Koyo, or Fall Colors in Tokyo

Oct 16, 2020 By Jason Gatewood

One great thing about Japan is that all four seasons' splendor can be appreciated wherever you live. And this heightened awareness of seasonal beauty is complemented nicely by Japan's plentiful mountains, forests, beaches, and even a desert (!), meaning that a change of scenery is a simple train or bus...[ Click to read more ]

Talking Turkey – Thanksgiving Dinner in Tokyo 2020

Oct 12, 2020 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 ]

Kids International Preschool

Oct 01, 2020 By Admin

Kids International is a highly-regarded chain of international preschools covering 8 locations in Kanto. For over 15 years, we have, using our unique curriculum, provided some of the highest quality English language preschool and afterschool courses in the industry. Classes range from 50 minutes to 4-and-a-half hours and include children...[ Click to read more ]

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Day Trips by Train in Kanto

Sep 29, 2020 By Jason Gatewood

When talking about trains in Japan, people either think of the Shinkansen high-speed rail lines linking Japan's major cities or the commuter lines in major cities, famous for their ease-of-use and convenience, if not for their sometimes crush load capacity. But there's also one more class of service that slots...[ Click to read more ]

Getting to know you: Azabu Juban, Tokyo

Sep 25, 2020 By Mark Guthrie

As one of the most fashionable and exclusive neighborhoods in central Tokyo, Azabu Juban is a fantastic place to live or enjoy. You can find favorite shopping boutiques, cool little cafes, and small independent stores in which you can find something a bit different from that of the big chains...[ Click to read more ]

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Harry’s Sandwich Company is The Stuff Dreams are made of

Sep 24, 2020 By Jason Gatewood

There are very few foods more simple and yet more complicated than a sandwich. Whatever you can throw between two slices of bread, the varieties are infinite. Hard to get wrong, but even more challenging to get 100% right, there are very few places to get a serious grinder sandwich...[ Click to read more ]

Find Your Halloween Costume in Tokyo

Sep 20, 2020 By Ray Proper

Halloween is rapidly approaching, so get your costume soon because leaving your costume to the last minute and dressing as "an ax murderer, because they look just like you and me" isn't as creative as you think it is.  Halloween was not really "a thing" in Japan previously, but recently...[ Click to read more ]

Shonan’s local cuisine is literally “a little fishy”

Aug 31, 2020 By Jason Gatewood

The Shonan area is synonymous with “laidback beach culture,” so it is safe to assume the local fare is geared towards enjoying time by the sea with friends and taking things a little slow. The local fare also represents the ocean; Sagami Bay is the reason Shonan exists, after all,...[ Click to read more ]

Let’s Tour: Shonan Beach Cities of Kanagawa

By Jason Gatewood

Located south and west of Yokohama, the Shonan region of Kanagawa Prefecture is known for beaches along Sagami Bay and a "laidback lifestyle" seen in other seaside places like Southern California, the Mediterranean Coast of Spain, and France. Before the 1880s, no one cared about the coastline and beaches other...[ Click to read more ]

Staying Safe During Typhoons and Storms in Japan

Aug 20, 2020 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. Still, residents of any part of Japan are likely to experience one or more during their time...[ Click to read more ]