Category: Seasonal

  • How to Decide the Best Time of Year to Visit Japan

    How to Decide the Best Time of Year to Visit Japan

    If you’re thinking of visiting Japan, it can be tempting to go for the popular cherry blossom season, but it can get quite crowded, so it might not be the best time for you! Here I break down the best seasons to visit the country:https://japanspecialist.com/w/the-best-time-of-year-to-visit

  • Get off the beaten path with some basic Japanese to see the sakura

    Get off the beaten path with some basic Japanese to see the sakura

    This year the sakura (cherry blossoms) came early! So I made a language article about how to travel to see some hidden spots. Get out of your “toire wa doko desu ka?” comfort zone and learn how to branch out a bit! Article on the Japan Times here:https://www.japantimes.co.jp/life/2023/03/22/language/get-off-beaten-path-basic-japanese-see-sakura/

  • 20 Best Towns to Enjoy the Winter Snow in Japan

    20 Best Towns to Enjoy the Winter Snow in Japan

    I think, at least in the west, Japan is too often stereotyped by Tokyo and Kyoto. It’s either modern or traditional, and there’s nothing else special about it. But in reality, given how big Japan is, there’s this huge variety of interesting cultures that are often heavily influenced by their climate. These beautiful towns are…

  • Illumination Events in Japan for Christmas 2022

    Illumination Events in Japan for Christmas 2022

    In recent years, Japan has gone all out with its “illumination” events around Christmas time. These events usually take places in parks or large facilities, and are decked out with colourful lights and wintery music. A few of them took a break during the pandemic, but a lot of them are back with a bang…

  • Beginner’s Guide to Onsen in Japan

    Beginner’s Guide to Onsen in Japan

    Winter is the time for a hot bath and relaxation! But onsen in Japan are a little different to your run-of-the-mill bath, so here I look at some of cultural and linguistic tips for an enjoyable hot spring trip: https://blog.gaijinpot.com/beginners-guide-to-onsen-in-japan/

  • Warming up to onsen: The quirks and customs of public baths

    Warming up to onsen: The quirks and customs of public baths

    Admittedly it took me a long time to get used to bath culture in Japan, but now in this cold weather it’s pretty much all I can think about. But there are a lot of confusing words and customs associated with the hot springs, so I put a few of them together in my latest…

  • 5 Ways to Enjoy Autumn in Japan

    5 Ways to Enjoy Autumn in Japan

    Before moving to Japan, I never truly appreciated autumn. In the UK, it gets cold all too quickly, and there aren’t many places to really take in the autumn colours. But in Japan, the weather cools down slowly, giving you a break from the overbearing heat of summer, and rewarding you with beautiful reds and…

  • Heat Stroke in Japan: What to Do and How to Avoid It

    Heat Stroke in Japan: What to Do and How to Avoid It

    This year Japan saw the hottest June on record in an intense heatwave, and it caused an influx of hospitalisations and deaths from heatstroke. Especially in this current economic climate, people are trying to cut down their electricity costs and using air conditioning less – but heatstroke is no joke! Here are some ways to…

  • 5 Summer Foods to Cool Off in Japan

    5 Summer Foods to Cool Off in Japan

    One of the things I love about Japanese food is its sheer variety – there’s always so much to choose from all year round. Whereas in the UK I might be limited to a bowl of ice cream to cool off, there are much more fun options in Japan. This is just a small selection…

  • Japanese Recipe Adventures: Hiyashi Chuka

    Japanese Recipe Adventures: Hiyashi Chuka

    My boyfriend doesn’t usually make dinner requests, but as soon as summer hits, Hiyashi Chuka is what he asks for. And I gladly comply, because it’s a wonderfully cool dish that doesn’t require much cooking, making it great for those hot summer nights. See the recipe article here:https://blog.gaijinpot.com/japanese-recipe-adventures-hiyashi-chuka/