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Hatsumode in Nagoya – Shrines to Visit for New Years

November 28, 2016 by First Admin

Oshogatsu, or New Years, is  the most important holiday in Japan. Businesses shut down January 1 to January 3, families gather to spend time together.  The New Year Lottery numbers have been announced, New Year cards have been exchanged, and most places around Japan start looking like ghost towns. Sometime during those first three days, most people […]

Christmas and Holiday Illumination in Nagoya

November 26, 2016 by Ray Proper

When I think of winter in Nagoya I think, its not summer in Nagoya, and that alone is enough for me to love it.  If you want to get out and enjoy the brisk winter chill, why not take the family out to view “illumination,” which in this context is roughly equivalent to the western tradition […]

Brewery Tours in Nagoya

November 22, 2016 by Mark Guthrie

When it comes to alcoholic beverages, the Japanese are most proud of their sake and rightly so. However, while sake is one of the most recognisable totems of Japanese culture, outside of the country, you’ll be hard pressed to find many people who regularly drink it. Yet, when it comes to Asahi Super Dry and […]

Buying a Christmas Tree in Nagoya 2016

November 22, 2016 by Ray Proper

If you are in the market for a Christmas Tree to liven up your holiday season you with trim and presents, you are in luck. Stocks are very limited so you should not wait; stocks are limited and most stores are down to one or two trees at this point. The trees are a bit shorter than you […]

Scouting in Nagoya

November 17, 2016 by Mark Guthrie

When Lord Baden Powell published the first edition of ‘Scouting for Boys’, a guidebook of survival techniques he learned during the Second Boer War and adapted for Britian’s youth he sparked a worldwide phenomenon. Although the Scouting movement has become very different to what he may have imagined it to be (I’m not quite sure what he would […]

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