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10 Super-Useful Apps and Sites for Your Trip to Japan

12 of the Best Japan Travel Apps and Sites for Visitors

These 12 great Japan travel apps and sites cover everything from trains to translation, restaurants, accommodation, itineraries, and much more.

24 Unique Ways to Say Hello in Japanese (Audio)

Hi there! Want to say hello in Japanese? That’s good. Real good. This is the first phrase you should KNOW

Best areas to stay in Tokyo

Best areas to stay in Tokyo

Things to carry while in Tokyo. Plastic bag is a great idea. It’s true there are v few garbage cans

The Things You Should Always Carry With You in Japan

Japan is a great place to visit, especially for first-time international travelers. It feels completely different than western countries, yet totally familiar. I recently got back from a trip there, and while it wasn’t my first visit, I still learned a whole lot. Mainly, I figured out what kind of items are best to keep on you at all times.

How to wear a yukata

How to wear a yukata

Enlightening..."The Perfect Japanese Words You Need In Your Life"

The Perfect Japanese Words You Need In Your Life

23,525 points • 873 comments - The Perfect Japanese Words You Need In Your Life - 9GAG has the best funny pics, gifs, videos, gaming, anime, manga, movie, tv, cosplay, sport, food, memes, cute, fail, wtf photos on the internet!

Nice set of tips. Bring: 1. Comfortable Shoes, 2. Lots of cash, 3. Prepaid SIM card, 4. Google maps (predownloaded for Tokyo) and 5. Apps with walking guides

Tokyo Travel Tips: 5 Things You Need In Japan

Your vacation time is precious. Don't screw it up like I almost did. Here are my Top 5 Tokyo Travel Tips for not messing up your vacation to Japan.

Know your Japanese food:

Know your Japanese food:

I'm going to share one of the most-important tips when traveling around Tokyo; Purchasing a Japan Train Ticket - SUICA and PASMO Travel Card was really useful. The first thing we did when arriving in Tokyo is to buy a travel card named SUICA and Pasmo. The question is, which is the best choice between…

[JAPAN TIPS] Purchasing Japan Train Ticket - SUICA and PASMO Travel Card in Tokyo

I'm going to share one of the most-important tips when traveling around Tokyo; Purchasing a Japan Train Ticket - SUICA and PASMO Travel Card was really useful. The first thing we did when arriving in Tokyo is to buy a travel card named SUICA and Pasmo.

#Japan #Travel Cheat Sheet

Kyoto

Read 40 tips and reviews from 35891 visitors about ramen, gardens and seafood. "Look for this resto near the Kyoto station. Established in 1877! Go..."

Japan Prepaid SIM (1GB Data for up to 15 days) eConnect J...

Japan Prepaid SIM (1GB Data for up to 15 days)

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Only in Japan

Previously, Kotaku reported that Japan is getting a Hello Kitty bullet train. All we saw was the outside. Now, we get concept art showing what inside the train looks like.

A Look Inside The Hello Kitty Bullet Train

Previously, Kotaku reported that Japan is getting a Hello Kitty bullet train. All we saw was the outside. Now, we get concept art showing what inside the train looks like.

Things to do in japan. Eat a bento box on a bullet train

Tokyo: Bullet Train Bento

FOR EKIBEN ENTHUSIASTS, TRAVELLING IN JAPAN COMBINES TWO OF THE MOST PLEASURABLE THINGS TO DO: TRAIN TRAVEL AND EATING. They call ekiben 駅弁 the fast food of high-speed Japan, and for good reason. Where else can you to tuck into an artfully composed bento box while riding a bullet train travelling at more than 320 km…

Watch sumo, accessible to foreigners and once in a lifetime experience.

Sumo

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Cherry blossom viewing. Probably somewhere like Ueno Park

Cherry blossom viewing. Probably somewhere like Ueno Park

Cherry blossom viewing in Meguro-ku, Tokyo, Japan

Cherry blossom viewing in Meguro-ku, Tokyo, Japan

Robot Restaurant – Tokyo, Japan. Theres no way people actually pay attention to what they're eating

Robot Restaurant Bar - Tokyo, Japan

Photos + review of the infamous Robot Restaurant Bar in Tokyo, Japan. Like Medieval Times with robots in the Shinjuku District!

