New Japanese Sports for 2020 Olympics

March 22, 2018 by Mark Guthrie

The committee in charge of sports nomination for the 2020 Olympics today announced a raft of new sports and rule changes to give the Japan Games a more local flavor. “I am every excited to announce today, that the 2020 Olympic Games is gearing up to be the best installment of the games yet,” said […]

Getting Hot Under the Collar at Tejikara Fire Festival

March 22, 2018 by Mark Guthrie

I sometimes worry about the Japanese and their propensity for dangerous festivals. With logs hurtling down hills, submergence in icy water and the violence inherent in the naked festival, it seems quite often that a festival isn’t complete without someone getting hurt. I’d like to tell you that the Tejikara Fire Festival is a little bit safer, […]

Inuyama Festival Near Nagoya

March 21, 2018 by Mark Guthrie

Not content with being the site of Japan’s oldest (and arguably most elegant) castle, or being a staggeringly beautiful city, every spring sees Inuyama host a particularly spellbinding festival. The Inuyama festival is held annually on the first weekend of April and was begun under the orders of Owari clan retainer Hayatonosho Masatora Naruse in 1635 […]

Chubu Walkathon and International Charity Festival

March 15, 2018 by Ray Proper

The Chubu Walkathon is back!  This exciting event raises money for charity, and offers a great family friendly day in the park for adults and children alike. The Walkathon is not just a walking course.  This fun and memorable family event offers great food, live music and stage shows, a children’s activity zone, and a raffle with […]

Things to do in Nagoya During Golden Week 2018

March 13, 2018 by Mark Guthrie

Golden week is the longest public holiday in Japan (April 28 to May 6, 2018), and many residents make a trip abroad, or to a tourist area like Kyoto over the break.  Trains and airports can be crowded, and the traffic into any area worth a visit is going to be heavy at best, standstill […]

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