July

Umeshu: A Tangy Plum Liquor and Japanese Tradition

Jun 29, 2020 By Hugh Cann

If you live in Japan, you have almost certainly tried, or at least seen, "ume." These hard, reddish, berry-like and squishy looking pale prune-like plums on a plate, or seen...[ Click to read more ]

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Cold Noodles in Hiroshima

Jun 29, 2020 By Hugh Cann

Cold noodles are just what the doctor ordered in the sweltering Japanese Summer! Noodles are an essential staple of Japanese cuisine, eaten by people of all ages in every part of...[ Click to read more ]

Beaches Around Tokyo

Jun 27, 2020 By Mark Guthrie

As the summer heat rises it’s tempting to retire to your air-conditioned room with your necktie fan on full blast. However, with Japan being an island nation we are completely...[ Click to read more ]

Buying Summer Yukata in Tokyo

Jun 20, 2020 By Mark Guthrie

  If you have ever been to a summer fireworks festival around Tokyo you may have noticed many people wearing traditional Japanese dress and wondered what was going on. Well, summer festivals are...[ Click to read more ]

Places to Fly a Kite in Kobe

Jun 17, 2020 By Justin Hanus

There are few more pleasant ways to spend a breezy summer afternoon than heading to a nice open space and flying a kite. Although not well known, Japan has its...[ Click to read more ]

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Great Summer Walks in Kansai

May 22, 2020 By Justin Hanus

Kansai is famed not just for its bustling cities such as Kyoto and Osaka but also for its many mountains, parks, and trails that offer a great walking day out....[ Click to read more ]

Art Aquarium Retells an Old Japanese Tradition in a New Way

Jul 30, 2019 By Jason Gatewood

Anyone with a penchant for Japanese history and a love of Japanese artistry will recognize the Japanese Goldfish, “Kingyo,” as a cultural motif instantly. From anime and manga, high fashion,...[ Click to read more ]

Tokyo Tower is ‘Lit’ all Summer Long!

Jul 26, 2019 By Jason Gatewood

Tokyo Tower may have become Tokyo’s second tallest tower thanks to the new SkyTree in Sumida Ward stealing the title in 2010, but the Eiffel Tower lookalike is not to...[ Click to read more ]

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Best Boat Trips in Kobe

Jul 17, 2019 By Justin Hanus

As a port city, Kobe offers both residents and visitors the chance to take to the waters and enjoy the sights on a boat trip. You can sail around the...[ Click to read more ]

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Climbing Mount Fuji

Jul 14, 2019 By Ray Proper

Fuji season is upon us again!  The official climbing season for Fujisan, as it is known locally, is in July and August.  While it is possible to climb during other...[ Click to read more ]

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