Traditional Kansai Winter Drinks

Nov 25, 2019 By Justin Hanus

The winter months in the Kansai region can get pretty cold, so what better way to warm yourself up than with a nice warm drink. These tasty beverages can be enjoyed throughout the year but make an especially welcome treat during the winter period. Japanese tea Tea is the most...[ Click to read more ]

Holiday Dining Options in Nagoya

Nov 21, 2019 By Ray Proper

Nagoya has very good food, and there are a lot of options available to you on a day to day basis.  At holiday time however, you may need some hints on where to go to get your fill of holiday tastes and treats.  There is no cause for alarm, however,...[ Click to read more ]

Holiday Dining Options in Kobe

Nov 20, 2019 By Justin Hanus

Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without that celebratory festive meal – turkey, roast potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, mince pies and all the rest. The festive holiday season is catching on in Japan with its growing expat population. Many cities now offer the chance to celebrate in their own unique way, and...[ Click to read more ]

New Year Countdown Parties Near Nagoya 2019

Nov 03, 2019 By Mark Guthrie

New Year is an important time in Japan, but things are celebrated a little differently here then they are back home. You are no doubt already clued up on Japan's New Year traditions, it's New Year's foods, and the shrines to visit for Hatsumoude in Nagoya. But did you know...[ Click to read more ]

Getting To Know You – Nagoya Station Area of Meieki

Oct 29, 2019 By Mark Guthrie

For years, though the city center in name, the area around Nagoya Station was considered to a poor relation to the shopping district of Sakae. However, over the past decade there has been dramatic investment in the Meieki (a Japanese abbreviation of 'Nagoya Station') area, and today it is an...[ Click to read more ]

Getting Fed and Afraid at Lock Up Theme Restaurant

By Mark Guthrie

Halloween may have come and gone, but that does not mean that the frightening times have to be over. If you are already missing the combination of cosplay, terror (and perhaps a little tipsiness), why not make your way down to the prison-themed izakaya The Lock Up, just a few...[ Click to read more ]

Talking Turkey – Thanksgiving Dinner in Tokyo 2019

Oct 28, 2019 By Jason Gatewood

Let's face it: Thanksgiving is purely a North American holiday, meaning we shouldn't expect much fanfare here in Tokyo on the third Thursday of November. In most parts of Japan you may only have one choice if you wanted to indulge in a holiday feast -- do it yourself... minus...[ Click to read more ]

Thanksgiving Dining in Nagoya 2019

By Mark Guthrie

With Thanksgiving being very much a North American holiday, we aren't really within our rights to expect Nagoya 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 or Valentine's Day, there...[ Click to read more ]

Thanksgiving in Kobe

Oct 18, 2019 By Justin Hanus

With the growing community of American expats, Thanksgiving Day is starting to make its mark in Japan. This traditional American feast takes place on the third Thursday of November. Japan has its own Labor Thanksgiving Day, on the 23rd of November, but an increasing number of restaurants and food stores...[ Click to read more ]

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Kansai’s Most Popular Winter Meals

By Justin Hanus

The Japanese have many hearty winter meals served at festivals and family gatherings during the colder months. Each region has its specialties and twists on popular classics with Kansai being no different. Here is a selection of popular meals for you to try over the coming months. Wakayama Ramen Ramen...[ Click to read more ]