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Day Trip Ideas: Katsuyama

23,Aug 2015 Day Trip Ideas


If you have visited Japan, or been to a Japanese establishment overseas, chances are that you have seen noren before. Noren are traditional Japanese dividers made from fabric, and they are usually dyed and have a special pattern or symbol on them. They come in various shapes and sizes, and have different uses, such as displaying a shop logo, protecting the storefront from the elements, or even preventing smoke and smells from escaping the kitchen to other areas.

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Day Trip Ideas: Kanba no Taki

20,Aug 2015 Day Trip Ideas

Located in a prefectural national park in Maniwa City, Okayama Prefecture, Kanba Falls is a beautiful waterfall that has made it onto the list of top 100 Waterfalls in Japan.


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Day Trip Ideas: Ushimado

20,Aug 2015 Day Trip Ideas

Did you know that there are olive gardens in Japan, located on hills in a prime spot overlooking magnificent views of the Seto Inland Sea and nearby islands?


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Yunogo Activities: Glass making at Glass Studio TOOS

16,Aug 2015 Activities in Yunogo


Glass is so ubiquitous in our daily lives that it is almost taken for granted. At Glass Studio TOOS, the glassblowers wield their craft masterfully to produce functional objects of great beauty. From cups with minimalist patterning to small yet striking kanzashi, and from dainty dangling earrings to bold glass quills, every object produced at the studio is unique and usable. The skill of the glassblowers is evident in every object, and it is almost impossible not to feel at least a small measure of awe for the craftsmen when handling and appraising their creations.

Now, you can try making your own glass object, with the expert aid and instruction of the glassblowers at Glass Studio TOOS.

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Yunogo Activities: Deer skin handicraft at 35R/kokochi

12,Aug 2015 Activities in Yunogo


35R / kokochi is a local shop in Mimasaka which sells antiques, curiosities, and an assortment of other goods, including deer skin products made with the skin of deer from the surrounding area. Here, it is also possible to try crafting small objects with deer skin, under the guidance of an expert. One can make objects such as screen cleaners, key rings, coin cases, and small purses, all using skin from local deer.

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