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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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