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Jetting Through Japan

Flying domestically in Japan lets you cut down on travel time and can be a competitively priced alternative to riding on the Shinkansen bullet train. Making air travel easy between cities is the dozens upon dozens of domestic airports all over the nation. But there are pitfalls to flying. Here's how to avoid them.

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Pick Your Berry Best: Touring Japan's Strawberry Farms

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When you think of Japan, you probably think of shrines, sushi, sashimi and shinkansen -- not strawberries. But the sweet, red berry is famous in the country, and farms all over the nation let you pick your own. Here's your guide to strawberry picking across the archipelago.

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Bonsai!

Monday April 14, 2014

A bonsai for sale at Takamatsu's Tamamo park, where a huge bonsai convention is held every fall. Photo  A.D. Smith

A bonsai for sale at Takamatsu's Tamamo park, where a huge bonsai convention is held every fall. Photo A.D. Smith

If you're a fan of bonsai, now's time to start planning for a trip to Japan in the fall when the massive bonsai convention takes over Tamamo park in Takamatsu on Shikoku island.

Crafting a Good Beer

Friday April 11, 2014

Just a reminder that on April 19 Hiroshima's craft beer festival begins. The month-long event -- called the "I Love Beer Microbrewery Beer Festa" -- on the old Hiroshima Municipal Baseball Stadium will include all kinds of local brews.

(If you're in the area, it's also a great time to try out the local variety of oranges -- before they're out of season.)

For more info, call 082-248-2657. The stadium is at 5-44 Motomachi, Naka ward, Hiroshima city.

Flying High

Friday April 11, 2014

For many readers, vacation time is fast approaching. So, if you're planning a spring or summer trip to Japan, here are a few stories that might help make the flight a bit easier:

5 Tips for Taking Domestic Flights

How to Avoid Pitfalls of Jetting to Japan

Taking Your Pets With You

Another Flower Springs Up ...

Wednesday April 9, 2014
Nanohana flowers. Photo  A.D. Smith

Nanohana is thought of as a weed as it grows in the wild, often along rivers, as is the case in the photo above. But the yellow flowers that spring up around April and May are cherished in Japan. Photo A.D. Smith

With all the hype around sakura -- or cherry blossoms -- right now, I thought it'd be a good time to give some credit to the nanohana flowers that also bloom in the wild around Japan at this time. You can see from the photo above that the nanohana's burst of yellow flowers is pretty ... well, pretty. The plants, known as rapeseed in English, are also delicious as a cooked vegetable.

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