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Viewing the Magical Diamond Fuji

December 15, 2016 by Mark Guthrie

Diamond Fuji is a twice annually phenomenon during which the sunrise and sunset aligns perfectly with Mount Fuji’s summit, looking for all the world like a bright shining jewel placed atop the nation’s crown. There are many great places from which you can witness this startling sunset in Tokyo and the surrounding areas (to see sunrise […]

Japan’s Winter Food

December 14, 2016 by Mark Guthrie

As a Brit, I am used to winters being cold, wet and miserable, with skies as grey as the faces shielded from the perpetual sleet and drizzle. As such, it always baffled me when Japanese friends would claim, without a second’s hesitation, that the year’s last was their favorite season. Unsurprisingly, the reason behind this […]

The last of Hiroshima`s Autumn Leaves

November 28, 2016 by Jade Brischke

As all the locals and expats know, Hiroshima is beautiful in all seasons, but it is especially beautiful in autumn. The weather is cool, the oysters are plump and juicy and the scenery is picture-postcard-perfect. Of course, like everywhere in Japan, Hiroshima has a number of places known for their autumn leaves both within the […]

Crab Season in Kansai

November 28, 2016 by Justin Hanus

Since the month of December tends to be the busiest and most plentiful for crabs, it’s no wonder that the winter month boasts a delicious spike in availability for the crustaceans across Japan. During the winter, crab imports from the Sea of Japan spread throughout the country providing restaurants and homes with tasty crab dishes […]

Holiday Dining Options in Kobe

November 28, 2016 by Justin Hanus

The holidays are full of symbolism and tradition that fill us with warm memories and nostalgic sentiments. Though Christmas tends to be a Western holiday, some of those traditions have made their way to other countries, and Japan is certainly full of opportunities for nostalgia and celebration! The lights, gift-giving, decorations, and Christmas music aren’t […]