The Japanese have unique traditions when it comes to events highlighting the change in season. For the end of winter, there is Setsubun which involves eating beans, throwing them at ogres and celebrating by throwing festivals! Read on to learn more about this tradition and how to take part in the celebrations.
Yokohama is a beautiful city to visit, with its stylish shopping areas, its beautiful port, its delicious restos and authentic Chinatown, you're bound to find something to love in Yokohama. There's no doubt you'll be back before you know it! It is perfect for families or friends, and also for couples looking for a romantic date spot!
Have you heard of the Chanko Nabe? Most people associate this Japanese dish with Sumo culture as it is an important part of the Japanese traditional wrestlers' diet. However, Chanko Nabe is a pretty popular type of hot pot for people in general as well. It's arguably one of the best winter foods in Japan. Here's how to make it.
Japan Ski Resorts: Some Of The Best In The World Await You In The Mountainous Land Of The Rising Sun!
A large part of Japan is covered by impressive mountain ranges. In the winter, even in the southern latitudes of the country, the mountains become snow covered and some areas reliably receive a heavy amount of powdered snow every year. Which means, Japan is a great country for skiing! Here are some of the top ski resorts in Japan.
TOKYO Whisky Library is a bar in Omotesando, Tokyo. As the name suggests, the bar specializes in whiskies, stocked with 1,200 kinds of whiskies collected from all over the world. A must-visit place for whiskey lovers. Come find your favorite ones!
GROVE CAFE is a cafe located near Ebisu Station in Tokyo. You can have a comfortable time while enjoying delicious healthy dishes and enjoying a great atmosphere.
Cheese Tavern CASCINA is a casual Italian restaurant in Ebisu, Tokyo. It is specialized in cheese dishes made from a wide variety of cheese from all over the world. If you are a cheese lover, you MUST visit and try their heavenly cheese dishes!
NoMad Grill Lounge is a highly recommended steakhouse in Tokyo, where you can experience the heavenly juicy wagyu (Japanese beef) steaks. The restaurant offers a variety of steaks from "Pittsburgh Style Steak" to an aged wagyu steak.
Breakfast club is a restaurant/cafe in Tokyo where you can enjoy delicious, lovely breakfasts such as pancakes, avocado toasts, Japanese style breakfasts, and more for all day! Breakfast always makes people happy!
Coming of age day, or "seijin no hi" in Japanese, is a Japanese holiday in January when people celebrate becoming adults. There are some interesting things to see on that day which will make you feel like you are witnessing an important part of Japanese tradition and culture.
Toka Ebisu Festival is an event held every year in Osaka from the 9th to the 11th of January. It is part of the new year's celebration of visiting a shrine. For this occasion, the purpose is to pray for commercial success. This is a major event in Osaka that is interesting to take part in if you happen to be there!
Hatsumode is a New Year's tradition of Japan that consists of visiting a shrine or temple at the very beginning of the year to pray. Here is what you should know about hatsumode and also some recommended spots to do hatsumode in Tokyo!
Looking for a way to enjoy Japan's scenic beauty in the winter while experiencing a traditional festival or "matsuri". The Iwate Snow Festival offers you just that! Here's more on this event.
Shinnenkai is an important annual custom or event in Japan. It literally means "New Year Party", which is held at the beginning of the year among a group of people like co-workers and friends. Here is the ultimate guide to the Japanese shinnenkai!
The city of Yokote in Akita Prefecture holds one of Japan's coolest snow festivals. Throughout the town, snow shelters called kamakuras are built and lit from the inside. Here's more on this unique snow festival.
Three words. Creamy Miso Ramen. Miso ga Ichiban specialises in miso flavoured ramen. It's not your typical miso ramen though, it's like miso on steroids. Come hit the ramen gym of your dreams!
Convenience stores in Japan are virtually everywhere. They are called by the people in Japan "konbini", which is a Japanese abbreviation for "convenience". They sell a good variety of basic necessities and snacks and are generally open 24 hours a day, every day of the year. They truly are convenient! Here's a quick konbini guide.
Bonenkai is Japanese drinking parties held at the end of the year.