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Ukai Cormorant Fishing in Gifu and Aichi

April 22, 2018 by Mark Guthrie

Whether your fish comes from the supermarket or you are a master fisherman who has trawled the seven seas, it is unlikely that you have ever witnessed anything quite like ‘ukai’ cormorant fishing. What is Ukai? Ukai is an ancient form of fishing in which master fishermen, ‘ushō’, use trained Japanese cormorants, ‘umiu’, to catch […]

Flower Parks of the Sera District of Hiroshima

March 26, 2018 by Matt Mangham

For many people, spring really only means flowers, and plenty of them. Some of us can get all we need from a lazy afternoon or two under the cherry blossoms. But if that has only whetted your appetite for spring color after the long, bleak winter, then Hiroshima Prefecture’s Sera district has you covered. For […]

Things to do in Tokyo For Golden Week 2018

March 21, 2018 by Mark Guthrie

Golden week is the longest public holiday period in Japan, and many residents make a trip abroad, or to a tourist area like Kyoto over the break.  Trains and airports can be crowded, and the traffic into any area worth a visit is going to be heavy at best, standstill at worst.  Need a hotel? […]

What is Golden Week?

March 21, 2018 by Mark Guthrie

Japan is a nation that famously takes their working week very seriously. Hours are often long and hard and, as paid vacation is relatively limited when compared to many western countries, the decision to take time off is not taken lightly. This goes a long way to explain why Golden Week is so fervently celebrated in Japan. […]

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