Hatsumode in Nagoya – Shrines to Visit for New Years

Dec 24, 2020 By First Admin

Oshogatsu, or New Year, is the most important holiday in Japan. Businesses shut down from January 1 to January 3, and families gather to spend time together.  The New Year Lottery numbers have been announced, New Year cards have been exchanged, and most places around Japan start looking like ghost towns....[ Click to read more ]

Hatsumode in Tokyo – Shrines to Visit for New Years

By Mark Guthrie

Celebrating New Year in Japan is all about 'firsts.' Perhaps the most important ‘first’ is the first trip to a shrine, a tradition called hatsumode. While this can be done at any time, usually over the first three days of the year, the most dramatic time will be at midnight...[ Click to read more ]

Viewing the Magical Diamond Fuji from Tokyo

Dec 15, 2020 By Mark Guthrie

Diamond Fuji is a twice annually phenomenon when the sunrise and sunset align perfectly with Mount Fuji’s summit, looking for all the world like a bright shining jewel placed atop the nation’s crown. There are many great places from which you can witness this startling sunset in Tokyo and the...[ Click to read more ]

Winter Illumination in Tokyo 2020

Nov 26, 2020 By Jason Gatewood

Christmas Day in Japan is just another working day for the most part.  The most interesting facet of the Christmas and holiday season in Japan is that all traces of it will be gone by morning on December 26th.  Without fail, every bell, light, and garlands; every decoration will come...[ Click to read more ]

Winter Illumination in Nagoya 2020

Nov 23, 2020 By Ray Proper

Christmas Day in Japan is just another working day, for the most part.  The most exciting facet of the Christmas and holiday season in Japan is that all traces of it are gone by morning on December 26th.  Without fail, every bell, light, and garlands, every decoration will come down,...[ Click to read more ]

Winter Illumination in Kansai 2020

Nov 19, 2020 By Justin Hanus

Don’t let the cold stop you from heading outside as there are beautiful displays of holiday lights throughout the Kansai region. Get out of the house and away from your kerosene heater to see as many of the winter illuminations as possible this December. They’ll leave you feeling full of...[ Click to read more ]

Winter Illumination in Hiroshima 2020

By Matt Mangham

Seasonal illuminations are a big deal in Japan. From the famous Kobe Luminarie, donated by the Italian government following the Great Hanshin Earthquake, to light festivals in Osaka, Sendai, Nagoya, and elsewhere, a chilly stroll through enchanting colored lights has become a prominent feature of winter in Japan. Hiroshima is...[ Click to read more ]

Buying Holiday Decorations, Wrapping Paper, and Lights in Nagoya

Nov 09, 2020 By Ray Proper

Holidays in Japan are bright and colorful affairs, and Nagoya is no exception to this rule. If you are looking for decorations, lights, or other holiday materials there are a few good sources you should know about. Costco (Wholesale Warehouse) If you have a lot of gifts to wrap, you will...[ Click to read more ]

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Thanksgiving Dinner in Hiroshima

Oct 26, 2020 By Mark Guthrie

With Thanksgiving being very much a North American holiday, we aren't really within our rights to expect Hiroshima to celebrate the third Thursday of November in quite the same way as it would be done in the US. However, like other international traditions such as Christmas, Hallowe'en, and Valentine's Day,...[ Click to read more ]

Craft Beer in Tokyo and Yokohama

Oct 20, 2020 By Mark Guthrie

Japanese beer is usually thought of as just the 'big three': Asahi, Kirin, and Sapporo. While these are great when ice cold on a scorching day, they aren't exactly the most interesting brews. However, right now, there is something of a craft beer revolution going on. While it is impossible...[ Click to read more ]