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As summer comes to a close, we look ahead to the upcoming autumn season. Along with the (much welcomed) cooler temps, the fall season blankets all of Japan with vibrant shades of reds and yellows. Known as koyo in Japanese, the colorful foliage first appears in northern Japan in September and gra...more...
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Visiting a village is probably not the first thing to occur to most non-Japanese seeking a fun time in Japan. How unfortunate. Some of the country’s best-kept secrets are to be found tucked away in little, unassuming places where the legends are grand, the environment is lush and the people are w...more...
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Whenever I’m recounting a story that’s precious to me, whether I tell it through a text message to my sister or a blog post, I somehow find myself often mentioning drinking tea or coffee. The reasons for this storytelling with beverages are firstly because I drink an excessive amount of tea and c...more...
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Upon returning home to Tokyo from a recent trip to Yahiko, a quiet village in Niigata Prefecture, I wrote a Japanese friend, recounting my travels. I told her of the open fields and blue skies of the Niigata countryside, with views that go on for miles. I went on about sun-drenched streets windin...more...
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Yahiko is a small town in Niigata Prefecture with over 1000 years of history. Located 2-3 hours away from Tokyo, this historic cultural centre is a compact experience of rural Japan. Because of Japan's world-class Shinkansen (bullet train) system, rural areas are easily accessible. This post will...more...
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Transportation in Yahiko and the surrounding areas is very different from the fast-paced capital city Tokyo. Trains and buses are few and far between (see here for more information), and many must-see destinations are located outside downtown Yahiko. A car is highly recommended in order to experi...more...