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Sake’ing it to ya, at the Nayabashi Sake Festival in Ngaoya

February 26, 2018 by Mark Guthrie

Forget Asahi, Kirin or Strong Zero, there can be no doubt that the national drink of Japan is sake. ‘Nihonshu’, to give it its proper title (with ‘sake’ being a term to cover all alcoholic drinks), has been the main tipple of choice in these parts since the Nara period (710 to 794), after which it became used […]

Hey Joe – Nagoya’s Best Coffee Shops

February 21, 2018 by Mark Guthrie

While stereotype would have it that the Japanese are all nothing but green tea fiends, if you just look around there can be no doubt that the nation is in fact run on coffee, with everyone from salarymen to schoolgirls (there goes those stereotypes again) chugging down the stuff all throughout the day. In the […]

Where to spend Valentine’s Day in Nagoya

January 23, 2018 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 German Market

November 21, 2017 by Mark Guthrie

With its strawberries on cakes, love hotels and KFC, Japan gives Christmas a good try, but it doesn’t quite come out right. What we need at this time of year is some real, good old fashioned tradition, and nothing quite screams ‘IIIIIIIIIT’S CHRRIIIIIIIISTMAAAAAAAAAAAAS‘ like handmade wooden toys, excited children and the scent of hot, mulled Glühwein. […]

Noodling about: Nagoya’s Ramen Discoveries

October 31, 2017 by Mark Guthrie

When I first came to Japan and answered the standard “what Japanese food do you like?” question with “I absolutely love ramen!” I wasn’t sure why I was typically met with a look of disappointment, as if i had let them down in some way. It took me a a few months to realise that […]

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