Temari no Ouchi - cat cafe - Tokyo More

Best animal and pet cafés in Tokyo

Because sometimes you just need a furry friend – or an animal you can watch. Find it with our guide to the best animal cafés in Tokyo

10 of the best bars in Tokyo for karaoke and other weird stuff

10 of the best bars in Tokyo for karaoke and other weird stuff

There is no shortage of weird bars in Tokyo, catering for everything from doing karaoke in a hot tub to drinking cocktails while handcuffed in a cell, says Richard Smart

Kabuki theatre - a traditional Japanese performance art

Kabukiza Theater (Ginza) - 2020 All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos) - Tripadvisor

Book your tickets online for Kabukiza Theater, Chuo: See 789 reviews, articles, and 770 photos of Kabukiza Theater, ranked No.2 on TripAdvisor among 528 attractions in Chuo.

Visit the sumo training stables

Sumo stables: Secretive world of Japanese wrestling

Wrestlers live and practice inside sumo stables, called "beya." Here's how to get in -- and how to behave once you're inside.

Kappabashi, a huge street of shops that offer everything for the home cook to those opening a restaurant!

Kappabashi Kitchen Town - Love and Lemons

We rounded the corner onto Kappabashi-dori. My eyes lit up, my heart skipped two beats. At the same time Jack let out a big sigh and whined “oh nooo… today is going to SUUCK.” Luckily, there was some free wifi in the area so he could distract himself while I carefully looked through every last copper pot, ginger grater, and tiny painted bowl… I have no words, really. Store upon store, stuffed with stuff (good stuff). Pinch me. click to keep reading, more after the jump: If you’re heading to…

Go manhole cover art spotting in Tokyo

Go manhole cover art spotting in Tokyo

Spend the night in a capsule hotel

Your Guide to Japanese Capsule Hotels

Maybe you are going to Japan. Maybe you're not, but one day, you hope to. There is an array of options—from fancy hotels and traditional inns to more budget-priced lodging. Or, perhaps, you just missed the last train.

Visit Harajuku on a weekend and see the awesome cosplay-era

FASHION JAPAN: Harajuku Fashion

Magazine on Japanese street fashion, runway fashion and street culture.

Must see

One of my favorite things to do in Tokyo. Train to ometosando, grab a coffee at Cafe Kitsune or nearby Blue Bottle, walk down ometosando and check out the cool shops of Cat Alley, look out for amazing street fashion at Harajuku, walk into the beautiful Meiji Jingu shrine and then head on over to Shibuya for the street crossing, food etc

Ometosando to Shibuya

One of my favorite things to do in Tokyo. Train to ometosando, grab a coffee at Cafe Kitsune or nearby Blue Bottle, walk down ometosando and check out the cool shops of Cat Alley, look out for amazing street fashion at Harajuku, walk into the beautiful Meiji Jingu shrine and then head on over to Shibuya for the street crossing, food etc

The official site of Ghibli Museum, Mitaka in Japan

Ghibli Museum, Mitaka

Visit the Ghibli Museum, Mitaka, located in suburban Tokyo. Experience the maze-like building, the fun of animation and discover the many fascinating and beautiful treasures created by Studio Ghibli.

Viewing deck from the Tokyo Met building... amazing view and free !

Viewing deck from the Tokyo Met building... amazing view and free !

Visit the beautiful Meiji shrine and grounds... right by harajuku

Meiji Jingu-About Meiji Jingu-

Meiji Jingu Official Website

Omotesando at Night

Omotesando at Night

Few areas of Tokyo are as famous as Omotesando, the 1100m long street leading up to the huge Meiji Grand Shrine. Officially Omotesando street is known as Route 413 but in common use the name refers to the street and the immediate surroundings. The Omotesando Boulevad begins in Minato Ward but ends in Shibuya Ward.…

Tokyo Met Photo Museum. Exhibitions are great here - especially when they show the World Press Photos

Tokyo Photographic Art Museum | Tokyo Attractions | Travel Japan | JNTO

The Tokyo Photographic Museum, or TOP Museum, houses a prized collection containing thousands of photographs from Japan and around the world. Check out the broad range of photos and videos of historical and artistic integrity. This is the premiere museum of its kind in Tokyo.

