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Koyo, or Fall Colors in Nagoya

October 21, 2018 by Ray Proper

The Japanese are very conscience of the seasons changing around them, often celebrating little, or not so little, milestones between each to mark the transitions between their much touted “4 distinct seasons.” Long sleeve or short sleeve shirts for example are there one day, but gone the next as the season officially ends for them.  Similarly, […]

Seki Cutlery Festival in Gifu

September 26, 2018 by Ray Proper

Seki is a small city in the center of Japan, located in the northern Mino region of Gifu Prefecture.  Seki is famous for the production of blades;  first samurai swords and now kitchen knives and cutlery continue a legacy of production by artisan swordsmiths in Seki City using modern and traditional forging styles that have […]

Gujo Hachiman Bon Dancing Festival in Gifu

July 11, 2018 by First Admin

For four magical nights each August, at Gujo Hachiman in Gifu, dancers revelers line the streets until dawn breaks over the surrounding mountains in celebration of Obon. Across most of Japan, the festival of Obon is celebrated from the 13th-15th of August (there are some regional variances). This festival is not only a time for Japanese to […]

Gifu Castle Panorama Night View

June 15, 2018 by Ray Proper

If you are looking for a cool place to spend a hot summer night I have just the spot; Gifu! Gifu City is a mere 20 minute train ride from Nagoya, but it is generally cooler than Nagoya, although in fairness it is also colder in the winter-funny how that works, isn’t it? It stands to reason […]

Ukai Cormorant Fishing in Gifu and Aichi

April 22, 2018 by Mark Guthrie

Whether your fish comes from the supermarket or you are a master fisherman who has trawled the seven seas, it is unlikely that you have ever witnessed anything quite like ‘ukai’ cormorant fishing. What is Ukai? Ukai is an ancient form of fishing in which master fishermen, ‘ushō’, use trained Japanese cormorants, ‘umiu’, to catch […]

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