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Dezome-shiki Fire Fighter Review

December 25, 2017 by Mark Guthrie

There are very few professions for which ‘death defying’ is par for the course, but it is safe to say that fire fighters certainly fall into that category. As if leaping into and out of burning buildings wasn’t enough, at the start of every January the members of the Tokyo Fire Department cheat death in […]

Frozen Fun in Hiroshima

December 24, 2017 by Justin Hanus

For many people, wintertime in Hiroshima means oysters and nihonshu. While these are great winter indulgences, there are many other experiences worth having during the colder months. While the rest of Japan either goes into hibernation or ski season, Hiroshima has its own options for winter fun that don’t allow for hibernating. Despite minimal snowfall […]

Ski Slopes Near Nagoya

December 24, 2017 by Mark Guthrie

There’s nothing more exhilarating than standing on the top of a slope, the pure white snow stretching out below you, that moment when you lean forward and the wind begins to rush around your face and you head in graceful arcs to the bottom. Yes, the first snow has fallen, which means that the season […]

Tondo Festivals in Hiroshima

December 22, 2017 by Matt Mangham

Across Hiroshima Prefecture, early to mid-January involves one final, festive bit of housekeeping with regard to the year just passed. Part of ‘Koshagatsu,’ which marks the traditional lunar new year, it’s called the Tondo festival. In public parks, school grounds and shrine courtyards, people gather around towering bonfires of bamboo, on which they throw the […]

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