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Dealing with Humidity and Mold in Japan

Jul 10, 2019 By Ray Proper

Japan is a big place, but a large part of Japan sits with the "humid subtropical climate" zone, characterized by hot, humid summers and mild winters.   These long hot and humid...[ Click to read more ]

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Understanding Japan: The Tanabata “Star Festival”

Jul 08, 2019 By Mark Guthrie

Tanabata, also known as the 'Star Festival', is a popular summer event celebrated all over Japan. As the festival's name suggests (literally 'Evening of the Seventh'), it is held on...[ Click to read more ]

Great Japan Beer Festival Nagoya

Jul 03, 2019 By Admin

When I first arrived in Japan, I was somewhat disappointed by the perceived paucity of decent beer selections. It seemed that no matter where I went I could find nothing...[ Click to read more ]

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Nippon Domannaka Matsuri in Nagoya

Jul 02, 2019 By Ray Proper

The Nippon Domannaka Matsuri, commonly called Domatsuri, is the largest dance festival in the Nagoya/Chubu region, and involves dancers from all over Japan and abroad. This festival is one of the highlights of...[ Click to read more ]

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Why is Bubble Tea Suddenly Popular in Japan?

Jun 28, 2019 By Jason Gatewood

The first time I tasted tapioca pearls in milk tea was as a teenager in the mid-1990’s while checking out a new trendy Asian fusion spot that was all the...[ Click to read more ]

Cooling off with a Dip – Summer Swimming in Hiroshima

Jun 28, 2019 By Hugh Cann

Hiroshima is known for many things, but in summer it is known for humidity, and if not accustomed, the heat and humidity can be debilitating.  I grew up in a...[ Click to read more ]

See the Best of Kansai’s Fireworks Displays

Jun 17, 2019 By Justin Hanus

One of the most exciting aspects of Japanese summers is the multitude of dazzling fireworks displays to enjoy. Originally, fireworks (花火, ‘Hanabi’) were thought to help ward off evil spirits,...[ Click to read more ]

Fireworks Festivals in Tokyo

Jun 17, 2019 By Jason Gatewood

Fireworks and summer festivals are arguably the best part of summertime in Japan, with days spent wearing yukata and jinbei traditional clothing while munching street food and nights spent outside...[ Click to read more ]

Nagoya Summer Fireworks Festivals – Hanabi 2019

Jun 17, 2019 By Mark Guthrie

For Brits like myself, fireworks displays conjure up memories of cold winter nights, huddling round bonfires and oohing and ahhing as both your breath and extremities freeze. While this is...[ Click to read more ]

Cool Biz – What is it, and Where Can You Get It?

May 29, 2019 By Mark Guthrie

The summer has felt upon us for some time now, with the thermostat rising as quickly as the humidity, and although officially the season does not begin until June 22,...[ Click to read more ]