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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 […]

Gujo Hachiman Bon Dancing Festival in Gifu

July 11, 2017 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 […]

Magome to Tsumago: Walking the Nakasendo Way

June 29, 2017 by Mark Guthrie

During the Edo era the Tokkaido and the Nakasendo roads were the two main routes that connected the new capital of Edo (now Tokyo) and the old Capital of Kyoto, with the latter, as the name suggests, passing through the mountainous centre of Japan and the former following the coast. While there are today more […]

Christmas and Holiday Illumination in Nagoya

November 26, 2016 by Ray Proper

When I think of winter in Nagoya I think, its not summer in Nagoya, and that alone is enough for me to love it.  If you want to get out and enjoy the brisk winter chill, why not take the family out to view “illumination,” which in this context is roughly equivalent to the western tradition […]

Yoro No Taki – Yoro Falls in Gifu

October 24, 2016 by Ray Proper

Yoro no Taki (Yoro Falls) is a great spot to get outdoors near Nagoya. Anytime of the year is fine, but visiting the area in spring and fall is highly recommended, as the both the spring blossoms and fall colors both do a wonderful job decorating the mountains surrounding the waterfall.  Viewing fall colors, or “koyo“, is what this […]

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