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Mie’s Iga-Uena Ninja Festival, and a History of Shinobi

April 24, 2018 by Mark Guthrie

If you were told that there was an annual, family-oriented festival celebrating some of the most feared mercenary assassins and terrorists that the world has ever seen, you’d probably think it was an idea in quite poor taste. However, the Iga-Uena Ninja Fest is endearingly popular, and quite a lot of fun. About the Iga-Uena […]

Where to spend Valentine’s Day in Nagoya

January 23, 2018 by Mark Guthrie

In his 1977 classic one hit wonder, John Paul Young sang the immortal lines “Love is in the air, everywhere I look around”.  There is a good chance that he wasn’t looking around Nagoya, as while it is an amazing city with so much to offer, thanks to its industrial past, calling it a romantic city in […]

New Year Countdown Parties Near Nagoya

November 30, 2017 by Mark Guthrie

New Year is an important time in Japan, but things are celebrated a little differently here then they are badck home. You are no doubt already clued up on Japan’s New Year traditions, its New Year’s foods and the shrines to visit for Hatsumoude in Nagoya. But did you know that there are also New Year […]

Hatsumode in Nagoya – Shrines to Visit for New Years

November 24, 2017 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 […]

Holiday Illumination in Nagoya

November 23, 2017 by Ray Proper

Here are some popular places to experience illumination in and around Nagoya. Nabana no Sato The best place to see winter illumination is in 10 minutes from Kuwana Station in Mie. Nabana no Sato is the closest thing you will get in Japan to a neighborhood decked out by friendly competition in lights visible from space.  There […]

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