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5 Odd Omamori

At Japanese shrines you can buy many different omamori, protective charms, for defense against all sorts of evil and ill. Besides the regular charms for things such as safety, love, childbirth and health, Japan has...

First Shrine visit of the year – Hatsumode

New Year's is one of the most important holidays on the Japanese calendar. During the Edo period and the old way of counting, everyone was one year old at birth (because they counted the...

How to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Japan

The Japanese way of celebrating New Year's is very different from Western countries. New Year's is possibly the most important day of the year and is usually celebrated with family or good friends. We'll...

Unique Christmas Desserts

Just as the seasons inspire traditional Japanese confectionery, the Western-style shops are inspired as well. Especially during Christmas season! Snowglobe Dessert (1,200 yen) Working Holiday Connection is collaborating with a café in Harajuku to raise money...

History of Christmas in Japan

If you're in Japan during the Christmas season you might be wondering why Christmas decorations are so prevalent. After all, only about 2% of the Japanese population is Christian and as good as all...

History of Christmas in Japan (2)

The reason why Japanese people have strawberry shortcake for Christmas While many countries serve a type of fruitcake for Christmas, Japanese people will more likely serve strawberry shortcakes: light and airy sponge cakes topped and...

History of Christmas in Japan (3)

The reason why Japanese people have fried chicken for Christmas After the end of World War II Christmas became synonymous with "peace", something the people desperately needed. The Christmas celebrations made a return and so...

Japan Winter Street Food

Japan is sensitive to the seasons and this is reflected in their food. When the scenery changes the food stalls change as well. Here's some of the most popular winter-themed Japanese street food. Yakiimo (Baked...

Gundam and Japan: ode to the statue

Bandai Namco recently announced that it will remove the iconic Gundam statue in front of Tokyo Odabai's Diver City next year (Model RG 1/1 RX-78-2 Ver. GFT to be exact). Its last public appearance...

Winter Solstice in Japan

Winter Solstice is the day of the year when the night is the longest. This year for Japan this day falls on December 21st with a sunrise from 6:48am and a sunset at 4:32pm. Winter...