Dining out in Tokyo Post Coronavirus

Jul 01, 2020 By Jason Gatewood

Starting with the State of Emergency that went into effect for Tokyo and surrounding areas at the beginning of April, many restaurants went into a "takeout and delivery only" mode along with drastic cuts in hours and menus. Now that Japan has started reopening, many are in a hurry to...[ Click to read more ]

Straight Outta Nagoya – Great Bands and Artists From the Nation’s Center City

By Mark Guthrie

When reading listings for live performers on tour, it can feel like Nagoya is completely missed out by all the big artists as they make their way from Osaka directly to Tokyo. In fact, this may be perhaps more than a feeling, as there is a word in the local...[ Click to read more ]

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Japan’s Professional Sports Post-Coronavirus Summer Outlook

By Jason Gatewood

Like in the rest of the world during the COVID-19 pandemic, anything that attracts large numbers of people together for hours on end has been postponed or canceled in Japan, including Major League sports. The situation remains fluid, however as some sports leagues are finding ways to deal with the...[ Click to read more ]

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Here’s what has changed with Japan’s new cycling laws

By Jason Gatewood

You’ll be forgiven for thinking that many of the bicycling laws you may have grown up within your home country are heavily enforced in Japan as well since there is more bicycling traffic here than most other places in the world, but the reality is starkly different. While there are...[ Click to read more ]

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Let’s Tour: Western Tokyo’s “backcountry”

By Jason Gatewood

I’ll be the first to admit that 2020 has not been kind to we who like to explore, trek, and wander outdoors. We’ve all become more adept at video conferencing apps, picking out the most stylish face coverings, and knowing which restaurants in our area. But nothing can replace the...[ Click to read more ]

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Hiroshima’s Onomichi and Tomonoura: Cruise the Inland Sea

Jun 29, 2020 By Hugh Cann

Most residents of Hiroshima have at least heard of Onomichi, if not had the opportunity to visit. Onomichi is a small shipbuilding town nestled on the edge of the Seto Inland Sea, aka Seto Naikai, to the East of Hiroshima. Among Japanese people of a certain vintage, it is probably...[ Click to read more ]

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Umeshu: A Tangy Plum Liquor and Japanese Tradition

By Hugh Cann

If you live in Japan, you have almost certainly tried, or at least seen, "ume." These hard, reddish, berry-like and squishy looking pale prune-like plums on a plate, or seen one or garnishing a bowl of rice. Ume, or "prunus mume," in Japanese ume, is actually an apricot but is...[ Click to read more ]

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Book Review – Audrey Hepburn’s Neck

May 28, 2020 By Hugh Cann

Audrey Hepburn’s Neck offers perspective and an out of the ordinary insight into modern Japan and its wartime past, a clever study of cross-cultural obsessions, of erotic, romantic, and familial love. It tells the story through the eyes of a young Japanese cartoonist, Toshi Okamoto. Toshi traces his intense attraction...[ Click to read more ]

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Dealing with Kids During Coronavirus in Tokyo

May 27, 2020 By Jason Gatewood

As a father of three elementary school-aged children in Greater Tokyo, I know the struggle that most parents have been enduring ever since schools were told to close back in mid-March. At the same time, my wife and I were told to work from home and the whole nation went...[ Click to read more ]

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Test Your Air Conditioner Before Summer Comes

May 25, 2020 By Admin

We recommend you test run your air conditioner at this time of the year. Manufacturers get busy with inquiries and repair requests when summer comes, and it could take a long time before your air conditioner is fixed if there is a problem. Here is how you can test your...[ Click to read more ]

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