Konpira Grand Theater in Kotohira

The Konpira Grand Theater (also known as Kanamaru-za) is the oldest surviving kabuki theater in Japan.

Located in Kotohira in Kagawa Prefecture on the island of Shikoku, it was constructed in 1835 and has been completely restored to its Edo period appearance.

Outside of the occasionally held performances, the theater is open to

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Climbing Mount Fuji…

…or how not to do it
So, first time in Japan. You might have a list of things you must or at least really want to do. I certainly did. And climbing the country’s highest mountain was near the top. It’s just such a great superlative to check off the list, more so since the

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An Evening Stroll through the Harbor of Kobe

Kobe is a truly international city. After Japan opened up its ports to general foreign trade in the second half of the 19th century, many foreign merchants took up residence in the capital of today’s Hyogo prefecture. Although the houses of western diplomats can be visited in the Kitano-cho district, I feel that nowhere is

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Bath Encounters

Or: Taking the Plunge
Pity is an unknown concept to the tiny old lady. Even though we are towering over her, we are at her mercy. “Undress”, she repeats. At least that’s what we’re guessing her words mean, since our Japanese abilities don’t go beyond “arigatou”, “konnichiwa” and “sumimasen” at this point.
It’s a

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Hello, and welcome to yet another Japan travel blog. Thank you for stopping by. I hope you’ll like it here.
My name is Anne, I am a German writer and translator with a passion for Japanese culture, language and history.
From kabuki to geisha and tea ceremony, from Shinto shrines to Buddhist philosophy, from Zen

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