Things to Do When Visiting Nagoya: A Side Trip to Tokoname!

Nagoya is the fourth most populated city in Japan, and it is also a popular tourist place. It has attractions including Toyota Factory Tour, Nagoya Castle, Noritake Garden, the recently opened Legoland, and rich flavored food such as the amazing Miso sauce Tonkatsu (Pork Cutlet). These are a few favorite things for tourists! Within the…

4 Things to Do in the Incredible Handa Float Festival in Aichi, Japan

I recently had the wonderful opportunity to witness and experience the beautiful Handa Float Festival (Handa Dashi Matsuri) in the city of Handa, Aichi. Only held once every five years, the event in October 2017 was the 8th edition of the festival. This two-day celebration has gained immense popularity due to a similar Japanese festival…

Witness an Outstanding Japanese Martial Art at a Festival in Aichi This October!

Traditional dances, folk music, and a parade of portable shrines or decorative floats are common to most festivals in Japan. However, in Aichi, a martial art form takes center stage in one festival. Be amazed by a masterful performance of martial arts in the Sanage Festival! History The Sanage Festival or Sanage Matsuri (猿投まつり) is…

Join This Japanese Festival That Started as a Dream in Aichi Prefecture!

Whenever we sleep, we usually have a dream or two, perhaps even more. Sometimes we remember them, sometimes we don’t. If you do remember your dreams, what do you think they mean? In Japan, what started as a dream became a treasured tradition. Let’s find out more about the Miya Festival! History Miya Festival is…

Experience Ancient Fishing and Other Beautiful Sights Along This River in Japan

As the sun sets over Aichi’s Kiso River, three boats cast off from the shore of Inuyama. Lit only by a fired lantern, they paddle into the darkness, continuing a tradition over 1,300 years old. With an imposing skyline and an ancient castle as a backdrop, the boats – like fireflies – make their way…

3 Things to Do in the Little-Known City of Toyohashi in Japan’s Aichi Prefecture

Cabbages! This is the best word to describe Toyohashi City in Japan’s Aichi Prefecture. It is known that Toyohashi has the oldest tradition of cabbage cultivation in the country, so it’s no wonder that you see cabbages almost everywhere when you visit. Not only that, but Toyohashi is also well known for its largest port…

10 Things to Do in Toyota City, Home of the Beloved Japanese Cars

Around the world, the name Toyota (豊田) is most commonly associated with the wildly famous brand of cars. However, did you know that the car shares its name with a city in Aichi prefecture (愛知県) in central Japan? The birthplace of Toyota cars, the city actually changed its name in the 1950s to match the…

All You Need to Know About Maneki-Nekos, Japan’s Lucky Cats

In Japan, there are many things considered to be auspicious or bodes well of which one of the most common and popular ones would have to be the maneki-neko (招き猫) which literally means “beckoning cat.” The maneki-neko features a standing cat with one of its front legs raised like a hand which looks like it…

Witness Sword-Wielding Warriors at the World Samurai Summit 2016 in Aichi

Armored knights have assembled. The noble samurai battle is commencing. The main stronghold is under siege. Have you marked your calendars to witness this annual event? The World Samurai Summit 2016 is a two-day event set to happen on November 19 and 20, 2016 (Saturday and Sunday) at Nagakute City of Aichi Prefecture. It’s a…
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