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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 […]

Top Five Hanami Sites Near Nagoya

February 22, 2018 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. […]

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 […]

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