October

Color Bathing at Sandan-kyo in Hiroshima

Oct 31, 2019 By Hugh Cann

photo by Netanya Fink Come Autumn (or Fall, if you’re from the USA or in the unlikely event that you’re from pre-industrial revolution England), the colours of the leaves change...[ Click to read more ]

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Koyo, or Fall Colors in Tokyo

Oct 26, 2019 By Jason Gatewood

One great thing about Japan is that the splendor of all four seasons can be appreciated wherever you live. And this heightened awareness of seasonal beauty is complemented nicely by...[ Click to read more ]

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Koyo, or Fall Colors in Nagoya

Oct 21, 2019 By Ray Proper

The Japanese are very conscious of the seasons changing around them, often celebrating little, or not so little, milestones between each to mark the transitions between their much-touted "4 distinct...[ Click to read more ]

Koyo, or Fall Colors in Kobe

Oct 20, 2019 By Admin

Viewing the changing colors of fall leaves or foliage, called koyo in Japanese, is autumn's answer to spring's more famous cherry blossom viewing; a traditional opportunity to get outdoors to live in the moment of...[ Click to read more ]

Making sense of the Consumption Tax rate hike

Sep 27, 2019 By Jason Gatewood

It’s officially happening after many delays and false starts, Japan’s consumption tax (消費税 shohizei) will go from 8% to 10% on October 1st, 2019. The tax is levied on almost...[ Click to read more ]

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How to ease the impact of Japan’s impending consumption tax hike

Sep 27, 2019 By Jason Gatewood

In order to ease the overnight transition into a higher tax bracket, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry has begun a program that will effectively refund the difference back...[ Click to read more ]

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Tokyo Motor Show 2019

Sep 27, 2019 By Jason Gatewood

Japan's motorcar industry is one of, if not the most important exporter and revenue generator in the economy here. Brands like Toyota, Honda, Nissan, and Mitsubishi are known all over...[ Click to read more ]

Japanese Sake: Sake Festival in Hiroshima

Sep 27, 2019 By Hugh Cann

To begin with, we all know the word sake (pronounced sa-keh not sa-ki). But in fact, that is the generic term in Japanese for alcohol. If you want to order...[ Click to read more ]

Festival Tokyo – Theatre, Dance, Music, Visual art, and Film

Sep 27, 2019 By Jason Gatewood

One of the benefits of living in the world’s largest urban area is the simple fact that there’s always something going on in town for you, no matter what you’re...[ Click to read more ]

Kawagoe Hikawa Festival

Sep 25, 2019 By Jason Gatewood

Taking place annually on the 3rd Saturday and Sunday of October, the Kawagoe Festival is the pride of the City of Kawagoe every year and has over 360 years of...[ Click to read more ]