Walk with the Animals, Talk with the Animals…

Jul 31, 2020 By Hugh Cann

Look I’m just going to say it. I’m not a fan of zoos and my first visit to Japan and see the zoo in the 1980s left me indignant and determined never to go again. HOWEVER. Japanese notions of animal care have evolved a lot and while it’s not Taronga...[ Click to read more ]

Great Camping Venues in Kansai

Jul 30, 2020 By Justin Hanus

Camping is a great way to experience the outdoors in an authentic fashion. Camping is a popular pastime for those wanting to escape the crowded neon-lit urban areas of Japan. With an abundance of parks, beaches, mountains, and forests surrounding its cities, Kansai offers many natural delights to campers. You...[ Click to read more ]

Hiroshima’s Onomichi and Tomonoura: Cruise the Inland Sea

Jun 29, 2020 By Hugh Cann

Most residents of Hiroshima have at least heard of Onomichi, if not had the opportunity to visit. Onomichi is a small shipbuilding town nestled on the edge of the Seto Inland Sea, aka Seto Naikai, to the East of Hiroshima. Among Japanese people of a certain vintage, it is probably...[ Click to read more ]

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Have You Made Your Summer Plans?

By Admin

Why not immerse yourself in Japan’s nature and culture with a getaway this summer? You’ll find elements of Edo period Japan with a simple stroll in any city - from Nijo Castle in Kyoto to Gokokuji Temple in Tokyo - but few destinations carry such a historical atmosphere as the...[ Click to read more ]

Amusement Park Rules for Japan under COVID-19

Jun 28, 2020 By Jason Gatewood

File this one under the “New Normal” coming after the COVID-19 pandemic— amusement parks have reopened around Tokyo and the rest of Japan but with new rules that are being enforced to make sure parkgoers stay safe. But some of them are a bit…unorthodox, to say the least. Temperature Checks...[ Click to read more ]

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Mitaki Temple

Jun 26, 2020 By Matt Mangham

Mitaki Temple (or Mitaki-dera) isn’t as off the beaten path as it once was. All the online references to a “hidden gem” seem to have had their inevitable effect, and the last few times I’ve been there I’ve had plenty of company. Still, except for sunny weekends in cherry blossom...[ Click to read more ]

Staying entertained while #stayinghome in Tokyo

Apr 30, 2020 By Jason Gatewood

Every 2 or 3 months in this space, I write a piece introducing a community in Greater Tokyo and encourage readers to take a trip to check it out themselves. Perhaps the most challenging thing about the novel coronavirus pandemic is my missing these attractions. Since none of us can...[ Click to read more ]

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Getting a Pet in Nagoya

By Mark Guthrie

Nothing completes a family like an additional member, in the form of a pet. Whether a cat, dog, or something less orthodox, it can be really nice having a companion around the home. Pets in Japan The most popular pets in Japan are cats and dogs. Due to space restrictions in...[ Click to read more ]

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Things to do in Tokyo during Rainy Season

Apr 26, 2020 By Jason Gatewood

We’ve braved yet another cold winter, sat out under the pink trees during hanami season, and seen it warm up steadily with our minds starting to look towards the barbecues, beach trips, and bon ordori festivals of summer. But we have to get through three or so weeks of dreary,...[ Click to read more ]

Wisteria Festivals: Aichi’s Other ‘Hanami’

Mar 18, 2020 By Mark Guthrie

There can be absolutely no doubt that in Japan, the month of April is very much the month the cherry blossom tree. However, as quickly as it has come, the season has gone. Time has taken its toll on the delicate sakura, and the wind and rain of spring have...[ Click to read more ]