ANA Group In-flight Magazine

With travel as its main theme, "TSUBASA -GLOBAL WINGS-" introduces unique interviews and stunning visuals to present the culture, nature, food, and people of different areas in and outside Japan. Listed below is an archive of "Tastes of JAPAN" articles that appeared in our in-flight magazine.


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vol.3 The Historical Village of Hokkaido

Sapporo offers many pleasures, both seasonal and timeless. Stepping back in time is not a pleasure restricted to Hokkaido, but in this outdoor museum you have the joy of moving back and forth, between past and present, to contemplate the future of culture, cuisine, work, and lifestyle.

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vol.2 Sapporo Snow Festival

Sapporo offers many seasonable pleasures. Spring is when flowers come forth and bloom, while summer arrives dry and crisp, with lots of festivals.

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vol.1 Get know Hokkaido

Breathtaking natural landscapes in all four seasons, exciting winter sports, hot springs, and savory gifts from seaside and mountainside make traveling Hokkaido a distinct and varied pleasure.

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vol.5 Delightful Delicacies of Kyushu

Abundant nature in a fertile landscape of dramatic volcano formations makes Kyushu a rich source of unique food and drink. Each of its seven prefectures offers locally sourced delicacies sure to delight both eye and palate.

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vol.4 Land of Legend and Mystery

A dramatic geography of gorges and waterfalls exudesan air of myth and ancient history. Of note are MiyazakiPref.'s Takachiho Gorge and Saga Pref.'s Yoshinogari,both revered for their mystic appeal and cultural value.

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vol.3 Relaxing Hot Springs

A landscape created from Kyushu's volcanic geography and fed by underground thermal springs has given rise to hot spring resorts where a variety of water qualities offers relaxing and healing immersion.

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vol.2 Boating Adventures of Yanagawa and Kumagawa

A dramatic geography threaded by waterways makes for exciting adventure in Kyushu. Yanagawa pleasure cruising and slow or fast boating down the Kuma River are matchless experiences of this colorful island.

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vol.1 Get to Know Kyushu

Dramatic geography of seascapes and landscapes,temperate climate, year-round sports, countless hot springs, and abundant food from ocean and mountain make travel in history-rich Kyushu something inviting.

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vol.5 Immersion in Tasty Travel

Savory travel in Japan during December and other winter months is most inviting when warm hospitality comprises fine food and immersion in hot-spring (onsen) bathing. In Misasa Town, Tottori Prefecture, are many varied baths and delicacies like spider crab. The hotspring town of Dogo, Ehime Prefecture, serves up sea bream to the delight of travelers. Cuisine and bathing together add up to fresh, satisfying insights into Japanese culture.

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vol.4 Fascinating Strolls to Unique Places

Travel in Japan can bring you to many fascinating towns and countryside areas as well as natural formations throughout its many islands. One town known for its winding ways and attraction to cats is Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture.

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vol.3 Towering Castles

Japan has many castles, several of them restored. Only 12 retain their main tower since the Edo period (1603-1868) or earlier, including the three herein, each with a unique character that makes for an adventure in time travel via living history.

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vol.2 Elegant Spans in Nature

Threading the landscapes of Chugoku and Shikoku aretwo bridges beloved in Japan, Kintai (Yamaguchi Pref.) and Kazura (Tokushima Pref.), each of great cultural and historical value, set amid compelling, natural scenery.

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vol.1 Get to Know Chugoku and Shikoku

Located in western Japan, the region of Chugoku and Shikoku Island are surrounded by the Sea of Japan, Pacific Ocean, and Seto Inland Sea.

vol.8 Illuminating Summer Nights With Lively Celebration

There’s nothing like a summer festival in Japan to experience its culture and traditions while immersed in the local atmosphere and how people celebrate the season. In this issue, we introduce festive fun - from fireworks to flowing lanterns - in Tokai and Hokuriku Shin’etsu regions’ five prefectures of Nagano, Fukui, Ishikawa, Gifu, and Toyama.

vol.7 Festive Summertime Celebrations in Japan

Summer months are a great time to experience the many and varied festivals and events held across Japan, each a delightful celebration specially linked to its area's local legends and culture. In this issue, we introduce fun festivities-from cosplay toportside fireworks-in Tokai and Hokuriku Shin'etsu regions'four prefectures of Mie, Niigata, Shizuoka, and Aichi.

vol.6 Mementos of Your Memorable Travel in Japan

June is an inspiring time to discover specialty items of the Tokai and Hokuriku Shin'etsu regions. Among delightful choices of nine prefectures are sake, mizuhiki, pie snacks, washi paper, pearls, cat figurines, sweet treats, wine glasses with ceramic stems, and lacquer-coated washi, all fine souvenirs as well as cultural markers of Japan.

vol.5 Explore the World Heritage Sites of Japan

As of January 2019, UNESCO World Heritage sites in Japan total 22, which is 12th highest in the world. Within the Tokai, Hokuriku, and Shin'etsu regions, one stands out for remarkable architecture and another for its ancient pilgrimage route and shrines. Exploring them will give you rare insights into the living history and vital culture of Japan.

