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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 […]

Koyo, or Fall Colors in Tokyo

October 26, 2018 by Jason Gatewood

One great thing about Japan is that the splendor of all four seasons can be appreciated wherever you live. And this heightened awareness of seasonal beauty is complemented nicely by Japan’s plentiful mountains, forests, beaches, and even a desert (!) meaning that a change of scenery is a simple train or bus ride away. In […]

Talking Turkey – Thanksgiving Dinner in Tokyo 2018

October 25, 2018 by Jason Gatewood

Let’s face it: Thanksgiving is purely a North American holiday, meaning we shouldn’t expect much fanfare here in Tokyo on the third Thursday of November. In most parts of Japan you may only have one choice if you wanted to indulge in a holiday feast — do it yourself… minus the turkey, cranberry sauce and […]

Mailing Christmas Gifts Home from Japan

October 25, 2018 by Jason Gatewood

The first of November in Japan is marked by a noticeable drop in temperature and the sudden appearance of decorations and music in public spaces with Christmas themes. In our home countries, this early appearance would annoy us a bit, but this is Japan, and at least it reminds us that this is the perfect […]

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