Holidays

Understanding Japan: The Tanabata “Star Festival”

Jul 08, 2019 By Mark Guthrie

Tanabata, also known as the 'Star Festival', is a popular summer event celebrated all over Japan. As the festival's name suggests (literally 'Evening of the Seventh'), it is held on...[ Click to read more ]

Traditional Japanese New Years’ Foods – Osechi Ryori

Nov 27, 2018 By Ray Proper

Osechi-ryōri are traditional Japanese foods eaten at the start of the new year.  The osechi tradition has been alive in Japan since the Heian Era (starting in 794) and the...[ Click to read more ]

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Hiroshima Winter Illuminations

Nov 27, 2018 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 ]

Holiday Dining Options in Nagoya

Nov 21, 2018 By Ray Proper

Nagoya has very good food, and there are a lot of options available to you on a day to day basis.  At holiday time however, you may need some hints...[ Click to read more ]

Buying a Christmas Tree in Hiroshima 2018

Nov 19, 2018 By Admin

If you are in the market for a Christmas Tree to liven up your holiday season you with trim and presents, you are in luck. Stocks are very limited so, don't delay! ...[ Click to read more ]

Buying Holiday Decorations, Wrapping Paper & Lights in Kobe

Nov 19, 2018 By Justin Hanus

With Christmas fast approaching, thoughts turn to presents and brightening up the home with a few decorations. If you haven't already got your shopping for the season planned out, here...[ Click to read more ]

Christmas Dining in Kobe 2018

Nov 19, 2018 By Justin Hanus

With Christmas fast approaching, one thing sure to be on everyone's mind is the good old Christmas dining experience. Kobe has a few restaurants that cater for its growing expat...[ Click to read more ]

Holiday Dining Options in Tokyo

Nov 14, 2018 By Ray Proper

Tokyo IS good food.  In my opinion, the food in Tokyo is the best part of Tokyo!  You can get pretty much anything in Tokyo, at any time, and Christmas...[ Click to read more ]

Christmas in Japan

Nov 10, 2018 By Ray Proper

While less than 1% of the population of Japan identifies themselves as Christian, Japanese families still look forward to and enjoy Christmas festivities in their own distinctly Japanese way. Encouraged by businesses...[ Click to read more ]

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Thanksgiving Dining in Nagoya 2018

Oct 29, 2018 By Mark Guthrie

With Thanksgiving being very much a North American holiday, we aren't really within our rights to expect Nagoya to be celebrate the third Thursday of November in quite the same...[ Click to read more ]