The Nagoya Festival

September 29, 2016 by Ray Proper

The Nagoya Festival is held annually on the third Saturday and Sunday of October.  The main attraction is a parade, lead by Nagoya’s 3 most famous historical figures and  feudal lords; Nobunaga Oda, Hideyoshi Toyotomi, and Ieyasu Tokugawa,  of 650 mounted soldiers, foot soldiers, entertainers, and dancers.  Besides the parade, there are various events including […]

Sekigahara – Japan’s Defining Samurai Battle

June 30, 2014 by Mark Guthrie

As you may or may not know, the Chubu area witnessed the scene of perhaps the most important and defining battle in Japan’s history. The Battle of Sekigahara, maybe best considered to western minds as Japan’s Gettysburg, took place in 1600 in the town of Sekigahara, Gifu. It was pitched between two of the greatest […]

Six Things You Should Know About Tokyo

July 9, 2013 by Ray Proper

You might be interested in this article from The History Channel in the US, “Six Things You Should Know About Tokyo.”  If you live in Tokyo  these might not come as a surprise, but then again… they may still.  You can read the introduction here, and click through to read the complete list at the […]

Special Viewing of the Scroll of the Tale of Genji

October 29, 2012 by Ray Proper

The Tale of Genji is sometimes called the world’s first novel; made all the more interesting as it was written by an 11th century noble woman.    The work recounts the life of a son of the Japanese emperor, known to readers as Hikaru Genji, or “Shining Genji”. For political reasons, Genji is relegated to commoner […]