Monday, December 16, 2019

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...

Kamakura Matsuri (Snow Hut Festival): More than Just Igloos!

Kamakura festivals, often held on the day of the first full moon of a new year (around mid-February) to pray for household safety and a bumper grain harvest, are traditional events in the Tohoku...

Enjoy SNOWART in Echigo-Tsumari, Niigata

Niigata is located in the region of Chubu, on the main island of Japan, Honshu. It is the third largest city with direct access to the sea of Japan. And it opened to international...

Christmas Afternoon Tea in Tokyo’s Shangri-La Hotel

Every month the Shangri-La Hotel in Tokyo holds its special afternoon tea with a constantly changing menu in regard to the season. An étagère filled with sweet and savory goodies waits for you. Within...

Snow at its Best: Yunishigawa Kamakura Festival

Toshogu Shrine and Lake Chuzenji are two of the most well-known attractions in Nikko. But do you know that Yunishigawa is also an attraction with historical significance? You don’t have to travel all the...

Winter Activities in Tohoku : Vintage Winter Rides

Make the most of your winter holiday by getting away with friends and family on transportation methods exclusive to Tohoku. Every winter, local operators run old-fashioned rides that bring Tohoku’s rich cultural heritage to...

7 Great Winter Activities in Northern Tohoku

1. Get sporty Winter in Northern Tohoku is a paradise for those who enjoy winter sports. Majestic mountain ranges carpeted in fresh powder snow provide a number of great ski hills all over the region....

First Snow in Shibuya!

  In Shibuya, it snowed for the first time this year briefly around 4am! Compared to average years, this year's first snow came 9 days late, and 29 days later than last year.

Why are Japanese homes so cold during winter?

The cold weather is creeping in and many foreigners start wondering why Japanese homes are so cold. Compared to Western houses that are insulated and equipped with central heating, most Japanese homes don't have...

World’s First Smart Phone Christmas Tree at Shibuya 109

"PLAY LIGHT TREE"--the world's first interactive smart phone christmas tree by XFLAG, the makers of the Monster Strike game--has arrived at fashion landmark SHIBUYA109's Event Space. Comprised of 203 synchronized smart phones and tablets, you can...