Japanese statue at Sapporo sushi restaurant

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Japanese Culture and Food: Nagano

Snow monkey, Japanese macaque bathe in onsen hot spring at Jigokudani wild snow monkey park in Nagano Japan

Nagano is one of few prefectures in Japan that doesn’t share a border with the coast. In fact, only seven prefectures (including Nagano) don’t have a direct connection to Japan’s coastline. Nagano is a very mountainous region with a population exceeding two million as of 2019. Like other prefectures in Japan, the capital city shares read more

Japanese Culture and Food: Niigata

Man pouring sake into sipping bowl.

In the latest of our grand series of blogs surveying the unique tastes of Japan’s many prefectures, we leave the Tohoku region and enter Koshin’etsu. Niigata is situated on the eastern coast of Japan, towards the centre of the island. It has a long coastal section and is the only prefecture in the Koshin’etsu region read more

What New Sports are Coming to the 2020 Olympics?

"Tokyo, Japan - June 2, 2012 : Close-up the new logo for the 2020 Summer Olympics at the Metropolitan Government Office Building in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan. Tokyo is the applicant city in 2020 Summer Olympics."

There are five new sports scheduled for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games including Climbing, Surfing, Karate, Skate Boarding and Baseball. Everything You Need to Know About the 5 New Olympic 2020 Sports   Yet another four years are swiftly nearing an end as we approach the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Set to be held between read more