July

Cool Biz – What is it, and Where Can You Get It?

May 29, 2019 By Mark Guthrie

The summer has felt upon us for some time now, with the thermostat rising as quickly as the humidity, and although officially the season does not begin until June 22,...[ Click to read more ]

Suikawari: A Cracking Good Summer Sport

May 28, 2019 By Justin Hanus

There are so many things you can do for fun at the beach on a hot summer day. Swim in the surf, play volleyball, build a sandcastle, relax on a...[ Click to read more ]

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Sakushima, Aichi’s Art Island

May 17, 2019 By Mark Guthrie

Sakushima is a small island in the sparkling Mikawa bay to the east of Nagoya which, together with Himakajima and Shinojima, makes up the Aichi Archipelago. Small it may be,...[ Click to read more ]

Understanding Japan: What is Obon?

Jul 30, 2018 By Mark Guthrie

For many foreigners working in Japan, Obon is a great time, as most companies close for a bit of a summer holiday; it gives us a chance to hit the...[ Click to read more ]

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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...[ Click to read more ]

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Aomori Prefecture’s Nebuta Festival

Jul 30, 2018 By Mark Guthrie

Throughout July and August there are festivals all over Japan celebrating all manner of things - from the literal star-crossed lovers of Tanabata to the returning of deceased ancestors at...[ Click to read more ]

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Tokyo’s rise of the premium BBQ sites

Jul 27, 2018 By Jason Gatewood

As long as we have known fire, we’ve also known barbecue. Most of humanity would agree that there’s nothing beating a few pieces of meat and/or veg on the grill,...[ Click to read more ]

Bon Odori Dancing Festivals in Tokyo

Jul 27, 2018 By Jason Gatewood

Obon is an annual event where Buddhists and Confucians celebrate their ancestors.  Buddhists and many Japanese people in general believe that every year during Obon their ancestor's spirits will return...[ Click to read more ]

Buying Summer Yukata in Nagoya

Jul 27, 2018 By Mark Guthrie

If you have been to any of this summer's fireworks festivals around Nagoya and Aichi you may have noticed many people wearing traditional Japanese dress and wondered what was going...[ Click to read more ]

Tokyo’s Beer Gardens

Jul 25, 2018 By Mark Guthrie

It could be argued that one of the greatest things on Earth is sitting outside on a warm summer’s day with an ice cold beer. Being from the south west...[ Click to read more ]