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Autumn Leaves and Autumn Festivals in Nagoya and Aichi

The season of summer festivals has come to an end, and it is gradually getting colder in Nagoya: autumn is finally here. Autumn is one of the most beautiful seasons for a visit to Japan, and depending on whom you ask, even better than spring!

While September, the official start of autumn can still be quite hot and humid, temperatures start to drop little by little in October. And in November autumn has really arrived, even in Nagoya which is typically quite warm.

Autumn is the season associated in Japan with autumn foods such as chestnut, sweet potato, mushrooms, and persimmons. And warming dishes like Nabe(the Japanese style hot pot) and Oden(different ingredients boiled in a soy sauce and Dashi based) are back on the menu at Izakaya and at home.

This post is all about the best way to enjoy the season by visiting the most beautiful autumn festivals and unforgettable autumn leaf viewing spots in and around Nagoya.

Beautiful Autumn Festivals in Nagoya That Celebrate the Season.

Between September and November you will find a variety of festivals held in Nagoya, at gardens, shopping streets, and really all around the city.

Here are our top picks of festivals that celebrate the autumn season.

 

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Kiyosu City, The Key to Japan’s Unification

Kiyosu with its castle is just minutes from Nagoya Station, and yet it is one of those places generally never mentioned in guidebooks or travel magazines.

In fact, I know many people in Nagoya who have never heard of Kiyosu Castle, and even I (Elly) heard about it for the first time after living in Nagoya for more than 10 years and researching castles in the Aichi area!

So I decided to dedicate a complete article to Kiyosu Castle and its surroundings and share with you one of the hidden gems that had a huge impact on how the history of Japan unfolded.

If you have been to Kiyosu Castle in the past, share your experience, pictures and tag us on social media with #nagoyaisnotboring

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Nippon Domannaka Festival (Domatsuri)

The Nippon Domannaka Festival, commonly known as Domatsuri, is one of the most energetic and vibrant festivals all around Japan.

It is held in Nagoya, at the end of August, when the summer heat reaches its peak.

Domatsuri is a 4-day-festival that fills Nagoya city and its surroundings with hundreds of Yosakoi dancers coming from all over the country and even abroad.

If you have seen in a past Domatsuri Festival, tag us on social media with #nagoyaisnotboring

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Discover the Best of Studio Ghibli in Nagoya

To me, Studio Ghibli is like my door to Japan. Once I opened it, by watching Spirited Away, I stepped into a new world. My passion for Japan began, and I still enjoy learning more about its language and culture.

If you are also a fan of Japan or anime like me, then Studio Ghibli, Hayao Miyazaki, and Joe Hisaishi will likely be names very familiar to you. You will probably recognize the cuddly-looking gray Totoro, printed on countless bags, key chains, or even phone cases. Or one of the many other popular characters that Studio Ghibli has brought to life.

For those who are not (yet) familiar with Studio Ghibli, let me introduce you to one of Japan’s most famous animation studios. They have created some wonderful (and internationally acclaimed) movies, including Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, and My Neighbor Totoro. Recent titles include The Tale of Princess Kaguya and When Marnie Was There.

What I personally love about re-watching Studio Ghibli movies are the new details I notice every time. I also start to understand more without subtitles as my Japanese improves. These movies are great for those who are learning Japanese.

Definitely check out any movie from Studio Ghibli on Netflix or at your local library. Let us know in the comments what your favorite movie is!

In this article, I will briefly introduce you to Studio Ghibli and its history. Then, let’s dive into the best of Studio Ghibli in Nagoya and its surroundings. And finally, I will give you a sneak peek at some exciting upcoming Studio Ghibli additions in 2022!

 

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From Textiles to Cars at the Toyota Museum in Nagoya

If you know anything about cars, you are probably aware that Toyota is one of the biggest car manufacturers worldwide.

But did you know that Toyota is originally from Nagoya?

