Things to do in Tokyo Over the Holiday Season

Nov 28, 2019 By Jason Gatewood

It's that time of year again... You've set the toilet seat warmer on 10 to keep Jack Frost from nipping at your nether parts, the local Starbucks is blasting "Last Christmas" by George Michael for the 53,347th time, and every fast-food chain and convenience store is touting its selection of fried...[ Click to read more ]

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Coffee for Life: Coffee Shops in Hiroshima

Nov 27, 2019 By Hugh Cann

With the cold creeping in, there is nothing like an excellent steaming coffee to warm the cockles. I am a bit of what I shamelessly refer to as a coffee snob. One iteration of my life was the pleasure of owning and operating a mobile café for five years before...[ Click to read more ]

Winter Illumination in Hiroshima

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 an enchanted scene of colored lights has become a prominent feature of winter in...[ Click to read more ]

Chichibu Night Festival Near Tokyo

Nov 26, 2019 By Jason Gatewood

Located about 2 hours northwest of Central Tokyo, Chichibu is a small mountain community that is popular for weekend getaways thanks to it being the home of Chichibu-Tama-Kai National Park and a very picturesque and historic area. Celebrating some of that history is the Chichibu Yomatsuri night festival. This is...[ Click to read more ]

Toyohashi Zoo & Botanical Park – Non Hoi Park

Nov 25, 2019 By Mark Guthrie

Toyohashi Zoo & Botanical Park is a fun-packed day out for all the family, with animals, rides, beautiful spots, and flowers from all over the world. Also known as 'Non Hoi Park' (it means something like 'hey, hey!' in the local Higashi-Mikawa dialect) it is a zoo, botanical garden, amusement...[ Click to read more ]

Traditional Kansai Winter Drinks

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 ]

The History of Japan’s Majestic Fall Colors

By Mark Guthrie

Japan's most popular season for tourists is surely spring. When the cherry blossoms bloom people from inside Japan and from all over the world gather in popular beautiful spots to bask in the traditional scenes of pinks, reds and whites that form many of our preconceptions of Japan's natural state....[ Click to read more ]

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Buying a Christmas Tree in Nagoya 2019

Nov 21, 2019 By Ray Proper

If you are in the market for a Christmas Tree to liven up your holiday season you with trim and presents, you are in luck. Stocks are very limited so, don't delay!  The trees are a bit shorter than you might get used to but they have very nice shapes and I am...[ Click to read more ]

Holiday Dining Options in Nagoya

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 ]

Buying Holiday Decorations, Wrapping Paper & Lights in Hiroshima

Nov 20, 2019 By Admin

With Christmas fast approaching, thoughts turn to presents and brightening up the home with a few decorations. If you haven't already got your shopping for the season planned out, here are a few tips on where to buy some of the essential materials. Costco This is a good bet if...[ Click to read more ]