Stimulating the Senses at the Sapporo Snow Festival

Held in three locations around the city, the Sapporo Snow Festival – known as Yuki Matsuri (雪まつり) in Japanese – welcomes over 2 million visitors annually and features over 400 sculptures, all meticulously carved from snow or ice. Continue reading Stimulating the Senses at the Sapporo Snow Festival

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Celebrating the New Year in Tokyo

During the first four days of January, throngs of people go to their chosen shrine or temple to pray for good luck and to pay their respects. Those travelers finding themselves in Tokyo during this time can witness a unique slice of Japanese life by visiting one of the many shrines or temples in the city. Continue reading Celebrating the New Year in Tokyo