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Japan’s Izakaya are World-Renowned - But What Food do Foreigners Hate the Most?!

Japanese izakaya are attracting attention from around the world. Of course there a number of different styles of pubs and bars all over the world, but the Japanese izakaya seems to be particularly rare. Often with extensive menus, these traditional establishments are loved by many, but there are sure to be some items that are just a bit too far out of some people’s comfort zones. We wanted to find out exactly what those dishes were! So, we set out to interview some foreign students attending the Akamonkai Japanese Language School what they liked and disliked at izakaya. If you’re heading to an izakaya soon, make sure to keep these in mind!

HELLO KITTY SMILE: New Hello Kitty Attraction that Grown-Up Fans will Enjoy!

Awaji Island, Maiko Theme Parks

As far as Hello Kitty attractions go, Sanrio Puroland is the most famous. And while Hello Kitty may be particularly popular with children, in April 2018, a new spot in Awaji City, Hyogo Prefecture, called Hello Kitty Smile, was established that specifically caters to her older fans! You can enjoy attractions such as a beautiful sunset view of Harima-nada Sea, and delicious, authentic course menus. Today, I will take a trip into the luxurious land of the recently trending HELLO KITTY SMILE.

Stringraphy at Studio EVE: A Striking and Unique Musical Experience

Shibuya Other Contemporary Arts

Have you ever imagined being right inside a musical instrument, surrounded by song? I visited Studio EVE in Tokyo’s Daitabashi neighborhood and was able to experience this very feeling by attending a Stringraphy workshop. A beautiful melting of music, art, and movement, Stringraphy is an original concept that while born in Japan, has already made waves across the globe in its 25 years of existence. During the workshop, I had the chance to meet the members of the world-renowned Stringraphy Ensemble, enjoy a performance, and even try my hand at making my own string music.

The Best Ramen around Namba – A Local Writer’s Top 5

Nanba, Dotonbori, Shinsaibashi Ramen

Namba is in a convenient spot, only a 50-minute bus or train ride from Kansai International Airport. As one of the busiest places in Kansai, overflowing with shopping, great food and amusements, it’s one of the best sightseeing spots in all of Osaka. In this article, a writer knowledgeable about Osaka will introduce five of the best ramen spots in the area.

Nikko Onsen Guide: Relax and Recharge at These 3 Lavish Japanese-Style Lodges Complete with Hot Springs!

Nikko Ryokan

Tochigi Prefecture's Nikko city is known to be a tourist haven with scenic sites for days. We're talking about places like Nikko Tōshō-gū and other famous shrines, historic sites, Kegon Waterfall, Lake Chūzenji, Senjōgahara, and other sites teeming with lush nature! Since Nikko is also one of the best hot spring areas in Kanto, it would be a shame to simply stay the night without indulging in what the region has to offer! Wouldn't you like to enjoy some quality time in an accommodation that comes with quality hot spring facilities, delicious cuisine, and majestic views? Here are three luxurious lodgings in the Nikko area that can make those extravagant wishes of yours come true!

Mount Takao Ultimate Guide: The World's Most-Climbed Mountain! 13 Major Attractions, Points of Interest, and Dining Spots

Mt. Takao

Mount Takao is a hugely popular spot where you can enjoy the richness of nature within an hour from the center of Tokyo. With an elevation of 599 meters it is not a particularly tall mountain, so even people not accustomed to climbing mountains can comfortably do so here. Its attractions are such that alongside with Mt. Fuji it is introduced with three stars in the Michelin Green Guide. Many people come not only from all parts of Japan, but from all over the world to visit here thus resulting in it being said to have “the most climbers in the world”. So what kind of place is Mount Takao? Here we will introduce basic information about the attractions of Mount Takao, such as its power spots, sightseeing attractions and access, and guide to climbing the mountain, as well as recommended dishes to try!

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