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In the Japanese art of kintsugi, chipped ceramics are repaired with epoxy and clay and painted with gold dust.  DENISSE RAUDA/STARS AND STRIPES

Japanese art of kintsugi repairs — and celebrate — what’s broken

In a society where flaws are often considered a negative, it is a rarity to see them celebrated — or even accentuated. When something breaks or...

A 50-meter-long, 250-ton H-II launch vehicle stands in Rocket Plaza near the main gate of the Tsukuba Space Center in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan. (ALLEN ONSTOTT/STARS AND STRIPE)

A visit to Japan's space center can be out of this world

The Tsukuba Space Center is the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s version of NASA mission control.

You can take an English-language tour...

Matsumoto Castle Photo by Sarah B. Hodge

Exploring Nagano

Nagano is synonymous with the 1998 Winter Olympics and as a haven for skiers and snowboarders chasing powder snow, but this landlocked...
 Members from Yokota Air Base descend to the bottom of Mt. Fuji, Japan, July 28, 2017. The path down the mountain is much smoother than trek up, but is still challenging due to amount of pressure that is put on the hikers knees. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

Climbing Mt. Fuji - once in a lifetime experience

Yokota Air Base, Japan -- When one hears the words “active volcano” one of the last things that may come to mind is hiking... But, every year...

A great place to make soba near Misawa

Next to Misawa Air Base, Tonami-an offers a class on making handmade soba noodles (teuchi-soba). I recently took the class, located in Tohoku-...

Photo courtesy of Fujisan World Heritage Center

Explore Mt. Fuji without climbing

The Fujisan World Heritage Center is a visitor information center in Yamanashi Prefecture that provides insights on Mt. Fuji, a UNESCO World...
Although the Nippara Limestone Caves are scarce on delicate and intricate formations, taking a few breaks to enjoy the breathtaking view of the ancient stalactites and stalagmites is an enjoyable experience. ALLEN ONSTOTT/STARS AND STRIPES

Beat the heat of Tokyo with a trip to the Nippara Limestone Caves

Far from the hustle and bustle of downtown Tokyo lie the Nippara Limestone Caves — featuring one of the largest caves in the Kanto region, formed...

Photo by Takahiro Takiguchi

A taste of Korea in Kawasaki

Situated between JR Kawasaki Station and the costal industrial zone, Korea Town has been developed with Korean immigrants between 1920s and 1940s...

Huis Ten Bosch: Japan's Dutch Theme Park

I’ve always dreamed of visiting the Netherlands, partly due to my Dutch ancestry but mostly because of my love of cheese and other edibles. So...
Photos by Takahiro Takiguchi

Beauty in full bloom at Sawara Iris Park

According to the weather report, the rainy season has made its way to the Kanto Plain.
 
Although the season brings us...
Photos by IWAKUNIFOODIE.COM

Exploring Hiraodai Countryside Park

When I was planning my visit to the Wisteria Garden in Kitakyushu this year, I decided to do some research to see what else was in the area....

Train (and other) travel made easy in Japan

When traveling within mainland Japan, the two most common transportation cards are PASMO and SUICA. Both cards allow you to use most of the...

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