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…

Starting the New Year Japanese Style, Hatsumode

On the dot of midnight, December 31st, all across Japan, temple bells begin to ring out to welcome in the new year. The deep, resonating booming of temple bells can be heard from miles around in the crisp, cold air.…

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…

Japan’s Winter Food

Oden, a Japanese winter favorite As a Brit, I am used to winters being cold, wet and miserable, with skies as grey as the faces shielded from the perpetual sleet and drizzle. As such, it always baffled me when Japanese…