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Inns and Outs: Five “Ryokan” in Tokyo

Tokyo, a city known for its high tech and blazing neon, still has traditional inns tucked away in its back streets that can provide travelers with comforts from an older age. A night at one of these establishments is a great way to top off a long day of seeing the sights. Photographer Andō Seita takes us on a tour of five ryokan that offer guests distinct ways to experience the metropolis.
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Japanese Figures: More than Just a Hobby

Collecting anime, manga, and other figures is a popular pastime allowing aficionados to create miniature worlds inhabited by their favorite characters. Figures are not limited to pop culture. They include famous architectural structures, well-known foods, and popular models of trains, airplanes, and other forms of transportation. For many, these collectables provide an opportunity to get lost in a world of one’s own making.
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Maid Cafés

Originating in Akihabara, Japan’s otaku capital, maid cafés, or meido kissa, feature young women dressed in maid uniforms and offering patrons a distinctive style of service.
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Akihabara

The Akihabara district in Tokyo, once famous for electronics, is now a center for video games, anime, and other pop culture as well. Visitor will find maid cafés, cosplay devotees, and an abundance of specialty shops devoted to interests like figurines and manga.
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Japan’s Top Tourist Destinations

With its skyscrapers and neon, shrines and temples, and mountains and forests, Japan caters to diverse tastes. Here we describe the key places to visit, from the snowy northern island of Hokkaidō to the sunny beaches of Okinawa.
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Snow in Akihabara: Haiku RevisitedIrmela Hijiya-Kirschnereit

In many countries of the world, haiku seems to function as a standard icon of Japanese culture, in line with other examples like the tea ceremony, Japanese gardens, or the nō and kabuki theater arts. So it may not seem particularly exciting to take another look at that “bonsai genre” of Japanese literature that is alternately termed Japan’s most famous literary export and the world’s shortest lyri…
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