Top 5 Hanami Sites Near Kobe

Feb 15, 2019 By Justin Hanus

Spring is just around the corner, which for many Japanese residents means Hanami time is here again. Hanami means “flower viewing” in Japanese (from the Japanese for flower - “hana”) and, up and down the country, people gather together to spend time with each other and appreciate the beauty of...[ Click to read more ]

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Setsubun Festivals in Tokyo

Jan 25, 2019 By Jason Gatewood

So you survived O-shogatsu (Japanese New Year's) and are looking forward to the end of March and the blooming of the cherry trees, but the reality is there are at least 60 more days to go before a single pink blossom appears. While it will not bring the blossoms any closer, did you...[ Click to read more ]

Setsubun Festivals in Nagoya

By Ray Proper

  "That Bean-Throwing Festival" Setsubun, or "That Bean-Throwing Festival" celebrates the beginning of spring in Japan. Celebrated yearly on February 3 as part of the Spring Festival, its association with the Lunar New Year makes this festival a sort of New Year's Eve. This association is accompanied by a special...[ Click to read more ]

A Valentine’s Date in Kobe

Jan 22, 2019 By Justin Hanus

Valentine’s Day in Japan is an important day, especially for girls and women. Though the customs are a little bit different here than what you might be used to. First of all, it is the girl/woman, who will give chocolate as a present to their love interest on the one...[ Click to read more ]

Nagoya Ramen Festival 2019

By Ray Proper

Ramen is a classic Japanese food.  If you ask a random person, foreign or Japanese, male or female, what their favorite food is, you are highly likely to get "ramen" as your answer.  Ramen is a noodle soup of wheat noodles served in a meat-based broth.  Standard flavors include: Shio or "salt" Tonkotsu or "pork bone"...[ Click to read more ]

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Where to Spend Valentine’s Day in Nagoya

Jan 21, 2019 By Mark Guthrie

[caption id="attachment_31931" align="aligncenter" width="640"] The illuminations at Nabana no Sato[/caption] In his 1977 classic one hit wonder, John Paul Young sang the immortal lines "Love is in the air, everywhere I look around".  There is a good chance that he wasn't looking around Nagoya, as while it is an amazing city with...[ Click to read more ]

English Information For Friends Toyota – Learn About Japanese Green Tea

Jan 17, 2019 By Admin

Learn All About “Japanese Green Tea” with English Support Where: Cooking room, Gender Equality Promotion Center, 2F Toyota Industry and Culture Center Participants: Foreign residents and their Japanese friends who live in and around Toyota City; The maximum number of participants accepted: 20 (adults and children over 6 years old...[ Click to read more ]

Rugby World Cup Japan 2019

Dec 26, 2018 By Jason Gatewood

While most people around the world know the Summer Olympic Games will be here in Tokyo in 2020, we actually have a very large sporting engagement to host a year before that during early autumn 2019, just over eight months from when this will hit the interwebs. The Rugby World...[ Click to read more ]

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Furusato Matsuri Tokyo 2019

Dec 25, 2018 By Jason Gatewood

Like food? Silly question right, of course you like food?! If you are looking for the opportunity to sample dishes from all over Japan, but don’t really have the time on your hands to be bouncing through all 47 prefectures and regions to seek out each individual dish (Or like...[ Click to read more ]

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Let’s Tour – Sendai: What to see & do

Nov 30, 2018 By Jason Gatewood

For a city its size (just over one million people, which is considered small by Japan standards), Sendai has a storied past, steeped in nature, and has a vibrant lifestyle for its citizens. This all adds up to a perfect place to check out if you’re looking for a change...[ Click to read more ]