Tarai-bune (Tub boat) riding and gold hunting on Sado Island

There are lots of big and small islands in Japan. Being in the Japan Sea and facing the Niigata (新潟) main land, Sado Island (佐渡島) is the 6th biggest island in Japan (excluding the main islands such as Hokkaido). It is part of the Niigata Prefecture which is known for the high amount of snow fall…

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Learn the “Dance of Fools” and dance wild during the Awa Odori Festival in Tokushima!

If you have ever met some Japanese ladies who are wearing their beautiful Yukata (浴衣) as well as the gyoza-like straw hats, just follow them and you will be in the best dancing festival in Japan! Awa Odori Dancing Festival (阿波踊り) is originated in Tokushima (徳島県) way back to 400 years ago. Each year from 12 to 15…

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Japan’s national bird – the endangered japanese cranes under the protection of an old lady

There are 15 different types of cranes all over the world. Nowadays, many of them have become endangered species and are facing extinction as their natural habitats have been largely destroyed by human being. The red-crowned crane (丹頂鶴), also known as japanese crane, is one of them. It is a special species which can be found in east asia…

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The alcoholic hot spring seal in Hakone

I know you may not be a big fan of visiting an aquarium when you are busy travelling in Hakone (箱根), deciding whether to go clockwise or anti-clockwise with the your one day Hakone transportation pass. I felt the same thing as you do until I have realised the seal show in the Hakone-en Aquarium (箱根園水族館)…

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From Valentine’s Day to Orange Day in Japan

14th February is the Valentine’s Day (バレンタインデー). In Japan, chocolate (チョコ) is almost the synonym of Valentine’s day. According to the Japanese culture, girls have to prepare chocolates for their favourite guy. If the guy would wish to start a relationship as well, he will have to regift chocolates to the girl on 14 March,…

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