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(Travel Alert!) October 22, 2019 Imperial Procession in Tokyo: What to Expect

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From October 22 to October 31, Japan will hold a series of national ceremonies to celebrate the enthronement of the newly ascended emperor. Some 200 foreign dignitaries and heads of state will be in attendance. If you're visiting Tokyo, what can you expect during this time? Read on to find out!

True Japanese Craft Beer: 4 Brilliant Brewpubs in Tokyo

Asakusa Other Restaurants

Of late, the global craft beer scene has been riding the crest of a wave; a wave that seems to be perpetually picking up more and more cultural momentum. There has been an explosion in the number of craft microbreweries—small beer producers, that make a limited selection of beers and ales, typically to be sold on the premises—particularly in North America and Western Europe. The craft beer brewing trend finally landed in Japan a few years back when Japanese brewmasters began experimenting, and as the Japanese do, perfecting yet another indulgence to excite our taste buds. Nowadays, classic Japanese drafts (or "nama") of Asahi, Sapporo, Kirin, and Ebisu, are accompanied on brewpub rosters, by a staggering and multivariate cast of local and international alcoholic creations. The irrepressible ingenuity of Japanese sake brewing and cocktail crafting and has spilled over into the world of beer, and Tokyo's brewers have jumped in on the action. With more new breweries springing into existence than ever before, you can indulge in all sorts of beer flights from IPAs to Stouts, and uniquely Japanese seasonal infusions that showcase traditional flavors like yuzu and sakura (cherry blossom). Here are a few of Live Japan’s top Brewpub picks in Tokyo.

Become a True Gundam Pilot - Stepping into the P.O.D. at a Tokyo Arcade! (Video)

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Japan and robots go together like a hotdog and mustard. One of the nation’s most famous robot exports is known worldwide simply as “Gundam.” What started out as an anime has become a huge franchise with its own games, movies, and even a life-sized statue in Tokyo’s Odaiba. What many people don’t know, however, is that there is a way to pilot your very own Gundam robot!

Must-See Top 30 Food, Shopping and Souvenir Spots in Ginza Tokyo!

Ginza

Ginza is the absolute first point of call for luxury in Tokyo. But how can you experience this luxury first-hand? With shopping facilities, high-brand boutiques, exclusive Japanese style and Western style restaurants, this area has a strong, solid appeal to both tourists and residents alike! In this article we will introduce places to see, eat, and shop in Ginza in each of its main areas. We have selected not only luxury shops but casual ones as well to provide first-time visitors with a wide selection of places they can visit without hesitation! We hope that you will find our recommendations helpful.

Nara Travel Guide – Visiting Hasedera Temple and One of Japan’s Largest Kannon [Goddess of Mercy] Statues!

Nara, Ikoma, Tenri Temples

From ancient times Hasedera Temple has been a sacred place of the Kannon faith. The temple is called Hana no Mitera (Temple of Flowers) because various kinds of flowers bloom there throughout the year. The principal object of worship is one of the largest wooden Kannon statues in Japan, which stands about 10 meters tall. The place bustles with many worshipers who come to see the Kannon statue. This article introduces one of the famous temples of Nara which also is famous for its amulet said to be good for beauty, something that makes many women happy.

30 Things (Not) To Do In Japan - Easily Avoid These Embarrassing Moments!

Each country has its own specific rules, habits, culture, and practices which differ from our own. Japan is no different. There are many things in Japan that many foreigners who are visiting may not be aware of and might inadvertently disrupt, offend or anger the locals. Although a lot of these things may seem like they are just tiny details or would be overlooked and forgiven because you are just passing through, it is always a good idea to inform yourself as much as possible about a country’s customs and culture. As a representative of your own country, being polite, courteous and knowledgeable about the country you visit goes a long way. To help you better understand and enjoy your visit to Japan, here are a list of things that many foreigners do that you should try to avoid!

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