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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 […]

Ski Slopes Near Nagoya

December 24, 2017 by Mark Guthrie

There’s nothing more exhilarating than standing on the top of a slope, the pure white snow stretching out below you, that moment when you lean forward and the wind begins to rush around your face and you head in graceful arcs to the bottom. Yes, the first snow has fallen, which means that the season […]

Holiday Illumination in Nagoya

November 23, 2017 by Ray Proper

Here are some popular places to experience illumination in and around Nagoya. Nabana no Sato The best place to see winter illumination is in 10 minutes from Kuwana Station in Mie. Nabana no Sato is the closest thing you will get in Japan to a neighborhood decked out by friendly competition in lights visible from space.  There […]

Gujo Hachiman, an Edo Era Town That’s Much More Than a Song and a Dance

November 1, 2017 by Mark Guthrie

You may recall that, back in July, we posted about the Gujo Hachiman Bon Odori festival, a four day extravaganza of all night dancing, perhaps the most famous event of its type in all of Japan. While it is quite an extraordinary sight, there is a good chance that you were unable (or even disinclined) […]

Hatchiman Matsuri, One of Japan’s Most Beautiful Festivals in Enchanting Takayama

September 12, 2017 by Mark Guthrie

Located in Gifu Prefecture, and surrounded by some of Japan’s richest natural areas  just below the famous Northern Alps, Takayama is some what isolated and distant.  This isolation allowed the city to develop its own distinct culture that combines that of nearby Edo (modern day Tokyo) and Kyoto’s into a new and interesting way. It also […]

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