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A Guide to Traditional Ryokans in Japan

Staying at a ryokan is one of the best ways to immerse yourself in the traditional culture and history of Japan. These prototypical Japanese inns have their origins in the 8th century A.D. when merchants would travel on foot along the public roads and highways of the country, carrying their wares from town to town. […]

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Keeping the Tea Ceremony Alive in Japan

Most readers will undoubtedly be familiar with the image of a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. Known as the Way of Tea, this ancient custom has now become symbolic of a bygone era. Despite tea still being an extremely popular drink in Japan, if you ask most Japanese people about tea ceremonies they will say it […]

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