The beautiful Asakusa Shrine

On Japanese Culture: Tokyo's Asakusa Shrine

It is one of those places that despite the abundance of foreigners, the shrine is still so inspiring that it's easy to overlook the commercialism,...

Shibuya Crossing

Tokyo: 10 Things to Do — 7. Shibuya Crossing

It would be a shame to come to Tokyo and not take a walk across the famous intersection outside Shibuya Station. On sunny afternoons or clear evenings, the surrounding area is packed with shoppers,...

Tsukiji fish market.... visit it while it's still there (to be relocated)

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Food and coffee

So you want to slurp at Tsuta, the world's first Michelin starred ramen shop. Well, let me break it down. . . On Monday, December 1st,...

MICHELIN STARRED RAMEN in Japan

Tsuta is one of Tokyo's most revered ramen shops. After gaining much acclaim locally for their shoyu and shio soups, they were awarded a Michelin Star, the f...

3D Latte Art in Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan

7 Fun Things to do in Harajuku, Japan | Sushi and Gelato

Harajuku is intense, in the best possible way. Delicious smells waft in the air, a messenger of the treats you will soon try. Colors abound with kawaii (the culture of cuteness in Japan) found on signs, fashion and even food. Harajuku is full of entertainment and below we break down some of the most fun things to do...

This weekend, a set of two Yubari melons fetched a record-breaking 3.2 million yen ($29,000) at auction in Hokkaido, Japan.

Two Melons Just Sold For $29,000 In Japan

This weekend, a set of two Yubari melons fetched a record-breaking 3.2 million yen ($29,000) at auction in Hokkaido, Japan.

(⁰▿⁰)" Japan Lover Me

(⁰▿⁰)" Japan Lover Me

Nama Chocolate "Au Lait"

Nama Chocolate "Au Lait"

A confection made with a rich and smooth blend of premium milk chocolate and fresh cream with a slight hint of brandy. Contains liquor. 20 pieces inside.Allergens: Milk, soyStorage Temp: 50°FNutrition Facts (Download Here)

Every amazing thing you've heard about them is true.

Japanese Convenience Stores Are Havens Of 24/7 Snacking

Fried chicken, onigiri, and a wild candy selection — Tokyo’s conbini are havens of 24/7 snacking

Jiro's Sushi.... one day.

Jiro's Sushi.... one day.

colorful yumminess.

colorful yumminess.

Help guide for Onigiri. convinient stores and supermarkets out in okinawa town Lawson, Family mart, San A. and the meaning/flavors of the triangle rice balls.

Onigiri to go! – Okinawa Hai

CONTRIBUTED BY KAHO Onigiri means a triangular shaped “rice ball” in Japanese and it is a typical lunch food that Japanese people take in their lunch box. Left: Onigiri bought at “CO-OP” Right: Onigiri bought at LAWSON Convenience Store You can make onigiri at home, but you can also find them at convenience stores and …

Cafe Kitsune Tokyo is popular with locals and tourists alike who nibble mini baguette sandwiches in between marathon shopping sessions in the trendy neighborhood.

Café Find: Cafe Kitsune Tokyo - Melting Butter

Cafe Kitsune Tokyo is popular with locals and tourists alike who nibble mini baguette sandwiches in between marathon shopping sessions in the trendy neighborhood.Â

Chatei Hatou - my favorite coffee shop in the world

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Shopping

Must try this some day in Tokyo

A 100-year-old Japanese stationery store lets customers design the perfect, custom notebook

There's also a separate building just for pens.

