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Buying Summer Yukata in Tokyo

June 20, 2016 by Mark Guthrie

If you have ever been to a summer fireworks festival around Tokyo you may have noticed many people wearing traditional Japanese dress and wondered what was going on. Well, summer festivals are a time when Japanese and foreigners alike can wear yukata, a summer and informal variant of the famous kimono. What is Yukata? The word ‘yukata’ means […]

Hydrangea Walk in the Kobe City Forest Botanical Garden

May 25, 2016 by admin

The Kobe City Forest Botanical Garden, is a massive botanical garden and arboretum located near Mount Maya in Kobe, Japan. Despite its close proximity to the city, the “garden” is an oasis of nature where you can immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the forest. There are several hiking course options, all around an […]

Atsuta Shrine Festival in Nagoya

May 18, 2016 by Ray Proper

Atsuta Jingu, ranks in importance second only to the Great Shrine of Ise in Mie, which is the center of the Shinto religion in Japan, and draws over 9 million visitors a year to its gates.   The  shrine, located in Atsuta Ward of Nagoya City, dates back nearly 2,000 years, and is dedicated to the […]

Thai Festival in Sakae!

May 16, 2016 by Ray Proper

The annual Thai Festival in is an extremely popular event in Nagoya.  Held at Hisayaodori Park, rain or shine, you can enjoy a wide selection of Thai Food and Drink from the many vendors.  Most of the Thai Restaurants in Nagoya participate, and the food is excellent.  You can also find many Thai goods and services on […]

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