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Japanese New Years’ Traditions

November 26, 2018 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 […]

Hatsumode in Tokyo – Shrines to Visit for New Years

November 25, 2018 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 […]

Hatsumode in Kobe – Shrines to Visit for New Years

November 22, 2018 by Justin Hanus

Japan has only been doing New Year’s celebrations since 1873, when the country adopted the Gregorian calendar of the West. Traditionally the Japanese New Year was based on the Chinese lunar calendar where the dates each year were not fixed. But now the New Year is locked into January 1 and most of the country […]

Holiday Dining Options in Nagoya

November 21, 2018 by Ray Proper

Nagoya has very good food, and there are a lot of options available to you on a day to day basis.  At holiday time however, you may need some hints on where to go to get your fill of holiday tastes and treats.  There is no cause for alarm, however, we have you covered with […]

Holiday Dining Options in Tokyo

November 14, 2018 by Ray Proper

Tokyo IS good food.  In my opinion, the food in Tokyo is the best part of Tokyo!  You can get pretty much anything in Tokyo, at any time, and Christmas Dinner is no exception. Whether you are searching for traditional holiday fare, or something a bit more trendy, there are hundreds, if not thousands of […]

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