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Get Inked: Nagoya’s Tattoo Parlours

The subject of tattoos in Japan is a bit taboo. The history of body modification in Japan is long, going back as far as the Jomon Period (roughly 10,500 B.C. to 300 B.C.). But in modern Japan, however, tattooing is immediately…

Nagoya Comedy: Served up Monthly

Looking for funny?  Well, you are in luck, because “Nagoya Comedy” brings you funny in all senses of the word.  Nagoya, Japan’s own (and only) English language stand-up comedy troupe holds regular live stand-up shows throughout central Japan featuring a cavalcade of…

Toyohashi Fire Festival: Things are about to go off!

While there are many, many fireworks festivals in Japan throughout the summer months, there are very few that match Toyohashi’s Hono-no-Saiten for sheer spectacle. And danger. About Hono-no-Saiten The Hono-no-Saiten festival started in 1996 to commemorate the 90th anniversary of…

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…