Winter Wonderland on the Historical Nakasendo Trail

Nov 30, 2020 By Admin

The Nakasendo’s landscape changes with the season but it’s during winter that warmth of the locals is most noticeable. Before the invention of high-speed trains and airplanes, people had to walk between Kyoto and Edo. It would be many years until Edo became Tokyo and took the title of capital...[ Click to read more ]

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The Sacred Route Between Japan’s Most Revered Shrines

Oct 29, 2020 By Admin

Intro: A path of enlightenment from the Kii-peninsula to Ise. The basis for Japan’s focus on nature in its indigenous Shinto religion goes back to the Heian Period when Shugendo was firmly established. The practice of mountain worshipping wasn’t new to the Japanese people, who were used to referring to...[ Click to read more ]

Finish Yard Weeding in Autumn

Oct 28, 2020 By Admin

Weeding is one of the many time consuming and tiring chores required around the house. You do it, but the weeds always grow back, and you must do it again and again, especially around spring and summer. But it is almost fall, so why should you weed now? Professional farmers...[ Click to read more ]

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Flood Hazard Map of the City of Nagoya

Sep 28, 2020 By Admin

Typhoon season in Japan runs from June to December, but most typhoon activity occurs between July and September, even into October. You can read more on Staying Safe During Typhoons and Storms in Japan, generally, by clicking that link, this article will focus on flooding. Knowing where your home is,...[ Click to read more ]

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Cleaning Tricks for the Home

Aug 26, 2020 By Admin

The longer you stay at home, the more time you spend cleaning the house. Here are some easy tricks to help you accomplish that efficiently! Mosquito Net / Door Screens Wipe with a wet melamine form sponge, gently. It will get rid of the dirt, especially along the edges. Finish...[ Click to read more ]

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How Can You Benefit From the Go To Travel Campaign?

Jul 30, 2020 By Admin

The "Go-To" Campaign allows you to receive reimbursements for travel. But where should you go and what should you do? The country's Go To Campaign went into effect on 22 July, allowing domestic travelers to receive discounts and vouchers to help reinvigorate the travel industry as well as the many...[ Click to read more ]

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Coronavirus / COVID-19 in Japan

Jul 21, 2020 By Admin

While there is no reason to panic, there is cause to be concerned about the spread of the Covid-19 / Coronavirus in Japan. The general recommendations are that everyone takes the following precautions: Avoid close contact with sick people. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Wash with soap and...[ Click to read more ]

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How to Clean Your Air Conditioner

Jul 20, 2020 By Mita

We would like to share with you how to clean an air conditioner (AC) filter in Japan.  There are several types of air conditioners used in Japan, but we will focus on the two most common types; the air conditioning unit, and the central air conditioner. Cleaning Unit Air Conditioner Filters...[ Click to read more ]

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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?

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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 ]