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Japan for beginners

Ivy Ong-Wood

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

If you hurry, you can book a trip to Japan in time for the Sanja Matsuri - a festival celebrating three founders of Sensoji Temple, revered as Shinto gods in the Asakusa Shrine next door.

This year, it is held from May 16 to 18, when nearly two million people visit the temple in Tokyo's Asakusa district.

The place will be packed with food and games stalls amid a lively atmosphere of Japanese drums and flutes.

Want to know more about events like this? Japan Airlines has updated its popular online Guide to Japan. It offers insights into Japanese culture and trends, JAL staff recommendations, and a guide to ramen, hot springs, world heritages, festivals and places to visit in the country.

There even is a humorous section called How Tsu Japan, in which the country's customs are described ("When eating sushi, dip only the fish in soy sauce, never the rice").

Website: guidetojapan/

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