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Where to spend Valentine’s Day in Nagoya

January 23, 2018 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 […]

Nagoya’s German Market

November 21, 2017 by Mark Guthrie

With its strawberries on cakes, love hotels and KFC, Japan gives Christmas a good try, but it doesn’t quite come out right. What we need at this time of year is some real, good old fashioned tradition, and nothing quite screams ‘IIIIIIIIIT’S CHRRIIIIIIIISTMAAAAAAAAAAAAS‘ like handmade wooden toys, excited children and the scent of hot, mulled Glühwein. […]

Noodling about: Nagoya’s Ramen Discoveries

October 31, 2017 by Mark Guthrie

When I first came to Japan and answered the standard “what Japanese food do you like?” question with “I absolutely love ramen!” I wasn’t sure why I was typically met with a look of disappointment, as if i had let them down in some way. It took me a a few months to realise that […]

Craft Beer Pubs in Nagoya

June 26, 2017 by Mark Guthrie

There are many things tasty about Japan. In Nagoya alone we have spicy tebasaki, rich miso and crispy hitsumabushi. But let’s face it, Japanese beer is not exactly flavorsome. Those wanting to interject a little piquancy to their beer are often forced in the direction of a Red Eye, a beer with tomato juice in […]

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 […]

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