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Do You Know These 5 Essential Japanese Vocabulary Items for Autumn?

When the long and humid summer finally comes to an end in Japan, the leaves change color and temperatures start to cool down. The cries of the cicadas cease, jackets and thick blankets are taken from storage cupboards, and kotatsu tables are set up in households all over the country. Autumn, or fall, is the…

3 Interesting Places in Nagano’s Chestnut Village That You Should Visit

Obuse (小布施) is one of the peaceful towns located in the northern part of Nagano Prefecture (長野県), Japan. It is rich in art and culture and is popular for chestnuts, which is its local produce. You can find several chestnut-related products in the area such as chestnut rice, jelly, and ice cream. Its atmosphere is…

Treat Your Taste Buds to These 4 Signature Autumn Foods in Japan!

As the lovely autumn descends upon Japan and turns the surroundings into shades of red, orange, and yellow, the summer heat dissipates which in turn boosts our appetite for delicious food. Coupled with the fact that autumn is typically the harvest season for many types of food ingredients, it is probably no wonder that there…