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Fall and Winter Festivals in Tokyo

October 30, 2018 by Jason Gatewood

Just because the leaves are golden (or gone), and the temperature has fallen, doesn’t mean the festival numbers have gone down along with it. As always, you’ll be able to eat tasty yatai street food, purchase cool trinkets, and enjoy being outside in the crowd… Just remember to bring your jacket! Fall in Japan means it’s […]

Thanksgiving Dining in Nagoya 2018

October 29, 2018 by Mark Guthrie

With Thanksgiving being very much a North American holiday, we aren’t really within our rights to expect Nagoya to be celebrate the third Thursday of November in quite the same way as it would be done in the US. However, like other international traditions such as Christmas, Hallowe’en or Valentine’s Day, there is a distinct […]

Hiroshima’s Ebisuko Festival 2018

October 29, 2018 by Matt Mangham

Across Japan, Ebisu is one of Shinto’s most popular deities. Deaf and lame, and always laughing (hence the Japanese term ‘ebisugao’ for a smiling face) Ebisu is the god of fishermen and good fortune. The old tenth lunar month was called ‘kannazuki,’ or the month without gods because the entire Shinto pantheon was said to […]

Hiroshima Grand Inoko Festival

October 29, 2018 by Matt Mangham

Inoko Festivals are a familiar feature of autumn across western Japan. With roots in ancient Chinese harvest festivals celebrated in the tenth lunar month (the month of the boar), Inoko celebrations were observed in Japan as early as the Heian period, and over time developed into several distinct expressions, from the festival of the court […]

Koyo, or Fall Colors in Kobe

October 29, 2018 by admin

Viewing the changing colors of fall leaves or foliage, called koyo in Japanese, is autumn’s answer to spring’s more famous cherry blossom viewing; a traditional opportunity to get outdoors to live in the moment of the season and reflect on the impermanence of it all. Appreciation of the beauty of the changing seasons has been a Japanese characteristic since ancient times, and is even referenced […]

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