JAPAN'S BEST SKI RESORTS
In Japan, hundreds of different ski resorts are located, providing a wonderful opportunity to ride on the virgin snow. They are mainly focused on Hokkaido and Honshu. Most of them…

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SIMPLIFIED PROCEDURE FOR RECEIVING A TOURIST VISA
Tourist visa to Japan for Russians has become much more affordable! Japan has always been attracted by its exotic culture, incredible architecture and futuristic transport. A tourist visa to the…

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Tea ceremony (part 1)
Among the unique arts, which in our understanding are inextricably linked with Japan, is the art of the tea ceremony, which means literally "tea with hot water" (cha - tea,…

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TOP-4 PLACES WHERE IT IS TO GO FOR WINTER (part 2)

As the festival developed, in addition to creating snow sculptures, other types of entertainment were added: concerts, food stalls, art exhibitions and ice-skating, cheesecake and snowmobile platforms.

If you go to Sapporo for a few days, be sure to take a stroll through the Odori park, which is the main venue of the snow festival, climb to the observation deck on Hitsujigaoka Hill, which offers a magnificent view of the city. There is a statue of William S. Clark, the first vice director of the Sapporo Agricultural School (now Hokkaido University).

We also recommend visiting the Sapporo Clock Tower, built in 1878, and the Nijo Fish Market, which occupies an entire quarter of the city. There you can taste the sea of ​​delicacies. Continue reading

Japanese New Year (part 1)

Until the distant now, 1873, Japan lived according to the Chinese lunar calendar. The favorite winter holiday of all children and adults was “moving” – each time it was a new day somewhere in late January or in the first half of February. However, the winds of change blew: under pressure from European powers and America, the country finally opened ports for free trade with foreigners. It became obvious that the difference in the time scales causes glaring inconvenience. And then the government voluntarily transferred the country to the solar calculation of days and months. At the same time, it was lost as much as thirty days: after the eleventh the first “moon” of the next year immediately arrived. The officials automatically lost their monthly salary – some were noisy, demanding to be issued nevertheless, but to no avail. Almost a century and a half has passed since then, and the Japanese have long been accustomed to celebrate the New Year at the same time as we, on January 1. Continue reading

EVENT CALENDAR - TOKYO, JULY 219 (part 1)
The onset of July marks the beginning of the season of summer festivals. And even if in July the festival excitement does not reach its climax, the month will be…

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Travel to Japan
One of the most poetic Japanese customs is the observation of autumn leaf fall. It is at this magical time of the year that the country turns into bright colors…

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WINTER IN KYOTO
Do not let the winter cold ruin your mood! In winter, walks in Kyoto are filled with special magic. In addition, if you come to the old capital of Japan…

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TOP-4 PLACES WHERE IT IS TO GO FOR WINTER (part 1)
OTARU New Year's holidays in Japan can become truly fabulous if you decide to visit the picturesque port city of Otaru. During the economic boom of Hokkaido, at the end…

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