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What Are Your Options to Keep Warm in Japanese Winter?

Japanese winters are as harsh as they get. Different areas of Japan could get completely covered in snow and it is impossible to stay long outside during this season due to cold winds coming from the North. Staying inside a room without proper utilities could be just as harsh. Let’s see what utilities one needs…

Open-Air Dining in Winter? This Tokyo Restaurant Has a Toasty Solution!

During summer nights in Japan, it is a common scene to watch people dining outside while drinking beer on terraces. However, this is not the case during the winter season. Most people prefer dining indoors or at home due to the freezing temperatures. This is not the case anymore for a Tokyo restaurant called Bane…

4 Ways to Keep Toasty In The Dead Of Japanese Winter

Heating is different depending on culture and area. In Japan, we heat the room or space we are in, rather than heat the whole home, which is common in North America. It takes some getting used to, but in the end you will save a lot of money and frustration, and be warm to boot!…

The Japanese Winter Secret, Kotatsu: 4 Never Before Seen Innovations!

Japanese people have a secret to keeping warm during the very cold winter days. They have a heat source underneath some tables which are often built-in. It is called, a kotatsu. The idea is to keep your legs warm under a low-lying table while your upper body remains frozen. However, some people even sleep under…

Use a Japanese ”Kotatsu” to Keep You Warm in Winter!

Living in Japan has its benefits and of course its drawbacks. For me one of the drawbacks is the cold winter living in a house with very little insulation. I’ve yet to discover exactly why buildings go un-insulated, despite the bitter cold in winter, especially in the north of the country where I live. Maybe…