Seiji Nakazawa

Can you use the fluctuating exchange rate and Japan’s weak yen to make some money? We find out

Our wannabe Wolf of Wall Street attempts to strike it rich with the volatile exchange rates.

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Testing our luck – Can visiting Japan’s power spots improve the omikuji temple fortune you draw?

After a month of visiting auspicious sites, Seiji’s luck levels should be maxed out, right?

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Shiratani Unsuikyo: The breathtaking anime setting where Princess Mononoke was born

Ancient cedar trees that inspired Hayao Miyazaki and his Studio Ghibli team are just one reason why this forest in Yakushima is so magical.

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How hard is it to break Japanese tiles like a karate pro?

This Tokyo store lets you write a wish on a tile to help make your dreams come true.

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Our team turns into old men on Respect for the Elderly Day with the magic of A.I. photo editing

It’s like looking into the future as Mr. Sato and his cohorts digitally advance themselves to a respectfully elderly age.

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Visit the mythical cave that hid the Sun Goddess in Japanese mythology

An unsual tourist site shrouded in intrigue and mystery.

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Make restaurant quality food at home with Japanese restaurant Kitchen ABC’s vending machine

Making restaurant quality food at home is as simple as (Kitchen) ABC.

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Calling all fans of anpan! You can try 20 kinds of anpan at this specialty shop in Asakusa

We wish that our two favorites were sold in more places, too.

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We find “Yakushima Soba” on a mysterious menu at a souvenir shop at Yakushima Island’s airport

A slightly bizarre start made for a delicious meal you can only get on this remote southern Japanese island!

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Kagoshima conveyor belt sushi chain Mekkemon rises above the rest with its special secret weapon

Our reporter discovers the special feature that makes one kind of common fish at this local eatery a slice above even the fatty tuna.

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No car? No problem! We find photogenic hidden gems in Yakushima that are easy to get to

Our reporter finds beautiful sightseeing spots not found in any guidebooks.

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The best soba restaurant on Yakushima island, according to locals

It’s a trek to get to this rural location, but it’s worth it. 

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Non-Whisper of the Heart Seiji’s 60x-zoom sneak peek of the real-world Earth Shop at Ghibli Park

Almost sharing a name with the Studio Ghibli character doesn’t get him inside, but Seiji still gets an early look.

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Mystery of modama: What is this sashimi we found for the first time on Yakushima?【Taste test】

It’s some kind of fish…probably…

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Japanese vending machine is the first of its kind, operated by a local business

A fun and tasty way to support the local economy.

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The almost immediate problems on our almost no-plan trip to Yakushima

Winging it may not have been the best choice for Seiji’s trip to the Princess Mononoke island.

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Our 40-year-old reporter tries muscat grapes for the first time, conquers childhood trauma

Seiji Nakazawa discovers that grapes have come a long way in the past 30 years.

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One thing you should be careful of when visiting Japan’s Laputa Island

A trip to this remote destination ends up mimicking the Studio Ghibli anime film it’s named after.

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A senbero with deer in Nara Park turns into a weird fever dream

We should’ve known better than to attempt a 200-yen senbero in a park during a heatwave.

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Instead of working from home, let’s find out what it’s like to work from a Japanese “beach house”

Can the Shonan summertime party place work as an office?

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