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Hatsumode in Nagoya – Shrines to Visit for New Years

November 28, 2016 by First Admin

Oshogatsu, or New Years, is  the most important holiday in Japan. Businesses shut down January 1 to January 3, families gather to spend time together.  The New Year Lottery numbers have been announced, New Year cards have been exchanged, and most places around Japan start looking like ghost towns. Sometime during those first three days, most people […]

Christmas and Holiday Illumination in Nagoya

November 26, 2016 by Ray Proper

When I think of winter in Nagoya I think, its not summer in Nagoya, and that alone is enough for me to love it.  If you want to get out and enjoy the brisk winter chill, why not take the family out to view “illumination,” which in this context is roughly equivalent to the western tradition […]

Day Trips From Nagoya – Ise Shima

June 20, 2016 by Mark Guthrie

Following the visiting of the G7 national heads of states,  Ise Shima has been in the news frequently as of late. But there is so much more to the beautiful Mie Prefecture spot than politics. About Ise Shima The Ise-Shima region refers to the areas of eastern Mie Prefecture in or around Ise-Shima National Park, including the cities of Ise, Toba, […]

Mount Gozaisho – Nagoya Day Trip Destination

August 22, 2015 by Ray Proper

An hour outside of Nagoya on the Kintetsu line is  Gozaisho-Dake’s 1,210 meter peak.  It is a great hike up the highest peak in the Suzuka Mountain Range, and it offers great views of Shiga and Mie Prefectures, the beautiful snow capped Japan Alps, as well as the waters of Ise Bay and Lake Biwa. […]

Ise Grand Shrine, Mie – One of the Most Sacred Spots in Japan

July 22, 2014 by Mark Guthrie

Japanese folklore has it that Yata no kagami, or the “eight hand mirror,” was brought to earth by Ninigi-no-Mikoto; legendary ancestor of the Japanese imperial line.  The mirror is one of the Three Imperial Regalia or Three Sacred Treasures of Japan, and possession is passed from emperor to emperor to confirm the divine right of succession. The Imperial […]

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