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Guide to Souvenir shopping for made in Japan Kimonos and Yukatas: what to buy

Made in Japan Kimonos, Yukatas or bathrobes–what’s the difference? If you browse the Japan travel forum of well-known website you’ll find plenty of questions from would-be visitors looking for the perfect Japanese souvenir, asking questions like, “where can I find a reasonably priced, easy-care kimono to lounge around in?” (more…)

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Lime Rock Park, CT: the best of racing, speed and shopping

Did you love Ron Howard’s amazing new movie Rush as much as we did? If the tense rivalry between Formula One drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda inspired you to learn more about motorsports, then get out of New York City and spend a day at the races at Lime Rock Park in nearby Litchfield […]

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The Japanese Art of Gift Wrapping– Why I Love Shopping in Japan

What did we say at every cash register in Japan? “Yes, gift please.” Linds and I quickly learned that uttering these three magic words at any Japanese shop meant the difference between a nicely packaged purchase and a spectacularly packaged purchase. This Japanese attention to presentation and service has deep roots in Japanese culture– anything […]

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Kyoto, Arashiyama, Japan. A trifecta of scenery, sights and shopping.

Made in Japan Souvenirs– the perfect way to remember a perfect day trip to Arashiyama Arashiyama is a mountainous village on the outskirts of Kyoto, and is a perfect day trip out of the city, hitting the trifecta of scenery, sights and shopping. Great scenery?  Bamboo Grove, mountains, river, bridges. Check. Great sites?  Temples, monkey […]

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