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Getting to know you: Osu, Nagoya

February 26, 2017 by Mark Guthrie

Between Nagoya’s central transport area of Meieki (Nagoya Station) in the west, and the lively shopping and commerce hub of  Sakae in the east lies Osu, one of the city’s more interesting and eclectic areas.  Centered around its covered shopping arcade, Osu has an atmosphere similar to Tokyo’s Harajuku, with aging hippies happily rubbing shoulders with teenage Goth Lolita cosplayers; though without […]

St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Nagoya 2017!

February 25, 2017 by Ray Proper

The Osu Shopping Arcade will be bopping to an Irish jig as throngs of people in green descend to partake in this year’s annual Nagoya St. Patrick’s Day Festival! With live music, Irish dancing, official parade, local characters, face painting, hair painting, body painting, free giveaways, and much much more the  NAGOYA ST.PATRICK’S DAY PARADE in […]

Nagoya’s Best Bicycle Shops

February 24, 2017 by Mark Guthrie

Nagoya, with its wide roads and ample cycle paths, is a marvelous city to cycle around, so it is such a shame that so many people choose to clog up the sidewalks with their ‘mamachari’ bicycles. According to the Japanese National Police Agency, there were 71.551 million bicycles in Japan in 2013 but most people tend […]

Top Five Hanami Sites Near Nagoya

February 22, 2017 by Ray Proper

  “Hanami” literally means flower viewing, but it is much more than that to the people of Japan.  Hanami signals the end of another long winter’s chill, and besides simply enjoying the beauty of flowers, especially cherry blossoms (桜 sakura), it means time spent with friends and family outdoors with, especially by the younger generations of Japan, copious food and […]

Where to spend Valentine’s Day in Nagoya

January 30, 2017 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 […]

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