Koyo, or Fall Colors in Nagoya

Oct 14, 2020 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 ]

Thanksgiving Dining in Nagoya 2020

Oct 13, 2020 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,...[ Click to read more ]

Getting Away and Staying Local – Great Ryokan in Aichi

Sep 28, 2020 By Mark Guthrie

2020 has been hard going for many reasons, but most majorly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic is our ability to travel. Whether due to behaving responsibly, fears of contraction, or an employer restricting travel, many of us have been staying home and staying safe. But that doesn't mean that we...[ Click to read more ]

Flood Hazard Map of the City of Nagoya

By Admin

Typhoon season in Japan runs from June to December, but most typhoon activity occurs between July and September, even into October. You can read more on Staying Safe During Typhoons and Storms in Japan, generally, by clicking that link, this article will focus on flooding. Knowing where your home is,...[ Click to read more ]

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Go Potty at the Tokoname-yaki Pottery Festival

Sep 24, 2020 By Mark Guthrie

Aichi is Japan's modern-day hub of automotive manufacture. Long before that, about 800 years before Mr. Toyoda's Type G Automatic Loom, Aichi was a hub for pottery. During the Heian Period (794-1185), Japan had 'Six Ancient Kilns' of ceramics production, two in Aichi: one at Seto, and the other -...[ Click to read more ]

Getting Away in Japan: Toyama Prefecture

By Mark Guthrie

While most regions of Japan seem to have their own perfect time of year to visit Toyama, the 'gateway to the Sea of Japan,' in northern Chubu, is spectacular all year round. With rugged mountains on one side and pristine beaches on the other, Toyama is dramatic scenery, picturesque villages,...[ Click to read more ]

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Find your Halloween Costume in Nagoya

Sep 20, 2020 By Admin

Halloween is rapidly approaching, and we want to remind you that leaving your costume to the last minute, and dressing "as yourself" or "an ax murderer, because they look just like you and me," isn't as creative as you think it is.  Get your costume on in Nagoya!  Halloween was not...[ Click to read more ]

Benzaiten – Japanese Sweets to ‘Dai’ For in Nagoya

Aug 24, 2020 By Mark Guthrie

I'm a great fan of desserts that do precisely what their name suggests. You've got a Tiramisu, which is a literal 'pick me up' thanks to the coffee within. Then there's an Eton mess, a cream dish that looks dropped on the floor and haphazardly scooped back into a dish....[ Click to read more ]

Getting to Know You: Nagoya’s Global Gate and Sasashima

By Mark Guthrie

Nagoya has blown up in recent years. This expansion is no more evident than in the areas around Nagoya Station, where it seems like everywhere you look, a new skyscraper is springing up. There is, however, perhaps no area more improved or better renovated than Sasashima. Though its name conjures...[ Click to read more ]

Staying Safe During Typhoons and Storms in Japan

Aug 20, 2020 By Ray Proper

Typhoon season in Japan runs from June to December, but most typhoon activity occurs between July and September. The southern parts of Japan, such as Okinawa or Kagoshima, are particularly affected by these storms. Still, residents of any part of Japan are likely to experience one or more during their time...[ Click to read more ]