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Guide to Enjoying Lotus Viewing - 1
Beautiful lotus (hasu) ponds exist all over Japan
The Japanese Lotus - the most beautiful flower in the world
Category: Culture, Sightseeing
My personal guide to viewing and photographing the world's most beautiful flower, the Japanese Lotus. Part 2 is on the way!

A Tiny Shrine Under a Big Tree
Iiyama's nearly impossible to find Kumano Shrine
Kumano Shrine, under a keyaki tree with hydrangeas all around it.
Category: Culture, Historic sites, Sightseeing
Go to Iiyama's remote Karayama neighborhood and there is a surprise for you. Off the side of the main road going through this barely populated area, you may notice a large keyaki tree, ringed by blue-flower hydrangeas. A small Shinto shrine sits under the tree's huge boughs. This is Kumano Shrine, a delightful little spot to sit in the shade, relax and enjoy the quiet surroundings.

Yokohama Triennale 2014
Exhibition for art lovers
The display of 'What is in the center of the world?'
Category: Culture, Museums, Sightseeing
Yokohama is one of the best places to escape from crowded Tokyo! Why don't you go and visitYokohama Triennale 2014, the art exhibition held in Yokohama every 3 years? 

Iiyama's Ajisai-dera
A delightful spot for those who love hydrangeas
Hydrangeas cover the slope leading up to the temple.
Category: Culture, Historic sites, Sightseeing
One of the great things about getting out of Japanese cities is that you will ultimately find some wonderful and little known gems all over the countryside. One such treasure is Iiyama's so-called "Ajisai-dera", a small, mountainside Buddhist temple boasting hundreds of hydrangea flowers.

Yatsuhashi Sweets Making in Kyoto
Make your own traditional Japanese sweets
And the first one is done!
Category: Culture, Food
Kyoto is famous for wagashi, traditional Japanese sweets. At Yatsuhashi-an, buy some as a souvenir or, even better, make your own wagashi to take home!

Roppongi Kaguwa
Wicked entertainment and delectable cuisines
Oiran-Za show
Category: Culture, Night life, Food
Located in Tokyo’s popular nightlife district, Roppongi Kaguwa is not your typical restaurant where one merely dines and wines. Fronted by a sophisticated Japanese-style façade, this dinner theatre incorporates a huge variety of wicked entertainment and delectable cuisines that can only be best described as ‘an excellence of fusion’.

Saitama’s Rural Heart; Ogose City
Beautiful villages, long rivers and large waterfalls
The start of the course, several minutes away from Ogose Station
Category: Culture, Trekking, Historic sites, Sightseeing
With three waterfalls, beautiful little villages, hilly forests, long winding rivers and picturesque temples, rural Ogose City in Saitama Prefecture has something to offer everyone.

Celestial Geisha Night
Eat, drink, play with Geisha on a Buddhist mountain
One of the dance performances
Category: Culture, Festivals, Sightseeing
Held on Mount Mitake west of Tokyo, Celestial Geisha Night is an entertaining event with geisha dance performances and traditional games for guests to enjoy.

Sompo Japan Museum of Art
An interesting museum with a good view of Tokyo
The museum is up on the 42nd floor of this building
Category: Culture, Museums, Sightseeing
In Shinjuku in central Tokyo, the Sompo Museum of Art holds a wide range of exhibitions, and also has a fine view of the city

Omikuji
A Fortune-Telling Culture in Japan
Omikuji at Meiji Shrine, Tokyo.
Category: Culture
Divination is a common practice within the Japanese society and the wide variety of fortune-telling can sometimes be mind-boggling! From palm-reading to name horoscope and even nipple fortune-telling (yes, you read right!), I cannot help but to wonder how effective these divinations are. To satisfy my curiosity, I set on a fortune-telling frenzy from Tokyo to Osaka, Kyoto and Takayama.

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