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Hamamatsu City, Japan: Birthplace of Yamaha

From Pianos to Motorbikes to Bio; “Let’s Try, Let’s Take the Challenge” I often wondered about Hamamatsu City in Shizuoka Prefecture as I watched it slip by during my bullet train rides from Tokyo to Osaka. A very good friend of mine is from Hamamatsu and would tell me about […]

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Sharing Sake (Rice Wine) Can Be Intimate and Meaningful

Relax, Unwind and Spend Some Time Building Your Kizuna I remember going to a nearby Western Bar in Aiea with my friend from High School and sharing a few “Shots” of alcohol where you pour some mixture of strong and sweet into a little “shot glass” and down it together […]

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Having Trouble Figuring Out the Green Car?

  After living here almost 27 years I still almost start to cry when I see the Green Car (premium seat car) slide past and go way down to the other side of the platform when I thought I was standing in the right place to meet it right when […]

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Small But Important Tips for Enjoying Japanese Onsen Like a Pro

Feel free to Benefit from All My Awkward Onsen Fails Are you getting ready to take a trip to an Onsen Hot Spring in Japan? As an onsen-loving Senpai, allow me to provide you a few tips on how to be absolutely prepared before braving the nakedness and initial awkwardness […]

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Sake Life For Japan Travel: The Sleek Warmth of O-toso on an Early New Year Morning

I Want to do O-toso Every Day You might not know how much pomp and circumstance takes place in a Japanese home on New Year’s morning. Mom is bustling around the kitchen putting final touches to her O-sechi Ryori or special (very special) New Year’s Day (Oshogatsu) feast of sweet […]

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All About Chrysanthemums in Japan

In Awe of how Artisans Woo This Regal Bloom “Kiku” is the Japanese word for Chrysanthemum. After residing in Japan for some 28 years, I understand that the Japanese relationship with this beautiful flower is deep, intricate and somewhat mysterious especially when you are a newbie visitor. I happen to […]

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Japanese Travel Locations and People Names Can Be Confusingly Fun!

Learn a bit about the Lingo and get an Inside View! If you wondered why Japanese people refer to Mt. Fuji as Mr. Fuji, you are not alone. When I first came to Japan, and actually until about two years ago, well okay, actually it still happens a lot, I […]

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