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Plum Blossom Viewing in Nagoya – Top 5 Umemi Spots!

January 27, 2017 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 […]

Family Winter Sports Guide to Tokyo and Yokohama

December 14, 2016 by Ray Proper

Besides skiing and snowboarding, there are a variety of family  friendly options to get outside and active this winter.  From ice skating to “snow rafting” and even a snow tractor adventure ride for those less interested in getting sweaty; there is no reason to miss out on the great outdoors just because it is cold outside, […]

Castles in and Around Nagoya

October 24, 2016 by Mark Guthrie

When it comes to reputation for historical importance, Nagoya and Aichi are often unfairly maligned when compared to other Japanese cities such as Osaka, Kyoto and, of course, Tokyo. However, the region played an extremely important part in the creation of the nation, being the birthplace or residence to many of the outstanding names in […]

Santa and Friends Nagoya -Caring for Nagoya’s Orphans

October 12, 2016 by Ray Proper

Santa and Friends Nagoya has been caring for Nagoya’s orphans, and providing an opportunity for people to participate in volunteer activities and make friends in Nagoya for 9 years.  If you like children and have been looking for some way to give back, this may be your best opportunity in Nagoya! Santa and Friends Nagoya […]

The Nagoya Festival

September 29, 2016 by Ray Proper

The Nagoya Festival is held annually on the third Saturday and Sunday of October.  The main attraction is a parade, lead by Nagoya’s 3 most famous historical figures and  feudal lords; Nobunaga Oda, Hideyoshi Toyotomi, and Ieyasu Tokugawa,  of 650 mounted soldiers, foot soldiers, entertainers, and dancers.  Besides the parade, there are various events including […]

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