Experience the Beauty of Autumn in Japan

Autumn in Japan
During the peak of the autumn season in Japan, the leaves of the maple trees and ginkgo trees turn red and yellow in concert presenting you with beautiful scenery at every turn. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with visiting traditionally famous places to enjoy the autumn leaves, but what about trying something different this year? For example, you can...

Discover Oita’s Amazing Hot Springs with Synchronized Swimmers

Oita's Amazing Hot Springs
A promotional video by Oita Prefecture features the hot springs (onsen) for which the region is most famous. Led by Olympic medalist Raika Fujii, the “Shinfuro” Shinfuro: Synchronized swimmers perform choreography while moving in the baths to a new musical arrangement by Oita local Rentaro Taki. Oita (大分県) is a coastal prefecture on Japan’s Kyushu Island. It's best known...

A Holiday Guide to a Winter Vacation in Hong Kong

After three short weeks in Hong Kong, it was easy to see why it has become one of the top destinations for tourists from around the globe. It also made it easy to see why the winter season is the best time to take a family vacation to Hong Kong. During my three weeks here, which began in late-December and ended in mid-January, the weather lingered between...

Pokémon Café New ‘Detective Pikachu’ Menu in Tokyo

Pokémon Cafe
In honor of the release of the Detective Pikachu movie, the Pokémon Café in Tokyo will be releasing a special menu set based on the film. The Pokémon Café in Nihonbashi is a casual dining place with 'mon-themed menu items and a shop full of cute goods. On a regular day you can order Bulbasaur...

Unforgettable journey, bucket list checked

This is the start of the Dragon Boat Race in Taiwan. Do you know Dragon Boat Festival is one of the three major holidays in Taiwan? Tampa Bay, Suncoast Association of Chinese Americans participated in the Dragon Boat Festival in Bitan, Taiwan (New Taipei City, Taiwan. 3rd Annual Dragon Boat Festival) this summer. It has been an honor to be on a traditional boat (that...

Japan’s Eshima Ohashi bridge looks more like a terrifying roller coaster

The Eshima Ohashi Bridge in Japan, which spans a mile across Lake Nakaumi linking the cities of Matsue and Sakaiminato, definitely looks more like a rollercoaster than a bridge. The two-lane concrete road bridge stretches just over 1 mile (1.7 km) long and has a width of 37.4 feet (11.4 meters), making it the largest rigid frame bridge in Japan and the third-largest in...

Bicycle Sharing in Tokyo Shinjuku City

Community Cycle is the system that has docking ports in each area, and you can rent a bike at any docking port and return it to any docking port you like within designated area. Tokyo is a small place with a lot of people.  Because it is the most high population density in the world, it is more convenient to...

Realistic Animal Lollipops Created By ‘Amezaiku’ Artist Shinri Tezuka 浅草・飴細工アメシン

Ameshin candy shop in Tokyo that offers traditional Japanese amezaiku, a form of artisanal candy making that dates back to the 8th century when the edible objects were offered at temples or given as gifts. The lollipops and other confectionary animals and fish are made by the shop’s owner, Shinri Tezuka, 26, is one of the few artists keeping...

Learn How To Enjoy A Japanese Ryokan with Hot Springs

A complete town famous for the Ryokan (Japanese style hotels that includes Onsen service). The Wakura-onsen Hot Spring is known as one of the best high-class hot spring resorts in Japan and as the “ocean’s hot spring.” It is located in Nanao City of Ishikawa, at the central part of the Noto-hanto Peninsula sticking into the Sea of Japan...

Harry Potter Themed Cafe in Busan

PO TID
South Korea PO TID is the latest cafe to jump on the bandwagon. The storefront looks right out of The Sorcerer’s Stone when Harry Potter first visited Ollivander’s Wand Shop in Diagon Alley. Step into the PO TID's threshold and you’ll see the...
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