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    12 Must Visit Spots for Studio Ghibli Fans! 'Spirited Away' 'Totoro' and more Studio Ghibli films have a distinct, fascinating charm to them that draws us in. The popularity of Studio Ghibli films is now worldwide, and fans of films like “Spirited Away” and “My Neighbor Totoro” exist worldwide. Many dream to experience entering the world of these magical films, and surprisingly, there are places in Japan that can allow us to do so. Here are 12 locations in Japan that resemble, mimic, or have even inspired some of your favorite Studio Ghibli Films.Spirited Away (2001) “Spirited Away” is one of Miyazaki’s most renown works, and has even won an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. The story of "Spirited Away" follows a 10 year old girl, Chihiro, who gets lost in a mysterious and unfamiliar world of ghosts, monsters, and spirits. There are two real-life locations in Japan that will take you into the world of “Spirited Away”.

    19.aug 2019

  • Traditional style guest house - toco.

    Guest House toco. in Tokyo: Built from a 100-year-Old Traditional Japanese House Skyscrapers and retro architecture, verdant parks and hard concrete... the new and the nostalgic coexist in Tokyo, Japan's capital. Hidden in Tokyo's Taito Ward is “toco.,” a guest house rebuilt from a 100-year-old traditional Japanese house. The guest house is a window into the look and feel of a Traditional Japanese home, and is a popular lodging choice, often booked-out completely by both domestic and international travelers. This article is a deep-dive into the thoughts behind toco.'s creation, and the secrets to its popularity.

    15.jun 2020

  • Seed board

    What is Hakone's Traditional Craft: Yosegi Zaiku? 2 Places to buy them in Tokyo! There are nearly 1,200 types of traditional crafts made in Japan, about 230 of which are specified by the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry. These crafts have been produced with long histories in each prefecture, incorporate many regional characteristics, and all of them express the classic Japanese subtlety, elaborateness and beauty. This time, we will introduce one of such traditional craft techniques, “Hakone Yosegi Zaiku." Let's look at the complete story of the history and characteristics of yosegi zaiku marquetry with the rich wooden texture that have been passed down in the Hakone/Odawara area.

    29.may 2019

  • Tanabata: Japan’s “Star Festival”

    What is Tanabata, Japan's Star Festival? 3 Tanabata Festivals to Visit! July 7th is the day of Tanabata (七夕), a traditional Japanese summer festival also referred to as the "Star festival". During the star festival, people write their wishes on brightly colored strips of paper called “tanzaku” and hang them from bamboo branches to have them granted. Tanabata is celebrated throughout Japan, and the three most famous festivals are Miyagi prefecture's "Sendai Tanabata Festival", Kanagawa prefecture's "Shonan Hiratsuka Tanabata Festival" and Aichi Prefecture's "Anjo Tanabata Festival". Some Tanabata events involve the entire city, and are a great way to feel the atmosphere of a traditional Japanese summer. So what really is the Tanabata star festival all about? This article will introduce you to Japan's Tanabata culture.

    12.jul 2018

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