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New Year Traditions Around the World

What are you doing when the clock strikes 12 on New Year’s Eve? Depending on where you are, this answer could vary. In America, there is the tradition of watching the ball drop from Times Square in NYC (or the Peach drop in Atlanta and so on), along with an impressive fireworks display that rivals Independence Day, breaking out into “Auld Lang Syne” and the kiss to start the year off right. But, that’s America. What about downing 12 grapes at each chime of the clock? Or smashing plates against a front door? There are different New Year traditions around the world. Let’s take a trip, shall we?

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December 27, 2013 by | 1 Comment

Finding Zen in Yakitori: 12 Delicious Dishes to Try in Japan

An assortment of grilled delicacies! From L-R: bacon-wrapped asparagus, grilled chicken cartilage & hearts, chicken yakitori with asparagus, tsukune (chicken meatball grilled on a stick)

Any first time visitor to Japan will no doubt be overwhelmed by the sheer variety of delicacies available, whether they go to an upscale restaurant or visit a tucked-away izakaya. One of the best ways to experience Japanese cuisine is to seek out the neighborhood izakaya and try a variety of enjoyable dishes – from takoyaki to yakitori. Here are some of those must-try foods that are guaranteed to make your visit to Japan memorable.

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December 13, 2013 by | 0 Comments

Meet Yasushi Watanabe, a Private Guide in Tokyo, Japan

Meet Yasushi!

Yasushi Watanabe has been serving as a licensed, freelance guide in Japan for more than six years. A Tokyo native, Yasushi is highly knowledgeable of his beloved city, and his learning, experience and enthusiasm makes his private tours truly one-of-a-kind experiences.

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October 15, 2013 by | 0 Comments

15 Strange Tourist Attractions in Japan

Jigokudani Monkey Park

Japan celebrates one of the richest histories and cohesive cultures of any country on the planet, but the country has a quirky side that it isn’t afraid to show to strangers. Strange tourist attractions in Japan range from the bizarre and unexpected to the downright freaky. All of them are one-of-a-kind and worth a visit, if only for the gawking factor.

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October 14, 2013 by | 2 Comments

13 Reasons to Be Excited Tokyo is Hosting the 2020 Olympics

Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Tokyo will host the summer Olympic Games in 2020, and it’s sure to be one of the most exciting and memorable in modern history. The vast majority of Japan’s population supports hosting the Games, the proposed budget comes in at a (relatively) reasonable $75 million, and the Opening Ceremony will be broadcast in a level of high-definition not yet created. Tokyo is guaranteed to host a safe and seamless Olympic Games, but that barely scratches the surface of all that attendees and fans can look forward to.

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September 27, 2013 by | 1 Comment

Cooking Classes Around the World

Paella

One of the best ways to learn about a country, its people, history and its culture is through its food. Tasting the recipes and spices from around the world that are unique to a country or city can help you connect to a place, and bonding with people over food – even if you don’t speak the same language – is a rewarding experience in its own. Here is an offering of several unique cooking classes around the world that are available to you.

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June 12, 2013 by | 0 Comments

The World’s Strangest Beaches

Giant's Causeway, Dublin, Ireland.

While white sand beaches with azure waters and billowing palms are nice, they’re far from unusual. For those looking for a truly unique coastal experience, the following beaches provide just that. Barking sand, star-shaped fossils and natural underground hot springs are just a few of the strange experiences you can have on the following weird beaches.

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April 12, 2013 by | 2 Comments

9 of the Best Summer Music Festivals Around the World

Sziget Festival

It’s that time of year again, when music concerts swap sticky dive bar floors for well-tramped grass and enormous open-air stages. 2012’s festival season is finally upon us and to get in the mood, here are 10 of the world’s best. From America to Australia via Europe and Japan, just about every artist you can think of, is bringing their music to the great outdoors this year and the only question is, which one do you go to first?

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April 10, 2013 by | 0 Comments

Meet Private Tour Guide Mami Sorimachi in Tokyo

As a Tokyo native who has been working in the tourism industry for many years, Mami Sorimachi is the ideal guide for personalized tours around Tokyo and the surrounding region. Professional yet fun, Mami specializes in walking tours around Tokyo, using public transportation to deliver you to the cities historical highlights — a unique approach that allows you to experience Japan’s greatest metropolis through the eyes of a local.

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April 2, 2013 by | 0 Comments

The 10 Most Beautiful Cemeteries in the World

Primosten Cemetery, Croatia. Photo by Jessica Speigel

While it might seem like a strange thing to add to your vacation to-do list, visiting beautiful cemeteries when you travel can be an interesting way to learn about a place’s history – not to mention see some of its most stunning landscapes.

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March 28, 2013 by | 3 Comments

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