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Sanno Matsuri, One of Tokyo’s Three Most Important Festivals

May 30, 2017 by Mark Guthrie

When it comes to festivals (matsuri), nothing can quite beat Japan in the summer. Pretty much every town and city will have one, and Tokyo, being the cultural (and pretty much geographical) epicenter of the country, has more than its fair share. One of the capital’s three most important matsuri – along with the Kanda […]

Summer Nights With Tokyo’s Magical Fireflies 2017

May 19, 2017 by Mark Guthrie

There are four key ways that you can tell that summer on its way in Japan. The top three are obvious: the convenience stores replacing nikuman with cold ramen; cool biz mercifully replacing suits and ties in the office; and everyone is saying “atsui ne!” every thirty seconds. But the fourth one? It’s the coming of the fireflies. Fireflies, […]

Museum of Yebisu Beer, Tokyo

May 12, 2017 by Mark Guthrie

  In 1887, the Japan Beer Brewery Company cleared an area of farmland in order to build a brewery where they would make, using German methods, their new premium beer, Yebisu. In the intervening years, the area which came to be named after the beer (rather than the commonly held belief that it was the […]