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Get Active & Get on the (Japanese) Beach!

In addition to Japanese cuisine culture, the nation's active lifestyle is credited with contributing to its famed longevity. So how do Japanese people stay active?

Tanzan Shrine Kemari Festival

A game played by royals 1,400 years ago, held at this nature-rich shrine in Nara. Japan's football starts here!

5 Ways Improv is a Sport

Japan's Health and Sports Day exists to promote an active lifestyle—that should count competitive improv, right?

Tokyo Marathon: From Start to Finish

Runners from all corners of the globe come to participate in the Tokyo Marathon in February each year. In 2016, AAJ contributor Jinichi Segawa set out to run the course with camera in hand.

8 National Records in the North Kanto Region

From the world's biggest standing bronze statue to the nation's highest bungee jump, the North Kanto region sets records on both a national and global scale!

Stunning Nagasaki 2-Day Tour

Dolphin shows and island tours await!

Top 5 Don'ts for Hiking Mount Fuji

Sure you can find a list of to-dos before hiking your way to the top of Mount Fuji, but here's our list of five don'ts to ensure you have the best and safest hike on the tallest mountain in Japan.

Guide to the Shimanami Kaido Cycling Route

Come along for a ride along the Shimanami Kaido cycling route and experience 70 kilometers of incredible views and glorious fresh air.

The 8 Most Popular Sports in Japan

If you're thinking about sports in Japan, chances are sumo, judo and kendo come to mind. However, only one of these makes the Top 8 list—find out what ranks in at No. 1!

Ice Skater Becomes Sailor Moon in Routine

Professional skater Evgenia Medvedeva recreates Sailor Moon’s transformation sequence on the ice in Tokyo.

Hiroshima Has Pennant Fever!

For the first time in 25 years, the Hiroshima Carp have won the Central League title. It's a long-awaited reward for a city that has had an abiding love affair with these red-capped champions.

Tackling Cultural Isolation through Rugby

In the short documentary 'Union,' a young Maori working in Japan tackles his cultural isolation using the universal language of rugby.

Soccer vs. Samurai

What happens when you put a freestyle soccer champion in samurai armor and send him around the streets of Brazil? This—this is what happens.

7 Samurai Doing 7 Extreme Sports!

These samurai warriors from Japan are fearless not only in battle, but also on a BMX bike, skis, a pogo stick and on a surfboard.

12 Things to Do in Ibaraki in Autumn

Incredible flowers bloom in Ibaraki even as the leaves on the trees begin to turn yellow, orange and red.

11 Things to Do in Gunma in Summer

Blessed with numerous mountains, lakes and rivers, Gunma offers a wealth of outdoors activities in the summertime. Try mountain climbing, rafting, canyoning, canoeing and more—then rest your weary bones in one of the region's celebrated hot springs.

Why Would Buddhas Battle for France?

Would you associate Buddha with France? Japanese people would! Cable network WOWOW uses some clever kanji association to drum up publicity for its 2017 French Open coverage.

Save up to 86% with Advance Airfare!

Want to travel Japan, but worried about the cost? JAL’s ‘Sakitoku’ advance fares lets you save up to 86 percent on airfare if you book at least 28 days in advance on domestic flights! Here are 12 ideas for places you can go!

The Past and Future of Japanese Sports

Professor Lee Thompson examines how media narratives have shaped the public’s view of Japanese athletics from the postwar period to the present.

The Big Catch is Cutlassfish

Delicious to eat and fun for anglers on the lookout for something with more than a bit of heft, cutlassfish are a great target for fishing enthusiasts!

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