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The Travel Club Show : Japan for first-timers
The first-time visitor to Japan arrives with a lot of baggage, including the cultural variety. All those preconceptions we have about a place like Japan which, from a distance, can seem intense yet calm, modern yet traditional, compact yet spacious.
Maybe it's all these. Just think: Boys Love Manga and woodblock prints. Maid cafes and geisha tea houses. Anime and kabuki. Bullet trains and rickshaws. Crowded cities and serene villages. Hamburgers and sushi.
But the biggest thing confronting the first-time visitor is the unknown...
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Arrivals & Departures: Infused by spirit of the ceremonial
BETHANY HIATT has a taste of traditional Korean culture
Arrivals & Departures: Church crawl has many blessings
WILLIAM YEOMAN visits some of Somerset's parishes
TRAVEL GUIDE River cruising Europe: Choose the right cruise for you
As he introduces our latest guide to rivercruising in Europe, STEPHEN SCOURFIELD points out the things to look for when choosing the perfect cruise for your needs
TRAVEL GUIDE River cruising Europe: Voyages deliver rivers of appeal
Our Travel Editor lists his top waterway picks
TRAVEL GUIDE River cruising Europe: The advent of Europe's river cruises
Budapest to Amsterdam remains the classic European river cruise - then and now
TRAVEL GUIDE River cruising Europe: Bea-all and end-all of luxury cruising
A doyenne of hospitality has redefined comfort, writers STEPHEN SCOURFIELD
TRAVEL GUIDE River cruising Europe: How to feel right at home
STEPHEN SCOURFIELD's tips for the socially anxious