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Ise’s Oyster Eating Extravaganza in Mie

November 26, 2018 by Mark Guthrie

In much of the world, oysters are considered something of a delicacy. They are an aphrodisiac, they are rare, and thanks to their high price they are often considered the preserve of the wealthy, up there with champagne, caviar, and yacht clubs. However, in Mie Prefecture this is not the case at all. The Ise Bay […]

Hatsumode in Nagoya – Shrines to Visit for New Years

November 24, 2018 by First Admin

Oshogatsu, or New Years, is  the most important holiday in Japan. Businesses shut down January 1 to January 3, families gather to spend time together.  The New Year Lottery numbers have been announced, New Year cards have been exchanged, and most places around Japan start looking like ghost towns. Sometime during those first three days, most people […]

Trekking in the Kansai Region

August 20, 2018 by Justin Hanus

Exploring the flora, fauna and historical attractions of a new place is sometimes the best way to appreciate it. Some people might think just walking around in the more populous parts of a city or country and enjoying their cuisine is good enough to experience what the place has to offer. Others find it more […]

Ise Ebi Matsuri (Lobster Festival)

May 29, 2018 by Mark Guthrie

For much of the world, there is little more decadent than dining out on lobster. However, here in Japan, lobster – while still relatively pricey compared to most seafood – is by no means the preserve of the uber-rich, and nor is the festival that celebrates it each year. All along the Pacific coast of […]

Mie’s Iga-Uena Ninja Festival, and a History of Shinobi

April 24, 2018 by Mark Guthrie

If you were told that there was an annual, family-oriented festival celebrating some of the most feared mercenary assassins and terrorists that the world has ever seen, you’d probably think it was an idea in quite poor taste. However, the Iga-Uena Ninja Fest is endearingly popular, and quite a lot of fun. About the Iga-Uena […]

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