Winter Days Out in Kobe

Dec 21, 2018 By Justin Hanus

Fight that urge to stay indoors in the warmth this winter and experience some of what Kobe has to offer. There are many places to visit and things to do...[ Click to read more ]

World Igloo Building Championship at Osorakan Snow Park

Jan 29, 2018 By Matt Mangham

Without a little advance planning, midwinter in Japan can seem bleak, especially in the city. Which is precisely why it makes good sense to get out of town. Whether you...[ Click to read more ]

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Washing Clothes in Cold Water!

Jan 22, 2018 By Ray Proper

[spacer height="2px"] Perhaps one of the first things you realized about domestic life in Japan was that everything you knew about laundry had suddenly changed. In Japan the washing machines...[ Click to read more ]


Plum Blossom Viewing in Nagoya – Top 5 Umemi Spots!

Jan 27, 2017 By

Ume, is not just half of an "umeshu,"  a Japanese liqueur made from unripe and green ume fruits, it is actually a quite lovely tree.  "Prunus mume" is tree species...[ Click to read more ]

Getting Into the Spirit of Hiroshima’s Oyster Season

Jan 17, 2017 By Justin Hanus

As New Year’s well wishes fade from conversations across Japan, an unspoken but equally cheerful sentiment permeates the atmosphere of Hiroshima Prefecture: “Happy Oyster Season!” Echoes of this can of...[ Click to read more ]

Japan’s Winter Food

Dec 14, 2016 By Mark Guthrie

[caption id="attachment_31602" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Oden, a Japanese winter favorite[/caption] As a Brit, I am used to winters being cold, wet and miserable, with skies as grey as the faces shielded...[ Click to read more ]

Mihara Shinmei-ichi Daruma Festival in Hiroshima

Jan 26, 2016 By Justin Hanus

If you’ve spent some time in Japan, you’ve probably come across more than a few of those small, round, brightly colored dolls that sit on shelves and stare at you...[ Click to read more ]

Toyohashi Demon Festival

Jan 20, 2016 By Mark Guthrie

There are many elements of Japanese folklore that instantly grab the attention, but at this time of year, thanks to the upcoming Setsubun celebrations it is probably the 'oni' -...[ Click to read more ]

Plum Blossom Viewing in Tokyo – The Top Umemi Spots!

Feb 13, 2015 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 celebrated....[ Click to read more ]

Naked ambition – Take part in Konomiya’s Hadaka Matsuri

Jan 27, 2015 By Mark Guthrie

“You make your own luck in this world,” as the saying goes. Whoever coined the phrase could have been thinking of the Hadaka Matsuri in Konomiya, but making your luck...[ Click to read more ]

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