January

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Winter Illumination in Tokyo

Oct 29, 2019 By Ray Proper

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

Healthy Meals for Dieters in Kansai

Jan 25, 2019 By Justin Hanus

The New Year is traditionally a time when people decide to put their culinary over-indulgences behind them and start a healthy diet. Thankfully for expats living in Japan, the country...[ Click to read more ]

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Setsubun Festivals in Tokyo

Jan 25, 2019 By Jason Gatewood

So you survived O-shogatsu (Japanese New Year's) and are looking forward to the end of March and the blooming of the cherry trees, but the reality is there are at least...[ Click to read more ]

Setsubun Festivals in Nagoya

Jan 25, 2019 By Ray Proper

  "That Bean-Throwing Festival" Setsubun, or "That Bean-Throwing Festival" celebrates the beginning of spring in Japan. Celebrated yearly on February 3 as part of the Spring Festival, its association with...[ Click to read more ]

Setsubun Festivals in Hiroshima

Jan 25, 2019 By Matt Mangham

  Each year, on the third of February, harried fathers across Japan put on paper demon masks and are pelted with roasted soybeans by their children, who cry “Oni wa...[ Click to read more ]

‘Jewels of the Sea’ Miyajima Oyster Festival near Hiroshima

Jan 23, 2019 By Jade Brischke

Although Hiroshima is famous for its oysters throughout the year, it is during winter, in the coldest month of February that they're at their best.  Sure you can go to...[ Click to read more ]

Nagoya Ramen Festival 2019

Jan 22, 2019 By Ray Proper

Ramen is a classic Japanese food.  If you ask a random person, foreign or Japanese, male or female, what their favorite food is, you are highly likely to get "ramen" as...[ Click to read more ]

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Chinese New Year in Kobe

Celebrating New Years in Kobe’s Chinatown 2019

Jan 21, 2019 By Justin Hanus

Despite its proximity to China, there are only a few Chinatowns in the whole of Japan. One of the largest and most popular is the one in Kobe, called Nankin-machi....[ Click to read more ]

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Crab Season in Kansai

Jan 18, 2019 By Justin Hanus

Since the month of December tends to be the busiest and most plentiful for crabs, it’s no wonder that the winter month boasts a delicious spike in availability for the...[ Click to read more ]

Prevention and Thawing of Frozen Pipes in Japan

Jan 02, 2019 By Ray Proper

Many people arrive in Japan from places where it simply does not get cold and are unaware that they need to worry about things like frozen pipes. In most places...[ Click to read more ]

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