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Japan Trip Links

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Local News and Current Events

Asahi Shimbun
This is a daily English newspaper that comes out of Tokyo. The paper is geared towards English speaking residents living in Japan.

Daily Yomiuri
Another English online newspaper that is a little more business oriented than Asahi Shimbun but also features articles about sports, arts and culture.

The Japan Times
An online news source that features articles on current events, pop-culture, history and economics.


Art and Culture

Lang Media - Japanese in Japan
This is an excellent site to start brushing up on your Japanese. You can stream videos of sample conversations and hear individual words and phrases that are helpful to know such as hello and goodbye. Participants should focus on learning the formal phrases presented here.

Kids Web Japan
While this might be a site directed to a younger audience, there is a lot of good information about food, culture and language. This site even includes simple Japanese recipes.

The Virtual Museum of Japanese Arts
See everything from examples of Metal Art and Virtual Gardens to video footage of Judo.

The Sadako Story
Read about the history of paper cranes and the story of Sadako Sasaki.


Travel Guides and General Info

Tochigi Prefecture
This is the official site of the Tochigi district. The group stays at the Tochigi YMCA in Utsunomiya, the capital of the Tochigi district.

Stanford Japan Guide
This is the homepage for Stanford University's Japan Guide for living in Japan. It includes information and links for foreign tourists and residents.

Lonely Planet
Lonely Planet is a great place to start reading about your destination and contains helpful information for travelers.

Wikitravel: Japan
Information on Japan designed specifically for travelers by Wikipedia. It offers a quick glance at a diverse range of topics including history, cultural norms and traditional foods.


Topic Specific Links

Tochigi YMCA
Founded in 1977, the Tochigi YMCA's headquarters is located in the city of Utsunomiya. BCCYMCA has partnered with this YMCA since 2003.

Welcome to Edo
This is a fun site that will take you on an interactive tour of Tokyo. You will be able to enter different locations in Tokyo and learn about Edo-era history.

Prime Minister
This is the official site of the Prime Minister of Japan. You can see photos and read current political news.

Centre for Intercultural Learning
Sponsored by the Canadian government, this website looks at Japanese culture from the standpoint of a Japanese person who has moved to Canada and a native Canadian who is living in Japan. Many of the questions they cover relate to working in Japan, but all the responses offer interesting insight into the culture.

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