Welcome to The Canadian Experience.

Here you'll find a wealth of authentic information written by Canadians with a passion for Japan.
Travel vicariously through these writers' experiences and discover Japan's endless hidden charms.

 
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By Will Aitken

Ninja and samurai still haunt the streets of this castle town on the sea of Japan. Continue>

By Will Aitken

An ancient pilgrimage route takes in Shinto shrines and millennia-old hot springs. Continue>

By Marc Atchison

TOKYO, JAPAN – When looking for affordable places to dine in Japan's capital, it helps to have tunnel vision. That's because many of Tokyo’s cheapest and best "neighbourhood" restaurants can be found tucked away... Continue>

By Marc Atchison

KANAZAWA, JAPAN – It's a bright sun-drenched day when our motor coach enters the abyss of a volcanic mountain tunnel and quickly our vision is drawn to a tiny speck of light in the distance. Continue>

By C. James Dale

My eyes are supposed to be shut, but I can't keep them from fluttering open. The simplicity of the sight creates an indelible memory. It's dawn and the sun is spilling across the worn wooden floor of the Daitokuji Temple in Kyoto, one of the oldest Zen Buddhist temples in Japan. Continue>

By Katherine Govier

After six train changes from Tokyo followed by a steep cable car ride, I stepped out into a cloud of mist. I could see nothing; thick pearly moisture filled the tree-fragrant-air. And it was silent. Silent, silent. Continue>

By Katherine Govier

In old Japan, warriors, priests, and the blind made their entire lives a pilgrimage, walking and begging from one end of the islands to the other. The man who inspired me sojourned alone for forty years, up and down the country, seeking opponents, his passage marked only by the defeated he left behind. Continue>

By Dominik Modlinski

In the spring of 2010 I fulfilled one of my deepest desires, a journey to Japan. I chose spring to see the legendary cherry blossoms, which in combinations with ancient architecture and stunning landscapes inspired me deeply. Continue>

By Annarosa Sabbadini

Just off mainland Japan, Okinawa lives and ages on its own island time. Continue>

By Annarosa Sabbadini

The old Tokyo Train Station is like new again, and it's brought fun into the financial district. Continue>

By Adam Waxman

Looking out on the serenity of Kyoto City from the balcony of Kiyomizu Temple, we glimpse the first bud of spring. Breathing it in, the temple monk shares with me that, "when you look at a cherry blossom in full bloom, maybe you feel it is at the height of its beauty, but for Japanese, the moment it falls to the ground we feel beauty; we enjoy the entire flower, from its budding to its falling." Continue>

By Adam Waxman

Doll making is a serious craft throughout Asia. For centuries Japanese artisans and students made frequent visits to China to learn from the Chinese masters of the trade. Continue>

By Adam Waxman

For the Japanese, asymmetry, or unbalanced structure, is beautiful. A tearoom is a typical example of this way of thinking. Decoration is limited and rather simple. Simplicity is the essence—"without any decoration we can enjoy life"—that is the Japanese way. Continue>

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