Happy Holidays! Whatever you’re celebrating, here’s our gift to you – the December issue! Inside this month you’ll find all the latest on news, local events and entertainment releases. We’re keeping it festive this winter with a glance into New Year Osechi cuisine. Feeling like all you wanna do is be a blanket caterpillar? Try our 5 minute ceviche recipe! Stomach satisfaction guaranteed, and no need to worry about post-conbini guilt! Last minute planning a winter adventure? This month our travel section zooms in on the highlights of rural Takayama, and features a hand-picked itinerary for fans of haiku poet Basho. Keeping it close to home doesn’t have to make for a quiet vacation, though – flick through our sports section to discover how one JET found community and cardio through Taiko drumming, and turn to the community pages for a new perspective – this month: one JET battles her BOE for childcare leave. Stay warm, stay in the know, and have a wonderful end to 2017!