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The Complete Guide to Green Tea in Japan

Green tea is everywhere in Japan, from the tea ceremonies of Kyoto to the bottled green tea found in every vending machine and convenience store around Japan. Most of this green tea is actually grown, harvested, and processed right here in...

Bars and Restaurants in Murakami Novels in Tokyo

Haruki Murakami is a celebrated Japanese writer most known for his magical realist fiction.  He has written such books as Kafka on the Shore, Norwegian Wood, and The Wind Up Bird Chronicle, among others where his heroes regularly venture into a metaphysical...

What to Buy at Muji in Japan

Muji is a popular variety store in Japan offering a wide selection of high quality and stylish products at reasonable prices such as stationery, household goods, furniture, clothes, cosmetics, food, and many other useful items.  It has quickly become one of my...

Japan to Reopen for Tourism in June 2022 for Packaged Tours

Borders are open for Packaged Tours The Japanese government announced on May 26, 2022 that Japan will reopen for tourists visiting on packaged tours starting June 10, 2022. Here's a quick breakdown of the details: Only tourists on packaged tours are allowed from June...
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