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

Dec 26, 2019 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 ]

Fluorescent Light Maintenance and Glow Lamp Replacement

Dec 19, 2019 By Admin

A fluorescent lamp uses fluorescence to produce visible light. An electric current in the gas excites mercury vapor, which produces short-wave ultraviolet light that causes a phosphor coating on the inside of the lamp to glow. Fluorescent lamps require a ballast to regulate the current through the lamp, and a...[ Click to read more ]

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Protect Your Garbage from Crows

Oct 30, 2019 By Admin

The scattering of garbage by crows (karasu) is a significant social problem in Japan, and legions of neighborhood association representatives, usually grumpy older people, are out there enforcing rules designed to curb that problem. Most areas have laws requiring that garbage be protected against the scourge of crow related scattering...[ Click to read more ]

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Staying Safe from Torrential Rain

Sep 30, 2019 By Admin

What is torrential rain? Torrential rain refers to a large amount of rain that falls in a narrow area over several hours due to the stagnation of the rainy season front or the approach of a typhoon. Such localized heavy rains in Japan, where there are many steep mountains and...[ Click to read more ]

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Sushi: a Short History and Where to Get It in Hiroshima

Sep 27, 2019 By Hugh Cann

The earliest form of sushi, known today as narezushi, most likely originates in the paddy fields along the Mekong River in Southeast Asia. The prototype narezushi is made by lacto-fermenting fish with salt and rice to control putrefaction. It then spread southward. In Japan, the dish's introduction overlaps with the...[ Click to read more ]

The Red Capped Statues – The Patron Saint of Children.

By Hugh Cann

If you’ve visited Mitaki Temple on the city outskirts or perhaps Daishoin Temple on Miyajima (or many other places throughout Japan) you will surely have come across small stone statues of monks wearing red knitted caps and bibs across the chest. These are statues honoring the Jizo Bosatsu. Jizo is...[ Click to read more ]

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Shinsei Bank’s GoRemit Application Timeline

Jul 16, 2019 By Admin

What is the GoRemit App? The GoRemit App is a dedicated smartphone app for the GoRemit Shinsei Overseas Remittance Service provided by Shinsei Bank. If you are a customer of theirs, as many of our clients are, you may need to be aware that starting Tuesday, October 1, 2019, overseas...[ Click to read more ]

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Bringing or Importing Medicines into Japan

Jul 13, 2019 By Ray Proper

Caution is required when bringing any kind of medicine into Japan. Many products that are commonly available over the counter elsewhere in the world are not approved for sale in Japan (examples include medicines that contain Pseudoephedrine, such as Actifed, Sudafed, and Vicks inhalers) and their import is strictly prohibited....[ Click to read more ]

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Dealing with Humidity and Mold in Japan

Jul 10, 2019 By Ray Proper

Japan is a big place, but a large part of Japan sits with the "humid subtropical climate" zone, characterized by hot, humid summers and mild winters.   These long hot and humid summers can be difficult to get used to for someone from a more temperate climate, and create concerns that some people may...[ Click to read more ]

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How to Deal with Traffic Stops in Japan

Jun 28, 2019 By Jason Gatewood

If you choose to drive in Japan, at some point you will have to interact with the police; whether it’s a simple safety checkpoint, a traffic infraction, or worst case an accident. Most scenarios are just like their counterparts in other countries, but there are some minor differences to laws...[ Click to read more ]

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