Things are Hotting up at Toba no Himatsuri Fire Festival

Jan 28, 2019 By Mark Guthrie

Aichi sees a fair number of harvest festivals around the start of the Chinese New Year, with communities praying that their crops in the coming year will be bountiful and generous. However, very few of them are quite as, without wanting to seem disrespectful, terrifyingly crazy as The Toba no...[ Click to read more ]

Nagoya’s Record Shops

By Mark Guthrie

While it feels like the music industry is becoming ever-increasingly digital, with the likes of Spotify, YouTube, Apple Music, and Soundcloud being the favored media for accessing artists, conversely, at the same time, the humble vinyl record is making a come back. According to Forbes, the format has grown 260...[ Click to read more ]

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Toyokawa Inari – One of Japan’s Big Three Inari Shrines

Jan 25, 2019 By Mark Guthrie

About 75 minutes from Nagoya, in the Mikawa Bay region, you can find Toyokawa Inari, one of the most unique and unusual places of worship in the area. Along with Kyoto’s Fushimi Inari and the Yutoku Inari Temple in Saga Prefecture, Toyokawa Inari is considered one of Japan’s 'Big Three' Inari...[ Click to read more ]

Setsubun Festivals in Nagoya

By Ray Proper

  "That Bean-Throwing Festival" Setsubun, or "That Bean-Throwing Festival" celebrates the beginning of spring in Japan. Celebrated yearly on February 3 as part of the Spring Festival, its association with the Lunar New Year makes this festival a sort of New Year's Eve. This association is accompanied by a special...[ Click to read more ]

Inuyama City: Historical Castle Town and Much More…

Jan 23, 2019 By Mark Guthrie

Just half an hour from Nagoya is Inuyama, an ancient town that was at one time one of the most important domains of the ruling Oda clan. It is especially reknowned for its stunning castle that overlooks the Kiso River, a popular spot for viewing cherry blossoms in spring and...[ Click to read more ]

Nagoya Ramen Festival 2019

Jan 22, 2019 By Ray Proper

Ramen is a classic Japanese food.  If you ask a random person, foreign or Japanese, male or female, what their favorite food is, you are highly likely to get "ramen" as your answer.  Ramen is a noodle soup of wheat noodles served in a meat-based broth.  Standard flavors include: Shio or "salt" Tonkotsu or "pork bone"...[ Click to read more ]

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Where to Spend Valentine’s Day in Nagoya

Jan 21, 2019 By Mark Guthrie

[caption id="attachment_31931" align="aligncenter" width="640"] The illuminations at Nabana no Sato[/caption] In his 1977 classic one hit wonder, John Paul Young sang the immortal lines "Love is in the air, everywhere I look around".  There is a good chance that he wasn't looking around Nagoya, as while it is an amazing city with...[ Click to read more ]

English Information For Friends Toyota – Learn About Japanese Green Tea

Jan 17, 2019 By Admin

Learn All About “Japanese Green Tea” with English Support Where: Cooking room, Gender Equality Promotion Center, 2F Toyota Industry and Culture Center Participants: Foreign residents and their Japanese friends who live in and around Toyota City; The maximum number of participants accepted: 20 (adults and children over 6 years old...[ Click to read more ]

Day trips from Nagoya – Tajimi, Gifu

Dec 26, 2018 By Mark Guthrie

Just over the border from Aichi into Gifu Prefecture is the town of Tajimi, an area renowned for its ceramic manufacture, great natural beauty and peaceful streets. Being just 40 minutes by train from Nagoya it is an excellent destination for a day trip Tajimi's Famous Ceramics With clay in...[ Click to read more ]

Nagoya’s January Festivals 2019

By Mark Guthrie

In Japan, there is always something to celebrate, and around the country, there are thousands of festivals every year. While the summer is the traditional festival season, just because there is a nip in the air and frost on the ground, it doesn't mean that the celebrations should stop. There are...[ Click to read more ]