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A golden slice of old Tokyo

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The historical Golden Gai neighbourhood is a world away from the glitz of Japan’s capital, with narrow laneways housing about 200 tiny bars, most of which seat fewer than 10 patrons.
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On the road: Kanda Festival, Japan

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Ancient Tokyo is brought back to life as traditionally costumed locals parade through the city’s historic landmarks with elaborate floats and portable shrines.


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Japan’s epic snowball fighting championship

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Held at the bottom of a volcano, this annual tournament features more than 100 teams competing in a game that’s described as a cross between capture the flag and dodgeball.
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Cherry blossoms around the world

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While Japan is home to some of the most well-known cherry blossom scenes, many cities celebrate spring’s arrival with these beautiful blooming trees.


On the road: Akihabara, Japan

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One of the hottest spots in Tokyo today, this neon-lined neighbourhood is home to hundreds of niche shops, from anime shops to French maid cafes.


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