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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 […]

Japanese New Years’ Traditions

November 26, 2017 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, 2017 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 […]

Holiday Dining Options in Tokyo

November 24, 2017 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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