Toyohashi Fire Festival: Things are about to go off!

August 29, 2018 by Mark Guthrie

While there are many, many fireworks festivals in Japan throughout the summer months, there are very few that match Toyohashi’s Hono-no-Saiten for sheer spectacle. And danger. About Hono-no-Saiten The Hono-no-Saiten festival started in 1996 to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the founding of Toyohashi City and has been an annual event ever since. It’s not […]

Toyohashi Gion Festival

July 14, 2016 by Ray Proper

If you are looking to get a festival in, it is on and popping in Toyohashi City on July 16th! The Toyohashi Gion Matsuri features hand held fireworks on Friday, and aerial fireworks on Saturday. On Sunday is the Mikoshi parade. Saturday is probably the best day to go, and in my experience fireworks and vendors selling greasy Japanese […]

Toyohashi Demon Festival

January 20, 2016 by Mark Guthrie

There are many elements of Japanese folklore that instantly grab the attention, but at this time of year, thanks to the upcoming Setsubun celebrations it is probably the ‘oni’ – roughly translated as demon or ogre – that is the greatest focus. At the beginning of Spring you can often find depictions of these grotesque creatures, with sharp […]

Non Hoi Park – Toyohashi Zoo and Botanical Garden

August 21, 2013 by Ray Proper

Non Hoi Park, or the Toyohashi Comprehensive Zoo and Botanical Garden is a garden, natural history museum, and amusement park a couple of hours from Nagoya in Toyohashi City.   It makes for a great day trip.  “NON-HOI” is something like “Hey” “Hey, hey” or “Hey That” in the local  Higashi-Mikawa dialect of Japanese.  I am […]

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