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Japan

The word “Japan” conjures diverse and colorful images: the serene, iconic Mount Fuji; Kyoto temples fringed by cherry blossoms; the outrageous couture of Harajuku girls on a Tokyo Sunday; futuristic bullet trains; a geisha in kimono and painted face. It is the land of anime and pachinko, of exquisite cuisine, and of electronics and robotics innovation that transforms the way we live and work. Visiting Japan, it is easy to recognize what science-fiction writer William Gibson called “the global imagination’s default setting for the future.”

The foundation of this prosperous modern Japan was its post-war constitution, which along with an unstinting work ethic kindled unbridled economic growth. Even with the recessions of past decades, Japan is still home to the world’s third-highest GDP; it is a beacon of modernity to a continent that is racing to catch up with this once hermitic nation.

Japan’s insular past may be long gone but many of the old ways remain. One can still see elegant women in meticulous kimonos gingerly navigating massive crosswalks; kabuki opera performances; and sushi masters using techniques from the 17th-century Edo Period. This is what makes Japan so appealing: the harmonious confluence of the ancient and hyper-modern into one fascinating whole, firmly rooted in tradition but ever hurtling into the future.

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The word “Japan” conjures diverse and colorful images: the serene, iconic Mount Fuji; Kyoto temples fringed by cherry blossoms; the outrageous couture of Harajuku girls on a Tokyo Sunday; futuristic bullet trains; a geisha in kimono and painted face. It is the land of anime and pachinko, of exquisite cuisine, and of electronics and robotics innovation that transforms the way we live and work. Visiting Japan, it is easy to recognize what science-fiction writer William Gibson called “the global imagination’s default setting for the future.”

The foundation of this prosperous modern Japan was its post-war constitution, which along with an unstinting work ethic kindled unbridled economic growth. Even with the recessions of past decades, Japan is still home to the world’s third-highest GDP; it is a beacon of modernity to a continent that is racing to catch up with this once hermitic nation.

Japan’s insular past may be long gone but many of the old ways remain. One can still see elegant women in meticulous kimonos gingerly navigating massive crosswalks; kabuki opera performances; and sushi masters using techniques from the 17th-century Edo Period. This is what makes Japan so appealing: the harmonious confluence of the ancient and hyper-modern into one fascinating whole, firmly rooted in tradition but ever hurtling into the future.

Book the Tokyo 2020 Summer Games with Remote Lands today.

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TRAVELOGUES

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Magic and Ghosts: A Short, Odd History of Himeji Castle

Magic and Ghosts: A Short, Odd History of Himeji Castle

Author : Ronan O'Connell
Four hundred years of myth, superstition, bloodshed, and glory reverberate through the 83 buildings of this hilltop fortress. This is Himeji Castle.
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Shika-shima: Japan’s Most Elegant Rail Experience Readies for 2020

Shika-shima: Japan’s Most Elegant Rail Experience Readies for 2020

Author : John McMahon
Though it's not exactly a bullet train, the Shika-shima is Japan's most luxurious rail experience, a mix of luxury, design, and service.
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Yoshida Sanso: Hidden Kyoto Ryokan with a Royal Legacy

Yoshida Sanso: Hidden Kyoto Ryokan with a Royal Legacy

Author : Lucy Dayman
There's a lot of history packed into the Yoshida Sanso ryokan in Kyoto, the pick for travelers wanting to abandon the modern world without losing the creature comforts.
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Setouchi Triennale from the Sea with Seto Yacht Charter

Setouchi Triennale from the Sea with Seto Yacht Charter

Author : Travelogues
Twelve islands and two cities participate in the Setouchi Triennale, with installations, museums, and works that will come to define contemporary art, and now travelers can experience it from their private ship with Seto Yacht Charter.
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Gold Eats: Gilded Delights of Kanazawa

Gold Eats: Gilded Delights of Kanazawa

Author : John McMahon
Kanazawa has been ahead of the gold-leaf food craze for about 400 years. Today, travelers can get gilded sushi, ice cream, and korokke in this lovable Japanese destination.
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Taboo Butoh: Kyoto’s Controversial Dance Legacy

Taboo Butoh: Kyoto’s Controversial Dance Legacy

Author : Ronan O'Connell
The raw, brutal, pseudo-sexual nature of Butoh has made it a controversial dance that has spread worldwide. In Kyoto in the Butoh-Kan, Ima Tenko is one of the masters.
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The Grandest Tour – Aman Private Jet Expedition 2020 (Only space for 1 more couple)

The Grandest Tour – Aman Private Jet Expedition 2020 (Only space for 1 more couple)

Japan - China - Vietnam - Thailand - Bhutan - India - Greece - Montenegro - Italy
March 20 - April 10, 2020
Kyoto to Greece Aman Private Jet Expedition 2020 (Only space for 1 more couple)

Kyoto to Greece Aman Private Jet Expedition 2020 (Only space for 1 more couple)

Japan - Philippines - Indonesia - UAE - Turkey - Greece
April 19 - May 5, 2020
Aman Private Jet Expedition: Bali to Luang Prabang

Aman Private Jet Expedition: Bali to Luang Prabang

Indonesia - Cambodia - Vietnam - Laos
September 21 - October 6, 2020
Aman Private Jet Expedition 2019

Aman Private Jet Expedition 2019

China - Bhutan - India - Sri Lanka
October 12-28, 2019
Lessons in Chinese Legend – Aman Private Jet Expedition 2019

Lessons in Chinese Legend – Aman Private Jet Expedition 2019

BEIJING - XI'AN - HANGZHOU - CHENGDU - LIJIANG - ZHANGJIAJIE - SHANGHAI
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