Japan’s Best Onsen Towns

Oct 14, 2015 By Bert Wishart

As temperatures around the country fall, now is the perfect time to indulge in the Japanese pastime of onsen. Best described as a hot spring bathing spa, onsen is a long held tradition in Japan and...[ Click to read more ]

Naked ambition – Take part in Konomiya’s Hadaka Matsuri

Jan 27, 2015 By Bert Wishart

“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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Celebrating the New Year in Yokohama’s Chinatown 2015

Jan 09, 2015 By Bert Wishart

Although Japan adopted the Gregorian calendar in 1873, a celebration of the Chinese year is still an important cultural event. This year (2015) the Chinese New Year falls on the...[ Click to read more ]

The Takasanji Oni Matsuri in Okazaki

Feb 01, 2013 By Ray Proper

The Takasanji Oni Matsuri (Ogre or fire festival) is held at Takasanji Temple every February on the Saturday closest to February 7th, New Year in the old Lunar Calendar in...[ Click to read more ]

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Kanazawa Castle Park in Ishikawa Prefecture

Sep 13, 2011 By Ray Proper

Kanazawa Castle Kanazawa Castle is a large castle in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan that has been lovingly restored. Located adjacent to the celebrated Kenroku-en Garden, which once formed the castle's...[ Click to read more ]