Sample Japan’s Finest Beef Vendors at the 2019 Autumn Wagyu Show

Aug 23, 2019 By Jason Gatewood

Japan’s highest quality beef, wagyu, has a world-renown reputation for being some of the savoriest, delicious cuts of meat in the world. The reason for the robust flavor comes from the “marbling” of the meat, a term used to describe how the fat and fibrous parts of the meat intermingle...[ Click to read more ]

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Temple University in Tokyo

Aug 22, 2019 By Admin

***Please note that this guest post is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended as an endorsement by the H&R Group K.K..*** As one of the world’s most vibrant global cities, Tokyo has no shortage of attractions to keep you busy and entertained. This blog is full of...[ Click to read more ]

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Meguro Sanma Festival: Thanks for all the (free) fish!

Aug 20, 2019 By Jason Gatewood

It’s no secret that Japan is a seafood lover’s paradise. Everything that swims, crawls or otherwise calls any body of water home can be found on a dinner table here. Of course, the national dish, sushi, is served raw but grilling fish over coals is also part of traditional Japanese...[ Click to read more ]

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Art Aquarium Retells an Old Japanese Tradition in a New Way

Jul 30, 2019 By Jason Gatewood

Anyone with a penchant for Japanese history and a love of Japanese artistry will recognize the Japanese Goldfish, “Kingyo,” as a cultural motif instantly. From anime and manga, high fashion, and the occasional tattoo; kingyo cultural significance dates back to when they were kept as rare novelties of the rich...[ Click to read more ]

Tokyo Tower is ‘Lit’ all Summer Long!

Jul 26, 2019 By Jason Gatewood

Tokyo Tower may have become Tokyo’s second tallest tower thanks to the new SkyTree in Sumida Ward stealing the title in 2010, but the Eiffel Tower lookalike is not to be outdone anytime soon thanks to it’s more central location and a constant stream of events like these. Milky Way...[ Click to read more ]

Light up the Beach at the Enoshima Toro Lantern Festival

By Jason Gatewood

The area to the southwest of Tokyo proper located in Kanagawa Prefecture called Shonan, is known for being a longtime beach playground for anyone into the summer beach scene in Japan, and a local getaway spot for those of us living in Greater Tokyo whenever the stifling heat of summer...[ Click to read more ]

Summer Cruises on Tokyo Bay

By Jason Gatewood

What’s better than attending one of Japan’s summer festivals? Cruising Tokyo Bay while sipping cocktails in your summer yukata! So what exactly is it like to cruise Tokyo Bay anyway? We talked about how cruising Tokyo Bay aboard some of these ships makes for a romantic setting on Valentine’s Day...[ Click to read more ]

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Why is Hawaiian Food so Popular in Japan?

By Jason Gatewood

There are places one can go to in Japan where it will seem you’ve stepped through Doraemon’s Dokodemo Door and landed straight up in America’s 50th state, Hawaii. From hula dancing to learning to play the ukulele, Japan has been all-in on all things Hawaiian since the heady “Bubble Era”...[ Click to read more ]

Asakusa Samba Carnival in Tokyo

By Ray Proper

If you are looking for a lively and colorful way to draw your summer to a close there is no better option than the annual Asakusa Samba Carnival.  This carnival is the largest Samba dance-related event in Japan, and it draws crowds of over 500,000 to view the spectacle of...[ Click to read more ]

Staying Safe During Typhoons and Storms in Japan

Jul 20, 2019 By Ray Proper

Typhoon season in Japan runs from June to December, but most typhoon activity occurs between July and September. The southern parts of Japan, such as Okinawa or Kagoshima, are particularly affected by these storms, but residents of any part of Japan are likely to experience one or more during their time...[ Click to read more ]