Japan’s Newest & Most Innovative Hotels Featured

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The Resilience of Japan’s Most Dangerous Festival

By Chris Gladden. Assistant Researchers: Seira Gado, Airi Ito, and Chiharu Ohnishi.

The long-awaited moment has arrived. Hundreds of people in festival attire strain against two arm-thick ropes absorbed in the ancient task of hauling the Great Pillar of the Onbashira Festival. At last, they arrive at the infamous stretch of mountainside, which is treacherous and as steep as a ski jump. One heave at a time, they bring the pillar forward until it protrudes over the edge, ready for the plunge. Those chosen to accompany the falling log sit on top and brace themselves. In the valley below, thousands of spectators roar in anticipation. The traditional festival song swells all around, its message offering words of encouragement—and caution. Amid a final frenzy of chants and pulling, the pillar lurches ahead, drops, and begins its raging descent.

Nagano Nostalgia Featured

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Nagano Nostalgia

By Peter Grilli

One of the first Japanese novels I read in my youthful forays into modern Japanese literature was Hakai, written in 1905 by Shimazaki Tōson and later published in English as The Broken Commandment. It must have been around 1961 or 1962 when I read this masterful novel at the age of 19 or 20. As I struggled to read the Japanese prose, dictionary in hand, I remember feeling swept away by the power and drama of the plot and the beauty of Tōson’s descriptions of the deep valleys and rocky plateaus of the Kiso Mountains of southern Nagano Prefecture. I’d gone several times to Karuizawa in Nagano, but Kiso was unfamiliar to me. Tōson, who was born in the town of Magome on the Nakasendo Road, wrote compelling, intimate, and magnetic descriptions of Kiso’s scenery.


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Yumiko's Home Cooking YAKISOBA Featured

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Yumiko's Home Cooking YAKISOBA


Yakisoba (焼きそば) is the Japanese version of stir-fried noodles. Th e noodles are stir fried with sliced pork and plenty of vegetables and then coated with a sweet and mildly spicy sauce that distinguishes it from other Asian stir-fried noodles.

Hotels in Tokyo Featured

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Tokyo Hotels

Tokyo Journal sent a celebrity review team to stay at some of Tokyo’s top hotels. Dylan Sprouse is an American actor and entrepreneur. He and his twin brother, Cole Sprouse, are known for their roles on the Disney Channel series The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and The Suite Life on Deck, as well as films including Big Daddy with Adam Sandler. Barbara Palvin is a Hungarian supermodel who was the 2016 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue’s Rookie of the Year, 2019 Victoria’s Secret Angel, and was ranked as one of Forbes’s highest paid models in the world in 2016. Actor Shin Koyamada, who starred in The Last Samurai as Ken Watanabe’s son, has also acted in many Disney Channel programs, including Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior.

Travel to Las Vegas Featured

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Travel to Las Vegas

NoMad Las Vegas

On the top four floors of the Park MGM complex, the NoMad Hotel is one of the premier European-style hotels in Las Vegas.

Yumiko's Home Cooking: YAKITORI Featured

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Yumiko's Home Cooking: YAKITORI

Prep Time:30 min

Cook Time:15 min

Total Time:45 min

Yakitori is a Japanese skewered chicken cooked on a grill with either sweet soy sauce or just salt. You do not marinate the chicken before cooking. It's great for entertaining a big crowd, as it is a kind of finger food and it is easy to make. In this recipe, you will learn how to make the two most common yakitori: negima (chicken and shallots or scallions) and momo (plain chicken thigh) with sweet soy sauce. The recipe also includes different methods of grilling yakitori – on a yakitori griller or barbecue, or using the oven grill or broiler.

Serves:12 skewers


Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto Featured

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Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto

Chef/Owner of Morimoto Management

Chef Masaharu Morimoto — known to millions as the star of Iron Chef and Iron Chef America — has garnered critical and popular acclaim for his seamless integration of Western and Japanese ingredients. Since 1998, Morimoto has competed on the Japanese television show Iron Chef, and he also appears on Food Network’s Iron Chef America.

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