The Nagoya Festival

September 29, 2016 by Ray Proper

The Nagoya Festival is held annually on the third Saturday and Sunday of October.  The main attraction is a parade, lead by Nagoya’s 3 most famous historical figures and  feudal lords; Nobunaga Oda, Hideyoshi Toyotomi, and Ieyasu Tokugawa,  of 650 mounted soldiers, foot soldiers, entertainers, and dancers.  Besides the parade, there are various events including […]

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Introduction to Mobile Service in Japan

September 28, 2016 by Sebastian Eifrid

Mobile Phone Service in Japan In recent years, the number of companies offering mobile phone service in Japan has increased substantially, along with the variety of plans available. While not a comprehensive list by any means, the information listed below should serve as a good introduction.   The Big Three Docomo, Softbank, and au are […]

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An Evening of Open Air Noh Performances in Komaki

September 28, 2016 by Ray Proper

The origins of Takiginoh, or noh plays held in the open air illuminated by firelight,  can be found in rites from Shinto or Buddhist memorial services and is said specifically to have begun with a mysterious prayer practiced by a shaman at the Syunie of Kofukuji Temple in Nara in 869. In the modern era, many tourists attend the now […]


The Wisdom of Ancient Stones – Tsunami Stones

September 27, 2016 by Justin Hanus

Japan is a most beguiling land of ancient wisdom and modern technology. The two beliefs often mingle and sometimes conflict. One place where ancient culture and a present grounded in science have rubbed against each other is the tsunami stones that are seen in many coastal locations of the island nation. Japan has always been […]

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