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Castles in and Around Nagoya

October 24, 2018 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 essential part in the creation of the nation, being the birthplace or residence to many of the notable names in Japanese […]

Koyo, or Fall Colors in Nagoya

October 21, 2018 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, […]

Get Your Grill On – Nagoya’s BBQ Spots

May 29, 2018 by Mark Guthrie

The Japanese have something of a love/hate relationship with the summer months. As soon as the mercury climbs above 25 degrees, women break out the parasols, curtains are pulled tight to keep out sunlight, and everyone’s vocabulary is limited to a single word: atsui (hot!).  But that is not to say that the summer is entirely […]

Ukai Cormorant Fishing in Gifu and Aichi

April 22, 2018 by Mark Guthrie

Whether your fish comes from the supermarket or you are a master fisherman who has trawled the seven seas, it is unlikely that you have ever witnessed anything quite like ‘ukai’ cormorant fishing. What is Ukai? Ukai is an ancient form of fishing in which master fishermen, ‘ushō’, use trained Japanese cormorants, ‘umiu’, to catch […]

Inuyama Festival Near Nagoya

March 21, 2018 by Mark Guthrie

Not content with being the site of Japan’s oldest (and arguably most elegant) castle, or being a staggeringly beautiful city, every spring sees Inuyama host a particularly spellbinding festival. The Inuyama festival is held annually on the first weekend of April and was begun under the orders of Owari clan retainer Hayatonosho Masatora Naruse in 1635 […]

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