Antique Shopping in Nagoya

Jan 24, 2014 By Ray Proper

Like antiques? Whether you are in Japan for a short stay or here for the long haul, you may be interested in purchasing some Japanese-style antique furniture or other knickknack to take home with you. If you are in the market, you are in the right place. Antiques are in...[ Click to read more ]


Japanese Food Shopping 101

Aug 13, 2013 By First Admin

One thing about coming to a country where the main language is not English, you're either tied to the food that you can read or recognize, or you have to learn to read a certain amount of packaging to avoid sugaring your coffee with baking soda! For instance, did you...[ Click to read more ]

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Finding Western Medicines in Japan

Apr 02, 2013 By Ray Proper

Visitors and residents of Japan from overseas often comment that Japanese drugs are ineffective.  Whether because the dosage is wrong, or they have not been prescribed what they were hoping for; the common refrain is a plea for medicines from home.  Many people will import over the counter medicines in...[ Click to read more ]

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Ceramics Shopping at the Cera Mall

Nov 12, 2012 By First Admin

The "Cera Mall" is a wholesale pottery shopping park in Tokoname City, on the Chita Peninsula. The area is famous for pottery, and you will find every local variety represented at the Cera Mall; which is the largest outlet in both scale and variety on the Chita Peninsula for ceramics....[ Click to read more ]

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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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Flea and Farmer’s Markets in Nagoya

Sep 14, 2012 By Ray Proper

Flea Market at Osu Kannon Temple Osu Kannon Temple was moved to its current location by the very late and very great Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1612. The main temple on the site today was reconstructed in 1970. The Flea Market at Osu Kannon is held rain or shine on the...[ Click to read more ]