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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...

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...

Aichi Prefecture is a distinctive place with several land areas designated for national parks. It has green hills and serene forests capable of attracting many tourists in need of a relaxing getaway. If you desire traditional Japanese hospitality for your stay, you should check out Hazu Gassho in the...

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...

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...

In Japan, cherry blossoms and fall leaf viewings are very popular activities in the spring and fall respectively. However, did you know that you can do both at once? Obara, Toyota in Aichi, is home to the 'shikizakura' or four season cherry blossoms. These sakura bloom twice a year,...

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,...

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...

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...

A natural energy spot in Japan Chausuyama kogen sits at 1,418m and is surrounded by the Japanese alps and lush green flora as far as the eye can see. It is a spacious, quiet park where you can get lost in nature. Author's photo Chausuyama is conveniently located between Aichi and Nagano...

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