Festivals in Kyoto You Should Know About

Dec 25, 2020 By Justin Hanus

For more than a thousand years, Kyoto was the capital city of Japan. Today it is a major cultural center. The historic city holds numerous festivals, some of which date back hundreds of years. There are a few, in particular, you should know about. Ouka-sai Festival One of the best...[ Click to read more ]

Getting To Know You: Nagoya Port

By Mark Guthrie

To the south of the city, Nagoya's port is one of Japan's busiest, servicing the country's central region of Japan, the hotbed of the nation's automotive industry. And I know what you're thinking: that doesn't exactly sound like a fun day out, right? And you would have been mostly right...[ Click to read more ]

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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 ]

Japanese New Years’ Traditions

By Jason Gatewood

New Year is the main holiday of the year in Japan, and the country shuts down for several days as people take time off to spend time with their families and relax. As with Christmas celebrations in the West, numerous customs and traditions are observed at New Years. Here are...[ Click to read more ]

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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 ]

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 Hiroshima 2020

Nov 19, 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 ]

Koyo, or Fall Colors in Hiroshima

Oct 15, 2020 By Mark Guthrie

The Japanese are proud of the four distinct seasons that Japan offers and is very conscious of changing the seasons around them. They often celebrate little, or not so little, milestones between each to mark the occasion. Long sleeve or short sleeve shirts, for example, are there one day but...[ Click to read more ]

Getting to know you: Azabu Juban, Tokyo

Sep 25, 2020 By Mark Guthrie

As one of the most fashionable and exclusive neighborhoods in central Tokyo, Azabu Juban is a fantastic place to live or enjoy. You can find favorite shopping boutiques, cool little cafes, and small independent stores in which you can find something a bit different from that of the big chains...[ Click to read more ]

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Go Potty at the Tokoname-yaki Pottery Festival

Sep 24, 2020 By Mark Guthrie

Aichi is Japan's modern-day hub of automotive manufacture. Long before that, about 800 years before Mr. Toyoda's Type G Automatic Loom, Aichi was a hub for pottery. During the Heian Period (794-1185), Japan had 'Six Ancient Kilns' of ceramics production, two in Aichi: one at Seto, and the other -...[ Click to read more ]