vol.4 Joyful Journeys Back in Time

April is a lively time to explore present and past delights of the Tokai, Hokuriku, and Shin'etsu regions. Here you can choose to step into a period of historic architecture and village life as seen in Aichi Prefecture's wondrous Meiji-mura or travel millions of years to the age of dinosaurs exhibited at the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum.

vol.3 Tasty Treats in a Merry Month for Markets

Like autumn, spring is an exciting season for markets in the Tokai, Hokuriku, and Shin'etsu regions. March arrives with a fresh harvest and new menus, and in the markets of Ishikawa and Shizuoka prefectures, like many in Japan, you'll discover healthy greens and scrumptious seafood along with savory samplings of Japanese culture and cuisine.

vol.2 Immersion in Snow Country Culture

Not far from the center of Honshu is the Shin'etsu region, perfectly suited for seaside fun as well as delightful adventures in a winter wonderland. The snow country areas of Nagano and Niigata prefectures offer memorable immersion in nature and culture, from skiing to hot spring bathing amid a land rich in history, literature, rice, and sake.

vol.1 Get to Know Tokai, Hokuriku, and Shin'etsu

The regions of Tokai, Hokuriku, and Shin'etsu, near the center of Honshu, attract with sea and mountains as well as great skiing. All regions have heavy snowfall made charming by hot springs and offer trekking and hiking opportunities. Coastal areas offer amazing seafood, while inland sites have abundant fresh ingredients such as mushrooms.

vol.6 Blooming Nature in Gardens, Temples, & Shrines

First-time visitors to Japan may be surprised to know February is a time not only for blossoms that signal the end of winter but also for celebrating their arrival, and the Kanto region is no exception. Now you can experience the fruitful blooming of plum trees in Mito’s Kairakuen and cherry blossoms at Kamakura’s temples and shrines.

vol.5 On the Trail to a Sacred Site of Rich Savor

The cosmopolitan metropolis of Tokyo is known for its unique combination of cutting-edge style, fashion, food, music, and shopping. But just beyond the city, sometimes within its metropolitan bounds, are experiences of nature at its finest and a renowned temple with historic influence and unique craft traditions as well as vegetarian cuisine special to Buddhist practice known as shojin ryori.

vol.4 Where History and Culture Thrive Together

Among the many charms of the Kanto region are its fascinating and highly engaging history as well as its enduring culture. These high points of cultivation are often reflected in architecture, and you’d be hard pressed to find a place where history and culture are better preserved to retain their vitality through its buildings, activities, and overall ambience than Kawagoe.

vol.3 Region of Fermenting Possibilities

The Kanto region in eastern Japan is where mountains, sea, and land offer rich treasures plus unique cultural activities. In Chiba Prefecture, enjoy flavorful soy sauce made from Japan’s largest source place. Yamanashi wine has a longtime reputation for varietals winning awards at home and abroad.

vol.2 Sacred and Silk Sites of Historic Interest

October is a vibrant time to experience the rise of autumnal tones and sites colored by history in the Kanto region. Here you can feel the spirit of Nikko’s Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples, beloved for an architecture of rich decorative elements, or see how matchless silk-making, past and present, reaches new heights for the future.

vol.1 Diverse Appeal of Our Bustling City and Beyond

The Kanto region, with Japan’s capital, Tokyo, and the prefectures of Chiba, Saitama, Kanagawa, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma, and Yamanashi, offers diverse attractions in exciting cities and in places replete with nature, history, and culture.

vol.6 Bountiful Nature in Dramatic Landscape

The northern region of Tohoku abounds with mountains and lakes plus unique natural features sure to inspire visitors. Among Akita Prefecture’s charms are a national park with a renowned volcanic area and a snowmelt phenomenon known as Dragon Eye. And when it comes to flora and fauna, Miyagi Prefecture is home to a wide array of waterfowl and aquatic birds as well as biodiverse wetlands and more.

vol.5 Delicious Seafood for Summertime Treats

With access to various coastal waters, Tohoku is a seafood lover’s paradise also favored by fishing aficionados. Such treasures from the sea include squid, scallops, and flounder. Aomori Prefecture, with fresh seafood year-round, is known for bluefin tuna valued as “black diamonds” by gourmands and locals. Another seafood choice would be Iwagaki oysters from the Shonai region of Yamagata Prefecture. Dip into these rich catches for delightful summer seafood.

vol.4 Beautiful Waters for Savory Greenery and Sake

The Tohoku region is replete with mountains, lakes, hot springs, and more. The waters here are beautiful yet perfect for rice agriculture, savory greenery, and sake. Akita Prefecture sees in summer the aquatic herb of watershield (junsai), used as food with unique texture. With over 50 breweries of sake, Fukushima Prefecture has tours for you to see how it’s made amid a breathtaking landscape of vibrant history and culture.

vol.3 Living History in Northern Japan

Set among Tohoku’s six prefectures, Aomori and Fukushima are replete with history, world-class archeology sites, a castle of dynamic aesthetics, and vital culture in the context of ancient village life. Walk back in time to clay figures and other artifacts in Aomori’s Jomon site or look into the living history of Tsurugajo Castle and its park, complete with blossoming cherry trees that show springtime nature at its finest.

