Watch Some Sumo Wrestling at the 2019 Grand Tournament in Osaka

Feb 15, 2019 By Justin Hanus

Sumo wrestling is a sport uniquely associated with Japan. Although not all professional sumo wrestlers are Japanese, the sport originated in Japan, and it remains the only country where it is practiced professionally. When people across the world think of sumo, they will undoubtedly conjure up images of two heavyweight...[ Click to read more ]

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Rugby World Cup Japan 2019

Dec 26, 2018 By Jason Gatewood

While most people around the world know the Summer Olympic Games will be here in Tokyo in 2020, we actually have a very large sporting engagement to host a year before that during early autumn 2019, just over eight months from when this will hit the interwebs. The Rugby World...[ Click to read more ]

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Skiing in Nagoya: Day and Weekend Trips!

Dec 24, 2018 By Mark Guthrie

There’s nothing more exhilarating than standing on the top of a slope, the pure white snow stretching out below you, or that moment when you lean forward and the wind begins to rush around your face as you start down the mountain in graceful arcs to the bottom. Yes, the...[ Click to read more ]

Skiing in Kansai

Dec 20, 2018 By Justin Hanus

We're in the thick of the winter season now, and Japan is seeing its seasonal influx of tourists keen to take advantage of skiing and snowboarding in the country's famous powder snow. Although not as renowned for its ski resorts as Hokkaido or Nagano, Kansai does have some beautiful skiing...[ Click to read more ]

Do You Know Nags? Nagoya’s Hidden Gems – Part 2

Nov 30, 2018 By Mark Guthrie

Whether you have been here for a few weeks or know the city like the back of your hand, Nagoya is a city that is full of surprises. New restaurants and bars pop up all the time, and you can be strolling down a familiar street and suddenly notice a...[ Click to read more ]

Hiroshima Ski and Snowboard Resorts

Nov 27, 2018 By Matt Mangham

Hiroshima isn’t the first place that comes to mind when you think of skiing in Japan. We’re a long way from the Nagano Alps, and even further from Hokkaido, but people do go skiing in the Prefecture or just over the border in Shimane. There are a number of options,...[ Click to read more ]

Getting to Know You: Nagoya’s Endoji Street

Jul 30, 2018 By Mark Guthrie

For so long the area of Osu has been considered Nagoya's district of cool, but for those in the know, it is Endoji, a stone's throw from Meieki, that is becoming the place where all the good stuff is going on. On the face of it, Endoji looks like any...[ Click to read more ]

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Celebrate Mountain Day by Hiking Around Aichi

Jul 25, 2018 By Mark Guthrie

One great thing about living in Japan is the fact that there are so many holidays. Between New Year’s Day on January 1st and the Emperor’s Birthday on December 23, there are a further 15 national holidays observed. One recent (2016) addition to the calendar is Mountain Day, or ‘Yama no...[ Click to read more ]

Rock (Climbing) And Roll – Bouldering in Nagoya

Jun 26, 2018 By Mark Guthrie

Every now and again something pops up in the zeitgeist that comes right out of left field. Some of these things are fads that slip away as quickly as they came (remember twerking? No, probably not), but some things just seem to not only hang around, but absolutely explode. One...[ Click to read more ]

Getting Up Close and Personal at Nagoya’s Sumo Stables

May 29, 2018 By Mark Guthrie

The sumo season centers around six fifteen-day major competitions, or 'honbasho', throughout the year, with three events held in Tokyo in January, May and September, one in March in Osaka, one in Fukuoka in November, and July sees the Nagoya Basho. The honbasho - literally 'real tournament' - are of...[ Click to read more ]

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