Momijidani Park in Miyajima, woman on a bridge with umbrella

Miyajima Island’s Momijidani Park – An Amazing Place for Fall Foliage in Japan

The days are getting shorter and chillier here in Japan and people are finally starting to breathe a sigh of relief as the hot and humid summer season is over. I personally could live in eternal summer and wouldn’t mind missing a winter or two, but I’ve learned to see the bright side of these …

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Festival float Yamakasa Oiyama

Fukuoka City’s Famous Hakata Gion Yamakasa Festival

It’s 3am and you’re walking down the street. In front of you are crowds of men bearing headbands, white shirts, and…. loincloths?! What is this?! Welcome to Fukuoka’s famous Gion Yamakasa Festival! Hakata Gion Yamakasa Festival The Hakata Gion Yamakasa festival (博多祇園山笠) is said to be over 770 years old and is one of the main …

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Tacomia Burrito

Tacomia in Fukuoka – Satiate Your Craving For Mexican Food in Japan

Excuse me, you’re in Japan! Why is this a post about Mexican food?! As much as I love Japanese food and can go weeks enjoying the local cuisine without breaking stride, I still get heavy cravings for “non-Japanese food” from time to time. Most often when one of these cravings hits, it’s for Mexican food. …

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Handmade mascarpone chese in Furano, Hokkaido

Furano Cheese Factory in Hokkaido – Make Your Own Mascarpone Cheese!

Hokkaido and Furano in the Summer Many people know that Hokkaido in Northern Japan boasts some of the best winter slopes and a magnificent Snow Festival. But did you know that Hokkaido is also a great place to escape from the summer heat and enjoy delicious dairy products? The sprawling countryside that makes up the …

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