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Day Trips From Nagoya – Gero’s Ryujin Fire Festival

July 25, 2016 by Mark Guthrie

While sitting in your air conditioned room, sheltering from the humidity outside, perhaps the last thing that you would be thinking of doing is sinking into a nice hot bath. It seems somewhat counter productive, doesn’t it? However, here in Japan there is a train of thought that says that it the heat of an […]

TeamLab Event in Hiroshima for the Young and the Young at Heart

July 25, 2016 by Jade Brischke

Summer vacation can be a difficult time for parents, especially when their children utter that dreaded phrase, “I’m bored!” Never fear! This summer there is plenty to do in Hiroshima and the interactive exhibition by the creative people at teamLab will no doubt keep both children and adults alike entertained for a good while. The […]

Celebrate Bon Odori By the Kobe Seaside

July 25, 2016 by Justin Hanus

Bon Odori festivals are well known as an entertaining and interesting summer events across Japan, and Kobe’s seaside fest is no exception. Bon Odori, or simply Bon dances, are some of the most exciting open-air parties that Japan offers, and they’re fun for all ages! Since the Obon holiday is celebrated traditionally by families returning […]

Bon Odori Dancing Festivals in Tokyo

July 20, 2016 by Ray Proper

Obon is an annual event where Buddhists and Confucians celebrate their ancestors.  Buddhists and many Japanese people in general believe that every year during Obon their ancestor’s spirits will return from “beyond the grave” for three days to visit with relatives they left behind. The highlight of summer in Japan is the Obon holiday season, when […]

Nippon Domannaka Matsuri in Nagoya

July 20, 2016 by Ray Proper

The Nippon Domannaka Matsuri, commonly called Domatsuri, is the largest dance festival in the Nagoya/Chubu region, and involves dancers from all over Japan and abroad. This festival is one of the highlights of the Nagoya summer.  Every year over 200 dance teams and 23,000 performers participate by sharing original music, costumes, and dance routines that incorporate their own local culture with an […]

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