Logically, Nagoya and other parts of Aichi Prefecture are the perfect places to geek out about cars in general and Toyota in particular.

In fact, there are 3 Toyota museums in Aichi:

I (Lena) am not a big car fan, but the unique insights into the history of Japan’s industry and technology development I got from visiting the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology were profound.

This museum introduces visitors to the history of Toyota from its beginnings in the 19th century to the giant it is today. And I can only recommend it to anyone visiting Nagoya, from children to adults.

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Best Locations for Cosplay Photoshoots in Aichi: Showcase the Beauty of Japan in your Cosplay Pictures!

As most cosplayers know, any place can be suitable for a photo shoot. I have taken pictures in abandoned buildings, streets, parks, and even in a pool; any area that fits my Cosplay. Why not take advantage of your trip to Japan to take some fantastic Cosplay pictures in and around Nagoya?

As someone who has been cosplaying for over six years and taking pictures of Cosplayers for even longer, I would like to share the top locations I have found in Nagoya and Aichi Prefecture for Cosplay photoshoots.

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Are You Ready for the World Cosplay Summit 2021? Join Us From Wherever You Are!

Cosplay — the art of dressing up as characters from anime, manga, video games, TV shows, or any other media — has become a global phenomenon over the years.

Once dressed in their Cosplay, Cosplayers can attend conventions to take photos, enter competitions, or perform theatrical routines. They can also gather with other Cosplayers while walking down the typical Japanese streets. The World Cosplay Summit is a perfect occasion to do all of this at the same time in Nagoya!

If you went to see or participated in any past edition of the WCS, please share your memories and tag us on social media with #nagoyaisnotboring

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From the Grand Sumo Tournament to Visiting a Sumo Stable: All Things Sumo in Nagoya Part 2

Sumo wrestling is an integral part of Japan’s culture and has been practiced in one form or another for around 2000 years.

In part 1 we shared everything you need to know if you are new to Sumo, and want to attend the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament. If you haven’t read it yet, follow this link.

But a Grand Sumo Tournament like the one held in Nagoya each summer isn’t the only way to experience Sumo. Nagoya also plays host to all 42 active Sumo Stables for around one month before and during the tournament. And many open their doors to visitors during the morning hours, to observe a stable’s morning practice.

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16 Unforgettable Summer Festivals in Nagoya and Aichi in 2021

Summer is finally here! And with the arrival of the hot weather, we are ready to have some fun!
The Japanese summers are synonymous with incredible festivals. Summer inspires some of the most stunning Natsu Matsuri (summer festivals) with Obon dances and spectacular fireworks displays.

Everyone dresses up in their most beautiful Yukata and looks forward to the popular festival foods. Time to indulge in Yakisoba, Takoyaki, Kakigori, Castella, Taiyaki, Okonomiyaki, Ringo Ame, and many many more.

Another highlight, especially popular with young children, are the festival booths selling toys and offering games to catch real goldfish.

These summer festivals in Japan provide fantastic opportunities to experience local and traditional culture, music, art, drinks, and food.

In and around Nagoya, you will come across at least one summer festival almost every weekend between June and August. Here is a list of the top summer festivals in Nagoya and Aichi for you to enjoy.

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From the Grand Sumo Tournament to Visiting a Sumo Stable: All Things Sumo in Nagoya Part 1

When people think about Japan, one of the first things they think of is Sumo Wrestling. So when people plan their trips to Japan, they often want to see a Sumo tournament. But what most people don’t realize is that getting to see a Sumo tournament or even a morning Sumo practice is normally quite difficult.

Nagoya is lucky to host the Grand Summer Sumo Tournament, one of only six tournaments each year. In addition to hosting the Sumo tournament, all of the 42 active Sumo stables will travel to Nagoya roughly two weeks before the tournament to train and acclimatize to Nagoya’s hot and humid summer weather. During this time, a large number of stables allow visitors to observe their morning training. …

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