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Christmas Lights: Hiroshima-style at Hiroshima Dreamination

November 17, 2016 by Jade Brischke

Who says Japan doesn’t celebrate Christmas?! Certainly no one in Hiroshima, that’s for sure! In fact, I could nearly go so far as to say that the Japanese do it better than us Westerners with their Christmas ‘fried chicken,’ Christmas cakes and of course, Christmas light displays all over the country. Not to be left out, […]

Christmas and Holiday Illumination in Kansai 2016

November 17, 2016 by Justin Hanus

Christmas is not a major Japanese holiday, but Kansai is all in on the tradition of light displays – whether they celebrate Christmas, the winter season, or a more somber remembrance. Here are some of the top illuminations to seek out this December: World’s Most Illuminated Christmas Tree If you are hankering for Christmas lights […]

Kyoto Hanatouro Illumination Festivals

November 14, 2016 by Ray Proper

Hanatouro is an “illumination festival” that happens in Kyoto twice a year at two separate locations.  Actually there are two separate festivals that take place, the Kyoto Arashiyama Hanatouro and the Kyoto Higashiyama Hanatouro that feature different parts of the city.  They are similar, but each offers a slightly different experience. Kyoto Arashiyama Hanatouro This festival takes place annually […]

Christmas and Holiday Illumination in Tokyo

November 11, 2016 by Ray Proper

  Christmas Day in Japan is just another working day for the most part.  The most interesting facet of the Christmas and holiday season in Japan is that all traces of it will be gone by morning on December 26th.  Without fail, every bell, light, and garlands; every decoration will come down and the music […]