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Japan: Hotels

February 1, 2009 // 0 Comments

The Best Traditional Ryokan * Hiiragiya Ryokan (Kyoto; tel. 075/221-1136): If ever there was an example of the quintessential ryokan, Hiiragiya is it. Located in the heart of old Kyoto, it’s the ultimate in tatami luxury: a dignified enclave of polished woods and rooms with …

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Japan: Restaurants

February 1, 2009 // 0 Comments

Experiencing a Kaiseki Feast: The ultimate in Japanese cuisine, kaiseki is a feast for the senses and the spirit. Consisting of a variety of exquisitely prepared and arranged dishes, a kaiseki meal is a multicourse event to be savored slowly. Both the ingredients and the …

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Japan: Food & Drink

February 1, 2009 // 0 Comments

Japanese Cuisine Altogether, there are more than a dozen different and distinct types of Japanese cuisine, plus countless regional specialties. A good deal of what you eat may be completely new to you as well as completely unidentifiable. Sometimes Japanese themselves don’t even know what …

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Japan: History

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Ancient History (ca. 30,000 B.C.-A.D. 710) — According to mythology, Japan’s history began when the sun goddess, Amaterasu, sent one of her descendants down to the island of Kyushu to unify the people of Japan. Unification, however, was not realized until a few generations later …

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Japan: Cultural Primer

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Traditional Theater Kabuki — Probably Japan’s best-known traditional theater art, Kabuki is also one of the country’s most popular forms of entertainment. Visit a performance and it’s easy to see why — in a word, Kabuki is fun! The plays are dramatic, the costumes are …