Christmas Present Ideas From Japan

October 22, 2018 by Mark Guthrie

Whether you love it or loathe it, Christmas shopping time is pretty much here. Personally, I’m in the latter camp. As the eldest of 13 cousins (and now countless cousins-once-removed) Christmas shopping becomes a Herculean task, as coming up with ideas for presents becomes increasingly difficult. Thankfully, being here in Japan we have a wide […]

KPB Theatre Nagoya’s Production of Gerry in The Attic

October 22, 2018 by Ray Proper

KPB Theatre Presents Gerry in The Attic THINK OF THE POSSIBILITIES… Set in the English countryside, the residents of the Meadowlark Retirement Home plot to take their beloved Gerry, recently deceased, to his proper resting place. Armed with the love for a friend and the desperation of having nothing left to lose, the elderly residents defy […]

Pachinko Parlour

How to Play Pachinko

October 15, 2018 by Justin Hanus

As gambling for money is illegal in Japan, you’ll find none of the slot machines that are common in casinos in the West. To fill the gap, Japan has its own unique game: pachinko. The game resembles pinball (except vertical), and machines to play are found across the country in special pachinko parlors. Although it […]

Thanksgiving Turkey

Thanksgiving Dining in Kansai

October 15, 2018 by Justin Hanus

Although Japan has its own Thanksgiving Day in November, the holiday isn’t celebrated in quite the same style as in North America. However, with a growing American expat community in Japan, Thanksgiving on the third Thursday in November is beginning to take hold in the Japanese calendar. Outside of Tokyo, it is still quite hard […]

Day Trips: Miyama, Kyoto’s Mountain Retreat

October 15, 2018 by Mark Guthrie

Just 30 kilometers from the hustle and bustle of the tourist mecca that is Kyoto city sits Miyata, a beautiful little hamlet that could have come straight out of Edo era Japan. Remote, rural and nestled into the mountains, Miyata is famous for its traditional, thatched roof (kayabuki) farmhouses of which over 200 can be seen […]

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