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Top Five Hanami Sites Near Nagoya

Feb 22, 2020 By Ray Proper

"Hanami" literally means flower viewing, but it is much more than that to the people of Japan.  Hanami signals the end of another long winter's chill, and besides simply enjoying the beauty...[ Click to read more ]

Setsubun Festivals in Tokyo

Jan 25, 2020 By Jason Gatewood

So you survived oshogatsu (Japanese New Year's) and are looking forward to the end of March and the blooming of the cherry trees, but the reality is there are at...[ Click to read more ]

Setsubun Festivals in Nagoya “That Bean-Throwing Festival”

Jan 25, 2020 By Ray Proper

Setsubun, or "That Bean-Throwing Festival," celebrates the beginning of spring in Japan. Celebrated yearly on February 3 as part of the Spring Festival, its association with the Lunar New Year...[ Click to read more ]

‘Jewels of the Sea’ Miyajima Oyster Festival near Hiroshima

Jan 23, 2020 By Jade Brischke

Although Hiroshima is famous for its oysters throughout the year, it is during winter, in the coldest month of February that they're at their best.  Sure you can go to...[ Click to read more ]

Hatsumode in Nagoya – Shrines to Visit for New Years

Dec 24, 2019 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...[ Click to read more ]

Hatsumode in Tokyo – Shrines to Visit for New Years

Dec 24, 2019 By Mark Guthrie

Celebrating New Year in Japan is all about 'firsts.' Perhaps the most important ‘first’ is the first trip to a shrine, a tradition called hatsumode. While this can be done...[ Click to read more ]

Winter Illumination in Hiroshima

Nov 27, 2019 By Matt Mangham

Seasonal illuminations are a big deal in Japan. From the famous Kobe Luminarie, donated by the Italian government following the Great Hanshin Earthquake, to light festivals in Osaka, Sendai, Nagoya...[ Click to read more ]

Kobe Luminarie

Winter Illumination in Kansai

Nov 19, 2019 By Justin Hanus

Don’t let the cold stop you from heading outside as there are beautiful displays of holiday lights throughout the Kansai region. Get out of the house and away from your...[ Click to read more ]

Korankei Gorge Fall Colors

Koyo, or Fall Colors in Nagoya

Oct 21, 2019 By Ray Proper

The Japanese are very conscious of the seasons changing around them, often celebrating little, or not so little, milestones between each to mark the transitions between their much-touted "4 distinct...[ 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...[ Click to read more ]