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…

Takisanji Oni Matsuri: Watch the Blaze as the Locals Chase Away Goblins!

The Takisanji Oni Matsuri is held at Takisanji Temple every February and it normally takes place on a Saturday closest to the date of the Lunar New Year. For the 2016 festival, it will be held on February 13th. This festival is also called the ‘Ogre Fire Festival’ and it is a totally fun event…

An Amusement Park, Holiday Entertainment and More at Laguna Gamagori!

Aichi Prefecture is well known for its capital, Nagoya, brimming with historical sites, museums, pachinko parlors and shopping districts. But about an hour away from Nagoya lies the serene yet exciting Gamagori City. Gamagori City is situated on the coast of Mikawa Bay and it has a number of attractions to visit and most especially,…

Meiji-mura: An Outstanding Open-air Museum

Japan, once an isolated nation, moved towards opening its doors to the world and the Western influence during the Meiji Era. It was a time for the new government to aim at making Japan a democratic nation, favoring equality and human rights as well as freedom of expression. Thus, modern infrastructures were built at this…

Fresh Food and Amazing Nature of Minamichita, Aichi

Minamichita is a town located in Chiba district of Aichi prefecture. This area that extends along the seashore has many unique attractions and visitors are provided with different sorts of entertainments. There are some things that we can enjoy in any season in Minamichita! Author’s photo Seafood Author’s photo Minamichita is a seaside town, and…

Celebrate the bounty of the harvest in Aichi!

There are festivals and celebrations of every sort in Japan. It seems as though there is a festival for everything, a shrine for everything, and a meaning behind it. I had no idea that each shrine had a specific meaning, and people come from all over to pray or pay tribute at shrines and temples…
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