Mie Prefecture

Horsing Around at Tado Festival in Mie

Apr 16, 2019 By Mark Guthrie

Japan has so many strange, eccentric and exciting festivals every year that it is sometimes difficult to keep track. However, few festivals are exciting and dramatic as Ageuma-Shinji, held every...[ Click to read more ]

Where to Spend Valentine’s Day in Nagoya

Jan 21, 2019 By Mark Guthrie

[caption id="attachment_31931" align="aligncenter" width="640"] The illuminations at Nabana no Sato[/caption] In his 1977 classic one hit wonder, John Paul Young sang the immortal lines "Love is in the air, everywhere...[ Click to read more ]

Ise’s Oyster Eating Extravaganza in Mie

Nov 26, 2018 By Mark Guthrie

In much of the world, oysters are considered something of a delicacy. They are an aphrodisiac, they are rare, and thanks to their high price they are often considered the preserve...[ Click to read more ]

Hatsumode in Nagoya – Shrines to Visit for New Years

Nov 24, 2018 By First Admin

Oshogatsu, or New Years, is  the most important holiday in Japan. Businesses shut down January 1 to January 3, families gather to spend time together.  The New Year Lottery numbers have been...[ Click to read more ]

Mt. Ikoma

Trekking in the Kansai Region

Aug 20, 2018 By Justin Hanus

Exploring the flora, fauna and historical attractions of a new place is sometimes the best way to appreciate it. Some people might think just walking around in the more populous...[ Click to read more ]

Ise Ebi Matsuri (Lobster Festival)

May 29, 2018 By Mark Guthrie

For much of the world, there is little more decadent than dining out on lobster. However, here in Japan, lobster - while still relatively pricey compared to most seafood -...[ Click to read more ]

Mie’s Iga-Uena Ninja Festival, and a History of Shinobi

Apr 24, 2018 By Mark Guthrie

If you were told that there was an annual, family-oriented festival celebrating some of the most feared mercenary assassins and terrorists that the world has ever seen, you'd probably think...[ Click to read more ]

New Year Countdown Parties Near Nagoya

Nov 30, 2017 By Mark Guthrie

New Year is an important time in Japan, but things are celebrated a little differently here then they are badck home. You are no doubt already clued up on Japan's...[ Click to read more ]

Holiday Illumination in Nagoya

Nov 23, 2017 By Ray Proper

Here are some popular places to experience illumination in and around Nagoya. Nabana no Sato The best place to see winter illumination is in 10 minutes from Kuwana Station in...[ Click to read more ]

Need for Speed: a Day at The Suzuka Circuit and Motopia Amusement Park

Aug 24, 2017 By Mark Guthrie

Japan is a nation for which the production of automobiles has driven (pun intended) its development and economy for generations, and as of 2014 there were more than 75 million...[ Click to read more ]