Kappabashi Kitchen Town - Love and Lemons

We rounded the corner onto Kappabashi-dori. My eyes lit up, my heart skipped two beats. At the same time Jack let out a big sigh and whined “oh nooo… today is going to SUUCK.” Luckily, there was some free wifi in the area so he could distract himself while I carefully looked through every last copper pot, ginger grater, and tiny painted bowl… I have no words, really. Store upon store, stuffed with stuff (good stuff). Pinch me. click to keep reading, more after the jump: If you’re heading to…

MUJI | Store Locator

Store Locator

MUJI Store Locator

TOKYU HANDS is “THE ONE-STOP SHOP” chock-full of many products unique to Japan, such as high-quality and high-functional living ware, fancy made-in-Japan bags, convenient travel goods, the latest Japanese stationery, unique articles, topical beauty products, and tools and materials for DIY, as well as pleasant discoveries and surprises only found in Japan

Tokyu Hands

TOKYU HANDS is “THE ONE-STOP SHOP” chock-full of many products unique to Japan, such as high-quality and high-functional living ware, fancy made-in-Japan bags, convenient travel goods, the latest Japanese stationery, unique articles, topical beauty products, and tools and materials for DIY, as well as pleasant discoveries and surprises only found in Japan

One of my favorite streets in Tokyo, Cat street of Omotosando. Great for walking, small boutique brands, etc

One of my favorite streets in Tokyo, Cat street of Omotosando. Great for walking, small boutique brands, etc

MOMOTARO JEANS, Ao, 3 Chome-11-7 Kitaaoyama, 港区 Minato-ku, Tōkyō-to 107-0061 - Google 検索

MOMOTARO JEANS, Ao, 3 Chome-11-7 Kitaaoyama, 港区 Minato-ku, Tōkyō-to 107-0061 - Google 検索

Cultural learning

Japanese Gift Wrapping Is Beautiful

Japanese Gift Wrapping Is Beautiful

These Japanese gift wrap techniques are almost too pretty too unwrap! 🎁

If there's one thing that seems to have a horrible reputation no matter where you go, it's hospital food; bland, colorless, vomit-inducing meals that make the reason you're there seem bearable in comparison. A woman who recently gave birth in Japan, however, has just shared 12 of the meals she was served during her stay in the maternity ward, and they look tastier than half of the restaurants we've ever visited.

Woman Gives Birth In Japan, Shows What Food She Was Fed In The Hospital

If there's one thing that seems to have a horrible reputation no matter where you go, it's hospital food; bland, colorless, vomit-inducing meals that make the reason you're there seem bearable in comparison. A woman who recently gave birth in Japan, however, has just shared 12 of the meals she was served during her stay in the maternity ward, and they look tastier than half of the restaurants we've ever visited.

Google street view on the back of an Akita

Google Japan Now Has Street View From a Dog's Perspective

This is what the world looks like to an Akita.

Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories This is a really sweet series. Sour Plum and Plum Wine is my favorite episode. You don't have to watch them in sequence.

Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories (#2 of 2)

High Resolution / HD Movie Poster Image (#2 of 2) for Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories

Management on the Tsukuba Express line "sincerely apologised for the inconvenience" caused.

Apology after train departs seconds early

Management on the Tsukuba Express line "sincerely apologised for the inconvenience" caused.

Jiro Dreams of sushi

Jiro Dreams of Sushi (Official Movie Site) - Directed by David Gelb - Available on DVD and Blu-ray™ - Trailer, Pictures & More

JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI is the story of 85-year-old Jiro Ono, considered by many to be the world’s greatest sushi chef. He is the proprietor of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant inauspiciously located in a Tokyo subway station. Despite its humble appearances, it is the first restaurant of its kind to be awarded a prestigious three-star Michelin Guide rating, and sushi lovers from around the globe make repeated pilgrimage, calling months in advance and shelling out top dollar…

Directed by Erik Shirai. Through the unrelenting winter in the north of Japan, a small group of workers must brave unusual working conditions to bring to life a 2,000-year-old tradition known as sake. A cinematic documentary, The Birth of Sake is a visually immersive experience of an almost-secret world in which large sacrifices must be made for the survival of a time-honored brew.

The Birth of Saké (2015) - IMDb

Directed by Erik Shirai. The Birth of Saké is a documentary that reveals the history of passionate sake makers, and what it takes to create a traditional sake at the Yoshida Brewery, a family distillery with more then 140 years of history, in northern Japan.

