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…

World SAMURAI Summit in Samurai Heartland, Aichi!!

Aichi has long been recognized as the “Home of the Samurai”, as most of the more famous samurai through history were born in and around Aichi. To celebrate their rich heritage, Aichi Prefecture recently staged the World SAMURAI Summit on…

Ramen 101: How and What to Order

Oh the weather outside might be frightful, but a warm bowl of ramen is so delightful. With Japanese winter in full swing, the warm and delicious reasons to leave the house are even more tempting. One of those belly-warming delights…

Brewery Tours in Nagoya

When it comes to alcoholic beverages, the Japanese are most proud of their sake and rightly so. However, while sake is one of the most recognisable totems of Japanese culture, outside of the country, you’ll be hard pressed to find…

Scouting in Nagoya

When Lord Baden Powell published the first edition of ‘Scouting for Boys’, a guidebook of survival techniques he learned during the Second Boer War and adapted for Britian’s youth he sparked a worldwide phenomenon. Although the Scouting movement has become very different to…

Al Iksir – Searchable Database of Japanese Medicines

Al Iksir is a searchable database of Japanese medicines, specifically created to assist people who are living or visiting Japan and do not speak the languge. The name “Al Iksir” comes from the root word “Elixir”, a medicine that cures all…