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Book Excerpt: “A Night Out in Tokyo” From Glimpses Of Snow Country: Travels In Japan By David Clive Price

“I devoured it in one sitting” – Susan Sontag (1933 – 2004), author, filmmaker and political activist

Glimpses Of Snow Country - Travels In JapanDavid Clive Price is an international cultural expert and author of several books on Asian culture and business including The Master Key To Asia. First published in 1984, Glimpses of Snow Country: Travels in Japan has been revised and updated to include three new chapters on aspects of Japan and glimpses of Snow Country in Hokkaido, Takayama and Nagano, and is set for publication on 1st December 2014. It’s been described as a fascinating diary of intercultural life that illustrates the complex strands of Japanese attitudes towards work, ancient beliefs, and national Read more…

The 10 Best Places To Go Shopping In Tokyo

May 6, 2014 1 comment

Shopping in Tokyo gives you access to both the different styles and products that are unique to Japan!

Shopping in Tokyo HeaderFor many people who get the opportunity to go to another country, it’s not always enough to just visit. Many people want to experience the culture of the country they are visiting, and this experience can be had in a variety of ways. One great way to get a feel for what it’s like to live and work in a different country is to go shopping at the local stores and Read more…

Off The Beaten Path: Dream Destinations In Rural Japan

April 9, 2014 4 comments

Nature’s work of art!

Copyright. Garden At The Adachi Museum of ArtWhen hitting up popular tourist destinations in Japan, it’s possible you may have a good time. But bumping into other tourists every five seconds may take you out of the experience of being abroad. Or if you’re headed back to Japan for a repeat trip, it could be you’ve seen all the usual tourist spaces. Regardless of the reason, some individuals just desire to see areas of Japan that are free of tourism and Read more…

3 Quick And Essential Tips For Spending Money In Japan

January 17, 2014 6 comments

How to be mindful in the state of yen!

Yen - Japanese currencyIf you’re getting ready to travel to Japan as a tourist or for a business trip, things could go much more smoothly after you take a bit of time to learn the basics of spending money there. Foreigners characteristically feel a bit overwhelmed when dealing with a new currency, but as you’ll soon see, it’s not difficult to Read more…

Christmas Japan-Style – Yule Be Amazed!

December 18, 2013 1 comment

It’s more about KFC than JC (Jesus Christ)!

Japan Christmas Traditions pic 1 croppedTraditions vary from culture to culture. In Japan, Christmas customs are far different from the reindeer, Christmas morning gifts, caroling and other traditions known to the Western world. Christmas is mostly a commercial holiday in Japan, and actually, it isn’t a real Japanese holiday at all. But Japan has really made this pseudo-holiday its own, spinning it into something Read more…

The Nakasendo Road Part Three: Day 7 – 10

October 29, 2013 Leave a comment

Third and final part: Japanophile Trevor Skingle ‘walks Japan’ to raise funds for the humanitarian charity RedR UK!

Nakasedno Road Part Three Day 7 - 10Day Seven: O-tsumago to Kiso-Fukushima – Reports came in that 800mm of rain had fallen on Kyōto as a result of the typhoon Man Yi, that the level of the Kamogawa River at Sanjo Obashi Bridge where the group had walked a few nights before was phenomenally high and there had been Read more…

The Nakasendo Road Part Two: Day 4 -6

October 16, 2013 Leave a comment

Part Two of Three: Japanophile Trevor Skingle ‘walks Japan’ to raise funds for the humanitarian charity RedR UK!

Nakasendo Road Part Two Day 4 - 6Day Four: Hosokute to Okute – For those who had suffered from the unseasonal heat the day’s walk was limited to hiking from Hosokute to Okute, whilst the remainder of the group went on to complete the second part of the hike across Jūsan Toge (Thirteen Passes) into Ena. After an early morning stretch outside the Read more…

The Nakasendō Road Part One: Day 1 – 3

October 8, 2013 2 comments

Part One of Three: Japanophile Trevor Skingle ‘walks Japan’ to raise funds for the humanitarian charity RedR UK!

Statue of Ii Naomasa outside Hikone Station, Hikone Castle Stretching 533km from Edo (modern day Tōkyo) to Kyōtō the Nakasendō Road, though extant since the seventh century, was administratively established as one of the five official roads of the Edo Era (the others being the Tōkaidō, Kōshū Kaidō, Ōshū Kaidō, and Nikkō Kaidō) by Tokugawa Ieyasu shortly after his victory at Read more…

Japan Promotes Its Events Industry In Thailand

August 14, 2013 2 comments

Japan aims to revive it’s economy through hosting Asian and International events!

Japan Events in BangkokSingapore, 12 August 2013 – Japanese MICE exhibitors are returning to IT&CMA and CTW Asia-Pacific with the largest delegation from the country since 2010.

