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Understanding Japan: What is Obon?

July 30, 2018 by Mark Guthrie

For many foreigners working in Japan, Obon is a great time, as most companies close for a bit of a summer holiday; it gives us a chance to hit the beach, travel, or just hang out at home glued to the air conditioner. In fact, many Japanese see it as a similar way, as Obon […]

Getting to Know You: Nagoya’s Endoji Street

July 30, 2018 by Mark Guthrie

For so long the area of Osu has been considered Nagoya’s district of cool, but for those in the know, it is Endoji, a stone’s throw from Meieki, that is becoming the place where all the good stuff is going on. On the face of it, Endoji looks like any old run down shopping arcade […]

Aomori Prefecture’s Nebuta Festival

July 30, 2018 by Mark Guthrie

Throughout July and August there are festivals all over Japan celebrating all manner of things – from the literal star-crossed lovers of Tanabata to the returning of deceased ancestors at Obon. However, for the citizens of Aomori Prefecture, August is a time to celebrate warriors of the past. ‘Nebuta’ festivals, in which giant floats of […]

Tokyo’s rise of the premium BBQ sites

July 27, 2018 by Jason Gatewood

As long as we have known fire, we’ve also known barbecue. Most of humanity would agree that there’s nothing beating a few pieces of meat and/or veg on the grill, with the smoke from the coals helping to give it a flavor that’s unmistakably summertime. We Tokyoites have it rough however: even if we are […]

Bon Odori Dancing Festivals in Tokyo

July 27, 2018 by Jason Gatewood

Obon is an annual event where Buddhists and Confucians celebrate their ancestors.  Buddhists and many Japanese people in general believe that every year during Obon their ancestor’s spirits will return from “beyond the grave” for three days to visit with relatives they left behind. The highlight of summer in Japan is the Obon holiday season, when […]

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