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Getting to know you: Osu, Nagoya

February 26, 2017 by Mark Guthrie

Between Nagoya’s central transport area of Meieki (Nagoya Station) in the west, and the lively shopping and commerce hub of  Sakae in the east lies Osu, one of the city’s more interesting and eclectic areas.  Centered around its covered shopping arcade, Osu has an atmosphere similar to Tokyo’s Harajuku, with aging hippies happily rubbing shoulders with teenage Goth Lolita cosplayers; though without […]

Irish Pubs in Nagoya

February 24, 2017 by Mark Guthrie

Without wanting to lean on lazy stereotypes, there is something about the Irish and drinking. Wherever I have been in the world, whether it be Gothenburg or Kathmandu, I have stumbled across an Irish bar. Nagoya is no different, and with St. Patrick’s Day coming up, it’s a good time to check one or two […]

Nagoya Cuisine and Where to Get it

February 24, 2017 by Mark Guthrie

While many of the more famous or popular Japanese dishes come from the Kanto or Kansai regions, that doesn’t mean that Nagoya doesn’t have some amazing food to discover. Nagoya food (Nagoya meshi) is a hugely varied and diverse cuisine, encompassing the traditional ‘washoku’ as well as the more modern ‘yōshoku’. Below is an introduction to some of Nagoya’s […]

Where to spend Valentine’s Day in Nagoya

January 30, 2017 by Mark Guthrie

In his 1977 classic one hit wonder, John Paul Young sang the immortal lines “Love is in the air, everywhere I look around”.  There is a good chance that he wasn’t looking around Nagoya, as while it is an amazing city with so much to offer, thanks to its industrial past, calling it a romantic city in […]

Nagoya’s Best International Cuisine – Part 2

October 17, 2016 by Mark Guthrie

In his great comedic play Twelfth Night, William Shakespeare calls music the food of love. Now, I’m not in the habit of  contradicting the bard, however for me the food of love is, well, food. There is nothing better for the heart and the soul than having a wide selection of grub to get stuck into and […]

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