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By Claire D'hooghe | June 12, 2016

Sagano Bamboo Forest, Arashiyama You’ve seen the stock image before: a low angle shot of an overwhelming, towering, green bamboo forest and a lonely path. It invokes the sense of a quiet, intimate scene; the observer looking up at the bamboo swaying in the breeze, surrounded by an ancient, spiritual sing-a-long of the engulfing Japanese forest. This idealistic, tranquil place exists in Arashiyama, Japan, so the caption says. Tourism information will tell you…

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By Claire D'hooghe | March 5, 2016

There is a high standard of how sushi must be prepared, presented and eaten all over Japan, particularly Tokyo, and no sushi restaurant worth its name – from the fancy black-and-gold five-star to the back-alley stand-and-go hallway – will fail to meet the high standard. So with all that quality sushi going ‘round, where does…

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