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Bon Odori Dancing Festivals in Tokyo

July 20, 2016 by Ray Proper

Obon is an annual event where Buddhists and Confucians celebrate their ancestors.  Buddhists and many Japanese people in general believe that every year during Obon their ancestor’s spirits will return from “beyond the grave” for three days to visit with relatives they left behind. The highlight of summer in Japan is the Obon holiday season, when […]

Toyohashi Gion Festival

July 14, 2016 by Ray Proper

If you are looking to get a festival in, it is on and popping in Toyohashi City on July 16th! The Toyohashi Gion Matsuri features hand held fireworks on Friday, and aerial fireworks on Saturday. On Sunday is the Mikoshi parade. Saturday is probably the best day to go, and in my experience fireworks and vendors selling greasy Japanese […]

Gifu Castle Panorama Night View

July 5, 2016 by Ray Proper

If you are looking for a cool place to spend a hot summer night I have just the spot; Gifu! Gifu City is a mere 20 minute train ride from Nagoya, but it is generally cooler than Nagoya, although in fairness it is also colder in the winter-funny how that works, isn’t it? It stands to reason that […]

Outdoor Swimming Pools in Nagoya

June 30, 2016 by Mark Guthrie

This summer, as the heat starts to rise and perhaps the kids start complaining of nothing to do in the holidays, what could be better than heading out and getting into the pool? All around Nagoya, between July 20th and August 31st, there are outdoor public swimming pools, meaning you can get out of the air-con, […]