history

Travelers choose Japan’s top 10 historic hotels and ryokan inns

It’s almost like sightseeing while you sleep!

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Gorgeous colorized photos show daily life in Meiji Era Japan

And you can download them for free!

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Samurai sword and ninja star chocolates from Japan cut open a whole new way to eat sweets

The worlds of katana and candy collide just in time for Valentine’s Day.

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If this ad doesn’t make you want to visit Hikone, we don’t know what will 【Video】

Hikone Castle is celebrating its 410th anniversary in style.

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Cheat sheet for identifying era of dress styles is perfect for cosplay and drawing reference

This timeline will help you create and identify dresses from any time period like a pro.

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Japanese TV show guest finds heirloom tea bowl is one of only four pieces like it in the world

Centuries-old ceramic vessel could be worth as much as 1.6 billion yen (US$13.7 million).

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Amateur filmmaker’s videos are a time capsule of Tokyo in the year 1990 【Video】


Take a trip back to the metropolis at the peak of the Bubble Era with this fascinating series of candid video montages.

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Edo era-themed sushi restaurant to bring delicious food, historical decor to Tokyo this month

Take a trip back in time, and enjoy some sushi while you’re at it!

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TV series of Japanese swimsuit models stripping off samurai armor now has photo album, DVD【Vids】

Come for the sex appeal, stay for the Japanese history lessons.

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What do Chicago hot dogs, a Japanese admiral, and a gold tooth have in common?

This is guaranteed to be the extra-credit question on your next history exam!

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Amazing exhibition of Japan’s legendary “cursed katana” is going on right now【Photos】

Don’t forget to purify your soul before heading to this museum’s display of samurai swords that were designed to do just one thing: kill.

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Modern Primitives: New exhibit wonders what Jomon-period tattoos might have looked like【Photos】

The Jomon Tribe project delves into Japan’s prehistoric mystery with a stunning new photographic exhibition.

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Traditional guesthouse in Kyoto is like a beautiful samurai residence

Japanese visitors are falling in love with the gorgeous gardens and traditional rooms at this atmospheric inn.

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Tour Japan’s former capital dressed as a samurai or noble lady on awesome day trip from Tokyo

History buffs and cosplay fans won’t just look like samurai, but eat like them too on their visit to Kamakura.

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Tokyo photo studio turns you into street samurai with armor photo shoot in the heart of downtown

Shibuya photography session will give you a literal snapshot of two of the coolest aspects of Japan.

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Tokyo’s new samurai photo studio sends you to Japan’s feudal era with awesome digital backdrops

And poses from Kill Bill’s fight choreographer ensure you’ll look fearsome when you get there.

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Japanese artist creates eerie 3-D magnet head of Yukichi Fukuzawa, the man on the 10,000 yen bill

It’s hard to touch money when the person on the note is popping its head out, glaring at you from the bill.

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Japan Archives offers a (free) trip back through Japanese history via visual media

A new website looks back on 150 years of modern Japanese history in visual format.

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Studio Ghibli releases second short adaptation of Japan’s oldest manga【Video】

800 years after its creation, the Scrolls of Frolicking Animals are still inspiring new content, thanks to the anime studio Hayao Miyazaki built.

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What is Teru Teru Bozu? The tragic history behind the Japanese fine weather doll

While many believe the tradition of making the ghost-like doll can be traced back to a bald-headed monk, history suggests it actually began with a small girl.

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