Hinamatsuri, or the Doll’s Festival in Hiroshima

February 21, 2018 by Matt Mangham

“Hinamatsuri,” also called Girl’s Day or the Doll’s Festival, is a day that will either charm you or leave you cold. If you have a domestic bent, or a fondness for dolls or traditional craft, it’s sure to win you over. Officially, the day itself is on March 3, although events associated with the Doll’s […]

Hey Joe – Nagoya’s Best Coffee Shops

February 21, 2018 by Mark Guthrie

While stereotype would have it that the Japanese are all nothing but green tea fiends, if you just look around there can be no doubt that the nation is in fact run on coffee, with everyone from salarymen to schoolgirls (there goes those stereotypes again) chugging down the stuff all throughout the day. In the […]

Komaki Air Base Open Base

February 20, 2018 by admin

Do you know how it feels to perform death defying stunts in the air, to have the power of some of the world’s most sophisticated artillery at your finger tips, to have the wind rushing through your hair? Well the brave men and women of the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force certainly do, and this March […]

Getting Potty About Pottery in Seto

February 1, 2018 by Mark Guthrie

Today Aichi is thought of as the industrial hub of Japan, with many of the nation’s top manufacturing companies based here. But did you know that this reputation goes back quite some time? To the early 13th century in fact… The Birthplace of Japanese Ceramics Although Japan has one of the oldest ceramic traditions in the […]

Soldiering on at The Battlefields of Nagakute

February 1, 2018 by Mark Guthrie

Visit the grounds of one of Japan’s most historic battles. When considering Japanese history, most people will think of two key places: Kyoto and Tokyo. The former was for long the country’s capital, is steeped in tradition, and was home to the Imperial family; while the latter – in the guise of Edo – became […]

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