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My Paradise: The top 10 reasons you should visit New Zealand

It is hard to describe how I feel about my whirlwind vacation in New Zealand, but one thing is certain – one week we spent there was nothing...
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A newbie’s first adventure to a fast-paced train city Tokyo

It wasn’t until after I’d arrived in Tokyo that I realized why I’d wanted to go there for so long. It was because I’d read too much science...

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Monkeying around: Iconic snow monkeys a perfect pair with natural hot springs

Japan has a few iconic images and the snow monkeys soaking in the natural hot springs is definitely one of them. I’ve been planning this trip...
Photos by Simone Armer

Atop Kagoshima’s Mt. Kaimondake

AIR RESCUE POINT. The small, yellow sign caught my eye as I clambered over another giant boulder. Take note, I teased myself, this is where they’...

Photos by Takahiro Takiguchi

Electric Town home to arcades, cafés and much more

Called Akiba for short, the Akihabara district of Tokyo is known as electric town. With hundreds of shops, ranging from tiny one-man stalls...
Photos by Takahiro Takiguchi

Indoor batting cages fun for all ages in Yokosuka

On a cold day, not uncommon this time of year in Japan, my wife and I had just finished some shopping at a mall near Yokosuka Naval Base.
Hogwarts at night with the Black Lake which is a special feature of the Japanese Universal Studios (Photo courtesy of Camille Dufour-Blain)

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Osaka

If you are like me, when you heard that Universal Studios Japan was opening a Wizarding World of Harry Potter area at its theme park in Osaka, you...

Photos courtesy of Muza Kawasaki Symphony Hall

Tickets available for March 11 annual charity concert in Kawasaki

Muza Kawasaki Symphony Hall, one of Japan’s most prestigious, is hosting its annual charity concert in honor of the victims of the Great East...

Best Spots to View Plum Blossoms in Tokyo

“Let the east wind blow and send your fragrance,

Oh, plum blossoms,

Do not forget the spring,

Even though...