Nagoya Agricultural Centre

Apr 16, 2019 By Mark Guthrie

With spring well and truly in full swing, and the weather improving day by day, now is a great time - before the rain and humidity of the summer arrives - to get outside with the kids and enjoy the great outdoors. But of course, you've already taken them to all...[ Click to read more ]

Kyoto International Manga Museum

Apr 15, 2019 By Justin Hanus

There’s no better place in the country for fans of manga than the Kyoto International Manga Museum. Visitors have the chance to browse a massive collection of manga that spans three floors, visit exhibitions, and read manga on the museum lawn (weather permitting). The building was formerly an elementary school,...[ Click to read more ]

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How to Spend Easter in Kobe

By Justin Hanus

Easter is not generally celebrated in Japan, but the growing community of western expats in the country means that provisions for the festival have increased in recent years. If you're keen to get into the festive spirit in Kobe, here are a few suggestions on where to go and what...[ Click to read more ]

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Hanging Out at Forest Adventure Shinshiro in Aichi Prefecture

Mar 28, 2019 By Mark Guthrie

Do you feel at one with nature? Do you prefer to be up in the trees than down on the ground? Or perhaps you have a little monkey who is climbing the walls this holiday? If you find yourself nodding along, or even just curious, get yourself along to Forest...[ Click to read more ]

Ten Nagoya Suggestions for the Ten Days of Golden Week (Part Two)

By Mark Guthrie

You may have noticed, that people are starting to get excited about Golden Week. Of course, people always get excited around Golden Week, when public holidays combine to make an extended block of time off, but this year it's even better! With Emperor Akihito abdicating this year, another holiday has been...[ Click to read more ]

Ten Nagoya Suggestions for the Ten Days of Golden Week (Part One)

By Mark Guthrie

You may have noticed, that people are starting to get excited about Golden Week. Of course, people always get excited around Golden Week, when some public holidays combine to make an extended block of time off, but this year it's even better. With Emperor Akihito abdicating this year, another holiday...[ Click to read more ]

Toyota MEGAWEB Showcase

Mar 27, 2019 By Jason Gatewood

Tokyo can be a tough place to find something cool for the whole family to get into without either needing to travel a way into the countryside or dropping copious amounts of yen on the adventure. However, here’s something that is both close to the center of the Metropolis and...[ Click to read more ]

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Art Museums around Hiroshima

Mar 26, 2019 By Matt Mangham

I wrote elsewhere this month about where to look for live music in Hiroshima. Now let’s talk a little about the visual arts. Again, if you count galleries and exhibitions in coffee shops and other venues, the possibilities immediately expand to fill more time than you probably have. For the...[ Click to read more ]

International Festival of Extreme Sports

By Matt Mangham

For three days in April, downtown Hiroshima will take on a new vibe as crowds of breakdancers, freestyle BMX riders, parkour players and other extreme athletes converge on the site of the former municipal stadium just north of Peace Park for FISE Hiroshima. FISE, which stands for Festival International des...[ Click to read more ]

Planning Your Visit to a Sumo-Beya

Mar 22, 2019 By Justin Hanus

Attending a match at a sumo tournament is just one way to experience real-life sumo. Another is to visit a sumo stable (or sumo-beya) where professional wrestlers live and train. In fact, visiting a sumo-beya will give you a better understanding of the culture of wrestling. Plus, as tournaments are...[ Click to read more ]

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