The Many Faces of Tokyo
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The Many Faces of Tokyo

Tokyo is as lovely and well mannered as you’d expect the Japanese capital to be, but it has a nerdy, naughty, and edgy side that keeps it interesting. Things like capsule beds, anime emporiums, Pachinko parlors, and Hello-Kitty-themed Love Hotels thrive alongside ancient shrines and state-of-the-art skyscrapers. It’s a place of endless contradictions and it…

Crash Course in the Japanese Arts
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Crash Course in the Japanese Arts

How to tie a kimono, arrange an ikebana flower arrangement, write kangi calligraphy…these are skills we never dreamt we’d learn, but with three days in the historic city of Kanazawa and the help of The Art of Travel, we took the ultimate crash course in Japanese culture. More an art insider than a tour operator,…

WWOOF Japan – Our Japanese Farm Experience
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WWOOF Japan – Our Japanese Farm Experience

We’ve always known that we would WWOOF Japan (World-Wide Opportunities On Organic Farms…a.k.a. Travelers willing to work four-to-six hours per day in exchange for room and board), for a variety of reasons. Aside from the free room and board in an expensive country, WWOOFing is a wonderful way to gain access into a culture that…

Beguiling Beijing & The Great Wall of China
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Beguiling Beijing & The Great Wall of China

As the capital city of the Earth’s most populous country and one of its oldest cultures, Beijing is the center of China’s universe. Cloaked in mystery and ancient traditions, every layer you peel back reveals an ever more complex layer below it. As the last city we could squeeze onto our 30-day visa, Beijing would…

Shanghai Special
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Shanghai Special

We heard such mixed reviews on Shanghai that we almost didn’t come here. “It’s just another big city” some people scoffed while others raved, “It’s one of the most exciting cities of the 21st-century,” …so with that we had to see for ourselves. With more than 4,000 skyscrapers and plans for over 1,000 more in…