Let’s do Mame-maki! / Setsubun 2016

Have you ever heard about Setsubun? Setsubun indicates the day before risshun which means the first day of spring. Setsubun comes on either February 3 or 4, depending on the year. Setsubun is not a national holiday. Setsubun is one day before the start of spring according to the Japanese lunar calendar. According to Japanese tradition, on the day of [….]

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Christmas and Happy New Years 2016!!!

Hello everyone! Everybody is getting ready for Christmas and New Years. Most of foreigners go back to their home towns to spend time with family and friends. But some people would like to celebrate New Year in Japanese style and visit a shrine in the morning. How do you plan to celebrate this holiday? New Year (in Japanese O-Shogatsu) is one [….]

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Trick-or-treat

Do you like Halloween? If you live and work in Japan, you probably know that Halloween, like many popular western holidays, became a new tradition in Japan. Halloween wasn’t celebrated in Japan until recent years, the popularity of Halloween in Japan has exploded in the last decade. Japan has adopted many American Halloween traditions to its culture. Western-style Halloween decorations such [….]

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Come to Visit Us at JATA Tourism Expo Japan 2015!

We will be  running a booth at JATA Tourism Expo Japan 2015 in Tokyo Big Site from September 25 to 27. The event will be loaded with giveaways and novelty gifts exclusively prepared by embassies, Tourism Boards, airlines, and Japan’s hot spring resorts.   The event is simply a must-go!  We will also have representatives from our group companies; Yamagata [….]

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“Otsukimi” Mid-Autumn Festival

Otsukimi (お月見) or Japan’s Harvest Moon Festival, is a custom of honoring the full moon. Celebrations of Moon-viewing Festival take place in Mid-September, to be exact, the 15th day of the eight months of the traditional Japanese Lunar calendar. Tradition has over 1000 years history. Festivals dedicated to the moon have a long history in Japan. The meaning of this [….]

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Japanese shaved ice dessert “Kakigori”

Japanese summer is very hot and humid. But summer is also the good time for omnifarious frills. The most popular summer food in Japan is ice cream, omnipresent watermelon, Nagashi-Somen (noodles), Rei-Shabu, eel (Unagi) and Kakigori. Today let’s speak about Kakigori. Kakigori is a frappe or shaved ice dessert flavored with sap and a sweetener, the most popular flavors are [….]

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Let’s eat Unagi (Doyo-no-ushi-no-hi)

Summer in Japan is very hot and heavy for those who work in Japan and have to experience high temperature every day in the morning, rushing to the train and sweating all the time outside. But how stay “genki” (active) every day and keep your body in health? There is a traditional Japanese secret that will help you back your [….]

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Rainy Season in Tokyo

What to work in Japan? Expect Rain these days! Recently, Tokyo is immersed in rain every day. Everyone is waiting for sunny days, when they can spend time on the beach, have BBQ on weekends and enjoy summer. The length of the rainy season in Tokyo varies and this year it will hopefully; finish in Late July. Rainy season called [….]

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