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Tokyo Java: Why Are Indie Coffee Shops Opening All Over The Metropolis?

April 26, 2018 by Jason Gatewood

We’ll forgive you for thinking Japan was all about the green tea if you’ve never been here before. Of course we pride ourselves on having over a hundred varieties of o-cha you can drink, and the image of a kimono-clad stern performer of tea ceremony is forever burned into our memory banks of what iconography […]

Thai Festival in Tokyo

April 10, 2018 by admin

The annual Thai Festival in Tokyo’s Yoyogi Park is a great place to find excellent Thai food, as well as enjoy a diverse stage schedule including martial arts demonstrations, musicians, dancers, and artists.   The festival’s main selling point is Thai food and drink, in copious quantities, prepared by virtually every Thai food restaurant in Tokyo, […]

Sample Food From All 47 Prefectures Of Japan in Tokyo!

February 21, 2018 by Jason Gatewood

It’s impossible. Even in my almost 2 decades of traveling all over Japan, I have yet to hit the magic number 47, the number of prefectures that make up Japan. This means there’s forty-seven different regions that proclaim to be home to the best beauty, culture, and nature representing Japan. I don’t know about that; […]

Tondo Festivals in Hiroshima

December 22, 2017 by Matt Mangham

Across Hiroshima Prefecture, early to mid-January involves one final, festive bit of housekeeping with regard to the year just passed. Part of ‘Koshagatsu,’ which marks the traditional lunar new year, it’s called the Tondo festival. In public parks, school grounds and shrine courtyards, people gather around towering bonfires of bamboo, on which they throw the […]

Toukasan Festival: Hiroshima’s Official Start of Summer

May 23, 2017 by Jade Brischke

Toukasan (とうかさん) is not only the biggest festival in Hiroshima, but also one of the oldest of the summer festivals in the whole of Japan. Dating back some 400 years, the three-day festival is the event the highlights the fact that summer has officially begun. Held every June on the first weekend, the event revolves […]

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