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The Nozawa Onsen Fire Festival
A glorious exhibition of drunken insanity
The pyre up in flames after the men charged with defending it have fled.
Category: Culture, Festivals, Winter sports, Hot springs, Night life
The Nozawa Onsen Fire Festival, an outrageous combination of flames, kindling and tons of sake is held every year on January 15th in Nozawa Onsen, a hot spring resort and ski village in northern Nagano Prefecture.

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.

Tokyo Toilet Exhibition
Educative and interesting exhibition for all ages.
The sign of the exhibition
Category: Museums
The toilet exhibition is a temporary exhibition at the Miraikan Museum. Its name might be strange for most people, but your opinion will change after a single visit. It teaches us about feces related to our health and at the same time builds awareness to visitors that there's still a lot of people affected by the lack of water and toilets.The plus point is the interactive displays that help kids easily understand the exhibition.

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.

Bier Markt
Nagoya's premier craft beer store
The beers that I purchased the last time I went to Bier Markt
Category: Shopping
Attention all Nagoya beer drinkers and craft beer lovers: Bier Markt should be your first destination for educating yourself and purchasing a variety of beers and beer accessories.

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.

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