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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 […]

Staying Cool in the (Japanese) Heat

July 25, 2018 by Jason Gatewood

  Our latest weather woes have made international headlines recently, with an unprecedented heatwave that has set records across Japan. Many of us come from countries where this is quite normal (my last summer trip back home had highs around 40ºC/101ºF), a large number may not have ever experienced this brand of “hot n’ humid.” […]

Buying Summer Yukata in Tokyo

July 20, 2018 by Mark Guthrie

If you have ever been to a summer fireworks festival around Tokyo you may have noticed many people wearing traditional Japanese dress and wondered what was going on. Well, summer festivals are a time when Japanese and foreigners alike can wear yukata, a summer and informal variant of the famous kimono. What is Yukata? The word ‘yukata’ means […]

Dive in Kobe Places to Swim this Summer

June 24, 2018 by Justin Hanus

With temperatures rising for the summer it can be easy to resort to staying inside as often as possible. Though the air conditioning at home might be necessary sometimes, for Kobe residents and visitors, there are a multitude of other ways to stay cool while also getting out of the house! Not only are there […]

Ise Ebi Matsuri (Lobster Festival)

May 29, 2018 by Mark Guthrie

For much of the world, there is little more decadent than dining out on lobster. However, here in Japan, lobster – while still relatively pricey compared to most seafood – is by no means the preserve of the uber-rich, and nor is the festival that celebrates it each year. All along the Pacific coast of […]

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