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Photos by Tetsuo Nakahara, Stripes Japan

Then & now: A close look at Nagasaki

Nagasaki was Japan’s first prefecture to open its doors to the outside world in the 19th century. Today, the Western influences of those early...

Thunder Dolphin passes through the Big O, the world's first centerless Ferris wheel, at the Tokyo Dome City theme park. (LEON COOK/STARS AND STRIPES)

Take plunge on Tokyo Dome Coaster

It's named for a friendly sea mammal, but a ride on this roller coaster at the Tokyo Dome City theme park will set your heart racing.

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A day in Tsunoshima

Tsunoshima is one of my favorite places in Yamaguchi Prefecture. To be honest, I didn’t think there was going to be anything interesting beyond...

Disney's "The Magic of Animation": Showing at the Niigata Prefectural Museum of Modern Art

Fan of all things Disney? Fascinated by all of the effort that goes in behind the scenes to create their cinematic masterpieces? Or perhaps you'...
Some of the furry friends at the cafe. Photo courtesy of Naomi Isaka

Dog Heart Cafe from Aquamarine: Designed for dog lovers near Yoyogi Park

If you are a dog lover, but are unable to own one (or your dog is waiting for you back home and you miss him/her), a visit to the Dog Heart Cafe...

Yamagata a great place to Japan's natural, cultural attractions

Situated in the Northeastern part of Japan, Yamagata offers plenty of natural and cultural attractions throughout the seasons. From the...

Photos by Takahiro Takiguchi

Modern America meets traditional Japanese outside Yokota

Toshiaki Oohashi, who works for Fussa City, would describe it as a place where traditional Japanese spirit and an American atmosphere meet. With...

Hit the road: Historic meeting of East, West in Japan

The exotic look created by traditional Japanese homes shadowed by gothic-style cathedrals and a Dutch Trading Post with stone port facilities,...

Photos by David Krigbaum

Exploring the naval history outside Sasebo’s gates

One of the things I like the most about living in Sasebo is that its naval history surrounds me and is accessible as well as on a scale I haven’...
Photo by Takahiro Takiguchi

Springtime is strawberry time in Japan

In Japan, strawberry picking is a popular spring activity. When the fruits become ready to pick in early January, many families flock to...

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