Japan

Plane Spotting and More at Kansai International Airport

by Mary Jo Manzanares on February 13, 2017

Japan’s Kansai International Airpot (KIX) is located on an artificial island in the middle of Osaka Bay. Opened in 1994, it serves as the international hub for ANA and JAL, as well as Peach, Japan’s first international low-cost carrier. If you’re traveling internationally to the Kansai region (Kyoto, Kobe, Osaka), chances are that you’ll arrive […]

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Photo Friday: Rainbow Bridge in Tokyo, Japan

by Mary Jo Manzanares on February 28, 2014

Rainbow Bridge, Tokyo, Japan

The Rainbow Bridge in Tokyo, Japan, crosses Tokyo Bay and connects the city to Odaiba, a waterfront development and entertainment area. The bridge is officially names the Shuto Expressway No. 11 Daiba Route – Port of Tokyo Connector Bridge, it was given the name Rainbow Bridge by the public as a result of the colored lights […]

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Food in Japan: An Instagram Tour

by Mary Jo Manzanares on February 17, 2014

Yoshida Udon

From Michelin stars to hearty country, my visit to the Kanagawa, Yamanashi and Shizuoka prefectures of Japan was a whirlwind of culinary experiences. From unusual dishes to peaches from a local farmer’s stand, come along on this foray into the art and flavors of food in Japan, Instagram style. Breakfast If you believe that breakfast […]

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Yaeyama Islands: Japan’s Best Kept Secret

by Guest Contributor on July 30, 2013

Ishigaki Japan

Smattered like droplets on Japan’s southernmost point are the Yaeyama Islands. Circling the central most island of Ishigaki, several of these tropical islands offer some of the best diving in the world, not to mention a splendid array of flora and fauna to rival anywhere else in southeast Asia. The Iriomote Yamaneko (translation:  Iriomote Mountain […]

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Sightseeing in Tokyo: Taking a City Tour

by Mary Jo Manzanares on October 31, 2012

Downtown Tokyo at night

In a city as large and diverse as Tokyo, I knew I’d be overwhelmed without a city tour to help me get my bearings.  I needed to get to know the layout of the city and I needed more than the maps could provide me.  I had a long list of sights to see in […]

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ANA’s 787 Dreamliner is a Traveler’s Dream

by Mary Jo Manzanares on October 16, 2012

Dreamliner launch day

When the opportunity came up to take the Boeing 787 Dreamliner out for a spin, plane-geek that I am jumped at the chance.  After all, living here in Seattle, home of Boeing, I’ve avidly followed all the news about the development and building of the Dreamliner – as well as all the tales of productions […]

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Japanese Onsens: Five Faux Pas to Avoid

by Honor Dargan on September 14, 2011

Outdoor Japanese onsen at sunrise

Most of us have had them. Those travel faux pas moments that leave you feeling like the dumb foreigner instead of the seasoned traveler you set out to be. Japan is one of those countries that has a generous number of faux pas opportunities. They lurk around cultural corners waiting for you, the innocent visitor, […]

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