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Getting Potty About Pottery in Seto

February 1, 2018 by Mark Guthrie

Today Aichi is thought of as the industrial hub of Japan, with many of the nation’s top manufacturing companies based here. But did you know that this reputation goes back quite some time? To the early 13th century in fact… The Birthplace of Japanese Ceramics Although Japan has one of the oldest ceramic traditions in the […]

Soldiering on at The Battlefields of Nagakute

February 1, 2018 by Mark Guthrie

Visit the grounds of one of Japan’s most historic battles. When considering Japanese history, most people will think of two key places: Kyoto and Tokyo. The former was for long the country’s capital, is steeped in tradition, and was home to the Imperial family; while the latter – in the guise of Edo – became […]

Samurai Beauty at Inuyama’s Urakuen Garden Near Nagoya

January 22, 2018 by Mark Guthrie

One of the most interesting aspects of the samurai era is how they managed to marry a continual warlike state, enforced by a barbarous ruthlessness with an appreciative joy for the beauty in simplicity of their art forms. Today the city of Inuyama near Nagoya still manages to perfectly illustrate this duality. Overlooking the city […]

Gujo Hachiman, an Edo Era Town That’s Much More Than a Song and a Dance

November 1, 2017 by Mark Guthrie

You may recall that, back in July, we posted about the Gujo Hachiman Bon Odori festival, a four day extravaganza of all night dancing, perhaps the most famous event of its type in all of Japan. While it is quite an extraordinary sight, there is a good chance that you were unable (or even disinclined) […]

Sakushima, Aichi’s Art Island

October 17, 2017 by Mark Guthrie

Sakushima is a small island in the sparkling Mikawa bay to the east of Nagoya  which, together with Himakajima and Shinojima makes up the Aichi Archipelago. Small it may be, but it is absolutely packed with things to do. Seeing Sakushima Island Sakushima is a delightful little island, and when I say little – with just an area of 173 […]

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