Winter

Prevention and Thawing of Frozen Pipes in Japan

Jan 02, 2019 By Ray Proper

Many people arrive in Japan from places where it simply does not get cold and are unaware that they need to worry about things like frozen pipes. In most places...[ Click to read more ]

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Japanese New Years’ Traditions

Nov 26, 2018 By Jason Gatewood

New Year is the main holiday of the year in Japan and the country shuts down for several days as people take time off to spend time with their families...[ Click to read more ]

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Hatsumode in Tokyo – Shrines to Visit for New Years

Nov 25, 2018 By Mark Guthrie

Celebrating New Year in Japan is all about 'firsts'. Perhaps the most important ‘first’ is the first trip to a shrine, a tradition called hatsumode. While this can be done...[ Click to read more ]

Hatsumode in Kobe – Shrines to Visit for New Years

Nov 22, 2018 By Justin Hanus

Japan has only been doing New Year’s celebrations since 1873, when the country adopted the Gregorian calendar of the West. Traditionally the Japanese New Year was based on the Chinese...[ Click to read more ]

Holiday Dining Options in Nagoya

Nov 21, 2018 By Ray Proper

Nagoya has very good food, and there are a lot of options available to you on a day to day basis.  At holiday time however, you may need some hints...[ Click to read more ]

Holiday Dining Options in Tokyo

Nov 14, 2018 By Ray Proper

Tokyo IS good food.  In my opinion, the food in Tokyo is the best part of Tokyo!  You can get pretty much anything in Tokyo, at any time, and Christmas...[ Click to read more ]

Christmas in Japan

Nov 10, 2018 By Ray Proper

While less than 1% of the population of Japan identifies themselves as Christian, Japanese families still look forward to and enjoy Christmas festivities in their own distinctly Japanese way. Encouraged by businesses...[ Click to read more ]

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Tondo Festivals in Hiroshima

Dec 22, 2017 By Matt Mangham

Across Hiroshima Prefecture, early to mid-January involves one final, festive bit of housekeeping with regard to the year just passed. Part of ‘Koshagatsu,’ which marks the traditional lunar new year,...[ Click to read more ]

Holiday Illumination in Nagoya

Nov 23, 2017 By Ray Proper

Here are some popular places to experience illumination in and around Nagoya. Nabana no Sato The best place to see winter illumination is in 10 minutes from Kuwana Station in...[ Click to read more ]

Holiday Illumination in Tokyo

Nov 11, 2017 By Ray Proper

Christmas Day in Japan is just another working day for the most part.  The most interesting facet of the Christmas and holiday season in Japan is that all traces of...[ Click to read more ]