What is a Happi Coat? – An Intro to Japanese Traditional Clothing

The happi coat is probably the most informal and casual traditional Japanese garment you will ever find. It’s best known as a festive, festival outfit. Outside of Japan, it hasn’t gotten as much attention as the kimono or yukata. Internet search engines don’t help matters by misreading the name "happi" as “happy” (which makes it … Continue reading What is a Happi Coat? – An Intro to Japanese Traditional Clothing

The Best Wineries in Yamanashi, Japan: A Full-Day Walking Tour

As you emerge from the last serpentine train tunnel, making your way from Tokyo into Yamanashi, you suddenly plunge into vast swathes of lush vineyards. On countless occasions, as I sat peering through my window onboard a passing train, I felt a deep longing to explore these vineyards and wineries on foot. Anyone who loves … Continue reading The Best Wineries in Yamanashi, Japan: A Full-Day Walking Tour