How To Make The Best Of Japan In The Winter!

Japan's winter season has lots to offer, from unique winter festivals to comforting cuisine to warm up the body during the coldest season! Here's your guide to Japanese winter.

How To Make The Best Of Japan In The Winter!

Japan's Culture - Coming of Age Day!

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.

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haru

Ultimate Guide to Hatsumode - When, Where, And How to do it?

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!

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Shinnenkai : Japanese New Year's Drinking Parties!

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!

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Starbucks' New Warming Holiday Seasons Drinks!

Starbucks Japan has announced they will release new Holiday season drinks! Don't miss their winter delicious specialties! They will be available from November 1st!

Lili Wanderlust
Lili Wanderlust

Lucky Bags In Japan: A New Year's Shopping Tradition

In Japan after the New Year's celebrations, many shops sell items at high discount buddled in what are called "fukubukuro" or lucky bags. Here's more on this tradition!

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Yokohama Christmas Market : Enjoy The Beautiful Decorations, Shop And Eat!

Yokohama's Red Brick Warehouse Christmas Market (Akarenga Christmas Market) is one of the most popular events during the Christmas season. You can experience the German-style Christmas Market while enjoying the stunning illuminations, shopping, and eating!

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Plum Blossom In Japan: The Winter Cousin Of The Sakura

Many people know about Japan's cherry blossoms called "sakura", but much fewer people know about sakura's little cousin, the "ume" (plum) tree, which goes in bloom earlier, in the late part of winter. The plum tree blossoms are traditionally seen as a sign that winter is coming to an end.

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Shirakawa-go: A Historic Village in Beautiful Gifu Prefecture!

Shirakawa-go is a quiet mountain village and popular tourist destination all year round. It has its own unique culture for which it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. For lovers of architecture, you can admire the greatest concentration of "kominka" (wooden, thatched roof houses) in Japan.

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Top 5 Places For Chanko Nabe In Tokyo

Chanko nabe is a hot pot dish made famous amongst sumo wrestlers. It is a healthy, protein-rich dish with lots of seasonal vegetables. Some of the best chanko nabe is found in Tokyo. This dish isn't for the faint-hearted either, with each restaurant serving up volumes of food. Definitely go there on an empty stomach!

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Jonathan