Outdoor hobby takes love of trees to new heights

Dec 12, 2015

Outdoor hobby takes love of trees to new heights

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Nature lovers are scaling new heights with a hobby that provides a sense of adventure while promoting forest conservation. “Tree climbing” is becoming increasingly popular in Japan as a form of outdoor recreation that not only offers excitement but also rest and relaxation for ...

There's no time like the Christmas present

Nov 21, 2015

There's no time like the Christmas present

It may not be a traditional custom in Japan, but Christmas gift-giving is always played up by shopping malls here. If you’re finding it all a bit overwhelming but still looking for something special, our writers are here to help with a few ideas ...

No shortage of things to do in Osaka on Halloween

Oct 29, 2015

No shortage of things to do in Osaka on Halloween

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The Internet ate up pictures of the crazy costumes in Shibuya last year, but Tokyoites aren’t the only ones enjoying Halloween in Japan. While the tentacles of terror haven’t completely made their way into the countryside, Osakans have definitely welcomed the holiday and you ...

This is Halloween, Japan-style

Oct 26, 2015

This is Halloween, Japan-style

Stumped for a costume idea this year? This selection of outfits from pre-Halloween parades on Sunday, curated from social media and Japan Times's staff, might give you a few ideas for the big event this weekend.