2015  Jul 1st ´

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Omiyage: The Culture of Souvenirs in Japan

Maybe you’ve already heard the word “omiyage” before. Maybe you also know that it translates to “souvenir”. But it’s (...)

2014  Dec 3rd ´

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A Quick Guide: Gift Giving in Japan – Dos and Don’ts

With a rich culture, history and several ancient legends, there are plenty of superstitions to be aware of when (...)

2013  Nov 15th ´

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Shichi-go-san: 7-5-3 Day on November 15th

Today (November 15) is a special day in Japan called “7-5-3 Day” or “Shichi-go-san” (七五三). Maybe you’ve already heard (...)

2013  Jul 7th ´

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Tanabata Festival aka The Star Festival

Today is July 7th in Japan and that’s when the calendar tells us it’s “Tanabata” (七夕) which is also (...)

2013  Mar 3rd ´

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Hina Matsuri (The Doll’s Festival)

Not only today, but every year on March 3rd Japan celebrates the so-called “Hina Matsuri” (ひな祭り). The festival is (...)

2013  Jan 19th ´

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Shogatsu: Japanese New Year’s Day

It’s January. A new year has just started here in Japan. After the busy time in December (cleaning, cooking, (...)

2012  Dec 20th ´

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Omisoka: Japanese New Year’s Eve

Around this time of the year Japanese people are busy with various things. Christmas is not what keeps them (...)

2012  Feb 14th ´

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Valentine’s Day in Japan

Hello. I’m sure I don’t have to tell you what day today is, now do I? Yes, it’s February (...)

2012  Feb 3rd ´

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Setsubun: Bean Throwing Day

Happy “Bean Throwing Day“! “Demons out, Good Fortune in!” – that’s today’s motto as it’s “Setsubun” (節分) today (February (...)

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