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One of our unique experiences in Japan was featured in the May edition of Sotokoto, a popular Japanese lifestyle magazine for health and fashion! We are very proud that our exciting cultural activities are receiving increasing media popularity! This time the article introduced our samurai swordsmanship activity. Samurai culture is one of the best recognized parts of Japanese culture and has influenced video games, anime, and movies. The Japanese art of swordsmanship was practiced and…

Sumo wrestling is Japan’s national sport, and one of those unique, not-to-be-missed experiences we highly recommend working into your trip! Our guest Suzanna recently had the rare chance to view real sumo wrestlers up-close and personal as they trained for the National Sumo Tournament. Here’s what she had to say about it: It was our first visit to Japan, and Sumo was among the top of our priorities. Am so glad that we took the…

Have you heard about a British travel company which offers a luxurious 2-year long voyage around all the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the entire world? That would be ambitious, expensive and time-consuming, but you can nevertheless experience the taste of such a fulfilling trip on a local level in Japan! Even if you can’t visit all 18 World Heritage Sites registered in Japan (and their number keeps increasing every year!), you can still endeavour to…

In our search for enthusiastic hosts in Bali, Aussie chef Penelope Williams stands out from the crowd. After just six years on the island, four of which she spent as Executive Chef of the ultra-luxe resort Alila Manggis, “Penny” has lovingly created a close-knit community in East Bali that celebrates authentic Balinese culture and cuisine. V: We love the four experiences you created to help guests explore “a day in the life of a farmer, fisherman,…

Every time I travel abroad, I love to do something special to commemorate my trip. So what is the best thing to do to make your trip to Japan memorable? My recommendation: The Transform into a Geisha experience. Geisha – professional entertainers who attend to guests during banquets. They are trained in various traditional Japanese arts such as dance and music, as well as in the art of communication.  It is fun to watch their performances and have dinner…

Totoro is waiting for you! Your trip to Tokyo would be incomplete if you don’t visit this magical place: The Studio Ghibli Museum We recommend visiting the Studio Ghibli Museum for a unique, whimsical date in Tokyo. The Ghibli Museum is a museum featuring the famous Japanese anime works of Studio Ghibli. The museum is a fine arts museum, but with a twist. With many child-oriented and unique interior features, the museum is a playfully and creatively decorated place. It is located in Kichijoji, which…

Early-Morning Sumo Practice: Keiko In Japan, Sumo is more than just a sport. It’s all about power, strength, concentration, and flexibility. Even today this sport includes many ritual elements, such as the use of salt for purification, harking back to the days when sumo was used in the Shinto religion. When we hear the word “Sumo”, most of us imagine something glorious and glamorous. But real sumo can be seen through the Asa-Keiko, morning sumo practice at Sumo…

On August 2, 2012, we hosted A Deep Akihabara Tour with students from a Japanese language school. The experience was hosted by five lolita and visual-kei Japanese. The itinerary included walking around Akihabara and cosplay karaoke where everybody wore costumes. We split into three groups after meeting at Akihabara station and each group went to: 1. A weapon shop and a manga anime shop 2. A manga shop and an amine goods shop 3. A cosplay costume shop and manga…