinations sprinkled around Japan, from pristine snowy mo...

You Have To See These Japanese Game Shows To Believe Them. But Even Then You Won't.

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 01.25.2014 | Comedy

To the West, the world of Japanese game shows is best known as a technicolored whirlwind of half-naked bodies, sadomasochistic physical challenges, an...

What Americans Can Learn from the Japanese

Monique Svazlian, CPCC | Posted 11.03.2013 | World
Monique Svazlian, CPCC

I recently took a trip to Japan, and got a first hand look at this centuries-old culture. Although only there for a week, it was enough time to leave a hugely positive impression and inspired thinking about what we as Americans can learn from the Japanese.

On Japanese People and Whales

Hiroshi Yamaguchi | Posted 10.07.2013 | World
Hiroshi Yamaguchi

It is OK to discuss the issue from the viewpoints of biodiversity or environmental balance as long as they remain scientific arguments. If some kinds of whales are on the brink of extinction, we should stop the whaling of them. But if the criticism comes from cultural difference or preference, I would argue that there are other cultures in other places.

The Desperate Cover-Up of a Shame Culture: The Provenance of Mayor Hashimoto's Incendiary Comments about the Necessity of Comfort Women

Kalliope Lee | Posted 08.03.2013 | World
Kalliope Lee

Japan's war crimes have incurred a debt that must be paid--not only in reparation to the victims of neighboring countries, such as Korea and China, but for the sake of its own future.

ANA Airways Gives Visitors a 360° Look Into Japan

Gail Nakada | Posted 07.13.2013 | Travel
Gail Nakada

ANA had a tough time this year with the grounding of their shiny new fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliners. Recently they've been given the go ahead for test flights and should soon be cleared for passengers again.

The Thinnest Latex Condom and Other World Records Held by Japan

Amy Chavez | Posted 04.27.2013 | Weird News
Amy Chavez

Here are 10 world records held by Japan for the shortest, thinnest, fewest, daintiest, briefest and smallest.

Happy New Year!

Los Angeles Daily News | Susan Abram | Posted 03.09.2013 | Los Angeles

Taiko drums and a traditional rice cake pounding ceremony ushered in the Japanese New Year Sunday as part of the free Oshogatsu Family Festival in Los...

Coffee Life in Japan: The Exotic and the Apparently Familiar

Fabio Parasecoli | Posted 12.09.2012 | Books
Fabio Parasecoli

When it comes to food, Japan has lost some of its mystery. Restaurant patrons are conversant with sushi, sashimi, and tempura. Still, there are still layers and layers that some Western foodies have yet to consider.

7 Insider Tips For Enjoying Japan

Amy Chavez | Posted 12.04.2012 | Travel
Amy Chavez

If you're traveling to Japan, slide right in with the culture with these seven tips.

"Sakura:" Final Event to Mark Centenary of Japan's Gift of Cherry Trees to U.S.

Gil Asakawa | Posted 09.14.2012 | Denver
Gil Asakawa

It was the right song for the occasion: "Duo Sokyo" ended a brief concert marking the 100th anniversary of Japan's gift of more than 3,000 cherry trees to the U.S. as a symbol of friendship.

Making Friends in Japan

Juliana Zajicek | Posted 10.08.2012 | Teen
Juliana Zajicek

Ever wanted to feel like a movie star? All you need to do is hop on a plane and come to Japan! Easy, right?

Insanely Surreal Body Art

Posted 06.27.2012 | Arts

These days we are all a little jaded when it comes to special effects; even the most over-the-top of horror movie gore can't really bring on the goose...

Colorado Gets Its Own Cherry Trees for Japanese Blossom Viewing

Gil Asakawa | Posted 06.18.2012 | Denver
Gil Asakawa

Japanese culture is all about rituals, like the ritual of "hanami" or flower-viewing. It'll take a while for Coloradans to be able to picnic under the trees at Green Valley Ranch, but it'll be a beautiful ritual when they do.