Seki Cutlery Festival in Gifu

September 26, 2016 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 sword smiths in Seki City using modern and traditional forging styles that […]

Day Trips From Nagoya – Gero’s Ryujin Fire Festival

July 25, 2016 by Mark Guthrie

While sitting in your air conditioned room, sheltering from the humidity outside, perhaps the last thing that you would be thinking of doing is sinking into a nice hot bath. It seems somewhat counter productive, doesn’t it? However, here in Japan there is a train of thought that says that it the heat of an […]

Gifu Castle Panorama Night View

July 5, 2016 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 that […]

Komaki Air Base Open Base

March 7, 2016 by admin

Ever seen military aircraft up close?  How about Japanese military aircraft?  If this sounds interesting you should not miss this opportunity to see a variety of aircraft, helicopters and Japan Air Self-Defense Force equipment which will be displayed at this popular event aboard Komaki Air Base. There will be static displays of highlighting the rescue and […]

Ukai Cormorant Fishing in Gifu and Aichi

July 22, 2015 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 […]