Japanese Time Travel in Sado
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Japanese Time Travel in Sado

Japan is a great place for time travel. In the remote villages, temples and shrines of the countryside there are places that lure the imagination…

Himi, Toyama Prefecture: A Country of Water
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Himi, Toyama Prefecture: A Country of Water

Typhoon #18 is roaring up from the south Pacific toward Himi, the small fishing village on the Sea of Japan where I am staying at…

Himi, Toyama Prefecture: Fixed Net
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Himi, Toyama Prefecture: Fixed Net

© Himi City, Toyama Prefecture The fleet was grounded and I missed my chance to watch the fishing. The daily auction would proceed, I presumed,…

Himi, Toyama Prefecture: Kan Buri
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Himi, Toyama Prefecture: Kan Buri

The undisputed star of Himi’s fishery is Kan-Buri, a mature yellowtail that arrives in Toyama Bay in November. Himi’s Kan Buri are prized throughout Japan….

The Big Three Japanese Gardens
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The Big Three Japanese Gardens

Japanese gardens, or nihon teien, are traditional gardens built to express and symbolize native rituals and beliefs and mold landscapes to an idealized form. Originally…

Festival of Color: The Aomori Nebuta Matsuri
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Festival of Color: The Aomori Nebuta Matsuri

The Nebuta Matsuri is a breathtaking and unique festival celebrated in the northern prefecture of Aomori. Held once a year, it features gorgeous, vivid floats…