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Annual Parade of the Giant (November 3) Yagorō-don Matsuri in Osumi-cho

Annual Parade of the Giant (November 3) Yagorō-don Matsuri in Osumi-cho (PDF)

JQR No.17 (2012 Dec)

Touring the Festivals of Japan Vol.7 – A Giant Doll Parades Through the Town


Traveling Kyoto like natives – 京都 Experiencing Machiya

Traveling Kyoto like natives – 京都 Experiencing Machiya (PDF)

JQR No.16 (2012 Oct)

Kyoto has a history spanning 1200 years.
Since time immemorial, it has nurtured a mesmerizing breadth and depth of tradition and culture.
To touch upon the heart and soul of Kyoto, it is best to immerse yourself in the traditional lifestyle.
We suggest a leisurely stay in a machiya townhouse, the dwellings built many years ago for the common townspeople, in order to explore and appreciate the hidden charm of the city.
It will unlock the door to a realm of travel.


A Clash to Commemorate the Lost (August 7) The “Fighting” Tanabata of Kesenchō

A Clash to Commemorate the Lost (August 7) The “Fighting” Tanabata of Kesenchō (PDF)

JQR No.16 (2012 Oct)

Touring the Festivals of Japan Vol.6 – The “Fighting” Tanabata festival returns to a disaster-struck town


Touring the Festivals of Japan Vol.5 – Art and Agriculture Share the Stage (June 14) Otaue Rice-Planting Festival at Sumiyoshi Taisha

Art and Agriculture Share the Stage (June 14) Otaue Rice-Planting Festival at Sumiyoshi Taisha (PDF)

JQR No.15 (2012 Aug)

Touring the Festivals of Japan Vol.5 – A lavish festival in hopes of a fruitful autumn


Folk Entertainment in the Mountains (May 5) The Kawai Three-Lion Dance

Folk Entertainment in the Mountains (May 5) The Kawai Three-Lion Dance (PDF)

JQR No.14 (2012 Jul)

Touring the Festivals of Japan Vol.4 – Enjoying a Traditional Lion Dance on a Peaceful Day Out in Spring


Rinnoji Temple’s Gohan-shiki (rice-forcing) Festival (April 2) is an unusual ordeal in Nikko

Rinnoji Temple’s Gohan-shiki (rice-forcing) Festival (April 2) is an unusual ordeal in Nikko (PDF)

JQR No.13 (2012 Jun)

Touring the Festivals of Japan Vol.3 – A Dramatic Ceremony Draws Laughter and Gasps


Jindaiji’s Daruma Fair (March 3, 4) in Memory of Gansan Daishi

Jindaiji’s Daruma Fair (March 3, 4) in Memory of Gansan Daishi (PDF)

JQR No.12 (2012 May)

Touring the Festivals of Japan Vol.2 – Temple Ground Engulfed in a Sea of Bright Red


Calling spring into a mountain village (February 11) The Monzen Harukoma in Kawaba

Calling spring into a mountain village (February 11) The Monzen Harukoma in Kawaba (PDF)

JQR No.11 (2012 Apr)

Touring the Festivals of Japan Vol.1 – Young men dressed as women Call spring into this mountain snow-covered village


We Love ASAKUSA – The Guide to Asakusa Introduction

The Guide to Asakusa Introduction (PDF)

JQR No.07 (2011 Nov)

Asakusa is just like a toybox, with entertainment quarters surrounding the temple that it grew up around.
Simply walking the streets there is so much fun. Let’s go and have a look!


Yoshino, Koya and Kumano Walking the Kii Sankeimichi Pilgrimage Routes

Yoshino, Koya and Kumano Walking the Kii Sankeimichi Pilgrimage Routes (PDF)

JQR No.06 (2011 Oct)

In 2004 Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range became a listed World Heritage Site.
For pilgrimage routes anywhere to be accorded World Heritage status is most unusual.
Long ago this vast mountain range, which straddles the three prefectures of Nara, Wakayama and Mie, became the setting for religious mountain ascetic practices.
Eventually three sacred sites with different origins and religious significance emerged, along with the pilgrimage routes that connected them.
This area has long had an enormous influence on the development of Japanese religion and culture.


Quality Japanese Inns and Hotels [Final Installment]

Quality Japanese Inns and Hotels [Final Installment] (PDF)

JQR No.04 (2011 Aug)

Q. Where can I stay to best take in the natural grandeur of Hokkaido?


Quality Japanese Inns and Hotels [No. 4]

Quality Japanese Inns and Hotels [No. 4] (PDF)

JQR No.03 (2011 Jul)

Q. I dream of staying at a fancy ryokan.
Where would you suggest for my first visit to one?


Quality Japanese Inns and Hotels [No. 2]

Quality Japanese Inns and Hotels [No. 2] (PDF)

JQR No.02 (2011 Jun)

Q. I’m looking for somewhere to revitalize myself both physically and mentally?


Quality Japanese Inns and Hotels [No. 1]

Quality Japanese Inns and Hotels [No. 1] (PDF)

JQR No.01 (2011 May)

Q. We’d like to stay at a traditional Japanese inn with a strong feel of history?