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Learning, More Fun in Nagoya City Science Museum

Since grade school, I always like science museums. Learning outside the four corners of the classroom or beyond the books and wiki pages I read is fun and more exciting than sitting for hours. Interactivity is the key here. It is because I learn and remember more when I can use more than one of my senses in learning how things are done than theoretically read or listen to it.…

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Going Green: Maishima Incineration Plant

Maishima Incineration Plant’ scaled model Can you guess what this building is? I guess most people would guess that it’s a theme park being so closely located to Universal Studios Japan. Don’t worry you’re not the only one deceived by how it looks.…

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Visiting Hokuei – The Birthplace of Detective Conan

One of the longest running manga and anime today is Meitantei Conan (lit. Great Detective Conan) or known as Case Closed in the West. To date, the manga has more than 80 volumes and the anime has more than 700 episodes.…

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The Bridge to Heaven: Amanohashidate

Almost everything in Japan is ranked. From top gardens to top temples.  Even celebrities and manga/anime characters are ranked too. They can be based on popularity or something more particular. Nihon Sankei(日本三景) or Japan’s Three Most Scenic Views is one of those list when it comes to tourist spots and sightseeing.…

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Amazing Rice Paddy Art in Inakadate

People make art almost everywhere: canvasses, walls, streets, and rice fields. Wait, rice fields? Yes, you read it right. Rice paddy art or known as Tanbo art (田んぼアート) in Japan is the best thing to happen to rice fields before the rice are harvested and served on our plates.…

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Takahashi in Okayama, Japan -Part 4-

Other places to see in Takahashi (2) [Takahashi church] I didn't go inside. Built in 1889, thanks to donations from Christians. This is the oldest church in Okayama prefecture. In Takahashi, Christian missions were started in 1879, and Christianity rapidly developed after Jou Niijima visited the city the next year.…

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Japanese Seasonal Events: Firefly Watching 2

Firefly watching in Shirochi, Takahashi In Okayama prefecture, there are at least seven places listed on the website that I visited. I decided to pick one with easy access and free parking area. The viewing spot is located in Ochiai-cho, Shirochi, Takahashi-shi. …

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Takahashi in Okayama, Japan -Part 3-

Other places to see in Takahashi (1) [Raikyuu-ji (Raikyuu temple)] Raikyuu-ji is a Zen temple which was reconstructed in 1339 under an order of Takauji Ashikaga, who was the founder and first shougun of the Muromachi era. The date of its original establishment is not known.…

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Fuji-san (富士山): Japan’s Highest Mountain

There are many beautiful places you could go for a visit or sightseeing all over Japan. Almost every prefecture has developed and maintained some historical, cultural or natural spots not only for tourists but also for the Japanese people to visit with.…

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Japanese Seasonal Events: Firefly Watching

It’s now rainy season in Japan. Although I’m already excited about rainy season, there’s another thing that made me excited – the fireflies! I live here in Japan for few years already but I have never tried firefly watching before. I didn’t even know there are events being held for this every year.…

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