With what’s left of the rainy season fading off in the rearview mirror, we’re looking at a head-on collision with the dog days of summer, and their enervating, inescapable heat and humidity.…

In this month’s edition of the Mixologist’s guide we take a trip to Havana, the city responsible for creating the Mojito, the drink that has come to dominate the summer cocktail scene…

School’s out for summer, and that means many are scrambling for ways to occupy and entertain their kids, without breaking the bank or boring the grown-ups. For this month’s picks, we offer…

Fancy a sweet treat? Doughnuts always hit the spot, probably due in part to their comforting nature and high-fat, high-calorie count. In the recent years, doughnuts have become increasingly popular in Japan,…

Have you ever walked up to an omamori (お守り) booth at a shrine bustling with visitors, only to be overwhelmed while others make their purchases knowingly without batting an eye? You’re not alone—this guide…

OK, let’s be honest. Cinco de Mayo is much more of a Mexican-American holiday than it is a Mexican holiday—the big day for U.S.’s neighbor to the south is September 16. But let’s not…

Step out of hibernation in style with a little help from the best beautifying spots in Tokyo. Spring has sprung, and in Japan especially, the season is synonymous with rejuvenating and revitalizing:…

Or, Jumping Through Hoops (And Paying Through the Nose) By Roberto De Vido This week I went to renew my International Driving License (IDL), which is in theory a sensible document providing…

Temperatures may be falling, but these winter activities should keep your spirits bright as 2014 comes to a close. A Grand Weekend Brunch One of the best ways to start off a…

Anyone who’s spent some time in Japan soon finds him or herself drawn to a seasonal gathering to look at trees. And while hanami, the spring cherry blossom “watching” week, gets most…

After a relatively mild rainy season and a (mostly) docile July, the hot and humid dog days of summer have finally found us. While many will flock to crowded beaches and jam-packed…

Summer is a wonderful season in Japan. It’s finally warm enough to peel off down parkas and ski gloves, it’s nice to relax in the park drinking beer, and the girls all…