How to Prepare for a Japanese Christmas

Christmas, a predominantly Western celebration, spread to Japan during the 1960s. According to German Japanologist, Klaus Kracht, Christmas initially took root in Japan due to the country’s desire to be accepted into the wider international society after its period of isolation ended. Now, more and more Japanese people are adopting this present-giving, joy-spreading time of …

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A Golden Celebration of Children in Japan

Golden Week is the one of the biggest events in Japan’s annual calendar and consists of a week-long celebration of four national holidays which reflect upon Japanese history. During this week, many Japanese people take to the road and gather together to celebrate with their families. If you plan to visit Japan during Golden Week …

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12 Things to Add to Your Japan Trip Bucket List

How Make the Most Out of Your Japan Trip There are so many things that you’ll find you want to do on your Japan Trip, the country is filled with so much variety and character that makes it the perfect destination for many. Here are 12 experiences that should be at the top of your Japan …

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Kinga Shinnen! Top 7 Japanese New Year Traditions

Just as we celebrate Christmas in the West with traditional food, festive music and an exchange of cards, Japan has a number of different customs to welcome in the New Year. This post explores some of the best-known Japanese New Year traditions, from the tasty (osechi) to the tuneful (Kohaku). Top 7 Japanese New Year …

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