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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 […]

Koyo, or Fall Colors in Nagoya

October 21, 2018 by Ray Proper

The Japanese are very conscience of the seasons changing around them, often celebrating little, or not so little, milestones between each to mark the transitions¬†between their much touted “4 distinct seasons.” Long sleeve or short sleeve shirts for example are there one day, but gone the next as the season officially ends for them. ¬†Similarly, […]

Holiday Illumination in Kansai

November 22, 2017 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 […]

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