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Fireworks Festivals in Tokyo

June 24, 2018 by Jason Gatewood

Fireworks and summer festivals are arguably the best part of summertime in Japan, with days spent wearing yukata and jinbei traditional clothing while munching street food and nights spent outside watching literally hours of explosions and enjoying the atmosphere of the festival, and the crowds.  Summer festivals are a rare chance for people to relax […]

Tokyo Sea Life Park Aquarium

April 27, 2018 by Admin

Tokyo Sea Life Park  is an aquarium featuring over 600 species of rare marine life from around the world.  The distinctive dome rising over the attraction houses a number of interesting collections, including the most famous, a 2,200-ton tank shaped like a doughnut where you can watch bluefin tuna and other fish swim. Another well known […]

Kobe Marathon 2017

November 1, 2017 by admin

The general public is free to participate in this foot race presented in Kobe. Some 20,000 people take part in this race, which is time-limited to 7 hours. The foot race began in 2011. Come join the race and run through the port city of Kobe! The course starts in front of Kobe City Office […]

Koyo, or Fall Colors in Kobe

October 31, 2017 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 […]

Tokyo Ramen Show 2017

October 26, 2017 by admin

Ramen is classic Japanese food.  If you ask a random person, foreign or Japanese, male or female, what their favorite food is you are highly likely to get “ramen” back as your answer.  Ramen is a noodle soup of wheat noodles served in a meat-based broth.  Standard flavors include: Shio or “salt” Tonkotsu or “pork bone” Shōyu  or “soy sauce” Miso […]

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