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, […]

Japan Monkey Park, Inuyama

November 17, 2015 by Mark Guthrie

There are many great draws to the historic city of Inuyama in northern Aichi Prefecture, but none are perhaps so eclectic as the Japan Monkey Park. Set upon a luscious hillside overlooking the Kiso River, the Japan Monkey Park is a combined amusement park and zoological garden created to celebrate and preserve, that’s right, you guessed […]

Meiji Mura

September 30, 2015 by Mark Guthrie

As you are no doubt aware, 2015 is the year to which Marty McFly arrived in his Delorean time machine in the 1980s classic movie Back To the Future 2. Much has been made of the fact that we are not currently living in a world of hoverboards and flying cars. However, should you wish to […]

Ukai Cormorant Fishing in Gifu and Aichi

July 22, 2015 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 […]

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