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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 […]

Toyohashi Gion Festival

July 14, 2016 by Ray Proper

If you are looking to get a festival in, it is on and popping in Toyohashi City on July 16th! The Toyohashi Gion Matsuri features hand held fireworks on Friday, and aerial fireworks on Saturday. On Sunday is the Mikoshi parade. Saturday is probably the best day to go, and in my experience fireworks and vendors selling greasy Japanese […]

Hanabi – Fireworks Festivals in Tokyo

June 14, 2016 by admin

Fireworks and summer festivals summer in Japan are arguably the best part of summer here, with nights spent outside watching literally hours of explosions and enjoying the atmosphere of the festival, the food, and the company.   Summer festivals are a rare chance for people to relax and unwind. . Points to note: Transportation around […]

Nagoya Summer Fireworks Festivals – Hanabi 2016

June 8, 2016 by Mark Guthrie

For Brits like myself, fireworks displays conjure up memories of cold winter nights, huddling round bonfires and oohing and ahhing as both your breath and extremities freeze. While this is possible in Japan (link to my Gaijinpot piece), here fireworks festivals, or hanabi matsuri, are very much a summertime thing. Fireworks Festivals in Nagoya Hanabi […]

Atsuta Shrine Festival in Nagoya

May 18, 2016 by Ray Proper

Atsuta Jingu, ranks in importance second only to the Great Shrine of Ise in Mie, which is the center of the Shinto religion in Japan, and draws over 9 million visitors a year to its gates.   The  shrine, located in Atsuta Ward of Nagoya City, dates back nearly 2,000 years, and is dedicated to the […]