February

A Blooming Great Valentine’s Day – Where, and How, to Buy Flowers in Nagoya

Jan 31, 2020 By Mark Guthrie

Continuing a tradition that goes back to the time that St Valentine wondered what to get Cupid as a thank you for all his hard work spreading the love*, for...[ Click to read more ]

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Feasting on Fugu – Where to Eat Blowfish in Aichi

Jan 31, 2020 By Mark Guthrie

You've probably seen that classic episode of The Simpsons where Homer goes to a Japanese restaurant and eats fugu, a pufferfish equally famed for its sublime, delicate flavor, and that...[ Click to read more ]

Setsubun Festivals in Hiroshima – Out With the Bad, in With the Good!

Jan 31, 2020 By Hugh Cann

Each year, on the third of February, harried fathers across Japan put on paper demon masks and are pelted with roasted soybeans by their children, who cry “Oni wa soto,...[ Click to read more ]

Valentine’s Day in Hiroshima

Jan 31, 2020 By Hugh Cann

First, a brief introduction to the origin of Valentine's day. Valentine’s Day is celebrated in February as a month of romance. Its origin is a bit murky, but St. Valentine’s...[ Click to read more ]

Chocs Away! Where to Buy Valentine’s Chocolate in Nagoya

Jan 30, 2020 By Mark Guthrie

Valentine's Day is nearly upon us, and in Japan, that means just one thing: chocolate. Now, everyone knows that here in Japan, we do things a little differently, namely that...[ Click to read more ]

Valentine’s Traditions in Kansai

Jan 28, 2020 By Justin Hanus

We're into the new year and fast approaching that date in the calendar where love is in the air. It's Valentine's Day on the 14th of February, of course. This...[ Click to read more ]

Plum Blossom Viewing in Tokyo – The Top Umemi Spots!

Jan 27, 2020 By Mark Guthrie

  While the cherry blossom is the flower that tends to dominate the imagination of Japanese botanic appreciation, it is perhaps the plum (ume) blossom that should be the more...[ 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 ]