Watching Sumo matches in Jungyo Exhibition Tour

Feb 10, 2020 By Chiho

Watching sumo is one of the most authentic attractions in Japan. The annual grand tournaments are held only in odd months; January, May, and September in Tokyo, March in Osaka, July in Nagoya, and November in Fukuoka. You don't want to miss the tournament matches if you happen to be...[ Click to read more ]

A Blooming Great Valentine’s Day – Where, and How, to Buy Flowers in Nagoya

Jan 31, 2020 By Mark Guthrie

Continuing a tradition that goes back to the time that St Valentine wondered what to get Cupid as a thank you for all his hard work spreading the love*, for many couples Valentine's Day is about giving and receiving flowers. Back home, this can be fraught with difficulty if you...[ Click to read more ]

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Feasting on Fugu – Where to Eat Blowfish in Aichi

By Mark Guthrie

You've probably seen that classic episode of The Simpsons where Homer goes to a Japanese restaurant and eats fugu, a pufferfish equally famed for its sublime, delicate flavor, and that if the wrong part of this fish is consumed it can be deadly. While it is true that the intestines,...[ Click to read more ]

Chocs Away! Where to Buy Valentine’s Chocolate in Nagoya

Jan 30, 2020 By Mark Guthrie

Valentine's Day is nearly upon us, and in Japan, that means just one thing: chocolate. Now, everyone knows that here in Japan, we do things a little differently, namely that on February 14, women are the chocolate givers, whether it be a heartfelt indication of love for their chosen partner,...[ Click to read more ]

The Way of Tea – Japanese Tea Ceremony in Nagoya

By Mark Guthrie

Also referred to as the Way of  Tea, the Japanese tea ceremony elevates the preparation and presentation of 'macha,' or powdered green tea, to a ceremonial activity of great cultural significance. In the tea ceremony or chanoyu,  sadō, or chadō in Japanese, matcha is skillfully and elegantly prepared for guests...[ Click to read more ]

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Setsubun Festivals in Nagoya “That Bean-Throwing Festival”

Jan 25, 2020 By Ray Proper

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 ritual to cleanse away...[ Click to read more ]

A Big Part of Nagoya’s Community: Small World

Dec 28, 2019 By Mark Guthrie

One of the hardest things when coming to a new country is not only getting to know people but also knowing where to find them. Yes, we can meet people at work, or we can head to bars or coffee shops, but finding people who share our interests - or...[ Click to read more ]

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Alternative Fitness Options in Nagoya

Dec 26, 2019 By Mark Guthrie

So, over the holidays, you indulged until you were fit to burst. We've all been there. But now you've noticed that you've put on a few pounds and can shake your belly like a bowl full of jelly, and you are well aware that it is no longer the season...[ Click to read more ]

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Soothe Yourself With a Soak in a Super Sento in Nagoya This Winter

By Mark Guthrie

One thing that many people love to do when they come to Japan is to enjoy onsen, the volcanic hot springs that pop up all over the country. It is an intrinsic part of the Japanese culture to partake in these communal baths, and no trip to the country is...[ Click to read more ]

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Diamond Magic – Witness The Diamond Fuji Phenomenon

By Mark Guthrie

Diamond Fuji is a twice annually occurring phenomenon during which the sunrise and sunset align perfectly with Mount Fuji’s summit, looking for all the world like a bright shining jewel placed atop the nation’s crown. There are many great places from which you can witness this startling sunset just a...[ Click to read more ]