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Keep c(K)ool and Kampai! Beer Gardens in Hiroshima

July 26, 2017 by Jade Brischke

When rainy season finally ends and the nights are hot and steamy, there is nothing better to do on a summer’s night than to sit outside. If you combine this with the great company of your friends, good food and drinks aplenty, you are guaranteed to make some wonderful summer memories. Luckily, Hiroshima has all […]

No One Does Beer Gardens Like Japan

July 24, 2017 by Justin Hanus

It’s summer. It’s hot. And for many that means only one thing – beer gardens. The summertime treat, however, does not have its origins in cold brews quenching parched summer thirsts. Five hundred years ago in Bavaria the brewing of beer was legal only between the feast of St. Michael on September 29 and feast […]

Suikawari: A Cracking Good Summer Sport

July 24, 2017 by Justin Hanus

There are so many things you can do for fun at the beach on a hot summer day. Swim in the surf, play volleyball, build a sandcastle, relax on a towel and enjoy a cool beverage, and wiggle your toes in the sand. How about taking a stick and cracking open a watermelon? Watermelon is […]

Bon Odori Dancing Festivals in Tokyo

July 20, 2017 by Ray Proper

Obon is an annual event where Buddhists and Confucians celebrate their ancestors.  Buddhists and many Japanese people in general believe that every year during Obon their ancestor’s spirits will return from “beyond the grave” for three days to visit with relatives they left behind. The highlight of summer in Japan is the Obon holiday season, when […]

Grape Picking Around Aichi

July 12, 2017 by Mark Guthrie

Fruit picking is a popular family activity in Japan, and farms across the country offer the opportunity to pick fruit directly from the tree from their orchards.  Typically farms will charge visitors a set amount for a set period of time; fees range from 800 to 3000 yen or more, and the set times generally […]