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Nagoya’s Best Bicycle Shops

Nagoya, with its wide roads and ample cycle paths, is a marvelous city to cycle around, so it is such a shame that so many people choose to clog up the sidewalks with their ‘mamachari’ bicycles. According to the Japanese National…

Nagoya Cuisine and Where to Get it

While many of the more famous or popular Japanese dishes come from the Kanto or Kansai regions, that doesn’t mean that Nagoya doesn’t have some amazing food to discover. Nagoya food (Nagoya meshi) is a hugely varied and diverse cuisine, encompassing the traditional…

So Why Isn’t It the Japanese Fortune Cookie?

The Chinese fortune cookie is one odd little pastry. Start with the fact that it is not a thing in China; that the Chinese do not serve fortune cookies after meals. Most of the three billion fortune cookies broken up each…

Vegetarian and Vegan Food in Nagoya

Vegan bagels from Breakfast at Stephanie’s As you are no doubt well aware, Japanese food rates among the best in the world. However, if you are vegan, or even vegetarian, you may struggle to find your needs catered to. Many vegetarians…

Halal Food and Grocery Stores in Nagoya

Halal means “permissible,” and Halal food is food that adheres to Islamic law, as defined in the Koran.  As visitors and residents from Muslim countries, especially from Indonesia, in Japan increase the availability of services to provide for their needs also…

Ice Skating Around Aichi and Nagoya

When it comes to winter sports, Japan is a little bit ice crazy. Hosting the Winter Olympics in 1964 (Sapporo) and most recently in 1998 (Nagano) has helped fuel a love for all things snow related. Although Nagoya may not…

Getting Theatrical at Nagoya’s Kabuki Cafe

When one thinks of Japanese high art, alongside haiku, ukiyo-e, and the movies of Yasujiro Ozu, kabuki is most probably one of the first mediums to come to mind. However, much like the plays of Shakespeare, that some 9,000km away were beginning…