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Japan’s Winter Food

December 14, 2016 by Mark Guthrie

As a Brit, I am used to winters being cold, wet and miserable, with skies as grey as the faces shielded from the perpetual sleet and drizzle. As such, it always baffled me when Japanese friends would claim, without a second’s hesitation, that the year’s last was their favorite season. Unsurprisingly, the reason behind this […]

Nakanoshima River Cruise in Osaka

November 28, 2016 by Justin Hanus

Located between the Dojima and Tosabori rivers, the island of Nakanoshima is a gorgeous sight to behold any time of year. This historical epicenter of Osaka’s commercial and administrative culture is especially impressive to see on clear winter nights when holiday lights send a glowing reflection across the water. To get the best view of […]

Japanese New Years’ Traditions

November 27, 2016 by Tokyo_Team

New Year is the main holiday of the year in Japan and the country shuts down for several days as people take time off to spend time with their families and relax. As with Christmas celebrations in the West, there are numerous customs and traditions that are observed at New Year. Here are explanations of […]

Christmas and Holiday Illumination in Nagoya

November 26, 2016 by Ray Proper

When I think of winter in Nagoya I think, its not summer in Nagoya, and that alone is enough for me to love it.  If you want to get out and enjoy the brisk winter chill, why not take the family out to view “illumination,” which in this context is roughly equivalent to the western tradition […]

Hatsumode in Tokyo – Shrines to Visit for New Years

November 25, 2016 by Mark Guthrie

Celebrating New Year in Japan is all about ‘firsts’. Perhaps the most important ‘first’ is the first trip to a shrine, a tradition called hatsumode. While this can be done at any time, usually over the first three days of the year, the most dramatic time will be at midnight of December 31, when crowds […]

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