Kyoto’s October Festivals

Sep 27, 2016 By Justin Hanus

October’s cool temperatures and changing fall landscape makes it the perfect month to enjoy the rich history and beautiful natural scenery of Japan. Luckily, if you’re around the Old Capitol...[ Click to read more ]

Oeshiki Festival of Light at Ikegami Honmonji Temple in Tokyo

Sep 21, 2016 By Mark Guthrie

In the autumn of 1282 Nichiren, the founder of the branch of Buddhism that now bears his name, plagued by ill health, was persuaded to leave his home of Minobu...[ Click to read more ]

The Appetite of Autumn: Japanese Fall Foods

Sep 09, 2016 By Mark Guthrie

The return of oden to convenience stores in around mid-August Japan is a signal that fall is coming, and for many this means relief from the oppressive heat and humidity that kills...[ Click to read more ]

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Family Friendly Halloween Activities in Nagoya

Sep 27, 2015 By Ray Proper

[caption id="attachment_33328" align="aligncenter" width="640"] www.powerenglish.jp and Nagoya Swings Halloween Party 2012[/caption] Once upon a time in Tokyo, celebrating Halloween meant dressing up in a costume and riding the Yamanote Line around...[ Click to read more ]

The Floating Mikoshi of Miya Festival

Sep 29, 2014 By Mark Guthrie

  Miya Festival 2014 The Miya Festival is held annually on the third or fourth Sunday of October in Gamagori, Aichi Prefecture.  In 2014, this festival will take place on Sunday,...[ Click to read more ]

Kawagoe Festival and Castle in Saitama

Sep 10, 2014 By

Kawagoe  City lies only 45 minutes from Tokyo in Saitama Prefecture.  The city has a distinctly old flair to it, to the point of feeling antique.  Kawagoe City is also...[ Click to read more ]

10 Things Japanese People do in Autumn

Sep 05, 2013 By Ray Proper

Dig up the old camcorder for Sports day festivals at schools Bring along a book for reading at your favorite outdoor spot as the temperature cools to bearable Picking, roasting, and...[ Click to read more ]

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Autumn’s Treat – Matsutake Mushrooms

Sep 26, 2011 By Ray Proper

Just about everyone has seen these mushrooms in the supermarket; these are not the grown on top of a bottle en masse 100 yen variety, these are THOSE mushrooms that...[ Click to read more ]

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Fall Colors at the Higashiyama Zoo

Oct 27, 2010 By Ray Proper

If you have ever been to the Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens you are well aware that it has many green spaces and trees. If you are looking for a...[ Click to read more ]