Spoiler: If food porn is your fetish, you're going to want to spend some solid private time with Samurai Gourmet, an original series debuting on Netflix on March 17.

Meet Samurai Gourmet, Your Next Netflix-and-Chill Obsession

Spoiler: If food porn is your fetish, you're going to want to spend some solid private time with Samurai Gourmet, an original series debuting on Netflix on March 17.

Road trips

Japan 2017, Part 4 — Sacred – Lawrence Ripsher – Medium

Japan 2017, Part 4 — Sacred

Last time I was in Japan, I wrote a post about the gates which mark the entrance to all Shinto shrines. Torii, as they are called, have an important symbolic meaning which has stuck with me ever…

Japan 2017 — Part 3, Sumo – Future Travel

Japan 2017 — Part 3, Sumo

One a previous trip to Japan we stayed overnight in Tokyo to see the early morning sumo training (“asa geiko”, pictured below). While it was a great experience, I’d never attended an official sumo…

Japan 2017 — Part 2, People – Lawrence Ripsher – Medium

Japan 2017 — Part 2, People

Here are a few portraits or street photos I took during our vacation. I love street photography but it’s harder for me — taking much more effort and focus than say landscape photography, which comes…

Japan 2017 — Part 1, Nature – Lawrence Ripsher – Medium

Japan 2017 — Part 1, Nature

I’m back from my annual pilgrimage to Japan — this time a two week trip visiting family, road tripping through southern Japan, learning about Shogi and Sumo, and eating too much. This is part 1 of 4…

Day trips

Visit Yokohama - cool port town with Japan's largest chinatown

Yokohama Chinatown: Japan's Largest Chinatown | Tokyo Cheapo

Check out our guide on things to see and do and eat in Yokohama Chinatown—an easy day trip from Tokyo seeing as it's only an hour away.

Day trip out of Tokyo to Kamakura... should be paired with Enoshima

Kamakura

Travel guide for the city of Kamakura, near Tokyo, Japan.

Day trip out to enoshima - a short train ride out

Enoshima

About Enoshima, a small island with shrine near Kamakura.

Visit the cup noodle museum in Yokohama

CUPNOODLES MUSEUM

This interactive museum is designed to stir the creativity and curiosity within every child and provide a rich educational experience. Through the museum’s many exhibits you can learn about the creative thinking of Momofuku Ando, the founder of Nissin Food Products and inventor of Chicken Ramen, the world’s first instant ramen that revolutionized eating customs all over the world.

What others think

16 reasons why you must visit Japan – like everyone else is, apparently

16 reasons why you must visit Japan – like everyone else is, apparently

16 reasons why you must visit Japan – like everyone else is, apparently

Tokyo, the capital of Japan and the most populous metropolitan area in the world.  There are over 13  million people currently living in Tokyo.  It's no wo

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Stay

Park hyatt bar in Tokyo. Made famous for the movie Lost In Translation

Hotels I Love: Park Hyatt Tokyo, Japan

This recurring column is not “Hotels I Like,” or even “Hotels I Really Like.” It is "Hotels I Love," and I only manage to find a few each year that qualify - they have to be that good. The Park Hyatt Tokyo is that good.

Japan is way more affordable than they think, especially if you book the right accommodations. We’re talking as little as $20 to $50 a night if you know where to look! These obviously aren’t five-star resorts, but they’re worth it for the money you’ll save.

The Cheapest Places to Stay in Japan

I keep telling people that traveling to Japan is way more affordable than they think, especially if you book the right accommodations. We’re talking as little as $20 to $50 a night if you know where to look! These obviously aren’t five-star resorts, but they’re worth it for the money you’ll save.

