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With the ascension of a new emperor and the introduction of the Reiwa Era, this year’s Golden Week is an unprecedented 10-day national holiday in Japan. Make the most of this rare opportunity…

For many who didn’t grow up in tropical climates, catching a glimpse of fireflies, or “lightning bugs,” is something special. For Japanese people, it’s another reason for a series of annual festivals,…

Lights have been strung up all over Tokyo, the shrill J-pop version of Christmas classics like “Jingle Bells” are blaring, and every corner store and café has their “Christmas Specials” – it must…

Tuesday morning got off to a shaky start all along the eastern coast of Japan. The first earthquake struck at 05:59, with a reported magnitude of 7.3 (JMA 5), and the epicenter…

We are happy to share with you a hearty list of restaurants around Tokyo that are serving up an authentic American Thanksgiving meals this year. In the past, we have pined for gravy, mashed…

Now that we have, with some resistance, put away our summer yukata, it is time to lap up autumn’s beauty before the sparkling winter holidays arrive. Break up the monotony of those…

Here’s a roundup of ways and places to watch the returns coming in for what has been one of the weirder elections the US has ever seen. Even people who aren’t US…

No matter how long or short one’s visit to Japan is, all can agree: Japan inspires everyone in all shapes and forms, from art to food, and even food art. New York…