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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 […]

Need for Speed: a Day at The Suzuka Circuit and Motopia Amusement Park

August 24, 2017 by Mark Guthrie

Japan is a nation for which the production of automobiles has driven (pun intended) its development and economy for generations, and as of 2014 there were more than 75 million cars owned, nearly 60 cars for every 100 people. And that’s before we include the 11.2 million motorcycles. It should come as no surprise that […]

A Museum of Subterfuge – the Ninja Museum of Igaryu in Mie

April 17, 2017 by Justin Hanus

The existence of the Ninja Museum of Igaryu is testament to mankind’s love of the subversive. Samurai warriors are the esteemed historic Japanese fighters, exuding bravery and honor. But when the job required less honorable methods it was time to call in the shinobi (the term ninja has more recently become popular since World War […]

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, […]

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