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  • Arimatsu Narumi Shibori

    Cultural Treasures of Nagoya & Aichi, The Traditional Skills, Art & Craft of Manufacturing

    Nagoya City and Aichi Prefecture have long enjoyed an economic clout far stronger than that of powerhouses Tokyo, Osaka, Hiroshima or any other region. Since the feudal period Nagoya and Aichi have been one of Japan’s leading traditional manufacturing areas. Here, manufacturing was perfected as an art, and the art of manufacturing textiles, ceramics, household and daily use items, various arts an…

  • The Story of Japan’s Financial Powerhouse,  Nagoya, and the Art of Manufacturing

    The Story of Japan’s Financial Powerhouse, Nagoya, and the Art of Manufacturing

    The story of Nagoya is one of innovation. During the Sengoku, or Warring States period, the region’s samurai were among the most ingenious and daring, creating advanced weaponry, armor, castles and tactics. During the peaceful feudal period, the lords of Nagoya maintained that innovative spirit, encouraging the arts, crafts and manufacturing among the populace. Following the collapse of the Shog…

  • Nagoya’s Many Markets

    Nagoya’s Many Markets

    On the hunt for something to eat, something to buy, a treasure or two, an interesting photo op, or even just the opportunity to get to communicate and connect with the average Japanese person, Nagoya’s many markets are a great source of cultural insight. Some of the better, more popular and easily accessible markets are:

  • Finding Yourself in Hot Water is a Hell of a Way to Relax in Nagoya

    Finding Yourself in Hot Water is a Hell of a Way to Relax in Nagoya!

    Being located directly along the Pacific Ocean’s Ring Of Fire, about 10% of the world’s active volcanos are found in Japan. Thanks to this, the Japanese have long enjoyed the benefits of thermal hot spring resorts. It has become part of the culture, and here’s how and where you can experience that culture and the pleasures of hot springs in the Nagoya region.

  • Photogenic Nagoya

    Photogenic Nagoya

    For many years the powers that be painted Nagoya in a somewhat unfavorable light. Nagoya was portrayed simply as an industrial region, bereft of much of beauty or interest. While it is true that the art of manufacturing was perfected in Nagoya and Aichi Prefecture, and as such, has become the financially strongest region in Japan, it also provides a wide range of scenes unknown to the average tou…

  • New Year Fun in Nagoya Special Feature 2023–2024

    New Year Fun in Nagoya Special Feature 2023–2024

    Ring the New Year as you strike a traditional Buddhist temple bell and take to the flock of many making their first visits of the year to shrines, temples, and events during Japan's New Year season. Experience the Japanese New Year in Nagoya with family and those closest to you. Notes: • Content details are subject to change due to conditions related to Covid-19. Find the most up-to-date info…

  • Nagoya Flower Viewing Special Feature

    Spring is in the air: 2024 Nagoya Flower Viewing Special Feature

    The city of Nagoya is full of famous spots boasting a myriad of cherry blossoms—from those with early bloomers and blossoms blooming in a relay of succession to those counted among Japan's Top 100 Cherry Blossoms Spots. Walk along paths lined with flowering cherry trees, capture the beauty with your camera, and just plain enjoy the spectacular scenery which comes but once every spring. Check out…

  • Famous Blossom Viewing Spots in Aichi & Nagoya

    Famous Blossom Viewing Spots in Aichi & Nagoya

    Nature has always played a prominent role throughout Japan’s long history and deep culture. Look at the family crests, for example, and note how many feature flowers or leaves. Look at the iconic images of Japan, and flowers will somehow always be present. Enjoying flowers, particularly flowers seen as auspicious, has also been a major part of traditional Japanese culture. To best understand Japa…

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