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Godzilla

Godzilla

Godzilla Did you know the original Godzilla (“ゴジラ” Gojira in Japanese), was made as an anti-nuclear protest film? In 1954, a Japanese fishing boat inadvertently strayed into the U.S. H-bomb testing range of the Bikini Atoll. The crew aboard were subsequently irradiated, with one dying of radiation poisoning. With the memories of Hiroshima and Nagasaki...
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Tsukemono – A Taste of Japan (Part 1)

Tsukemono – A Taste of Japan (Part 1) Tsukemono (Japanese pickles) are an important part of the Japanese diet. They are served with practically every traditional meal alongside rice and miso soup. They are valued for their unique flavors and commonly used as a garnish, relish, condiment, palate cleanser, or digestive. Tsukemono first appeared thousands...
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The Next Best Thing

If you are reading this, you love to travel.  Travel is about experiencing new places, foods, and cultures.  Because of COVID 19, traveling to Japan may have to be delayed for some of us.  But that does not mean we have to stop exploring.  Here are a few ways I love to get my Japan...
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Japanese Denim

Japan is known for its craftsmanship in many areas, but did you know denim is another area Japanese craftsmen excel in?  We know that America was the birthplace of denim jeans but after the second World War, American denim began to trend in Japan. In the 50s, due to demand for American made jeans, companies...
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Arima Onsen

Arima Onsen Arima Onsen is one of the most well known and popular onsen in Japan. It is one of Japan’s oldest onsen. In the ancient era, the mythology is said that ancient gods found Arima Onsen. According to mythology, three injured crows bathed in the spring water in Arima, and were completely cured. Japan’s...
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The History of Ninjas

Written by: Ota-san (Tammy), Samurai Tours Japan Staff We have information technology nowadays to find and watch what our prospective enemies. However, hundreds of years ago, the samurai did not have these kinds of technology. Instead of using high technology, they used ninjas. When they were fighting, the feudal lords needed to know the strategy...
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#Japanagram

In search of #japanagram accounts? We have all been scrolling more lately in our spare time. You’ll often find me checking my favorite Instagram accounts of locals in Japan. It’s my way of virtually immersing myself into the Japanese everyday life. My preference is to be taken on a stroll through the city or neighborhoods...
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Sumo Wrestling; Japan’s National Sport

Sumo wrestling is Japan’s national sport. It originated centuries ago as entertainment for the religious deities of the Shinto religion. Many of the original rituals of the performances are still in practice at Sumo matches today. In accordance with tradition, only men can wrestle professionally. The rules of the matches are very straightforward; the first...
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Tonkatsu – A Taste of Japan

Tonkatsu (豚カツ, とんかつ or トンカツ) consists of a breaded, deep-fried pork cutlet. The pig’s back center is cut into 2-3 centimeter thick slices, coated with panko (bread crumbs), fried in oil, and then served with Japanese Worcestershire sauce, rice, and vegetable salad (usually chopped cabbage). The two main types are fillet and roast or loin....
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