Category Archives: Travel

Christmas in the Philippines

Christmas in the Philippines (Filipino: Pasko sa Pilipinas), one of two predominantly Catholic countries in Asia (the other one being East Timor), is one of the biggest holidays in the island. The country celebrates the world’s longest Christmas season, with Christmas carols heard as early as September and lasting variously until either Epiphany, the Feast of the Black Nazarene on January 9, or the Feast of the Santo Niño on the third Sunday of

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Philippines Travel App

Smartphone technology is being harnessed to restart and reinvigorate the Philippines’ travel and tourism industry, which has been almost in total lockdown as the rest of the country because of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic. The Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) launched recently the smartphone application Travel Philippines that would put in the travelers’ palms all

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December Weather in Japan

City Average Daytime High Average Nighttime Low Rainy/Snowy Days Early Month Late Month Sunny Days Early Month Late Month Sapporo 2 C (36 F) -4 C (25 F) 50% 50% 35% 35% Tokyo 12 C (54 F) 5 C (41 F) 15% 10% 65% 75% Takayama 6 C (43 F) -2 C (28 F) 40% 40% 35% 35% Osaka 12 C (54 F) 5 C (41 F) 20% 15% 65% 65% Fukuoka 13 C (55 F) 5 C (41 F)

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Labor Thanksgiving Day

Labor Thanksgiving Day (勤労感謝の日, Kinrō Kansha no Hi) is a national holiday in Japan celebrated on November 23 of each year. The law establishing the holiday cites it as an occasion to commemorate labor and production and give one other thanks. Events are held throughout Japan, one such being the Nagano Labor Festival. The event encourages thinking about the environment, peace and human rights. Early-grade elementary students often create drawings for the holiday and

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Shichi-Go-San (Seven-Five-Three Day)

Shichi-Go-San (七五三, lit. “Seven-Five-Three”) is a traditional rite of passage and festival day in Japan for three- and seven-year-old girls and five-year-old (and less commonly three-year-old) boys, held annually on November 15 to celebrate the growth and well-being of young children. As it is not a national holiday, it is generally observed on the nearest weekend. History Shichi-Go-San is said to have originated in the Heian period amongst court

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Culture Day in Japan

Culture Day (文化の日, Bunka no Hi) is a national holiday held annually in Japan on November 3 for the purpose of promoting culture, the arts, and academic endeavor. Festivities typically include art exhibitions, parades, and award ceremonies for distinguished artists and scholars. History Culture Day was first held in 1948, to commemorate the announcement of the post-war Japanese constitution on November 3, 1946. November 3 was first celebrated as a national holiday in 1868, when it

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November Weather in Japan

City Average Daytime High Average Nighttime Low Rainy/Snowy Days Early Month Late Month Sunny Days Early Month Late Month Sapporo 8 C (46 F) 1 C (34 F) 45% 45% 40% 35% Tokyo 17 C (63 F) 10 C (50 F) 25% 20% 55% 60% Takayama 13 C (55 F) 2 C (36 F) 35% 35% 45% 40% Osaka 17 C (63 F) 10 C (50 F) 20% 20% 60% 60% Fukuoka 18 C (64 F) 10 C (50 F)

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October Weather in Japan

City Average Daytime High Average Nighttime Low Rainy/Snowy Days Early Month Late Month Sunny Days Early Month Late Month Sapporo 16 C (62 F) 7 C (45 F) 35% 40% 60% 50% Tokyo 22 C (72 F) 15 C (59 F) 35% 30% 40% 55% Takayama 20 C (68 F) 9 C (48 F) 35% 30% 45% 55% Osaka 23 C (73 F) 15 C (59 F) 30% 25% 55% 65% Fukuoka 23 C (73 F) 15 C (59 F)

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Autumnal Equinox Day

Autumnal Equinox Day (秋分の日, Shūbun no Hi) is a public holiday in Japan that usually occurs on September 22 or 23, the date of Southward equinox in Japan Standard Time (autumnal equinox can occur on different dates for different time zones). Due to the necessity of recent astronomical measurements, the date of the holiday is not officially declared until February of the previous year. Autumnal Equinox Day became a

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