Tips for Staying Warm in the Winter in Japan

Jan 21, 2020 By Justin Hanus

The weather can be quite extreme in Japan. Whereas there are sweltering-hot days in the summer, the winter can bring freezing temperatures and even snow, particularly in the north of the country. If you’re unused to cold weather — or just low temperatures in poorly insulated buildings — you may...[ Click to read more ]

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Exercise Activities in Kobe

By Justin Hanus

With the new year underway, many people will have made resolutions to lose those extra Christmas pounds or embark on a new healthier lifestyle. If you've come into 2020 looking to get into better physical shape, here is a guide on where to find exercise activities in Kobe. Gym sessions...[ Click to read more ]

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Alternative Fitness Options in Nagoya

Dec 26, 2019 By Mark Guthrie

So, over the holidays, you indulged until you were fit to burst. We've all been there. But now you've noticed that you've put on a few pounds and can shake your belly like a bowl full of jelly, and you are well aware that it is no longer the season...[ Click to read more ]

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Soothe Yourself With a Soak in a Super Sento in Nagoya This Winter

By Mark Guthrie

One thing that many people love to do when they come to Japan is to enjoy onsen, the volcanic hot springs that pop up all over the country. It is an intrinsic part of the Japanese culture to partake in these communal baths, and no trip to the country is...[ Click to read more ]

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Diamond Magic – Witness The Diamond Fuji Phenomenon

By Mark Guthrie

Diamond Fuji is a twice annually occurring phenomenon during which the sunrise and sunset align perfectly with Mount Fuji’s summit, looking for all the world like a bright shining jewel placed atop the nation’s crown. There are many great places from which you can witness this startling sunset just a...[ Click to read more ]

Snow Festivals in Japan

By Jason Gatewood

Because Japan is over 70% mountainous and located in the temperate latitudes of the western Pacific where the moist ocean air continually does battle with dry, cold Siberian and Mongolian air coming in from China, the Japan Alps enjoys a healthy dusting of snow every winter. No part of Japan...[ Click to read more ]

Skiing in Hiroshima: Day and Weekend Trips!

Dec 25, 2019 By Matt Mangham

Hiroshima isn’t the first place that comes to mind when you think of skiing in Japan. We’re a long way from the Nagano Alps, and even further from Hokkaido, but people do go skiing in the Prefecture or just over the border in Shimane. There are a number of options,...[ Click to read more ]

Best International Schools in Kobe

By Justin Hanus

With a sizeable and culturally diverse expat population, Kobe boasts some of the best international schools in the Kansai region. There is a selection of private schools to choose from, and they remain popular with parents due to the multicultural feel and varied curricula. However, fees can be expensive and...[ Click to read more ]

Traditional Japanese New Years’ Foods – Osechi Ryori

Dec 24, 2019 By Ray Proper

Osechi-ryōri are traditional Japanese foods eaten at the start of the new year.  The osechi tradition has been alive in Japan since the Heian Era (starting in 794), and the foods are easily recognizable by the special bento boxes called jūbako, often stacked for larger families or parties.  Like many...[ Click to read more ]

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Hatsumode in Nagoya – Shrines to Visit for New Years

By First Admin

Oshogatsu, or New Year, is the most important holiday in Japan. Businesses shut down January 1 to January 3, and families gather to spend time together.  The New Year Lottery numbers have been announced, New Year cards have been exchanged, and most places around Japan start looking like ghost towns. Sometime during...[ Click to read more ]