Author Archive Bert Wishart

Bert Wishart

Novelist, copywriter and graduate from the most prestigious university in Sunderland, Bert whiles away his precious time on this Earth by writing about popular culture, travel, food and pretty much anything else that is likely to win him the Pulitzer he desperately craves.

Kiyosu Castle, The ‘Other’ Nagoya Castle

May 31, 2024 By Bert Wishart

For first-time visitors to Nagoya, Nagoya Castle is usually the first port of call. This is kind of understandable, as...[ Click to read more ]

How a VPN Can Improve Your Japanese Life

By Bert Wishart

Living in Japan's great, isn't it? The food, the history, the natural beauty, and the bustling cities. But do you...[ Click to read more ]

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Spice up Your Life with Nagoya’s Thai Restaurants

By Bert Wishart

Japan is rightly celebrated for being a nation of phenomenal food. From sashimi to oden, from yakitori to yakiniku, there...[ Click to read more ]

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Checking out Tamamiya-cho, Gifu’s Most Eclectic Night Spot

Apr 30, 2024 By Bert Wishart

While Nagoya's nightlife hotspots of Sakae and Meieki have a lot to say for themselves, it could be argued that...[ Click to read more ]

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Let’s All Go to the Keiba-jo! Where to See Horse Racing Near Nagoya

By Bert Wishart

Though it has much changed over the centuries, keiba [horse racing] in Japan is not merely a sport; it's a...[ Click to read more ]

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Akechi Mitsuhide – The Chūbu Traitor Who Shaped Japan

By Bert Wishart

If you've been watching the epic Disney+ remake of Shōgun (and if you've not, you need to remedy that!) then...[ Click to read more ]

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Leaving Japan? Better Get Some Souvenirs!

Mar 26, 2024 By Bert Wishart

It is said that nothing is certain in this life but death in taxes, but I would like to add...[ Click to read more ]

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Tenmusu – Nagoya’s Other Shrimp Soul Food

By Bert Wishart

When outsiders think about Nagoya's meibutsu [local specialties], a few things will spring to mind. Miso katsu will be one,...[ Click to read more ]

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Getting Arty – What’s on in Nagoya’s Galleries

Mar 25, 2024 By Bert Wishart

Art lovers in Nagoya have been a little disappointed in recent years. Firstly, the Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts closed...[ Click to read more ]

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Day Trips – Kanazawa

Feb 29, 2024 By Bert Wishart

Nestled along the western coast of Japan, Kanazawa in Ishikawa Prefecture is a great example of modern Japan settling side-by-side...[ Click to read more ]