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Setsubun Festivals in Nagoya

January 20, 2018 by Ray Proper

“That Bean-Throwing Festival” Setsubun, or “That Bean-Throwing Festival” celebrates the beginning of spring in Japan. Celebrated yearly on February 3 as part of the Spring Festival, its association with the Lunar New Year makes this festival a sort of New Year’s Eve. This association is accompanied by a special ritual to cleanse away the evil […]

Setsubun Festivals in Tokyo

January 5, 2018 by Jason Gatewood

So you survived O-shogatsu (Japanese New Year’s) and are looking forward to the end of March and the blooming of the cherry trees, but the reality is there are at least 80 more days to go before a single pink blossom appears. While it will not bring the blossoms any closer, did you know that in Japan, spring […]

Plum Blossom Viewing in Nagoya – Top 5 Umemi Spots!

January 27, 2017 by admin

Ume, is not just half of an “umeshu,”  a Japanese liqueur made from unripe and green ume fruits, it is actually a quite lovely tree.  “Prunus mume” is tree species more commonly referred to as Chinese plum or Japanese apricot tree.  The tree produces a delicious fruit that is usually referred to as a plum, but is […]

‘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 […]

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