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Tokyo Game Show puts emphasis on mobile, social gaming

Editor's note: Let's face it, some of you guys are really into this gaming stuff. So, if you want to check out some reviews from your fellow...

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All you need to know about instant ramen

The Cup Noodles Museum is a tribute to one of Japan's most recognizable exports to the world: instant ramen.

Located in the heart of...

Photo by Satoshi Oka

Tribute to the illustrious noodle

Just as it’s hard to find apple pie like mom’s off base, after exploring Japan’s ramen shops, you’ll find what passes for this noodle dish back...

Finding budo in Kyoto

Be it to climb the ancient steps of Buddhist temples or steal a glimpse at a classically garbed geisha, Kyoto is the go-to destination to see...

The Way of Harmony

Editor’s note: As an aikido practitioner for more than 15 years, I was amazed to come to Japan and discover that Aikikai Foundation’s dojo...

Outside the Gate

(This was updated at 4:15 p.m. Oct. 13)

I’m Hisano Yamazaki with what’s happening outside the gate. 

Have you seen geisha yet?...

Outside the Gate

I’m Hisano Yamazaki with what’s happening outside the gate.
Motorsports fans! Check out Motorsport Japan Festival in Odaiba, Tokyo,...

Searching for the right shot

For 17 years, no one knew Sharbat Gula’s name. Everyone knew her face, though — the haunting green eyes, olive skin, her apprehension and beauty....

Spend or splurge? Travel guru shares tips

There’s nothing like getting information from the best of sources. When it comes to cutting costs while traveling, Pauline Frommer (...

If you aren’t up for driving, the park offers special animal themed buses to ride and feed the animals at the Gunma Safari Park.

Take a wild ride at Gunma Safari Park

“Lions and tigers and bears! Oh my!”

That line from “The Wizard of Oz” came to mind as I looked out my car window and saw ferocious...

Traditional ‘sit-down comedians’ joke in English

Whoever said “Dying is easy, comedy is hard” knew a thing or two about trying to make an audience laugh. An intrepid group of amateur performers...

A giant statue of Godzilla at Kurihama Flower World marks the area near where the monster emerged from the sea in the film. The park offers many other amenities, including a cosmos flower-viewing festival that runs until Oct. 24.

Park offers everything from flowers to Godzilla

Cosmos, hardy perennial flowers that bloom twice a year, are not native to Japan. However, you wouldn’t know it by the thousands of Japanese who...

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