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The changing of the seasons has enormous influence on the people of Japan and their culture. As the country moves from a blaze of autumnal reds, yellows and golds to the ever lower temperatures of winter, people engage in a whole host of activities to suit the colder, darker months. Whether you seek high octane winter sports or quiet, peaceful reflection,  you’ll find it in the Japan Centre Top 5 Winter Activities in Japan…

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Osaka is Japan’s good-time city. A frenzy of neon lights and greasy street food, easy-come beer and all night parties, world-class shopping and boisterous locals. It’s everything a metropolis should be and more – alluring, enticing, overwhelming, gritty, vibrant, tough, mysterious… and that’s just the love hotels. Even better, for all you foodies it’s practically heaven on earth. Join Japan Centre as we take a look at our Top 5 Osaka Eats.

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The time has finally come. Winter is behind us and the canopies of sakura trees all over Japan are set to come alive with beautiful pink blossoms. At this time, the people of Japan come together to trace the journey of the cherry blossoms from the shores of Okinawa to the tip of Hokkaido in what can only be described as a national obsession. Join Japan Centre as we jump into this year’s cherry blossom frenzy.

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You can find them throughout Japan, in diminutive rural towns and in the roaring streets of neon glazed cities, from the hinterlands of Hokkaido to the frenzy of Osaka. Izakaya are the pubs of Japan, where comfort food and beverages go hand in hand with convivial atmosphere and inebriated relaxation. Discover the history, the process, the food and the wonders of this magnificent facet of Japanese culture. Join Japan Centre and follow the lanterns…