Japan

Author: C. Hasselmann

Tags: Asia, Exploring, Finalist, Japan

Transcending Language Barriers with Manners: Life Lessons from the Japanese

Waking up at five am is never pleasing, especially on vacation. But the blaring alarm signaled a new day, the promise of adventure. With my legs still stiff from the 14-hour flight, I arose and peered outside, a blank canvas of a day in the Land of the Rising Sun.

Author: Kyle McCarthy

Tags : Asia, Baby, City Break, England, Europe, India, Istanbul, Japan, Kids, Kids Club, London, Mexico, Middle East, Multigen, Singapore, Travel Trends, Turkey, Weekend & Short Break

Kidzania Makes Play Out Of Work

Parents (practitioners of the helicopter style or otherwise), often fret about what their kids are going to turn out to “be” and how much influence they will have once they’re grown up.

A company like Kidzania dispels those fears by making play out of work. Each of the 23 Kidzania branches around the world offers children a play space filled with career opportunities, where children can costume themselves, handle tools, and otherwise engage in fulfilling – or less fulfilling – occupations.

Note! This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question, and stay up to date with current events to ensure a safe and successful trip.

Author: Kyle McCarthy

Tags : Couples, Family-Friendly Hotels, Flee Market, Japan, Kids, Water & Themeparks

Hello Kitty is Catnip at Japan's Family Friendly Hotels

To wow your family with unforgettable memories, Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo and Keio Plaza Hotel Tama rent stunning Hello Kitty Rooms, special guest rooms decorated with the favorite character “Hello Kitty.”

Note! This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question, and stay up to date with current events to ensure a safe and successful trip.

Author: Allison Hyman-Tibaldi

Tags : Asia, City Break, Couples, Flee Market, Japan, Teens

Japan Introduces Sapporo Bullet Train

Japan’s Shinkansen bullet train is one of the country's most recognizable symbols of modern technology. These masterfully engineered high-speed trains link Japan’s major cities in a jiffy, making them a practical way to tour this beautiful country. If you’re a train buff, you are already acquainted with these sleek machines.

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Author: Shane Hager

Tags : Asia, Blogs, Couples, Family-Friendly Hotels, Japan, Luxury Options, Multigen, Museums & Culture

Omotenashi:1,300 Years of Japanese Hospitality Await

Families traveling to Japan who want to give their children a taste of authentic Japanese hospitality will find it easier than ever plan their vacations, thanks to the Ryokan Collection. For those who don’t know, a ryokan is a traditional Japanese-style inn, the likes of which have been a central part of Japanese culture for centuries.

Note! This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question, and stay up to date with current events to ensure a safe and successful trip.

Author: Madison M.

Tags: Asia, Exploring, Japan, Semi Finalist

The Old and the New

This past summer of 2015, I joined my Japanese class from my high school on a short exchange program in Japan, a beautiful country very different from my familiar America.

SEMI-FINALIST 2015 FTF TEEN TRAVEL WRITING SCHOLARSHIP

By far the single most influential place I set foot was Hiroshima, a perfect example of how old can meet new and past can meet present in the starkest of ways. 

Author: Yuki Klotz-Burwell

Tags: Asia, Exploring, Japan, Quarter Finalist

Yuki and Yuki: The Connections between Japan and America

I have always been interested in Japanese culture. My father lived in Japan for several years and became fluent in the language, and decided to give me a Japanese name that means “snow”, to combine his love for Japan and my mother’s Canadian heritage. I have been studying Japanese for the past five years, and although the program at my school is small, it satisfies my learning style by providing me with hands-on learning opportunities combined with typical classroom lectures.

 

Author: P Murphy

Tags: Asia, Japan, Semi Finalist, Soul Search

Color My World

In rural Alaska, winters are monochrome and seemingly unending, and the short-lived summer greens quickly fade to a dark brown. My hometown is a perfect illustration of “Alaska”.  It is the kind of place where moose are our closest neighbors, ATV’s and snowmobiles frequent gas pumps more than cars and it is not uncommon to go to the same school with the same group of kids for all of our lives. During my junior year of high school I was stuck in a rut of monotony.

Author: Magi of the East

Tags: Exploring, Japan, Winner

Equal in the Eyes of the Rain

I cannot remember the name of the boy whose elbow is pressing into my arm. The ten Japanese children I am travelling with huddle underneath a heavily adorned tile overhang along with all the other tourists. I squint through the pouring rain at the torii gate, my gaze flitting past a lion-dragon’s bared teeth and a small noh stage. The torii is famous for seeming to float on the water, but in the rain the bright red gate takes on a ghostly aura as if it is indeed a gate from the physical world into the spiritual realm.

Author: Elece Smith

Tags: Asia, Exploring, Japan, Winner

Finding Peace in Hiroshima

In August of 2015, I traveled with 20 other high school students on the Japan Bowl Winners' trip through the Kakehashi Program. This short trip included a tour and sightseeing in Hiroshima Prefecture as well as courtesy calls to various officials in Japan including Crown Princess Takamado and Caroline Kennedy. We stopped at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park twice during the trip: once on the day before the 70th anniversary of the bombing to visit the Museum and memorials at the park and a second time to attend the Toronagashi (paper lantern floating) ceremony at the park on August 6th.

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