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Japan 2017, Part 4 — Sacred – Lawrence Ripsher – Medium

Japan 2017, Part 4 — Sacred

Last time I was in Japan, I wrote a post about the gates which mark the entrance to all Shinto shrines. Torii, as they are called, have an important symbolic meaning which has stuck with me ever…

Japan 2017 — Part 3, Sumo – Future Travel

Japan 2017 — Part 3, Sumo

One a previous trip to Japan we stayed overnight in Tokyo to see the early morning sumo training (“asa geiko”, pictured below). While it was a great experience, I’d never attended an official sumo…

Japan 2017 — Part 2, People – Lawrence Ripsher – Medium

Japan 2017 — Part 2, People

Here are a few portraits or street photos I took during our vacation. I love street photography but it’s harder for me — taking much more effort and focus than say landscape photography, which comes…

Japan 2017 — Part 1, Nature – Lawrence Ripsher – Medium

Japan 2017 — Part 1, Nature

I’m back from my annual pilgrimage to Japan — this time a two week trip visiting family, road tripping through southern Japan, learning about Shogi and Sumo, and eating too much. This is part 1 of 4…

So you want to slurp at Tsuta, the world's first Michelin starred ramen shop. Well, let me break it down. . . On Monday, December 1st,...

MICHELIN STARRED RAMEN in Japan

Tsuta is one of Tokyo's most revered ramen shops. After gaining much acclaim locally for their shoyu and shio soups, they were awarded a Michelin Star, the f...

3D Latte Art in Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan

7 Fun Things to do in Harajuku, Japan | Sushi and Gelato

Harajuku is intense, in the best possible way. Delicious smells waft in the air, a messenger of the treats you will soon try. Colors abound with kawaii (the culture of cuteness in Japan) found on signs, fashion and even food. Harajuku is full of entertainment and below we break down some of the most fun things to do...

This weekend, a set of two Yubari melons fetched a record-breaking 3.2 million yen ($29,000) at auction in Hokkaido, Japan.

Two Melons Just Sold For $29,000 In Japan

This weekend, a set of two Yubari melons fetched a record-breaking 3.2 million yen ($29,000) at auction in Hokkaido, Japan.

(⁰▿⁰)" Japan Lover Me

(⁰▿⁰)" Japan Lover Me

Previously, Kotaku reported that Japan is getting a Hello Kitty bullet train. All we saw was the outside. Now, we get concept art showing what inside the train looks like.

A Look Inside The Hello Kitty Bullet Train

Previously, Kotaku reported that Japan is getting a Hello Kitty bullet train. All we saw was the outside. Now, we get concept art showing what inside the train looks like.

One of my favorite things to do in Tokyo. Train to ometosando, grab a coffee at Cafe Kitsune or nearby Blue Bottle, walk down ometosando and check out the cool shops of Cat Alley, look out for amazing street fashion at Harajuku, walk into the beautiful Meiji Jingu shrine and then head on over to Shibuya for the street crossing, food etc

Ometosando to Shibuya

One of my favorite things to do in Tokyo. Train to ometosando, grab a coffee at Cafe Kitsune or nearby Blue Bottle, walk down ometosando and check out the cool shops of Cat Alley, look out for amazing street fashion at Harajuku, walk into the beautiful Meiji Jingu shrine and then head on over to Shibuya for the street crossing, food etc

Must try this some day in Tokyo

A 100-year-old Japanese stationery store lets customers design the perfect, custom notebook

There's also a separate building just for pens.

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Japanese train departs 25 seconds early - again

In the second such case in months, a train leaves 25 seconds early. "Inexcusable" says the operator.

Japanese Gift Wrapping Is Beautiful

Japanese Gift Wrapping Is Beautiful

These Japanese gift wrap techniques are almost too pretty too unwrap! 🎁

Park hyatt bar in Tokyo. Made famous for the movie Lost In Translation

Hotels I Love: Park Hyatt Tokyo, Japan

This recurring column is not “Hotels I Like,” or even “Hotels I Really Like.” It is "Hotels I Love," and I only manage to find a few each year that qualify - they have to be that good. The Park Hyatt Tokyo is that good.

Kappabashi Kitchen Town - Love and Lemons

We rounded the corner onto Kappabashi-dori. My eyes lit up, my heart skipped two beats. At the same time Jack let out a big sigh and whined “oh nooo… today is going to SUUCK.” Luckily, there was some free wifi in the area so he could distract himself while I carefully looked through every last copper pot, ginger grater, and tiny painted bowl… I have no words, really. Store upon store, stuffed with stuff (good stuff). Pinch me. click to keep reading, more after the jump: If you’re heading to…

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