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Oh Chute! The Summer Festival Somen Game Now Has a Home Edition!

Oh Chute! The Summer Festival Somen Game Now Has a Home Edition!

Your parents probably warned you against playing with your food. However, there are some times when Japanese custom allows for this, most notably at Summer Festivals. Nagashi Somen is one of those times. Usually Nagashi Somen requires some pretty involved equipment. But now Takara Tomy, the Japanese toymaker, has released the home version of this game.

Setsubun

Setsubun

Lunar New Year is still considered a special time in Japan. Too much tradition is shared between Japan and China to just ignore this time of the year. So Japan has its Haru Matsuri, the Spring Festival, which begins every year around the beginning of February. Haru Matsuri starts with the observance of Setsubun.

Neko Atsume at The Next Level: Take a Kitty-Eye Tour of Hiroshima!

Neko Atsume at The Next Level: Take a Kitty-Eye Tour of Hiroshima!

How about taking a tour of two of Hiroshima Prefecture's most charming towns, Onomichi and Takehara? And how about taking it from a kitty's eye view?  Yes you can! And basically both of these tours are like a game of Neko Atsume or a game of Pokemon GO.

Yokohama Event Guarantees a Pikachu Catch!

Yokohama Event Guarantees a Pikachu Catch!

Japanese summers are notorious for being hot and sticky. What better way to keep things cool than to organize an event where water and ice factor into almost everything? The Pokemon Company held their annual Pikachu Outbreak, featuring the most popular Pokemon character of all, and gave it a specifically nautical theme.