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Winter Days Out in Kobe

December 21, 2018 by Justin Hanus

Fight that urge to stay indoors in the warmth this winter and experience some of what Kobe has to offer. There are many places to visit and things to do that are suitable for a great winter day out in Kobe from having fun in the snow to checking out a museum. Here are a […]

Traditional Japanese New Years’ Foods – Osechi Ryori

November 27, 2018 by Ray Proper

Osechi-ryōri are traditional Japanese foods eaten at the start of the new year.  The osechi tradition has been alive in Japan since the Heian Era (starting in 794) and the foods are easily recognizable by the special bento boxes called jūbako, which are often stacked for larger families or parties.  Like many places in Asia, […]

Japanese New Years’ Traditions

November 26, 2018 by Tokyo_Team

New Year is the main holiday of the year in Japan and the country shuts down for several days as people take time off to spend time with their families and relax. As with Christmas celebrations in the West, there are numerous customs and traditions that are observed at New Year. Here are explanations of […]

Hatsumode in Tokyo – Shrines to Visit for New Years

November 25, 2018 by Mark Guthrie

Celebrating New Year in Japan is all about ‘firsts’. Perhaps the most important ‘first’ is the first trip to a shrine, a tradition called hatsumode. While this can be done at any time, usually over the first three days of the year, the most dramatic time will be at midnight of December 31, when crowds […]

Hatsumode in Nagoya – Shrines to Visit for New Years

November 24, 2018 by First Admin

Oshogatsu, or New Years, is  the most important holiday in Japan. Businesses shut down January 1 to January 3, families gather to spend time together.  The New Year Lottery numbers have been announced, New Year cards have been exchanged, and most places around Japan start looking like ghost towns. Sometime during those first three days, most people […]

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