Where to Spend Valentine’s Day in Nagoya

Jan 21, 2023 By Bert Wishart

In his 1977 classic one-hit wonder, John Paul Young sang the immortal lines "Love is in the air, everywhere I look around."  There is a good chance that he wasn't...[ Click to read more ]

Valentine’s Day in Kumamoto

Jan 20, 2023 By Justin Hanus

Are you looking to spoil someone on Valentine’s Day this year? Although more of a Western tradition, Valentine’s Day is becoming bigger in Japan, especially with the growing expat community...[ Click to read more ]

Winter Illumination in Tokyo

Dec 26, 2022 By Michael Stigall

Christmas time in Tokyo can be a bit surreal. On the one hand, there are Christmas markets, gigantic sales, innumerable shopping centers, and more decorations than you would expect, but...[ Click to read more ]

Hiroshima’s Wonderful Oyster Huts and Bars

Dec 25, 2022 By Bert Wishart

For those of us who are used to the creature comforts of central heating, double-paned windows, and insulated buildings, winter in Japan – where none of these is the standard...[ Click to read more ]

Washing Clothes in Cold Water!

Dec 12, 2022 By Ray Proper

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 are much...[ Click to read more ]

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Winter Illumination in Nagoya 2022

Nov 23, 2022 By Ray Proper

Christmas Day in Japan is just another working day, for the most part. The most exciting facet of the Christmas and holiday season in Japan is that all traces of...[ Click to read more ]

The Most Delicious Treats from Wakayama

Jul 25, 2022 By Justin Hanus

If you like to choose destinations to visit based on new foods to try, Wakayama should be near the top of your list, especially if you have a sweet tooth....[ Click to read more ]

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Kid Friendly Activities in Tokyo

Feb 28, 2022 By Michael Stigall

Tokyo is big, really big. One significant upside to its massive size is that there is something for everyone to enjoy. Obviously, the metropolis is a Mecca to anime and...[ Click to read more ]

Setsubun: The Bean-Throwing Festival

Jan 27, 2022 By Justin Hanus

In the old Japanese calendar, spring arrived at the beginning of February. Setsubun, which means "seasonal division," commemorates the end of winter and the start of the weather turning mild....[ Click to read more ]

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Top Ideas for Valentine’s Day in Kansai

Jan 27, 2022 By Justin Hanus

You're in luck if you are in Kansai over Valentine's Day. The region may not be known for being among the most romantic destinations globally, but there are definitely some...[ Click to read more ]