100 Yen Stores in Nagoya – Not “cheap,” CHEAP!

Sep 29, 2012 By Ray Proper

Back home you might not shop at what we in the US refer to as “dollar stores,” or stores where everything is priced at 1 US dollar, because they are generally associated with poor quality goods, but this is not the case in Japan. 100 yen stores offer a wide...[ Click to read more ]

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Utsumi Beach on the Chita Peninsula Near Nagoya

Aug 29, 2011 By Ray Proper

They say Utsumi Beach has the finest sand in the world, but probably only the Japanese say that. It is a great beach though, is well known throughout the Tokai region for its beauty. Its 1.6km length is a nice bow shape, and you can rent parasols and buy beer,...[ Click to read more ]

Volunteering in Tohoku During the Disaster

Apr 01, 2011 By Ray Proper

This article was written only a brief period of time after the Great Tohoku, Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, 11 March 2011.  As of this writing, December of 2017, the earthquake's toll stands at: 15,894 deaths, 6,156 injured, and 2,546 people missing across twenty prefectures.  I never expected to be in that disaster area, but it was an...[ Click to read more ]

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How to Clean a Japanese Central Air Conditioniner

Feb 02, 2011 By Ray Proper

The H&R Group  produced this simple video tutorial as a part of their “Relo Explains” series to help some of their clients who are lucky enough to have central air conditioning in Japan. While this is not very common in Japan, we thought there might be other people out there...[ Click to read more ]

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The Luckiest Man is at Tōka-Ebisu Festival in Hyogo Prefecture

Jan 11, 2011 By Ray Proper

Nishinomiya Jinja is a Shinto shrine in Nishinomiya, in Hyogo Prefecture near Kobe, Japan. Nishinomiya Jinja is the main shrine representing the Ebisu sect of the Shinto religion and its 3,500 shrines.  It is known locally as "Ebessan," and more broadly as "Ebisu Jingu." Two parts of the shrine itself are of note historically: the front gate (omote-daimon),...[ Click to read more ]

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The Nagoya Barbarians Rugby Club

Jun 04, 2010 By Ray Proper

Established in 2003, the Nagoya Barbarians are the only international team of it’s kind in the central Japan area, and have been climbing the Aichi rugby from it's inception as an idea penciled on a pub napkin. Team members come from all parts of the globe, and all share a...[ Click to read more ]


Household and Oversized Garbage Collection in Nagoya

Mar 05, 2010 By First Admin

Sorting trash in Japan can be a real pain in the neck, especially in Nagoya. Paper, plastic, burnable, non-burnable, spray cans, etc. all need to be separated in the right colored bag, thrown out on the right day and in the right area or the Gomi Police will come looking...[ Click to read more ]

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Counselling in English at Life Matters Counselling Center

Oct 25, 2009 By First Admin

Jillian Mickleborough-Sugiyama is the director of Life Matters counseling center in Nisshin. Jillian, a Canadian citizen and long-term resident of Nagoya, Japan, brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience related to life transitions, crisis, and cultural diversity. She has a Master of Counselling and is established in private practice...[ Click to read more ]

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