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Okayama's Quint-essential Farmhouse Getaway.

On its very own the word 'winter' tends to unleash a multitude of synonyms and feelings related to warmth and coziness and the idea of waking up on a futon, in a warm tatami floored room somewhere in the middle of the Japanese countryside...Show More Summary

Gems of Japan: Why is Christmas popular here?

As I cycled through the streets of Tokyo, Shibuya to be specific, I couldn't help but notice the Christmas lights and decorations throughout the city. "This can't be what I think it is; the decorations surely aren't set up for Christmas, it must be some sort of Japanese holiday." I thought. Show More Summary

Tell us your holiday wishes and win some sweet swag from MoeNovel!

It's almost time for Christmas, and whether you celebrate it or not, we've got a good chance for you to win some sweet swag, courtesy of our fine friends at MoeNovel! MoeNovel, who you may remember from If My Heart Had Wings, have just...Show More Summary

A suitably carefree Merry Christmas

With the festive period fast approaching, I hope that wherever you are, and whatever you do, you enjoy some seasonal excess, the necessary recuperative rest and plenty of pleasant surprises. Merry Christmas!

Christmas in Japan - The German way

I´ve been living in Japan already a few years, but the Christmas season always brings back the memories of my hometown and I wish to be there. But mostly I can not go back every year so I´m trying my best to enjoy christmas in Japan....Show More Summary

As Japan prepares for the 'big clean' (???) are we likely to follow suit?

I posted a Tweet out recently proclaiming the day of oosouji/??? (big clean) to be my least favorite day of the year in Japan. Judging by the responses from other expats in Japan, I’m not alone.An earlier post on City-Cost (Clean UpShow More Summary

New Year Cards in Japan, ??? (Nengajyou)

In case you didn't know, you can get mail delivered on New Year's Day in Japan.(Not just any mail, only special New Year's Day postcards.)Nengajyou are new year cards (postcards) in Japan. In late fall until the new year, there are cards being sold everywhere. Show More Summary

Oshogatsu ( New Year ) in Japan

In Japan they spend their new year in visiting a temple. In the midnight of Dec.31st the temple bell begins to ring. And they pray for a good health and prosperous for the coming year. And some of them went to a mountain to witness the first sunrise of the year.

PAC-MAN and Asakusa combine to bring Christmas cheer to Tokyo. Really!

“On Christmas night in Asakusa, Tokyo something unprecedented event will happen”, reads a line on the promotional video for the latest ‘event’ laid on by ‘?????? project’ (asobi motto project). Well, we’d be tempted to say that one of...Show More Summary

Kick off your Christmas weekend with El Rey Network's Godzilla marathon

The holidays may be among us, but that isn't stopping the King of Monsters from wrecking havoc on random buildings. As a special tradition, El Rey Network is hosting third Kaiju Christmas marathon on Friday, Dec. 23, as they unleashShow More Summary

The comfort and calm of a traditional Tokyo restaurant

On a bright but cold December day, the comfort and quiet ambience of a traditional, family run Tokyo restaurant, really does take some beating.

Getting into the Christmas Spirit (in the Countryside)

Are you celebrating Christmas in Japan this year, but don't live in any major city? Finding it hard to get into the Christmas spirit when all the "cool wintery Japanese things" you see online seem to be happening in Tokyo or Osaka, while you live way-far-away from both? Don't worry. Show More Summary

Weekend Japanatainment - Prequel to Winter 2017 Edition

The new winter anime season is almost here and it looks like we're going to get a few sequels to some beloved anime soon. So I thought it would be perfect to check out some of the previous anime season openings to get everyone in the mood to catch up. Show More Summary

A Kabukicho kiss

A little romance, of sorts, on the streets of Kabukicho, Tokyo’s largest red light district.

Strong Style: Becoming a Dontaku Otaku!

Hello, puroresu fans, and welcome to Strong Style, Japanator's look at New Japan Pro Wrestling on AXS TV. Tonight we got a big night as we have three shows. The date is May 3, 2016, and we are at the International Center at Fukuoka. So hold on and here we go! Read more...

What aspects of the iPhone Japanese are dissatisfied with

What aspects of the iPhone Japanese are dissatisfied with Getting into the Christmas Spirit by channeling Scrooge and assorted spirits, let’s look at what might be under a few trees, the iPhone, and in particular people’s dissatisfactions with it. One thing I noticed last month when a business contact was taking photos – there was […]

Old skool grilled salmon set and an old skool Japanese dining experience

The first time I went to this place for lunch the main 'grill man', a proper old skool lookin' Japanese dude, was giving hell to one of the waitstaff, or rather, the only wait staff. I don't know why, but it was happening for all to see in this small restaurant. Show More Summary

Japanator LIVE: Shantae and the Pirate Curse's final boss is about to walk the plank

[The stream starts at 9 p.m. Central Standard Time.] Well, people. There's a good chance that I'll get to send Shantae and the Pirate Curse's main villain back to Davy Jone's Locker soon. Since I'm close to reaching the possible final island, my goal should become a reality tonight. With Shantae: Half-Genie Hero launching on Dec. Show More Summary

Strolling around the Yokohama Christmas Market

Last weekend my husband and I went to Yokohama – first for getting some Shinkansen tickets, second for doing some Christmas shopping and third: to visit the Christmas market in Yokohama.As you may know there are some Christmas markets held around Japan right now. Show More Summary

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