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‘Jewels of the Sea’ Miyajima Oyster Festival near Hiroshima

January 23, 2017 by Jade Brischke

Although Hiroshima is famous for its oysters throughout the year, it is during winter, in the coldest month of February that they’re at their best.  Sure you can go to a famous restaurant or oyster bar in Hiroshima to enjoy them, but for something more fun (and definitely cheaper!), why not brave the cold and […]

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 […]

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 […]

Valentines Day and White Day in Japan

January 19, 2016 by Ray Proper

Valentine’s Day in Japan – February 14 In Japan, the “Craziness of Valentine’s Day” falls mainly on the women. Unlike most countries of which I am aware, in Japan the tradition calls for women to give chocolate to the person they’re dating, want to date, are currently stalking, or is their father…sometimes brothers, and to add insult […]

Getting Into the Spirit of Hiroshima’s Oyster Season

November 17, 2015 by Justin Hanus

As New Year’s well wishes fade from conversations across Japan, an unspoken but equally cheerful sentiment permeates the atmosphere of Hiroshima Prefecture: “Happy Oyster Season!” Echoes of this can of course be heard and tasted year around in the prefecture, but the abundance and quality of oysters harvested in the winter months turns late January-February […]

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