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Samurai Beauty at Inuyama’s Urakuen Garden Near Nagoya

January 22, 2018 by Mark Guthrie

One of the most interesting aspects of the samurai era is how they managed to marry a continual warlike state, enforced by a barbarous ruthlessness with an appreciative joy for the beauty in simplicity of their art forms. Today the city of Inuyama near Nagoya still manages to perfectly illustrate this duality. Overlooking the city […]

Thanksgiving Dining in Nagoya

October 31, 2017 by Mark Guthrie

With Thanksgiving being very much a North American holiday, we aren’t really within our rights to expect Nagoya to be celebrate the third Thursday of November in quite the same way as it would be done in the US. However, like other international traditions such as Christmas, Hallowe’en or Valentine’s Day, there is a distinct […]

Top Five Hanami Sites Near Nagoya

February 22, 2017 by Ray Proper

“Hanami” literally means flower viewing, but it is much more than that to the people of Japan.  Hanami signals the end of another long winter’s chill, and besides simply enjoying the beauty of flowers, especially cherry blossoms (桜 sakura), it means time spent with friends and family outdoors with, especially by the younger generations of Japan, copious food and drink. […]

Castles in and Around Nagoya

October 24, 2016 by Mark Guthrie

When it comes to reputation for historical importance, Nagoya and Aichi are often unfairly maligned when compared to other Japanese cities such as Osaka, Kyoto and, of course, Tokyo. However, the region played an extremely important part in the creation of the nation, being the birthplace or residence to many of the outstanding names in […]

Family Fun at Little World Museum of Man

October 17, 2016 by Mark Guthrie

Have you ever wanted to take the kids to Italy for the day? How about showing them the cultures of France, Germany or Korea? While, thanks to technology, the world is getting smaller, it could be argued that living in Japan it is difficult to show our young families the world beyond these shores. This is perhaps […]

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