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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, […]

Seki Cutlery Festival in Gifu

September 26, 2016 by Ray Proper

Seki is a small city in the center of Japan, located in the northern Mino region of Gifu Prefecture.  Seki is famous for the production of blades;  first samurai  swords and now kitchen knives and cutlery continue a legacy of production by artisan sword smiths in Seki City using modern and traditional forging styles that […]

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 […]

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