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Nunobiki Herb Gardens

We were welcomed by a hint of sunshine breaking through the clouds, a faint fragrance of tea and roses wafting from the boutique, and a scant number of Sunday morning visitors.

Ujicha field growing green tea in Kyoto, Japan

A Spot of Tea in Kyoto’s Ujicha Tea Culture

It takes a village...so these diverse people gathered on a small plot of land next to a mountain road with a backdrop of mature tea terraces to give birth to a new "spot of tea".

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There’s Something About Sumo

Sumo wrestling is not a super-sized skin flick, nor a turbulent tussle of testosterone. It's more like...

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Tiananmen and Tea Totaling

Actually, I was rather amused, as this very scene has happened to me countless times all over the world, many of which resulted in rewarding meetings for both parties.

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The Great Wall

For weeks I'd looked forward to visiting the Great Wall, the most iconic monument in all the land.

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From K to J, In Just 3 Days

I spent 3 days in mid-July exploring the Kansai region of Japan -- one day and one night each in Osaka, Nara, Kyoto and high above Kobe at the Arima resort area.