July

Understanding Japan: What is Obon?

Jul 30, 2018 By Mark Guthrie

For many foreigners working in Japan, Obon is a great time, as most companies close for a bit of a summer holiday; it gives us a chance to hit the...[ Click to read more ]

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Getting to Know You: Nagoya’s Endoji Street

Jul 30, 2018 By Mark Guthrie

For so long the area of Osu has been considered Nagoya's district of cool, but for those in the know, it is Endoji, a stone's throw from Meieki, that is...[ Click to read more ]

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Aomori Prefecture’s Nebuta Festival

Jul 30, 2018 By Mark Guthrie

Throughout July and August there are festivals all over Japan celebrating all manner of things - from the literal star-crossed lovers of Tanabata to the returning of deceased ancestors at...[ Click to read more ]

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Tokyo’s rise of the premium BBQ sites

Jul 27, 2018 By Jason Gatewood

As long as we have known fire, we’ve also known barbecue. Most of humanity would agree that there’s nothing beating a few pieces of meat and/or veg on the grill,...[ Click to read more ]

Bon Odori Dancing Festivals in Tokyo

Jul 27, 2018 By Jason Gatewood

Obon is an annual event where Buddhists and Confucians celebrate their ancestors.  Buddhists and many Japanese people in general believe that every year during Obon their ancestor's spirits will return...[ Click to read more ]

Buying Summer Yukata in Nagoya

Jul 27, 2018 By Mark Guthrie

If you have been to any of this summer's fireworks festivals around Nagoya and Aichi you may have noticed many people wearing traditional Japanese dress and wondered what was going...[ Click to read more ]

Tokyo’s Beer Gardens

Jul 25, 2018 By Mark Guthrie

It could be argued that one of the greatest things on Earth is sitting outside on a warm summer’s day with an ice cold beer. Being from the south west...[ Click to read more ]

Staying Cool in the (Japanese) Heat

Jul 25, 2018 By Jason Gatewood

  Our latest weather woes have made international headlines recently, with an unprecedented heatwave that has set records across Japan. Many of us come from countries where this is quite...[ Click to read more ]

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Buying Summer Yukata in Tokyo

Jul 20, 2018 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 a...[ Click to read more ]

Japanese Beach

Popular Beaches in The Kansai Region

Jun 26, 2018 By Justin Hanus

A lot of people love going to the beach because as they say, they need a dose of vitamin sea. Unfortunately, not a lot of countries have the best beaches...[ Click to read more ]