Sunday, December 16, 2018

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...

Urgently Required: WAttention Travel Surveyor To Chichibu in Saitama!

The application period for this event has ended. Thank you all for your submissions! WAttention is looking for participants to send to the Chichibu area in Saitama Prefecture as travel surveyors to investigate what elements...

New Year Japanese Style in Saitama (3)

On January 3 at Saitama, the Seven Lucky Gods actually come to life in a special costume parade. This is an event you don’t want to miss because it just might be your once-in-a-lifetime...

Christmas Comes Early In Shibuya?

It could be a little too early or maybe some forgotten decoration, but we spotted these Christmas wreaths in Shibuya. But even if it's not Christmas, the lights still look beautiful at night.

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...

Namahage Culture: Living with the Times

In an agriculture society where people's daily lives depend on the weather, people have worshipped the gods at festivals to praculture of Namahage, frightening the people of Oga city in Akita Prefecture, is a...

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...

Yokote Kamakura (Snow Huts)

Playing in snow huts is a popular pastime in winter for children living in the heavy snowfall areas. They make snow huts called "Kamakura " in which they play games and eat traditional delicacies. Yokote...

A Taste Of Sh旬n: Anglerfish Hotpot

The ankou, or anglerfish, is one of those grotesque deep sea creatures (not unlike the hoya) that one wouldn't fathom putting in one's mouth. But the ankou is a winter delicacy that many Japanese...

Let’s welcome the New Year with a Japanese Nengajo

As the end of year approaches, we reflect on what happened this year; our triumphant moments, embarrassing accidents, endearing memories, new relationships, and sad goodbyes. Whatever happened, we can look forward to starting over...