1000 year old Japanese bonsai tree adventure
ONLY in JAPAN -- Oct 26
Japanese Bonsai Trees have been a part of Japanese culture for over 1000 years going back to the Heian Era. Today, we'll visit the Omiya Bonsai Art Museum 大宮盆栽美術館 in Saitama to see some amazing tree! One in particular is a 1000 year old Ezo Spruce that has a lot of personality.

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Feb 26
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Feb 21
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Feb 20
Authorities in some prefectures where people are confirmed to be infected with the new coronavirus are providing multilingual information services for foreigners visiting or living in Japan. (NHK)
Feb 19
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Feb 13
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Feb 12
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Feb 10
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Feb 08
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Feb 06
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Feb 01
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