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Tokyo Skytree

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Japan’s Largest Tourist Trap The third stop of my Tokyo trip (after leaving the Tokyo National Museum) was the famed and new Tokyo Skytree. Since I took the Skytree bus from near Ueno station (I saw it pull up to a line of people and jumped on. It cost about 200 yen and drove right under the skytree), I had no problem finding the towering tower. There are plenty of ways to get there. It’s Part Mall I was expecting

Zao Machi, Miyagi

One of the great things about Japan is the diversity in local culture. Japan’s long and isolated history due to geography and limited transportation technologies has led to one of the most unique and recognizable non-western cultures in the world. Those same historical forces also led to the many differences in language, beliefs, and culture throughout parts of Japan. While modernization has eliminated many of the gaps, there are still plenty of differences to experience and enjoy. This past week

Industrial Fairs (sangyo matsuri)

The industrial Fair, or sangyo matsuri in Japanese, is a fixture in the annual event calendar on my island.  From the English translation you might think of cars, heavy manufacturing, and other well-known industry.  In Japan, though, many products are made by very small local companies rather than in large factories.  Even when big factories are necessary, there are often many small shops acting as suppliers.  Taken to a further level, small rural communities without those major industries often have

Cape Hedo

I’ve been living in Okinawa prefecture for nearly five years.  In all that time, and mostly due to a few local friends, I’ve been able to visit a lot of places on the mainland (honto) even though I’ve spent all my time with the JET Programme on outer islands.  Still, up until last month I had never been to the very northern areas of Okinawa.  I rented a car and drove up north with a few friends to Okinawa-honto’s most northerly point,

Churaumi Aquarium Okinawa

Churaumi Aquarium (美ら海 beautiful ocean aquarium) is one of the premiere tourist attractions in Okinawa prefecture.  The large aquarium is located within the even larger and interesting Ocean Expo Park on the Motobu Peninsula.  Boasting one of the worlds largest indoor tanks, the stars of the complex are three whale sharks housed with many other fish of varying sizes. Though I’ve lived in Okinawa for over five years, I had my first opportunity to visit Churaumi only this past weekend.  The

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