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Things to do in Tokyo during Rainy Season

May 29, 2018 by Jason Gatewood

We’ve braved yet another cold winter, sat out under the pink trees during hanami season, and seen it warm up steadily with our minds starting to look towards the barbecues, beach trips and bon ordori festivals of summer. But we have to get through three or so weeks of dreary, sopping wet tsuyu rainy season […]

Santa and Friends Nagoya -Caring for Nagoya’s Orphans

October 12, 2017 by Ray Proper

Santa and Friends Nagoya has been caring for Nagoya’s orphans, and providing an opportunity for people to participate in volunteer activities and make friends in Nagoya for 9 years.  If you like children and have been looking for some way to give back, this may be your best opportunity in Nagoya! Santa and Friends Nagoya […]

The Nagoya Festival

September 5, 2017 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 700 mounted soldiers, foot soldiers, entertainers, and dancers.  Besides the parade, there are various events including […]

Plum Blossom Viewing in Nagoya – Top 5 Umemi Spots!

January 27, 2017 by admin

Ume, is not just half of an “umeshu,”  a Japanese liqueur made from unripe and green ume fruits, it is actually a quite lovely tree.  “Prunus mume” is tree species more commonly referred to as Chinese plum or Japanese apricot tree.  The tree produces a delicious fruit that is usually referred to as a plum, but is […]

Family Winter Sports Guide to Tokyo and Yokohama

December 14, 2016 by Ray Proper

Besides skiing and snowboarding, there are a variety of family  friendly options to get outside and active this winter.  From ice skating to “snow rafting” and even a snow tractor adventure ride for those less interested in getting sweaty; there is no reason to miss out on the great outdoors just because it is cold outside, […]

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