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Okinawa

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Okinawa was originally an independent kingdom called Ryukyu. A very small island state, it bloomed because of its ideal location for trading, and its patronage of, and support from, Imperial China. It was absorbed into Japan by the late 19th century, even though its populace is culturally distinct from that of the rest of the […]

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Todoroki Ninety-nine Waterfalls, Tokushima, Shikoku

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Todoroki Waterfall 轟本滝 Todoroki Falls (轟の滝) is one of three falls in Tokushima that are included in Japan’s ‘Top 100 Waterfalls’. The kanji Chinese character for todoroki means ‘roar,  thunder or boom resound. If you’re adventurous enough to venture through the chasm into the cavern where the cascade is, the boom resound will become apparent. […]

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The Renowned Sakura

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Photo: Benjamine Scalvenzi.  So much more than just a flower, so much more than just the iconic cherry blossoms of Japan, and a phenomenon you HAVE to see if you’re planning a hike through the Japanese countryside. Once a year, Japan has an almost tangible festive atmosphere, spanning from the first day of Cherry Blossom […]

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