matsumoto castle in japan

Nowhere on the planet do the modern and the ancient coexist more harmoniously than in Japan. Kimono-clad ladies chatter on futuristic phones while blurring by on the fastest trains in the world; thousand-year-old Zen temples are dwarfed by seas of skyscrapers; and neon signs are reflected in flooded rice paddies studded with green. Here, the future and past are like roommates in a Tokyo-sized apartment, sharing a space that seems too small for either but which miraculously accommodates both in a harmony that could only be Japanese. Endlessly fascinating and fascinatingly foreign, enigmatic Japan is a culture irresistible to Westerners, one that hits you like a sumo wrestler at full tilt.

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Your planet in 7 seconds: Speed Sushi in Japan

Sept. 16, 2014, 11:39 a.m.

These sushi masters need less than 7 seconds to prepare a piece of this delicious meal. Come along and watch some speed-sushi in Japan to whet your appetite

Visual Adventure: UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Japan

Aug. 20, 2014, 1:19 p.m.

Wanderer-in-Residence Gary Arndt takes us on a Visual Adventure through the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Japan. Come along and find out that, while vastly different, the one thing they have in common is their ability to remind us how special and unique Japan really is

Ya, I Ate That: The Thrills of Eating Weird Stuff Abroad

May 12, 2014, 2:19 p.m.

We've all been there – that dreaded (or thrilling) moment when someone offers you something squirmy, crunchy or even still-alive to eat. See how Emily M of G Adventures learned that life is always surprising when you're ready for anything.

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