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The Three Stages of Japanese Gift-Giving

Maika Koehl | Posted 01.12.2017 | Travel
Maika Koehl

Every winter, I make a 5,568 mile trek to Tokyo to visit friends and extended family. My most recent trip swirled with purikura booths, broken English...

7 Hours in Japan

Ren Dungari | Posted 01.07.2017 | 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.

This Lesbian Japanese Teen Says It’s Been Really Difficult To Find Support And Information

HuffPost Japan | Sara Elkamel | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

In Tokyo’s Shibuya and Setagaya Wards, same-sex partnerships have started to be officially acknowledged. Societal acceptance towards the LGBT commun...

Japan's Hidden Gems: Kyushu, Hot Springs, Tea Ceremony and Sumo Wrestling

David Code | Posted 12.11.2016 | Travel
David Code

One of the fondest memories of my three years living in Japan was a hot springs pool in the mountains. My Tokyo girlfriend took me to a quaint old ...

Retracing Le Corbusier's Travels

J. Michael Welton | Posted 12.04.2016 | Arts
J. Michael Welton

To express the importance of drawing by hand, architect Jake Brillhart followed in Le Corbusier's footsteps. Literally.

What Matters in an Internship: Reconceptualizing the NGO Sector

Sophia Slater | Posted 11.25.2016 | Teen
Sophia Slater

Dharamsala, India, where I worked withthe Tibetan Women's Association When I tell friends and relatives that I interned at an NGO last summer, their ...

6 Great Global Cities Made Affordable by the Strong Dollar

Sarah Stodola | Posted 11.25.2016 | Travel
Sarah Stodola

The American buck has been having a rip-roaring time of it against a number of other currencies around the world, as well. As a result, some cities we think of as prohibitively expensive have suddenly become accessible.

From Tokyo to New York: Four Bowls of Ramen That Defined My Summer

Sam Stromberg | Posted 11.10.2016 | Travel
Sam Stromberg

As midnight neared at Tokyo Haneda International Airport, I wearily boarded my nine-hour redeye. Moonlight shone through the thick evening smog, gleam...

Tokyo Issues Japan’s First Same-Sex Marriage Certificate

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Holding rainbow fans and grinning from ear to ear, a couple in Japan was photographed on Thursday with a very special document clutched in their hands...

Womenomics Makes Headway

Kathy Kemper | Posted 10.23.2016 | Women
Kathy Kemper

Japan is getting serious about gender equality, and, despite doubters, recent signs point to progress. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made empowerment for women one of his top three reform "arrows" aimed at rekindling the economy two years ago and set about making policies to boost female participation in Japan's workforce.

Tokyo's Haunted Hills

Gail Nakada | Posted 10.20.2016 | Travel
Gail Nakada

Tokyo has seven or eight haunted hills depending on which sources you consult. Called Yurei Zaka or Obake Zaka -- both terms for ghostly or phantom hills -- most neighborhoods have been at great pains to change those names in modern times. Property values, you know.

'My Little Pony' Cafe Is A Bright Corner Of Tasty Nostalgia

The Huffington Post | Kate Bratskeir | Posted 10.20.2015 | Travel

For rainbows and ponies and all things pastel, you better book a flight soon: A "My Little Pony" pop-up cafe is now open in the Harajuku area of Tokyo...

The Local Secrets of Yokohama, Japan

Global Yodel | Posted 10.15.2016 | Travel
Global Yodel

"An outsider will be surprised by how modern life and history are mixed in Tokyo, Kamakura, and Yokohama. It's best to appreciate it by just walking and observing."

This Is What The Tokyo Olympic Games Looked Like In 1964

HuffPost Japan | Newsroom | Posted 10.01.2015 | World

Tokyo will host the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games for the second time in 2020. The 1964 Tokyo Olympics, which took place only 19 years after the...

30 Places To See Before You're 30

SmarterTravel | Posted 10.02.2016 | Travel

Seeing the world is a surefire way to enrich your life and learn, and some destinations are best visited while in your twenties. Amazing destinations around the world cater to the particular strengths and challenges of the twenty-something set.

Does Japan Need to Be Involved in the Middle East?

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 09.18.2016 | World
Faisal J. Abbas

Despite having not taken part in the Syrian crisis, Japan is today being questioned for not taking in any refugees from the war-torn nation.

Explosion Hits Warehouse At U.S. Military Base In Japan

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 08.23.2015 | World

TOKYO, Aug 24 (Reuters) - An explosion rocked a warehouse at a U.S. military base in Sagamihara, Japan, but there were no reports of injuries, Japanes...

Tasting the Tokyo Sugar Rush

Gail Nakada | Posted 08.17.2016 | Travel
Gail Nakada

Gift giving is a deep-rooted social obligation. People agonize over choosing something that reflects the value of the occasion, the recipient, and the giver. Gourmet chocolates, cakes and cookies play a huge part in this cultural give-and-take.

A Retrospective of Oscar Niemeyer: The Man Who Built Brasilia Arrives in Tokyo

ARTPHAIRE | Posted 08.11.2016 | Arts

The style that Niemeyer would come to pioneer and embody blew these traditions away, creating a new visual language for the country that both imagined a technological, avant-garde future, but also reached back into the country's own traditions and imagery.

This Cafe Serves Stuffed Animals Only. No Humans Allowed.

The Huffington Post | Kate Bratskeir | Posted 08.11.2015 | HuffPost Home

You might invite your favorite stuffed animal to tea parties, but you haven't shown your plush puppy, bear, kitty or bunny true love until you've sent...

Enter Through Door Number Two ... For Science!

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 08.05.2015 | Weird News

We like big exhibits and we cannot lie. That's why we're envious of Japan's Karada no Fushigi Daibouken -- translated as “The Mysterious Great Adven...

Loving Nothing - Five Years in Finnish Lapland

Janne Riikonen | Posted 08.04.2016 | World
Janne Riikonen

As a five-year-old girl Hitomi Kuwada, 27, made a list of things she would like to do and achieve in her life. On the top of the list was her dream of...

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

KitchHike | Posted 08.04.2016 | Taste

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.

Navigating Tokyo's New LCC Terminal 3

Gail Nakada | Posted 07.29.2016 | Travel
Gail Nakada

Low-Cost Carriers (LCC) now have their own terminal at Tokyo's Narita International Airport, Terminal 3. As you might expect, it's a bit more spartan than other areas of Narita with a real utilitarian look. Might as well get used to the pared down amenities before you board the flight, right?

What Happened When An Introvert Got Lost In Tokyo

Quiet Revolution | Jenn Mattern | Posted 09.22.2015 | Healthy Living

Think of it as a reality TV show, I tell myself to quell the panic rising in my throat. Introvert: Trapped in Tokyo. The 150-square-foot flat i...