Ice, Ice Baby – Chillin’ This Summer at Nagoya’s Best Ice Cream Shops

Jun 20, 2020 By Mark Guthrie

It's started. The summer is swelling, the heat is ramping up, and the humidity is already off the charts. Needless to say, that's par for the course in Aichi. Fortunately, there are a number of ways of beating the heat, but nothing quite trumps getting an ice cold ice cream...[ Click to read more ]

Whisky Galore! Discovering Nagoya’s Whisky Bars

Jun 13, 2020 By Mark Guthrie

Japan is, it is fair to say, whiskey crazy. Since it was first produced in the country in around 1870, whiskey has grown to compete with sake as Japan's top tipple. In fact, today Japan is recognized as being one of the world's greatest whiskey producers, with its top brands...[ Click to read more ]

Nagoya Goes Pop – Finding Nagoya in Popular Culture

Jun 10, 2020 By Mark Guthrie

Judging by any popular culture you may come across, you could be fooled into thinking that Japan is separated into two camps: the sprawling, futuristic metropolis of Tokyo, and the nondescript, unnamed countryside of the samurai. However, you may be surprised to discover that Aichi Prefecture (as well as neighboring...[ Click to read more ]

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Yakiniku in Nagoya

May 28, 2020 By Mark Guthrie

When you think of yakiniku, you probably can't help but think of strips of sumptuous, marbled wagyu beef sizzling on a grill, surrounded by salarymen in some high rise Ginza restaurant, right? It's as Japanese as it comes, isn't it? Wrong. Actually yakiniku [literally, grilled meat] comes from Korea, and...[ Click to read more ]

Ichiro, a Potted History of Aichi’s Baseball Legend

By Mark Guthrie

Since being introduced to Japan in 1872, baseball has risen to become a national pastime bordering on obsession, in many eyes supplanting sumo as the nation's number one sport. In its near 150 years history, one man has risen as perhaps the greatest player to take to the diamond: Aichi's...[ Click to read more ]

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Jet Around Nagoya with Bicycle Sharing

By Mark Guthrie

While it may not be the biggest or even the most congested of cities, sometimes getting around Nagoya can be a bit of a pain in the backside. Yes, there are bus and subway systems, but it's no fun getting stuck in traffic, and if you need to make numerous...[ Click to read more ]

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Mr. Kanso Canned Food Bar in Nagoya, Exactly What it Says on the Tin

By Mark Guthrie

There are many weird and wonderful experiences that we can have during our stays in Japan, but no trip is complete without a night at a concept bar. Perhaps the best known of these is the Robot cafe in Tokyo or the prison-theme bars. When it comes to Japanese 'otaku'...[ Click to read more ]

Getting a Pet in Nagoya

Apr 30, 2020 By Mark Guthrie

Nothing completes a family like an additional member, in the form of a pet. Whether a cat, dog, or something less orthodox, it can be really nice having a companion around the home. Pets in Japan The most popular pets in Japan are cats and dogs. Due to space restrictions in...[ Click to read more ]

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How to Exercise in Nagoya While Social Distancing

By Mark Guthrie

Whether you are working from home, self-isolating, or social distancing, it is vital to keep your fitness and energy levels high. The WHO states that exercise is important for battling a wide range of health issues, and perhaps most relevant in these times of isolation, is the improvement of mental...[ Click to read more ]

Your Nagoya Community Needs You!

By Mark Guthrie

Whether lockdown-induced boredom, sick to the back teeth with work from home 'colleagues,' or having already watched so much NETFLIX that there is nothing left but Adam Sandler movies, we are all suffering to some extent at the hands of the COVID-19. Perhaps those hardest hit in Nagoya's expat community...[ Click to read more ]