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Japan

Japan is a perfect blend of history, culture, tradition and natural beauty. It is a timeless wonder where traditions fuse with modern life seamlessly. From the splendor of a Kyoto geisha dance to the spare beauty of a Zen rock garden and the reverence showcased in its numerous temples, Japan has the power to enthrall even the most seasoned traveller. And the crowning glory, is the cuisine - the quality and art of food preparation in Japan is beyond compare.

Land of the Rising Sun

Japan has a fascinating and multifaceted culture; on the one hand it is steeped in the deepest of traditions dating back thousands of years, long before the Shinto and Samurai traditions while on the other it is a society in a state of rapid flux, with fast changing fashions and unstoppable technological development. All of these combined make it an alluring destination for the modern traveler.

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People, food and culture

Japan is famed for its ethnic and social homogeneity while today Japanese society is an epitome of diversity. It includes minority groups such as the Ainu of Hokkaido and the Ryukyuans of Okinawa, but also other nationalities such as the Koreans, Chinese, and Brazilians. The country’s culture has changed greatly over the millennia from the country's prehistoric period to its contemporary modern culture which absorbs influences from Asia, Europe, and North America.

Japanese cuisine is renowned around the world - popular dishes such as Ramen, Udon, Sushi, and Tempura need no introduction. Apart from the mainstream dishes there are also local specialties arising from the smaller towns and cities be it a type of sweet, fish, noodle, seaweed or tofu. Tokyo and Kobe consistently give birth to some of the best eateries in the world. You will never be far from a great meal.

It is also a country of drinkers. Whilst “sake” (rice wine) is the national drink, lager-beer is the most popular. And let’s not forget that Japanese single malts have that captivated the palates of the scotch drinking world by storm.

It is not just the alcoholic drinks that are popular though. Sado, for instance, is a Japanese green tea ceremony and an ancient tradition with roots traced back to Zen Buddhism. The ceremony involves the preparation and drinking of tea, including the widely celebrated powdered tea, Matcha.

  • Languages spoken:

    Japanese

  • Fun Fact

    Japan is an archipelago consisting of 6852 islands out of which only 430 are inhabited!

  • One reason you should go here

    Go forest-bathing, or shinrin-yoku, a traditional practice that has proven to have immense health benefits! And let’s forget the spectacular scenery that greets one everywhere you go.

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