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Suikawari: A Cracking Good Summer Sport

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 towel and enjoy a cool beverage, and wiggle your toes…

Must See Shrines and Temples of Nagoya

Japan is served by two predominant religions: Shinto and Buddhism. Shinto is a form of ancestor worship and is the traditional religion of Japan – though it was codified in the eighth century it had been around for many centuries…

World Beer Summit in Nagoya

With all that is happening in the world today I think we can all agree that a summit is needed.  A beer summit, perhaps with “beers from around the world + the best music = so happy” as its theme.  If…

Grape Picking Around Aichi

Grape Picking in Okazaki Fruit picking is a popular family activity in Japan, and farms across the country offer the opportunity to pick fruit directly from the tree from their orchards.  Typically farms will charge visitors a set amount for…

Magome to Tsumago: Walking the Nakasendo Way

During the Edo era the Tokkaido and the Nakasendo roads were the two main routes that connected the new capital of Edo (now Tokyo) and the old Capital of Kyoto, with the latter, as the name suggests, passing through the…

Nagoya Auto Festival

If you are interested in cars, you may want to check out Nagoya Auto Festival, featuring newer, highly customized vehicles.  There will be no shortage of interesting vehicles to peruse, as well as other attractions such as special guests, performances, and a…

Family Fun at Nagoya’s Kodomo Land

With the summer holidays fast approaching, its that time of the year when we start to think about how we can fill those long days with activities for our children. Of course there is nothing wrong with kids just having fun,…

Lucky Yen

Did you know that the 5 yen coin is the luckiest of all? It’s because of the way the name of the coin sounds in Japanese “Go-en” – the same pronunciation as the word for destiny in Japanese. An American…

Lake Biwa Summer Adventures

As the largest freshwater lake in all of Japan, Lake Biwa is no stranger to tourism. Especially as the weather warms up and the days grow longer, residents and visitors alike flock to this natural wonderland for a fun and…