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The country of Japan is represented by the various districts, cities, towns, special zones and Unesco sites, the people, food, culture and unique attributes to each area within the country

Japanese street food or yatai
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Japanese street food or yatai

Japanese street food or yatai   Japanese street food occur mostly during the many festivals that happen throughout the country at various times of the year. One of the most beautiful festivals that I visited in Japan was the fall festival at Takayama, in the Gifu province. The entire riverbank area was packed with very colorful yatai or “street […]

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Shirikawago – Japanese Alps,Travel Photo Mondays #23

Shirikawago – Japanese Alps Thanks for joining us today, I’m taking you up into the Japanese alpine country to this unique Unesco World Heritage site called Shirikawago and adjoining Gokoyama. These small villages up in the mountain areas of the Gifu and Toyama prefectures contain the historic architectural style of grass homes called  Gasshō-zukuri or […]

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Fall harvest festival in Takayama
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Fall harvest festival in Takayama, Japan

  Fall harvest festival in Takayama   The fall harvest festival in Takayama is worth putting into your travel bucket list when you visit Japan. This festival occurs twice yearly during the spring time and the fall for the harvest festival which I was lucky to visit.  Takayama is a small city that has retained its unique quality, traditions and craftsmanship […]

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Takayama, Japan, Travel Photo Mondays #22

  Takayama, Japan, Travel Photo Mondays It’s Monday morning, time to enjoy some gorgeous travel photography and inspiration from around the world. Let’s banish those Monday blues by sharing gorgeous imagery and story telling.     This Monday, I’m taking you to the Japanese alpine community of Takayama, a historic and old city which celebrates the artistry and crafts […]

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Beautiful gardens of Kyoto
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Beautiful gardens of Kyoto

  Beautiful gardens of Kyoto   Kyoto is blessed with so many amazing monuments and temples that are part of the Unesco world heritage sites. Just as stunning are the many gardens that are either part of those complexes or they are stand alone locations worthy of a visit. Of the many zen and Japanese style gardens there […]

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Nijo Castle in Kyoto, Travel Photo Mondays #21
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Nijo Castle in Kyoto, Travel Photo Mondays #21

Nijo Castle in Kyoto, Travel Photo Mondays It’s Monday morning, time to enjoy some gorgeous travel photography and inspiration from around the world. Let’s banish those Monday blues by sharing gorgeous imagery and story telling. Nijo Castle in Kyoto Today I’m taking you on a tour of Nijo Castle in Kyoto is centrally located in the city and was built 1626 […]

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Bento lunch in Kyoto
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Bento lunch in Kyoto

  Bento lunch in Kyoto   Japanese meals in Kyoto can be quite elaborate and expensive at many of the popular tourist areas where restaurants charge exorbitant prices for dinners. A really good way to offset dining sticker shock is to look for places that offer lunch or bento specials which are a more affordable and cater to […]

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