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  • 24 hours in Kanazawa

    If you have only 24-hours to spend in a city, you could do much worse than Kanazawa. In fact, it has quickly become one of my favorite cities to visit. Why, you ask? Simply put, it has a little bit of everything! (more…)

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  • The Great Wave: 10 things you didn’t know about Hokusai

    The image of Hokusai's majestic wave arcing a dwarfed Mount Fuji is one of the most iconic representations of Japan, and arguably the most famous piece of Japanese art internationally. The Great Wave off Kanagawa has reproduction prints, keyrings, backpacks, t-shirts, scarves, cushions and phone cases (we even found it on a pair of pants). It’s left such an impression that there are countless Great Wave tattoos and it has been immortalised as an Apple emoji. Many though have little knowledge about the artist himself. With a new exhibition coming to the British Museum in London, and the recently opened Sumida Hokusai museum in Tokyo, we’re taking a look beyond the wave with 10 top Katushika Hokusai facts. (more…)

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  • Top three places to see neon lights in Tokyo

    First-timers to Tokyo expecting towering skyscrapers, cutting-edge technology and neon lights will not be disappointed. The dazzling vertical shop signs alongside striking adverts vying for attention have become attractions in their own right. So where are the best places to find them? (more…)

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  • East magazine photography competition: Best of Japan

    In issue #4 of our travel magazine, East we asked readers to wield a camera in the heart of the action, or relive energetic moments in their travel snaps for our "movement" themed photography competition. An enthusiastic bunch, we were inundated with shots; from the hustle and bustle of Shibuya to a soaring eagle in Hokkaido. (more…)

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