Mie Prefecture

Hatsumode in Nagoya – Shrines to Visit for New Years

Dec 27, 2023 By First Admin

Oshogatsu, or New Year, is the most important holiday in Japan. Businesses shut down from January 1 to January 3, and families gather to spend time together. During the New...[ Click to read more ]

Skate Parks in Kansai

Jun 28, 2023 By Justin Hanus

Japan is experiencing something of a skateboarding wave since it showcased the sport during the recent Tokyo Olympics. Many purpose-built skateboarding facilities have sprung up over the last few years,...[ Click to read more ]

How to Start Your Own Business in Kansai

Feb 24, 2023 By Justin Hanus

Self-employment is a fantastic way of earning money while at the same time engaging in a pursuit you like and being your own boss. Japan welcomes entrepreneurs and those wanting...[ Click to read more ]

Where to Spend Valentine’s Day in Nagoya

Jan 21, 2023 By Bert Wishart

In his 1977 classic one-hit wonder, John Paul Young sang the immortal lines "Love is in the air, everywhere I look around."  There is a good chance that he wasn't...[ Click to read more ]

New Year Countdown Parties Near Nagoya 2022

Dec 13, 2022 By Bert Wishart

New Year is an important time in Japan, but things are celebrated differently here than back home. You are undoubtedly already clued up on Japan's New Year traditions, its New...[ Click to read more ]

Winter Illumination in Nagoya 2022

Nov 23, 2022 By Ray Proper

Christmas Day in Japan is just another working day, for the most part. The most exciting facet of the Christmas and holiday season in Japan is that all traces of...[ Click to read more ]

Saio Festival in Mie

May 30, 2022 By Bert Wishart

From Elsa to Cinderella to Snow White, princesses are held in extremely high regard in Japanese culture. But it isn't just your common-or-garden Disney princess that enraptures the attention of...[ Click to read more ]

Do I Amuse You? Japan’s Best Amusement Parks

Mar 24, 2022 By Bert Wishart

As far back as I remember, I always loved going to amusement parks, and fortunately for me, the Japanese are as crazy for rollercoasters as I am. Japan has some...[ Click to read more ]

Where to Learn About Japanese History in Kansai

Dec 27, 2021 By Justin Hanus

Japan is rich in history, with civilizations stretching back to prehistoric times and classical Japanese history beginning around the 6th century when Buddhism was introduced. The Kansai region has played...[ Click to read more ]

The Sacred Route Between Japan’s Most Revered Shrines

Oct 29, 2020 By Admin

Intro: A path of enlightenment from the Kii-peninsula to Ise. The basis for Japan’s focus on nature in its indigenous Shinto religion goes back to the Heian Period when Shugendo...[ Click to read more ]