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Saijo Sake Festival in Higashi Hiroshima

September 27, 2018 by Matt Mangham

In early October of every year, Hiroshima Prefecture’s Saijo town (part of Higashi-Hiroshima) lets its hair down for a massive, two-day block party. One of Japan’s three premier sake-brewing locales, Saijo is proud of its history. About thirty kilometers east of Hiroshima City, the town’s brewing industry claims roots reaching back over three centuries. Today […]

Tokyo Oktoberfest 2018

September 26, 2018 by Jason Gatewood

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: Japan loves beer. So it’s no surprise there’s an Oktoberfest festival happening somewhere at any point in the year. But what about actually IN October? Well, yeah, we got those covered. Greater Tokyo is awash in the amber goodness throughout the beginning of autumn, and here’s […]

Seki Cutlery Festival in Gifu

September 26, 2018 by Ray Proper

Seki is a small city in the center of Japan, located in the northern Mino region of Gifu Prefecture.  Seki is famous for the production of blades;  first samurai swords and now kitchen knives and cutlery continue a legacy of production by artisan swordsmiths in Seki City using modern and traditional forging styles that have […]

Family Friendly Halloween Activities in Tokyo

September 11, 2018 by Ray Proper

Once upon a time in Tokyo, celebrating Halloween meant dressing up in a costume and riding the Yamanote Line around the center of town drinking heavily and being unruly. Other than that weirdness, you really couldn’t tell October 31st from November 3rd, or any other average day here in Japan.  More recently though, times have changed […]

Find Your Halloween Costume in Tokyo

September 10, 2018 by Ray Proper

Halloween is rapidly approaching so get your costume soon because  leaving your costume to the last minute and dressing as “an axe murderer, because they look just like you and me” isn’t as clever as you think it is.  Halloween was not really “a thing” in Japan previously, but recently they have been jumping on the ghoulish bandwagon, so […]

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