Yearly Archives: 2010

Rabbit Cafe in Nagoya, Japan – Play With Rabbits!

December 13, 2010 by Ray Proper

One of the many weird and wonderful Japan experiences is the pet café. As most apartments in Japan do not allow animals, people are unable to have pets. People who just cannot live without that too cute pink nose snuggle snuggle time with their pet of choice have the option of visiting a pet café, […]

Electronic Toll Collection System: How to get ETC without a Credit Card

December 10, 2010 by Ray Proper

Electronic Toll Collection System, or ETC, is the wireless toll system used on Japanese expressways. With it, you can breeze through collection points and the toll is automatically charged to your account- without stopping at a toll booth. The ETC system was instituted to relieve congestion caused by traffic jams at toll booths. Eliminating these […]

Gyudon at Yoshinoya – Beef Bowls for Everybody!

November 22, 2010 by Ray Proper

“Gyudon,” a (beef bowl) belongs in the Japanese category of a domburi, or bowl dish. It is made with beef and onion ladled over a bowl of rice. The beef and onion are prepared with soy sauce, mirin, sugar and sake. This actually tells you very little about the flavor, as it seems most Japanese […]

Fall Colors at the Higashiyama Zoo

October 27, 2010 by Ray Proper

If you have ever been to the Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens you are well aware that it has many green spaces and trees. If you are looking for a quick excursion to see the changing of the fall colors later this month, why not take a trip there? It’s in the city and easy! […]

Fireworks Festival in Konan City

October 4, 2010 by Ray Proper

This may be your last chance to see a fireworks festival this year! The Konan Shimin Festival takes place this Saturday in Konan City江南市. Konan City is a midsized “bed town” about 25 minutes outside of Nagoya towards the city of Inuyama on the Meitetsu line. This year’s fireworks display will take place this Saturday […]