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Beating the heat in Chubu


Air conditioning in Japan is different from the central-air conditioning heaven in some other countries. However, the room-by-room style of air-conditioning is actually a lot better for the environment, although sensible use of windows and... more

Megaliths of Kanayama

Megaliths of Kanayama


There are a group of ancient stones that are considered to have qualities that border on mysticism and prehistoric science and philosophy. Located in Kanayama-cho, Gero City in Gifu Prefecture, the appearance of these structures... more

Bicycle for Everyone’s Earth

Bicycle for Everyone’s Earth


An international group of volunteers will get on their bikes at Japan’s northern most point this August, and peddle the 3,500 kilometer length of the country to promote sustainability and environmental awareness. The BEE (Bicycle... more

Mie Prefecture… Gone Fishing

Mie Prefecture… Gone Fishing


Continuing my travels in Mie, we leave Ise and to go round the coast past Toba. Thoughts of idyllic bays with hidden beaches can be shattered though if you miss the not-so-well-signposted villages that sometimes... more

Tenno Festival

Tenno Festival


The city of Tsushima has a population of 66,000. To the west flows one of Japan’s three big rivers, and to the east sits the major city of Nagoya, so the city is blessed with... more

Gallery Sawarabi

Gallery Sawarabi


What kind of space do you imagine, when you hear the word gallery? Although it is a space for an artist to exhibit their works, and for us to view said works, it is never... more

The Wonders of Soy

The Wonders of Soy


When most foreigners think of Japanese cuisine, sushi probably comes first followed in close second by the soybean. Products ranging from soy milk and tofu to imitation chicken and burgers have made the long trip... more

Hatcho miso, the Imperial choice miso

Hatcho miso, the Imperial choice miso


The Original: Hatcho- Miso Near Okazaki Castle the old Tokkaido Road (the Edo-era route from Tokyo to Kyoto) runs between two miso-making companies. Hundreds of years ago highway travellers would have passed by the same buildings,... more

Follow that sweet vinegar smell

Follow that sweet vinegar smell


When the wind blows strong, vinegar tang stalks innocent nostrils down the Handa City streets, a smell synonymous with the city for just over two hundred years now. Following the strength of the scent leads... more

Swapping the sushi for spin: Local Politics in Nagoya

Swapping the sushi for spin: Local Politics in Nagoya


“I’m new candidate Kentaro Hibi!  26 Years Old!  Please vote for me!  Yoroshiku onegai shimaaaaaaasu!”  Fresh-faced young Hibi, a candidate for the Nagoya City Council elections, was leaping around with his usual energy the morning... more

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