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Need for Speed: a Day at The Suzuka Circuit and Motopia Amusement Park

August 24, 2017 by Mark Guthrie

Japan is a nation for which the production of automobiles has driven (pun intended) its development and economy for generations, and as of 2014 there were more than 75 million cars owned, nearly 60 cars for every 100 people. And that’s before we include the 11.2 million motorcycles. It should come as no surprise that […]

A Museum of Subterfuge – the Ninja Museum of Igaryu in Mie

April 17, 2017 by Justin Hanus

The existence of the Ninja Museum of Igaryu is testament to mankind’s love of the subversive. Samurai warriors are the esteemed historic Japanese fighters, exuding bravery and honor. But when the job required less honorable methods it was time to call in the shinobi (the term ninja has more recently become popular since World War […]

Where to spend Valentine’s Day in Nagoya

January 30, 2017 by Mark Guthrie

In his 1977 classic one hit wonder, John Paul Young sang the immortal lines “Love is in the air, everywhere I look around”.  There is a good chance that he wasn’t looking around Nagoya, as while it is an amazing city with so much to offer, thanks to its industrial past, calling it a romantic city in […]

Hatsumode in Nagoya – Shrines to Visit for New Years

November 28, 2016 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 […]

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 […]

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