A Lunar New Year in Yokohama’s Chinatown

I’m not a fan of crowds, however, on Jan. 21st, I boarded a local train and headed to Yokohama’s Chinatown to toast the Lunar New Year. Although the vast majority…

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The Fun of Ichigo Gari – Happy Strawberry Hunting in Japan

I love strawberries. Happily, there’s a delightful spring traditional in Japan known as ichigo gari, strawberry hunting. My quest for the perfect strawberry began after a Japanese colleague asked whether…

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A New Year and a Daruma Doll Goal

A New Year Every year, people around the world set fresh goals. In Japan, a Daruma doll is a special, tangible way to remind yourself of your new year’s resolution.…

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Celebrating New Year’s Day in Japan with the Dragon of Enoshima

This year, visiting family and I decided to celebrate New Year’s Day in Japan like the Japanese. A New Year + shrines + Mt. Fuji + the dragon of Enoshima?…

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