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Tokyo Woos Tourists, Business Entrepreneurs

Tokyo’s working climate has changed dramatically since Debbie Howard came to Japan in 1985 and subsequently set up her own market research company. Japan was on top of the world back then, and most Japanese seemed content with their own … Continue reading

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Lodging in Japan

Ah, sleep. Does it matter where we do it? Absolutely! Every country has its share of unique lodging opportunities, from castles and manors in England to eco-lodge treehouses in South America. In Japan, there are the usual luxury hotels (though … Continue reading

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12 Best Experiences in Japan

There’s so much to do in Japan, you could write a book about it! But it seems lists are big these days. The five best luxury hotels in Hong Kong. The best national parks in the U.S. The best beaches … Continue reading

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Update on Himeji Castle

A reader asked about the progress being made on Himeji Castle’s restoration, which I wrote about in a previous post published Nov 3, 2011. The reader wanted to know whether it was worth visiting the castle in mid-March, so I … Continue reading

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Kobe’s Chinatown

This article on Kobe’s Chinatown appeared in the October issue of Skyward, Japan Airlines’ domestic magazine. Kobe’s Slice of China

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Places to Visit Between Tokyo & Kyoto

You can zip between Tokyo and Kyoto on the Shinkansen bullet train in about 2 ½ hours. But if you have more time on your hands, these are my picks for easy day or overnight trips along the way. Depending … Continue reading

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The Wolverine comes to Japan

Although I have seen Iron Man movies (thanks to my sons, though how hard is it to watch anything with Robert Downey Jr. in it?), I’m not much of a superhero fan. When asked to write a review for The … Continue reading

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AAA Promotes “Affordable Japan” tour with my Articles

AAA is offering a guided tour of Japan, which I think is great (Japan still needs tourists, even two years after the Great East Japan Earthquake, tsunami and nuclear power plant fiasco devastated the Tohoku coast and sent the economy … Continue reading

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The Adachi Museum’s Picture-Perfect Views

I’m sitting here in my home office, looking out the window at bare trees, neighborhood houses, and a drab winter landscape, but I know of a museum in Japan that has picture-perfect views from its windows every season of the … Continue reading

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Tohoku says thank you

It would be hard not to relive some of the emotions we all felt when Tohoku was ravaged by earthquake and tsunami on 3.11 when we watch this heartfelt thank you from the people who lived through it. Tohoku says … Continue reading

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