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TOP TEN CULTURAL EXPERIENCES IN JAPAN

Japan isolated itself from the world for centuries, high-tech Tokyo would seem to be the most modern city on the planet but Japan is still a private place with hidden rituals and secret ceremonies.  Getting to see these isn’t easy. You need an introduction and a high end concierge to show you the real Japan. Where better to find them than at ILTM Japan  the country’s most exclusive luxury travel show? With the help of Luxurique, Art of Japan and Luxury Japan  we introduce you to some of the most extraordinary experiences you will ever have in Tokyo and Kyoto.

Posted 16/3/17

Incense Ceremony
Incense Ceremony
Japanese aristocrats have been burning incense, not for religious purposes but for entertainment since the 13th century. 
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Sweet Treats
Sweet Treats
In every tea ceremony the sweet marzipan treat (wagashi) that accompanies the drinking of the bitter green tea is an important part of the ritual. 
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The Art of the Bonsai
The Art of the Bonsai
On the outskirts of Tokyo there’s a garden devoted to Bonsai. At the heart of the garden is a tree said to be over 500 years old and a $1USmillion dollar tree.
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Silent Samurai
Silent Samurai
The samurai may not have ruled japan for centuries but their discipline and devotion lives on. 
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Behind the Scenes at Kabuki
Behind the Scenes at Kabuki
The Kabuki you see in Ginza at Kabuki-za, Japan’s most famous and grandest Kabuki theatre is considered the best in Japan. 
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Memoirs of a Geisha*
Memoirs of a Geisha*
There are geisha, and then there are geisha. The art of being a true geisha with all the skills in such classical music, dance, games, and conversation takes years to learn and there is a strict hierarchy.
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Bidding for Black Diamonds
Bidding for Black Diamonds
Getting into the inner sanctum, the fresh tuna auction, at the Tsukiji fish markets is rather like getting an invitation to the Queens garden party - no easy task.
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Serious Sumo
Serious Sumo
If you happen to be in Tokyo during one of the three grand tournaments in January, May or September you can catch some of the action at Ryogoku Kokugikan, Tokyo's National Sumo Hall. 
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The Zen of Monks
The Zen of Monks
Luxury Japan can arrange for members of their Club Concierge to stay at one of five temples in Kyoto usually closed to the public.
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Kimono Chic
Kimono Chic
“It is actually incredibly uncomfortable to wear a kimono”, said one traveller who tried it. “Especially after a few hours”. 
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