Ringing in the new and tossing out the slightly old prompts an age-old question, one similar to Christmas trees in the West: when should you take your Shogatsu decorations down?
By Aonghas Crowe on January 11, 2018
Ten of Japan’s 16 national holidays are directly related to the Emperor — with one more on the way.
By Aonghas Crowe on November 22, 2017
Ready or not, it’s ballot time again in Japan.
By Aonghas Crowe on October 20, 2017
The Eskimos may have fifty words for “snow,” but did you know there are a whopping 1,190 rain-related words and phrases in the Japanese language?
By Aonghas Crowe on July 22, 2017
The literal mysteries of tsuyu, the Japanese term for the rainy season.