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Arimatsu Shibori Festival

May 7, 2017 by Ray Proper

Shibori is a style of dyeing cloth in patterns by binding, stitching, folding, twisting, compressing, or capping the fabric before the application of dye, you can think of shibori as a kind of Japanese tie dye, but it is a vastly bigger and more beautiful form of art than that description can encompass.   Arimatsu Village […]

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, […]

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 […]

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