Kamakura

Japanese beach turned into beautiful fantasy world as nighttime ocean glows blue【Video, photos】

Bioluminescent plankton turn Kanagawa seashore into something that looks more like a Final Fantasy game.

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Handsome men in ultra-snappy security uniforms delight New Year’s visitors to Japanese shrine

Anime-style outfits have become so popular they’re inspiring their own fan art.

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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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Anybody want to live rent-free in a house in a Japanese beach town for two years?

Non-Japanese applicants also being accepted for unique housing program from interior goods brand Mujirushi.

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Japanese library offers itself and its manga collection as refuge for emotionally troubled youths

Though summer vacation is a lot shorter in Japan than it is in the U.S., most tudents here aren’t exactly itching to go back to school once it’s done. Even worse, since it falls in the middle of the Japanese school year, the end of summer break is also the start of the second, and more demanding, semester.

Needless to say, a lot of kids would rather blow off school and kick back with a good manga, which is exactly what one library in Japan is encouraging them to do. The reason, however, is far more important than just finding out what happens to their favorite fictional characters .

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Slam Dunk fans get a little too enthusiastic, trespass on Kanawaga school property

Fandom is a double-edged sword, we suppose. On the one hand, it helps move massive amounts of money to the people and companies that create awesome things we love, thus allowing them to make more of them. On the other hand, fandom can sometimes make people do kind of crazy things.

From sobbing, screaming audience members at Beatles concerts to obsessive stalkers, being a hit with the general public isn’t all sunshine and roses. This is a fact that a school in Japan’s Kanagawa Prefecture is learning about first-hand thanks to die-hard Slam Dunk fans.

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Israeli bath and beauty product maker Sabon opening beach restaurant in Kamakura

Having grown up a quick drive from southern California’s miles and miles of prime coastline, I’ll admit Japanese beaches can sometimes be a little underwhelming. Among other problems, they’re crowded with day trippers during midsummer, and infested with jellyfish as the season winds down.

One great thing about beaches in Japan, though, are the umi no ie, temporary restaurants/lounges built right on the sand and only operated during July and August. Due to their temporary nature (the buildings are completely disassembled come September), umi no ie used to be pretty bare-bones. In recent years, though, the ones at Japan’s more popular beaches have been attracting some well-known corporate sponsors and collaborative partners, such as Israeli bath and beauty product manufacturer Sabon, which is set to open its first umi no ie next week.

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The beautiful flowers of Hydrangea Temple: Possibly the best thing about Japan’s rainy season

As much as I look forward to summer every year, I’ll admit it can be a little hard getting excited about the early part of the season in Japan. The humidity rises, mosquitos come out in force (although we’ve got a secret trick for dealing with them), and the weather is rainy enough that going almost a week without seeing the sun isn’t that unusual.

Still, there’s at least one nice part about June in Japan, which is the blooming of the hydrangeas. The bundles of blossoms are blooming right now, and if you’re in the Tokyo area, there’s no better place to see them than at Meigetsuin Temple in Kamakura.

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A Fast-Food Joint to Visit Before You Die

First Kitchen is a Japanese fast-food chain that has been rapidly expanding in the Kanto and Kinki areas. Readers in Japan have probably been to a First Kitchen at least once, but did you know that there is a branch with phenomenal views that rival high-end resorts and skyscraper restaurants?
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