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1|imageslimSherilyn SiyLV.61 7 2
There are essentially two reasons throngs of people go to the Chichibu Yomatsuri (Night Festival): 1. The grand floatsIt is one of the 32 Japanese festivals included in UNESCO's list of Intangible Cultural Heritage. The six grand floats paraded in the festival have been designated significant tan...more...
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Sure there are many cozy nooks to listen to live jazz music in the city, but how about a jazz concert right in the middle of a thousand brilliantly red maple trees in one of Japan's most unusual parks? Once a year on a Saturday evening in late November is the most breathtaking jazz concert you wi...more...
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For four and a half years, we passed the sign to Chez Noir and ignored it, dismissing it as one of those cute little home cafes in the backwoods, only to find that the joke had been on us.From the outside, Chez Noir's ivy-covered facade looks only ever so slightly different from its neighboring h...more...
1|imageslimKim BLV.86 97 5
If you're a foodie, Japan makes a brilliant spot for a vacation - there's so many tasty Japanese dishes to try out. Odigoer Johanna wrote about the 2017 Tokyo Ramen Show recently, and there's another event happening in a couple of weeks which may take your interest - the 2017 Udon Summit! The eve...more...
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One of the healthiest fast food available practically everywhere in Japan is soba (そば). Soba shops can be found at many train stations, sometimes nearby, sometimes inside, and sometimes right on the platform. Pay for your order at a ticket machine and get your order in a  minute or two, but rarel...more...
1|imageslimEmma ParkerLV.12 70 6
My latest voyage of discovery with Odigo led me into the fascinating and complex Japanese art of creating ancient forests less than a metre high, known to the world as "bonsai." Before setting out on this journey, all I knew about bonsai was that they were trees grown in pots, beautiful but sligh...more...