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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 […]

It’s Fall in Japan; Time to get Nutty about Chestnuts

October 24, 2016 by Justin Hanus

For many folks autumn in Japan means chestnuts. Asia is known as both the largest producer and the largest consumer of chestnuts in the world. Scientists studying the remains of ancient hillside villages in Japan have documented the use of nuts as food sources as far back as 9,000 years. One of the attractions of […]

Mailing Christmas Gifts Home from Japan

October 20, 2016 by Jason Gatewood

The first of November in Japan is usually marked by a noticeable drop in temperature along with the sudden switch of all decorations and music in public spaces to Christmas themes. In our home countries, this would probably annoy us a little bit; it’s just under 2 months until the big day, foregoing most thoughts […]

Saijo: The Home of Sake in Hiroshima Prefecture

October 17, 2016 by Jade Brischke

Hiroshima, or more precisely, Saijo, is known as one of the best sake brewing areas in the whole of Japan. Located in the eastern part of Hiroshima Prefecture, approximately 40 minutes from Hiroshima Station, Saijo is not only the administrative center of the city of Higashi Hiroshima, but THE place to go if you are […]

Koyo, or Fall Colors in Nagoya

October 11, 2016 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, […]

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