Tokyo’s Christmas Markets

Nov 28, 2022 By Michael Stigall

A few years ago, I had the opportunity to visit Europe right before the holiday season was underway. One upside to this trip was experiencing the Christmas Markets that pop...[ Click to read more ]

Traditional Japanese New Years’ Foods – Osechi Ryori

Nov 24, 2022 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). The foods...[ Click to read more ]


Holiday Dining Options in Nagoya 2022

Nov 21, 2022 By Ray Proper

Nagoya has excellent local cuisine, and numerous wonderful options are available at any time of year. However, during the holidays, you may need some hints on where to get your...[ Click to read more ]

Buying Holiday Decorations, Wrapping Paper & Lights in Kobe

Nov 20, 2022 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 ]

Thanksgiving in Nagoya

Oct 13, 2022 By Bert Wishart

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

Holiday Dining Options in Tokyo 2021

Nov 28, 2021 By Jason Gatewood

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 ]

Winter Illumination in Hiroshima 2020

Nov 19, 2020 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 ]

Christmas in Japan

Nov 10, 2019 By Ray Proper

While less than 1% of Japan's population 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 ]

Understanding Japan: The Tanabata “Star Festival”

Jul 08, 2019 By Bert Wishart

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 ]

Buying a Christmas Tree in Hiroshima 2019

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 ]