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Heavy petting, Aichi style

Heavy petting, Aichi style


The basic concept is simple. For many living in Japan, owning a dog, or even a cat, is simply impossible. Tiny apartments, long working hours and the appalling combination of claws and tatami mats makes... more

The Big Bang, Gifu style

The Big Bang, Gifu style


In Gifu, there are two big firework displays within a week of each other. The first occurs on the last Saturday of July, and the second occurs on the first Saturday of August. Not only are... more

Fireworks displays around Chubu

Fireworks displays around Chubu


In Chubu, summer means hot and humid weather, eating unagi (eel) and massive hanabi (fireworks) festivals. There are a huge number of these events throughout the region, from small neighbourhood gatherings through to massive events... more

Two unique movements in Aichi education

Two unique movements in Aichi education


The Hundred Million Yen Project Have you seen a group of high school students, wearing different uniforms and carrying a box in their hands, shouting “Please donate to The Hundred Million Yen Project scholarship fund”? I... more

Riding the rails to Mie

Riding the rails to Mie


This article is unabashedly in favor of train travel! Trains provide stress-free transportation, no sudden stops, restful seats, large windows, no smoking, and the hypnotic drone of the conductor's voice (probably imparting valuable information). Riding... more

Kushimoto: southern Wakayama paradise

Kushimoto: southern Wakayama paradise


It’s an often-repeated cliché that Japan’s history and culture have been shaped by its island geography, but in Kushimoto more than anywhere else I’ve visited that cliché feels like its true. The town hugs the... more

BUNGEES, BARBEQUES, AND BERRIES

BUNGEES, BARBEQUES, AND BERRIES


The rushing wind tousled my hair as my feet shot up toward the clear blue sky. In a blur below, calm, green pond swept by, and with it sailed away the years of my adulthood.... more

Atsumi Hanto; away from it all

Atsumi Hanto; away from it all


Atsumi peninsula is the one half of the enclosing pincers that define Mikawa Bay (the other half being the Chita peninsular). The northern side of Atsumi faces Mikawa Bay, the southern side straight out onto... more

Mt. Kinka, Gifu

Mt. Kinka, Gifu


If you like hiking, check out the hiking on Mt. Kinka, in a national forest and wildlife sanctuary in Gifu City. It has four trails up the mountain, with interesting things to do at the... more

Get to grips with the law


For many westerners, the Japanese administrative and legal system is somewhat of a mystery, irrespective of it being in a foreign language. I mean, why do people need a kouseki, or a juminhyou, or other... more

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