Hatchiman Matsuri, One of Japan’s Most Beautiful Festivals in Enchanting Takayama

September 12, 2017 by Mark Guthrie

Located in Gifu Prefecture, and surrounded by some of Japan’s richest natural areas  just below the famous Northern Alps, Takayama is some what isolated and distant.  This isolation allowed the city to develop its own distinct culture that combines that of nearby Edo (modern day Tokyo) and Kyoto’s into a new and interesting way. It also […]

Gujo Hachiman Bon Dancing Festival in Gifu

July 11, 2017 by First Admin

For four magical nights each August, at Gujo Hachiman in Gifu, dancers revelers line the streets until dawn breaks over the surrounding mountains in celebration of Obon. Across most of Japan, the festival of Obon is celebrated from the 13th-15th of August (there are some regional variances). This festival is not only a time for Japanese to […]

Magome to Tsumago: Walking the Nakasendo Way

June 29, 2017 by Mark Guthrie

During the Edo era the Tokkaido and the Nakasendo roads were the two main routes that connected the new capital of Edo (now Tokyo) and the old Capital of Kyoto, with the latter, as the name suggests, passing through the mountainous centre of Japan and the former following the coast. While there are today more […]

Yoro No Taki – Yoro Falls in Gifu

October 24, 2016 by Ray Proper

Yoro no Taki (Yoro Falls) is a great spot to get outdoors near Nagoya. Anytime of the year is fine, but visiting the area in spring and fall is highly recommended, as the both the spring blossoms and fall colors both do a wonderful job decorating the mountains surrounding the waterfall.  Viewing fall colors, or “koyo“, is what this […]

Koyo, or Fall Colors in Nagoya

October 11, 2016 by Ray Proper

The Japanese are very conscience of the seasons changing around them, often celebrating little, or not so little, milestones between each to mark the transitions between their much touted “4 distinct seasons.” Long sleeve or short sleeve shirts for example are there one day, but gone the next as the season officially ends for them.  Similarly, […]

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