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January 11, 2018

When is New Year’s in Japan Really Over?

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?

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December 29, 2017

5 Recommended Places to See the First Sunrise of 2018 in Japan

While there are many different New Year’s traditions to follow in Japan, one of our personal favorites is “hatsuhinode,” or viewing the first sunrise of the New Year.

December 15, 2017

Annually Asked Questions: Why KFC at Christmas in Japan?

It’s a question that many Westerners ask every year around this time, when the iconic red, white and green marketing…

November 25, 2017

Ultimate Guide to Winter Illuminations in Japan’s 47 Prefectures

We chart winter light ups all across Japan in our latest travel guide.

November 22, 2017

Imperial Gratitude: The Reason for Labor Thanksgiving Day in Japan

Ten of Japan’s 16 national holidays are directly related to the Emperor — with one more on the way.

October 27, 2017

Nightmare on the Dotonbori: Top Halloween Spots in Kansai

Here are five spooktastic spots for to get your monster mash on this Halloween in Osaka.