COUNTRY: JAPAN

The Art of Making Sushi

Sushi, sushi, sushi. Some say it is an acquired taste. While the idea of eating raw fish may make some people feel squeamish, some people get past that mental barrier and come to love eating sushi altogether. Origins Most of us think that sushi originated in Japan. But in fact,…

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Asia in Solitude

We all know Asia to be the vibrant continent that it is, filled with a harmonious blend of different cultures and religion. Asia is teeming with energy and life wherever you go, from Mongolia all the way to Indonesia. Every country that you visit has its own unique culture to…

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5 Amazing Places to see Lavender Fields

We all know the famed lavender fields of Provence, France! Rows upon rows of burgeoning flowers make up acres, releasing the most calming scent. A paradise for flower lovers, these fields are always filled with tourists hoping to get the perfect shot or simply enjoy a picnic, surrounded by beauty.…

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Snapshot: Ski Resorts

Whether you’re a beginner hoping for a first ski experience, or an experienced skier looking for new destinations, here are some ski destinations that may not be on every major skier’s map. From new and unknown to those under-the-radar, here are some ski resorts you can explore.   PORTILLO, CHILE…

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Snapshot: World Festivals

From dangerous stunts to community spirit, nothing brings a crowd together for some merriment better than a festival. This is a time when everyone lets their hair down while carrying on in the footsteps of their tradition. For visitors, it’s a rare and intimate glimpse into the lives and cultures…

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Snapshot: Unique Cultural Homestays

Photo by: Terje Rakke/Nordic life – Visitnorway.com One of the most rewarding things about travel is meeting the locals and experiencing their daily lives. The best way to do that is to opt for accommodation options that take you away from the normal creature comforts of a hotel; stay with…

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Brewed with History: Nagano’s Sake Culture

The landlocked prefecture of Nagano is set amidst some breathtaking mountain ranges. These mighty ridges are so imposing, both physically and culturally, that they tend to overshadow another one of Nagano’s important features: abundant, high-quality water. Water flows through all parts of the prefecture, whether in the form of natural…

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Snapshot: Craft Beer Cities

In almost every corner of the world, beer is a universal language and each country has their own unique take on it. From the age-old brewing traditions in Bavaria to experimental brews in the US, beer isn’t just about socialising, it’s about experiencing a local culture. USA The US has…

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Centre of Attraction: Toyama, Nagano and Gifu

The Central Japan region may not contain the usual tourist-favourite cities of Tokyo, Osaka, Sapporo, or Kyoto – but it’s definitely worth considering as a detour deep into the heart of traditional Japan. Probably the region’s most defining characteristic is its mountains. The mother of them all, Mount Fuji (3,776m)…

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Land of Fire: Volcanoes & Hot Springs of Kyushu

Kyushu is appropriately called the “Land of Fire”, as volcanoes are omnipresent on the island. From the Aso caldera in the north to Ata in the south, these volcanic calderas make up much of Kyushu’s mountainous backdrop – from fuming craters to pretty cone-shaped mountains – making for a picturesque…

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Thermal Bath Sojourn (Japan, Taiwan)

Hot spring vs. cold spring Strictly speaking, hot springs aren’t merely water that’s heated by underground steam. Their waters are from volcanically-heated subterranean sources including pools, or even underground rivers. While terminology varies from place to place, waters from 36-37o (human body temperature) up to boiling are considered “hot springs”.…

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Wandering in Ryukyu: Island Hopping Okinawa

Located at the southernmost tip of Japan with Taiwan looming on its outskirts, Okinawa is made up of 49 inhabited islands (including Okinawa Island) and 111 uninhabited islands with sub-tropical temperatures year-round. Island hopping is a great way to experience each island’s unique personality, and from Okinawa’s main island, you…

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Snapshot: Rail Journeys

Decked out in old-world charm and mystery, railway journeys are often overlooked, as travellers tend to look for quick fixes when it comes to their sojourns. Instead of opting for the next flight or holiday destination, rediscover travel by taking one of the world’s most luxurious trains – tucked away…

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5 Bioluminescent Beaches You Need to Visit

Anyone who doesn’t like the beach is surely missing out. (Who actually doesn’t like going to beaches?) But the new talk-of-the-town are these beaches in several parts of the world that apparently glow in the dark. Is this fact or fiction? Definitely fact. Bioluminescence is the phenomenon that causes the…

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Okinawa's Tropical Collection

Okinawa’s Tropical Collection

Go on an island hopping adventure in Okinawa Comprising of more than 150 islands, the Japanese Prefecture of Okinawa is a collection of tropical beaches and lively coral reefs. Okinawa is known for its tropical climate, attracting both local and foreign visitors, as well as its fascinating marine life. With…

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