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Let’s Tour the Metropolis: Shimo-Kitazawa

Mar 14, 2013 By Jason Gatewood

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="210"] Shutter artists in Shimokitazawa (Photo credit: Wikipedia)[/caption] This is the first in a series of articles...[ Click to read more ]

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The Takasanji Oni Matsuri in Okazaki

Feb 01, 2013 By Ray Proper

The Takasanji Oni Matsuri (Ogre or fire festival) is held at Takasanji Temple every February on the Saturday closest to...[ Click to read more ]

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10 Things to Know about Using Japanese Toilets

Dec 20, 2012 By Ray Proper

[spacer height="20px"] Some toilets have heated seats, which make winter usage much more pleasant. Don’t mess with the buttons unless...[ Click to read more ]

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Ceramics Shopping at the Cera Mall

Nov 12, 2012 By First Admin

The "Cera Mall" is a wholesale pottery shopping park in Tokoname City, on the Chita Peninsula. The area is famous...[ Click to read more ]

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The Tokoname Pottery Path

Nov 12, 2012 By Ray Proper

  [caption id="attachment_3598" align="aligncenter" width="150"] Tokoname Pottery[/caption] The Tokoname Pottery Path, or "Yakimono Sanpomichi" offers views of old traditional houses,...[ Click to read more ]

Picking Mikan Oranges in Nagoya

Oct 24, 2012 By Ray Proper

Late autumn and winter in Japan is orange season, and people go nuts for them.  When I first came to...[ Click to read more ]

100 Yen Stores in Nagoya – Not “cheap,” CHEAP!

Sep 29, 2012 By Ray Proper

Back home you might not shop at what we in the US refer to as “dollar stores,” or stores where...[ Click to read more ]

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Flea and Farmer’s Markets in Nagoya

Sep 14, 2012 By Ray Proper

Flea Market at Osu Kannon Temple Osu Kannon Temple was moved to its current location by the very late and...[ Click to read more ]

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Thai Food in Nagoya

Jul 09, 2012 By Ray Proper

Quite a few restaurants in the Nagoya area serve up authentic Thai food, or ingredients.  Thai food gets more popular...[ Click to read more ]

The Pig in Osu – Yabaton Kushi Katsu

Jun 09, 2012 By Ray Proper

If you have spent any time in Nagoya at all, you'll recognize the Yabaton pig. Yabaton is a staple food...[ Click to read more ]