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As Gold as It Gets:
Kyoto's Kinkaku-ji

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 With so many shrines and temples to see in Japan, it can be difficult for some to choose their favorite. However, many people have no trouble choosing at all, as one temple stands supreme.

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Memories of March 11

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This month marks the fifth anniversary of the Tohoko earthquake and tsunami and its aftermath. As Japan reflects on the enormity of March 11, 2011, we’ve compiled a list of a few things we remember most from that fateful period.

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Who Let the Dolls Out?
Japan's Hinamatsuri Festival

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Celebrated every March 3 in Japan, Hinamatsuri, also known as the Dolls' Festival and Girls’ Day, is a holiday during which dolls in traditional Heian period (794-1185) dress are displayed. Families pray for the prosperity, health, and beauty of their daughters. The dolls are initially put on display in February and are then taken down on March 4; if the dolls are left on display any longer, it is believed that the daughters of the family will marry late. 

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From Japan with Love

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Love is in the air here in Tokyo! Although it’s still a bit chilly (and we’re getting some rain this weekend), there are plenty of young couples to be seen whose cheeks are turning rosy from the shyness of having given or received Valentine’s Day gifts. 

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An interview with One Piece Producer Shinji Shimizu

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In Japan, the name Toei is synonymous with animation, and it is Shinji Shimizu's duty to ensure the studio continues to live up to its strong reputation.With the overwhelming popularity of his latest series, "One Piece," Shimizu proves he is the right man for the job.

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