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Grand Festival of Hanazono Shrine in Tokyo

May 26, 2011 By Ray Proper

Hanazono Jinja Shrine is located in the Shinjuku business district of Tokyo. Shinjuku is probably the most famous town name...[ Click to read more ]

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Volunteering in Tohoku During the Disaster

Apr 01, 2011 By Ray Proper

This article was written only a brief period of time after the Great Tohoku, Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, 11 March 2011.  As of this writing,...[ Click to read more ]

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How to Clean a Japanese Central Air Conditioniner

Feb 02, 2011 By Ray Proper

The H&R Group  produced this simple video tutorial as a part of their “Relo Explains” series to help some of...[ Click to read more ]

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The Luckiest Man is at Tōka-Ebisu Festival in Hyogo Prefecture

Jan 11, 2011 By Ray Proper

Nishinomiya Jinja is a Shinto shrine in Nishinomiya, in Hyogo Prefecture near Kobe, Japan. Nishinomiya Jinja is the main shrine representing the Ebisu sect...[ Click to read more ]

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Magome Tsumago: A Glimbse of Edo Japan Near Nagoya

Jan 05, 2011 By Ray Proper

One of my favorite day trips from Nagoya is to Magome and Tsumago in Nagano Prefecture. They are two restored...[ Click to read more ]

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Azabu Juban Festival in Tokyo

Aug 20, 2010 By Ray Proper

Summer is coming to an end, and with the passing of the season so goes the festival season. It is...[ Click to read more ]

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The Nagara River National Fireworks Festival in Gifu

Aug 05, 2010 By Ray Proper

Round two for that bastion of fun by the river, Gifu City! The Nagara River National Fireworks Festival is held...[ Click to read more ]

The Chunichi Newspaper Nagara River All-Japan Fireworks Festival

Jul 30, 2010 By Ray Proper

The Chunichi Nagara Gawa Fireworks Festival is held yearly on the last Saturday of July from 7:15 p.m.-8:45 p.m. This...[ Click to read more ]

Toyota Oiden Matsuri in Toyota City

Jul 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...[ Click to read more ]

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The Nagoya Barbarians Rugby Club

Jun 04, 2010 By Ray Proper

Established in 2003, the Nagoya Barbarians are the only international team of it’s kind in the central Japan area, and...[ Click to read more ]