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Nagoya Summer Fireworks Festivals – Hanabi 2017

June 28, 2017 by Mark Guthrie

For Brits like myself, fireworks displays conjure up memories of cold winter nights, huddling round bonfires and oohing and ahhing as both your breath and extremities freeze. While this is possible in Japan (link to my Gaijinpot piece), here fireworks festivals, or hanabi matsuri, are very much a summertime thing. Fireworks Festivals in Nagoya Hanabi […]

Koyo, or Fall Colors in Nagoya

October 11, 2016 by Ray Proper

The Japanese are very conscience of the seasons changing around them, often celebrating little, or not so little, milestones between each to mark the transitions between their much touted “4 distinct seasons.” Long sleeve or short sleeve shirts for example are there one day, but gone the next as the season officially ends for them.  Similarly, […]

Japanese Cooking Classes with Toyota International Association

November 23, 2015 by Ray Proper

Did you know that high quality green tea is produced in Toyota City? Learn all about Japanese green tea, from the health benefits to the brewing techniques, from Mr. Yoshitaka Noba, one of the highest ranked tea connoisseurs in Aichi, and the owner of a local tea producer, Koukaen. You can experience grinding the tea […]

Toyota Oiden Matsuri in Toyota City

July 21, 2010 by Ray Proper

” Oiden” is taken from the local Mikawa dialect.  It means “Come on,” as in come on and dance!  This festival brings hundreds of dance teams to the center of Toyota City to dance to the “Oiden song.” I am not entirely sure what that entails, but there are apparently two versions of the dance that goes […]