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Sumo Roadshows in Nagano
Nagano-born hero steps into the ring
Sumo roadshows were held on Matsumoto and Nagano on October 14th and 16th.

Ninja Training at Hanayashiki
Unlock the inner shinobi in you
Unlock your inner shinobi with a quick lesson from the ninjas at Hanayashiki

Mifune Machinaka Gallery
Create your own Japanese space in a historic house
This house was renovated in 2014, having originally been built in the Edo Period (1603-1868) for the Hayashida family. They made their fortune with various businesses, including rice polishing, sake brewing, land and sea transport, trading, accommodation and finance. The property consists of a main house, two storehouses and a detached building. In the main house, entrance hall stretches for a long distance and the huge tatami mat room can be divided by fusuma (sliding door). 

Lions and Dragons at Yasaka Shrine
The storm god and the dragon slayer
Like the Noh masks that have gone before us, the Namba Yasaka Shrine has been 500 years in the making. The lion may look frozen in time, but when you view it from different angles, it looks animated, just like a Noh mask. When viewed from above, it looks menancing, with the eyebrows taking on a more sinister dimension. From below however, it could almost be benevolent, watching over the mere mortals below. This is one of the coolest and funkiest shrines in Japan.

The Sumo’s Apprentice
Venture inside the hidden world of Sumo
A great alternative to paying huge prices to see Sumo Wrestling tournaments in Japan is to join a tour to visit one of the many Sumo schools. You'll see a different side of the sport and gain a close insight into the real life of the Sumo.

The Exquisite Kibitsu Shrine
Visit this gem of the Kibi plain in Okayama
The Kibitsu Shrine is a gem of the Kibi plain, loaded with beautiful and tranquil structures, gardens and trees, history, culture and mythology.

Nikko Yabusame Archery Competition
The Nikko Shunki Reitaisai Grand Spring Festival
Yabusame Archery Competition at the Nikko Shunki Reitaisai Grand Spring Festival.

Edo Wonderland: Wonders from Nikko
Travel back to Edo Period in this beautiful theme park
Travel 400 years back in time and discover the secrets of Edo by becoming one of its citizens! Visit Edo Wonderland in Nikko.

Nikko Edo Wonderland
Fanciful, fantastic, bewildering Edo-era village!
"The only place to experience living history and culture of Edo period Japan,” boasts the brochure. “Watch out, folks!” it continues, “It’s real live action. Ninjas sneak all around you."

Clash of the Titans, Tokyo-style
A Day at the Ryogoku Kokugikan
Sumo wrestling is perhaps one of the most intriguing aspects of Japanese life for the foreign visitor.