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The last of Hiroshima`s Autumn Leaves

November 28, 2016 by Jade Brischke

As all the locals and expats know, Hiroshima is beautiful in all seasons, but it is especially beautiful in autumn. The weather is cool, the oysters are plump and juicy and the scenery is picture-postcard-perfect. Of course, like everywhere in Japan, Hiroshima has a number of places known for their autumn leaves both within the […]

Crab Season in Kansai

November 28, 2016 by Justin Hanus

Since the month of December tends to be the busiest and most plentiful for crabs, it’s no wonder that the winter month boasts a delicious spike in availability for the crustaceans across Japan. During the winter, crab imports from the Sea of Japan spread throughout the country providing restaurants and homes with tasty crab dishes […]

Holiday Illuminations in Kansai

November 28, 2016 by Justin Hanus

It may be cold in Japan, but holiday lights are a tempting and beautiful excuse to get out of the house and away from that kerosene heater! Especially in the Kansai region, different illuminations taking place throughout December will leave you dazzled with holiday cheer without costing you any of your Christmas money. Grab a […]

Shorter Days + Cooler Weather = Momijigari

October 25, 2016 by Justin Hanus

There is only a relatively small band of latitudes across planet earth where the chlorophyll in the leaves of deciduous trees breaks down when the daylight shortens in the fall and the natural colors of red and orange and yellow remain. Japan is one of the fortunate places in that band. The natural phenomenon has […]

Free Film Screenings at the Japan Foundation in Kyoto in November 2016

October 24, 2016 by Justin Hanus

If you’re traveling around or living in the Kansai region then you’ve surely heard of or attended some of the marvelous intercultural events hosted by the Japan Foundation of Kyoto. Not only does this organization hold educational and networking events like lectures and seminars, they also have a variety of fun cultural exchange events to […]