Get a Sugar Rush at the Aichi Sweets Marathon

Oct 29, 2019 By Mark Guthrie

Are you too keen on candy to run a marathon? Do you need sugary enticement to get you to that finishing line? Then the Aichi Sweets Marathon in Moricoro Park is right up your, um, running track. While gobbling down sweets mid-run may seem like a major contradiction, the Sweets Marathon...[ Click to read more ]

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Getting To Know You – Nagoya Station Area of Meieki

By Mark Guthrie

For years, though the city center in name, the area around Nagoya Station was considered to a poor relation to the shopping district of Sakae. However, over the past decade there has been dramatic investment in the Meieki (a Japanese abbreviation of 'Nagoya Station') area, and today it is an...[ Click to read more ]

Getting Fed and Afraid at Lock Up Theme Restaurant

By Mark Guthrie

Halloween may have come and gone, but that does not mean that the frightening times have to be over. If you are already missing the combination of cosplay, terror (and perhaps a little tipsiness), why not make your way down to the prison-themed izakaya The Lock Up, just a few...[ Click to read more ]

Thanksgiving Dining in Nagoya 2019

Oct 28, 2019 By Mark Guthrie

With Thanksgiving being very much a North American holiday, we aren't really within our rights to expect Nagoya to celebrate the third Thursday of November in quite the same way as it would be done in the US. However, like other international traditions such as Christmas, Hallowe'en or Valentine's Day, there...[ Click to read more ]

Nagoya Champagne Ball & Awards Evening

Oct 23, 2019 By Admin

The 2019 ACCJ / TJCS Champagne Ball is all set for: Friday, November 15th at Hilton Nagoya. We are working on a fun and nostalgic 1980's theme for this year's Ball. We know you will find this year's Ball to be fun with an air of elegance and class. It will...[ Click to read more ]

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Koyo, or Fall Colors in Nagoya

Oct 21, 2019 By Ray Proper

The Japanese are very conscious of the seasons changing around them, often celebrating little, or not so little, milestones between each to mark the transitions between their much-touted "4 distinct seasons." Long sleeve or short sleeve shirts, for example, are there one day but gone the next as the season...[ Click to read more ]

Scouting in Nagoya

Sep 28, 2019 By Mark Guthrie

When Lord Baden Powell published the first edition of 'Scouting for Boys', a guidebook of survival techniques he learned during the Second Boer War and adapted for Britain's youth he sparked a worldwide phenomenon. Although the Scouting movement has become very different to what he may have imagined it to be (I'm...[ Click to read more ]

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Nagano Ebisuko Fireworks Festival, Where It’s All Going off This Autumn

Sep 27, 2019 By Mark Guthrie

For most of Japan, the coming of autumn marks an end to the almost nightly banging, crashing and gunpowder-scented air of the fireworks festivals. Yes, there may be a few straggling events at the beginning of September, but that is pretty much it. But then, in late November, when the air...[ Click to read more ]

Under The Bridge Nagoya Music Festival

Sep 25, 2019 By Mark Guthrie

Nagoya's music and art scene is a broad church that encompasses varying styles and genres. At the Under the Bridge Nagoya festival, many of these artists, both locally grown and from the ex-pat community, are coming together under one roof. Well, bridge. What is Under The Bridge Nagoya? The brainchild...[ Click to read more ]

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Brick or Treat – Getting Spooky at Legoland this Halloween

By Mark Guthrie

Halloween in Japan is an odd time, in that it is mostly aimed at an older demographic. Street parties and nightclubs are boozy affairs, while costume shops almost exclusively trade in sexy fancy dress for women. For those of us coming from the West, where Halloween is predominantly an affair...[ Click to read more ]