What to do in Tokyo over the New Year’s Holidays 2020

Dec 27, 2019 By Jason Gatewood

People say Tokyo is the most restless city in the world, but maybe they've never been here around the traditional New Year holiday period when most residents aren't punching the clock. Instead, they are spending time with their families, often well outside the Metropolis in their hometowns. Pretty much any...[ Click to read more ]

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Winter Attractions in Tokyo

Dec 26, 2019 By Jason Gatewood

Wintertime around these parts usually means either taking in some winter sports like skiing and snowboarding or soaking in one of the numerous hot spring onsens around the countryside surrounding the metropolis. But there are a few other things you can check out around Greater Tokyo in the cold part of...[ Click to read more ]

Diamond Magic – Witness The Diamond Fuji Phenomenon

By Mark Guthrie

Diamond Fuji is a twice annually occurring phenomenon during which 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 just a...[ Click to read more ]

Snow Festivals in Japan

By Jason Gatewood

Because Japan is over 70% mountainous and located in the temperate latitudes of the western Pacific where the moist ocean air continually does battle with dry, cold Siberian and Mongolian air coming in from China, the Japan Alps enjoys a healthy dusting of snow every winter. No part of Japan...[ Click to read more ]

Cultural Kawabun – Exploring Japanese Culture at Nagoya’s Oldest Restaurant

By Mark Guthrie

Japan has a rich and long artistic heritage, something that many people travel from all over the globe to see. For the most part, they go to Kyoto and Tokyo to see the best-known events, but did you know that here in Nagoya, you can get up close and personal...[ Click to read more ]

Hiroshima New Year’s Traditions: Hatsumode and the Tondo Festival

By Hugh Cann

There are two main events or traditions marking the beginning of the new year in Japan. Auspiciously, the first visit of the year to the shrine called Hatsumode, and followed later in the month by the Tondo festival. Hatsumode The first visit of the year to a shrine or temple...[ Click to read more ]

Watching Sumo matches in Jungyo Exhibition Tour

Dec 25, 2019 By Chiho

Watching sumo is one of the most authentic attractions in Japan. The annual grand tournaments are held only in odd months; January, May, and September in Tokyo, March in Osaka, July in Nagoya, and November in Fukuoka. You don't want to miss the tournament matches if you happen to be...[ Click to read more ]

Traditional Japanese New Years’ Foods – Osechi Ryori

Dec 24, 2019 By Ray Proper

Osechi-ryōri are traditional Japanese foods eaten at the start of the new year.  The osechi tradition has been alive in Japan since the Heian Era (starting in 794), and the foods are easily recognizable by the special bento boxes called jūbako, often stacked for larger families or parties.  Like many...[ Click to read more ]

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Hatsumode in Nagoya – Shrines to Visit for New Years

By First Admin

Oshogatsu, or New Year, is the most important holiday in Japan. Businesses shut down 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. Sometime during...[ 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 ]