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Staying Cool in the (Japanese) Heat

  Our latest weather woes have made international headlines recently, with an unprecedented heatwave that has set records across Japan. Many of us come from countries where this is quite normal (my last summer trip back home had highs around…

Have a Good Morning! Nagoya’s Breakfast Institution

Japanese cuisine is well known for its delicate flavors, its subtlety, its exquisite fragility. However, here in Aichi we do things a little differently. Nagoya-meshi is famed for its full-flavor, its richness, its piquancy. When it comes to breakfast, Nagoya…

Earthquake Preparedness in Japan

Japan is among the world’s most seismically active countries, which means that earthquakes are a relatively common occurrence. Small tremors are usually felt in some part of the country everyday, and there have been several big quakes in the last…

Get Your Grill On – Nagoya’s BBQ Spots

The Japanese have something of a love/hate relationship with the summer months. As soon as the mercury climbs above 25 degrees, women break out the parasols, curtains are pulled tight to keep out sunlight, and everyone’s vocabulary is limited to…

Renewing Child Allowances in Japan

With Japan’s birthrate in rapid decline the government of Japan has stepped in to offer a monthly allowance per child as a way of reducing the economic burden placed on families raising young children and encouraging the growth of families.…

Nagoya’s Magical Firefly Festivals

With the rainy season fast approaching and the humidity ramping up like an overly-confident Evil Knievel, June is perhaps one of the least favored months in Japan. However, with that said, this combination of conditions is precisely what is required…

Thai Festival in Nagoya’s Hisayaodori Park

The annual Thai Festival in is an extremely popular early summer event in Nagoya.  Held at Hisayaodori Park, rain or shine, you can enjoy a wide selection of Thai Food and Drink from the many vendors.  Most of the Thai Restaurants…