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Inside Japan’s Dutch Theme Park

I’ve always dreamed of visiting the Netherlands, partly due to my Dutch ancestry but mostly because of my love of cheese and other edibles. So when Golden Week began approaching, an annual string of public holidays, and Austin and I were planning a road trip around western Kyushu, I figured why not  make a stop in Japan’s very own Amsterdam. Huis Ten Bosch (ハウステンボス) is a 17th-century style Dutch-themed…

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Christmas Lights in Miyazaki

For a country that doesn’t really celebrate Christmas, Japan sure knows how to do Christmas lights. They are the romantic backdrop for Christmas Eve – a night celebrated like Valentines Day, where couples take strolls to see the lights and then enjoy dinner at a fancy restaurant. The lights are called ‘illuminations’ (イルミネーション) and go up in December. They stay put well into…

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