Comprising of Convention Visitors Bureaus (CVBs), Destination Management Companies (DMCs), corporate companies and hospitality chains, the Japan cluster includes Read more…

Luxury Holidays In The Land Of The Rising Sun

February 14, 2013 4 comments

Castles, theme parks, breath-taking scenery…  Japan has it all!

Mt.Fuji and Motosuko (©Akira Okada/©JNTO)

Japan is a fascinating country with a rich history and culture, a unique mix of old and new. It is a country definitely worth visiting in style. Here is what you need to know about spending a luxury holiday in this beautiful place. Read more…

A Guide For Finding Pretty Places Anywhere In Japan

January 24, 2013 3 comments

Finding Japan’s inner elegance can be an exhilarating adventure!

Gotokuji Temple Tokyo ©Yasufumi Nishi (c) JNTOJapan’s multifaceted landscape is cloaked in a mysterious ambiance that has engaged the hearts of travellers for centuries. Its isolation as an island nation kept its traditions, many of which date back thousands of years, preserved from outside influence until the war brought in a major influx of foreign pressure in the mid part of the 20th century. Since then, the country has developed to Read more…

Travel & Tourism: Activity Holidays In Japan

October 1, 2012 5 comments

Japan has a comprehensive and diverse range of attractions to offer!

Japan is often thought of as one of the world’s technology hubs. With activity tours, however, you can see its little-known side filled with natural, historical and cultural wonders. There is more to Japan than what you can find in its hustling and Read more…

A Short Guide To Walking holidays and singles activity holidays In Japan

September 3, 2012 6 comments

Reasons to visit Japan!

Here is a short guide to walking and activity holidays in Japan and how to get the most out of your time there. Japan is a country of contrasts, with fascinating history, scenic landscapes and ultra-modern cities. You can enjoy the culture and the cuisine provided by the friendly people.

From the tranquil Zen gardens to the vibrant city of Tokyo, Japan has so much diversity to offer. Getting to Japan Read more…

New Hello Kitty Tourism App

September 3, 2012 2 comments

The first of a series of campaigns Japan Tourism Agency intends to undertake in cooperation with Japanese brands to promote tourism to japan!

On 3 September, Japan Tourism Agency released a free “Visit Japan with HELLO KITTY” iPhone app. The app introduces great places to visit in all of Japan’s 47 prefectures and enables users to take a picture at each location with Read more…

9-Night Tokyo Game Show Tour 2012 – Akihabara, Harajuku, Sega Joypolis

August 19, 2012 3 comments

An organised tour of Japan between 16-24 September 2012

Normally Diverse Japan doesn’t make it a policy to advertise travel offers – simply because there are far too many and posting them here can be very time consuming. And let’s face it, we’re not a travel agent. But every now and then we make an exception. So here’s one that may be of particular interest to you. Read more…

Why Volunteer Abroad Programs In Japan Can Change Lives Forever

August 6, 2012 11 comments

Experience a working holiday in Japan!

After the 3/11 earthquake and tsunami, Japan remains a country that welcomes anyone wishing to get involved in volunteer work there. With the added bonus of learning more on the fascinating Japanese culture and way of life, working there can be a life-changing Read more…

A Kabuki Oshiguma (Face Pressing): A Relic From The Past

June 4, 2012 8 comments

Three celebrated Kabuki actors imortalised on a silk artefact!

Kabuki (classical all-male dance-drama) enthusiast and collector Trevor Skingle shares his discovery and the facinating history of a Japanese scroll he bought from an art dealer in the Netherlands that survived the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923. His research has enabled him to identify the three Kabuki actors from the 1920’s who’s faces are imprinted onto the silk cloth and the artist who crafted a simple but elegant scroll Read more…

DA&D Presents PechaKucha: Japan In Aid Of The Ashinaga Organisation

PechaKucha: Japan 23 May, Doors open at 6.00pm, lecture starts at 7pm Logan Hall, Institute of Education

Just over a year after the tsunami sent shockwaves through a country and around the world, DA&D are putting together a collection of the design and communication world’s greatest stars to share stories about Read more…

Tests Results For Radioactive Cesium In Shizuoka Prefecture Green Tea

Based on the Shizuoka Tea Research Center analyses!

Diverse Japan has just been informed by Otsuka Tea Co., Ltd about the radiation test results on tea grown in the Shizuoka area (home of Mt. Fuji) undertaken by the Shizuoka Tea Research Center in cooperation with the Shizuoka Prefectural Government. And it’s good news for tea lovers!

Radioactive cesium above the regulatory limit was detected in green tea produced in Shizuoka this year due to the Read more…

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