Kyoto Hanatouro Illumination Festivals

November 14, 2016 by Ray Proper

Hanatouro is an “illumination festival” that happens in Kyoto twice a year at two separate locations.  Actually there are two separate festivals that take place, the Kyoto Arashiyama Hanatouro and the Kyoto Higashiyama Hanatouro that feature different parts of the city.  They are similar, but each offers a slightly different experience. Kyoto Arashiyama Hanatouro This festival takes place annually […]

Komaki Air Base Open Base

March 7, 2016 by admin

Ever seen military aircraft up close?  How about Japanese military aircraft?  If this sounds interesting you should not miss this opportunity to see a variety of aircraft, helicopters and Japan Air Self-Defense Force equipment which will be displayed at this popular event aboard Komaki Air Base. There will be static displays of highlighting the rescue and […]

Valentines Day and White Day in Japan

January 19, 2016 by Ray Proper

Valentine’s Day in Japan – February 14 In Japan, the “Craziness of Valentine’s Day” falls mainly on the women. Unlike most countries of which I am aware, in Japan the tradition calls for women to give chocolate to the person they’re dating, want to date, are currently stalking, or is their father…sometimes brothers, and to add insult […]

Plum Blossom Viewing in Nagoya – Top 5 Umemi Spots!

February 27, 2015 by admin

Ume, is not just half of an “umeshu,”  a Japanese liqueur made from unripe and green ume fruits, it is actually a quite lovely tree.  “Prunus mume” is tree species more commonly referred to as Chinese plum or Japanese apricot tree.  The tree produces a delicious fruit that is usually referred to as a plum, but is […]

Girls Day and Hina Matsuri Events in Nagoya

February 23, 2015 by Ray Proper

The Hinamaturi is a festival that takes place on Girls Day in Japan, March 3rd. Often referred to as the Japanese Doll Festival, it is celebrated by setting up often elaborate red carpeted platforms to display ornamental dolls used to represent the Imperial court. Emperor, Empress, attendants, and musician dolls are presented in traditional court […]

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