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Outlet alternatives to duty-free shopping

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A luxury Chicago mall is the latest business to successfully offer a convenient and affordable way to spend a long layover.
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The art of Japan

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Local artists in Japan’s ancient capital of Kyoto reveal the mystery behind their craft, from silk-weaving to manga cartoons.
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Meet the artists of Kyoto

These six artists in Japan’s ancient capital of Kyoto are the safeguards of the country’s artistic methods, preserving age-old crafts such as calligraphy and manga.


Tokyo’s strangest sights

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The Japanese city is full of baffling – yet logical -- attractions, from maid cafes to plastic food to giant robot statues.
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Baseball and sub-par beer in Japan

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The great American pastime is taken to new heights in Osaka – right down to the flavourless, watery brew on tap.
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On the road: Nachi Fire Festival, Japan

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One of the country’s most spiritual festivals, the centuries-old cleansing ritual held each July uses fire to symbolise the burning away of sins and mistakes from the past year.


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