September

Calling 119 for Emergency Assistance in Japan

Mar 20, 2019 By Ray Proper

Dial 119 for fire department or medical services Dial 110 for police 119 in Japan is a direct-dial free emergency number that connects the caller to fire and emergency medical...[ Click to read more ]

All Japan Gyoza Festival at Nagakute’s Moricoro Park

Aug 29, 2018 By Mark Guthrie

Much like ramen, gyoza is a dish with Chinese origins that the Japanese have taken to their hearts. Typically filled with ground pork, chives, green onion, cabbage, ginger, garlic, soy sauce and...[ Click to read more ]

Toyohashi Fire Festival: Things are about to go off!

Aug 29, 2018 By Mark Guthrie

While there are many, many fireworks festivals in Japan throughout the summer months, there are very few that match Toyohashi's Hono-no-Saiten for sheer spectacle. And danger. About Hono-no-Saiten The Hono-no-Saiten...[ Click to read more ]

Ghibli Expo Hiroshima: From Nausicaä to Marnie

Aug 28, 2018 By Matt Mangham

It’s no secret that one of Japan’s chief exports is its popular culture, and the films of Studio Ghibli rank high with pop culture aficionados around the world. Ghibli’s twenty-one...[ Click to read more ]

Full Moon Tea Ceremony at Shukkei-en in Hiroshima

Aug 28, 2018 By Matt Mangham

Tsukimi, or Moon Viewing, is a Japanese tradition going back to the Heian period, when portions of the old Chinese mid-Autumn festivals blended with local practices to create one more...[ Click to read more ]

Tokyo Java: Why Are Indie Coffee Shops Opening All Over The Metropolis?

Apr 26, 2018 By Jason Gatewood

We’ll forgive you for thinking Japan was all about the green tea if you’ve never been here before. Of course we pride ourselves on having over a hundred varieties of...[ Click to read more ]

The Danjiri Matsuri in Osaka is a Multi-Generational Thrill Show

Sep 14, 2017 By Justin Hanus

Autumn means the biggest event of the year for the southern Osaka city of Kishiwada - the Danjiri Matsuri. Danjiri are large wooden carts inside which religious tenets declare gods...[ Click to read more ]

The Yatai Festival at Osaka Castle

Aug 28, 2017 By

Picture in your mind the usual selection of Japanese yatai and festival foods, like karaage, tama sen, JUMBO hot dogs, "kakigori" shaved ice. Now throw all that out, because this is not...[ Click to read more ]

Yomiuri Giants and Hanshin Tigers – a Great Baseball Rivalry

Mar 26, 2017 By Mark Guthrie

When the Tokugawa Shogunate finally wrested political control from Osaka and moved the seat of power to Edo in 1615, few could have imagined that four hundred years later animosity...[ Click to read more ]

Baseball in Hiroshima with The Toyo Carp

Mar 22, 2017 By Justin Hanus

Baseball in Japan Nippon Professional Baseball (an organization similar to the USA's MLB) consists of two leagues, the Central League (Chunichi Dragons, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Toyo Carp, Tokyo Yakult Swallows, Yokohama DeNA...[ Click to read more ]