Winter Illumination in Tokyo

Oct 29, 2019 By Ray Proper

Christmas Day in Japan is just another working day for the most part.  The most interesting facet of the Christmas and holiday season in Japan is that all traces of it will be gone by morning on December 26th.  Without fail, every bell, light, and garlands; every decoration will come...[ Click to read more ]

English Stand-up Comedy Around Tokyo

By Jason Gatewood

Turn on the TV at any given moment during “Golden Hour” (what we Yanks call Primetime) and you’ll no doubt see comedy duos interspersed in the endless waves of food tasting, international shenanigans, and celebrity anecdotes that seem to permeate the average Japanese media diet. Those comedy teams, called manzai,...[ Click to read more ]

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Dream Yosacoy Festival

By Jason Gatewood

Yosakoi dancing started in Kochi in Shikoku around 1954 as a way to celebrate postwar reconstruction, building spirit, and teamwork. Blending traditional Japanese dance and costume motif with modern music, thumping chants, contemporary fashion, hairstyles, it’s known throughout Japan as one of the most energetic sights to behold at any...[ Click to read more ]

Talking Turkey – Thanksgiving Dinner in Tokyo 2019

Oct 28, 2019 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 ]

Koyo, or Fall Colors in Tokyo

Oct 26, 2019 By Jason Gatewood

One great thing about Japan is that the splendor of all four seasons 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...[ Click to read more ]

Tokyo Motor Show 2019

Sep 27, 2019 By Jason Gatewood

Japan's motorcar industry is one of, if not the most important exporter and revenue generator in the economy here. Brands like Toyota, Honda, Nissan, and Mitsubishi are known all over the world for their quality and innovation. Not to mention more than a few people swear by these brands. So...[ Click to read more ]

Festival Tokyo – Theatre, Dance, Music, Visual art, and Film

By Jason Gatewood

One of the benefits of living in the world’s largest urban area is the simple fact that there’s always something going on in town for you, no matter what you’re into. Take the arts for example. There have been no less than 3 performing arts fairs around the Metropolis just...[ Click to read more ]

Kawagoe Hikawa Festival

Sep 25, 2019 By Jason Gatewood

Taking place annually on the 3rd Saturday and Sunday of October, the Kawagoe Festival is the pride of the City of Kawagoe every year and has over 360 years of traditions behind it.  The entire "Little Edo" area of town is blocked off to automobile traffic and the Karazukuri Old...[ Click to read more ]

Tokyo Ramen Show 2019

Sep 23, 2019 By Admin

Ramen is classic Japanese food.  If you ask a random person, foreign or Japanese, male or female, what their favorite food is you are highly likely to get "ramen" back as your answer.  Ramen is a noodle soup of wheat noodles served in a meat-based broth.  Standard flavors include: Shio or "salt" Tonkotsu or "pork bone"...[ Click to read more ]

Family Friendly Halloween Activities in Tokyo 2019

Sep 11, 2019 By Ray Proper

Once upon a time in Tokyo, celebrating Halloween meant dressing up in a costume and riding the Yamanote Line around the center of town drinking heavily and being unruly. Other than that weirdness, you really couldn't tell October 31st from November 3rd, or any other average day here in Japan.  More...[ Click to read more ]