Celebrating New Year in Kobe Chinatown

January 29, 2018 by Justin Hanus

Despite its proximity to China, there are only a few Chinatowns in the whole of Japan. One of the largest and most popular is the one in Kobe, called Nankin-machi. This Chinatown is located between three gates: Chang’an Gate to East, Xi’an Gate to West, and Nanluo Gate to South. As soon as you pass […]

Chinese New year Festival Nagoya 2018

December 20, 2017 by Mark Guthrie

Although Japan adopted the Gregorian calendar in 1873, celebration of the Chinese year is still an  important cultural event in the country. This year (2018) the Chinese New Year falls on February 16, however Nagoya wants to get in on the fun a little bit early. Chinese New Year Festival From January 6 to 8, […]

So Why Isn’t It the Japanese Fortune Cookie?

February 21, 2017 by Justin Hanus

The Chinese fortune cookie is one odd little pastry. Start with the fact that it is not a thing in China; that the Chinese do not serve fortune cookies after meals. Most of the three billion fortune cookies broken up each year are consumed in Chinese restaurants in the United States. Then throw into the fortune […]

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