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Legendary Nagano: Folk Tales and Legends from the Roof of Japan

Dec 24, 2014 By Ray Proper

The Story of Lazy Taro is one of 23 stories in Legendary Nagano: Folk Tales and Legends from the Roof...[ Click to read more ]

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Hatsuhinode in Nagoya 2015

Dec 24, 2014 By Ray Proper

Among the many customs associated with "oshogatsu," or New Years, are a good many firsts; from the first trip to...[ Click to read more ]

Lost Items in Japan and Shareikin Rewards

Dec 16, 2014 By First Admin

In Japan there is a very old system of "lost and found", based on a 1300-year-old system preceding Japan's urbanization...[ Click to read more ]

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Onsen – The How To’s, Do’s and Don’ts

Dec 12, 2014 By Mark Guthrie

As temperatures around the country plummet, the Japanese winter can seem harsh, particularly if you are not fortunate enough to...[ Click to read more ]

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Japan: To Drive or Not to Drive?

Dec 10, 2014 By Ray Proper

When discussing the pros and cons of driving in Japan, one of the most common questions that comes up is...[ Click to read more ]

English Speaking Childcare / Babysitting Services in Nagoya

Dec 08, 2014 By

Babysitting was not a “thing” here, generally, until somewhat recently.  Traditionally in Japan the woman stays home while the man...[ Click to read more ]

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Hiwatari Shinji – A Buddhist Fire Walking Ritual

Nov 27, 2014 By Mark Guthrie

Winter in Japan can get a touch on the chilly side, can’t it. So, what’s the best way of warming...[ Click to read more ]

Hiwatari-Shinji – Fire Walking at Akibasan Entsu-ji

Nov 27, 2014 By Mark Guthrie

Winter in Japan can get a touch on the chilly side, can’t it. So, what’s the best way of warming...[ Click to read more ]

Train Travel in Japan

Nov 23, 2014 By First Admin

Many people know of the exceptional value of a Japan Rail Pass, which allows tourists to ride the train systems...[ Click to read more ]

Dive on in – Public Swimming Pools in Tokyo

Nov 11, 2014 By Mark Guthrie

Swimming is, it is often stated, perhaps the best form of exercise, and as a nation that takes its health...[ Click to read more ]

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