vol.2 Rich Culture of Spirit, Nature, and History

Many power spots of marvel and mystery are in Tohoku, a northern region resonating with the enduring values of sacred spaces, natural beauty, and historic drama. In Yamagata Prefecture, Dewa Sanzan has three sacred peaks and a spiritual practice devoted to mountains. Hiraizumi, of Iwate Prefecture, comprises a mountain site and temples—a frequent occurrence in Japan, China, Nepal—with notable history, architecture, and sacred legacies.

vol.1 Springtime Rich in Nature and History

This northeast region is replete with mountains optimal for yearround leisure activities, history, culture, and crafts. Spring in Tohoku’s six prefectures, however, offers varied pleasures among national parks, natural settings, and hot spring spas, including traditional horseback archery but especially beautiful cherry trees ripe for enjoying the nature and traditions unique to this area of Japan.

vol.6 Island Life and Water for Wellness

Among Kansai regional attractions are bodies of water that nourish daily life and sustain sacred rituals. Linked to the main island of Honshu via the world’s longest suspension bridge, Awaji Island (aka Awajishima) inspires wellness and family fun from its culture, history, hot springs, cycling in nature, and theme parks. Enjoy the ceremony at Nara’s renowned Todai-ji temple in which healing water is drawn from a sacred well.

vol.5 Savory Choices of the Ancient Capital

The ancient capital of Kyoto is known for its history, culture,and architecture as well as sacred sites like temples and shrines.What is not obvious to the visitor of this city with a compelling past and fascinating present is the array of delectable choices for dining in or out that give you a sense of the local flavor as well as local food culture.

vol.4 Distinct Recognition as World Heritage Sites

To be inscribed by the United Nations as a World Heritage site requires extensive preparation by the applicant as well as rigorous examination by UN appointees who oversee the process. Inscription includes distinct recognition of temples, shrines, mausoleums, and other outstanding icons of culture and historical value. Each prefecture of the Kansai region has its own World Heritage site, as described below.

vol.3 The Lively Art of Puppet Theater

In addition to wonderful outdoor activities, Kansai offers cultural highlights ranging from sacred sites and castles to pottery and tea ceremony. Among refined Japanese crafts are theater arts like noh and kabuki as well as the exciting traditional puppet theater (bunraku) known as ningyo joruri, in which large figures perform a drama with lifelike gestures and exquisite expressions thanks to adroit handling by masterful puppeteers.

vol.2 Autumn Fun in the Great Outdoors

The geography of the Kansai region invites outdoor and sports enthusiasts from beginner to veteran to enjoy a host of activities. Topographical variety ranges from plains and valleys to mountain peaks and lakes. In Shiga Prefecture is Lake Biwa, or Biwa-ko, a body of water perfect for recreation and relaxation, including biking or boating. Hang gliding in Wakayama Prefecture offers a unique perspective, with an eagle-eyed view of the world below.

vol.1 Where Rich History Meets Contemporary

The Kansai region comprises the six prefectures of Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo, Nara, Shiga, and Wakayama. As Nara and Kyoto helped shape Japan’s history more than a thousand years ago, they are teeming with historical sites as well as various shrines and temples. Along with its rich past, the Kansai region has flourished as the economic hub of western Japan.

vol.5 Idyllic Isles for Stargazing and Horseback Riding

Some 400 islands dot Okinawa Prefecture, including uninhabited ones. Fascinating experiences of nature, culture,and history await on the main island of Okinawa and on remote islands well worth the visit.

vol.4 Immersion in Nature’s Diverse Wonders

On the main island of Okinawa is a wondrous place known as “the miracle forest.” In the formation of the Ryukyu Islands,organisms evolved into an extraordinary diversity. Birds like the Okinawa rail and other plants and animals came to inhabit the nature-rich sacred place of Yambaru Forest, made a national park in September 2016.

vol.3 Experience Vibrant Craft Culture of the Islands

Sixteen products of Okinawa Prefecture are designated byJapan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry as traditionalcrafts of Japan, 13 of them dyed or woven textiles, aclear indicator that a vital and vibrant artisanal culture thriveshere. The weaving and dyeing derive from overseas techniquesdiscovered between the 14th and 16th centuries during trade with China, Southeast Asia, and India.

vol.2 Entertaining and Enduring Food Culture

Throughout the nearly 500 years of the Ryukyu dynasty(1429–1879), Okinawa fl ourished as it came under varying influences from the cultures of China and Southeast Asian countries involved in trade. Among its attractions, including craft and architecture, is what you can eat here.

vol.1 Island Paradise of Rare Culture and Cuisine

The island group of Okinawa, at the southern end of Japan, comprises the main island of Okinawa, Miyako Island, Ishigaki Island, and others, each remarkable for its character and setting as well as culture, architecture, food, music, and crafts. This tropical paradise sees crystal blue waters under sunny skies, averaging 22°C annually.