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World Cosplay Summit 2017 – Finals

Many people in Nagoya think that the annual Osu Cosplay Parade is the only big event at the World Cosplay Summit.  Although it is...

World Cosplay Summit – Osu Parade

We just returned from the finals of the WCS last night, and are utterly exhausted. We had some truly exciting times at the WCS...

World Cosplay Summit 2017 – Underground Parade

Hello everyone, we're finally back online after some technical issues, so here are a few posts from the last several days.... Summertime means intense heat,...

Tenno Matsuri

Tsushima, Aichi is usually a very quiet and rather unassuming city just outside Nagoya - a city where people go about their daily lives...

Mobile Payments in Japan

I have a confession to make: I haven't carried any cash at all with me in about two weeks!   How - you may...

Hachimaki – the Japanese Headband that gives you Energy

When thinking of Japan, some of the things that usually come to mind are Sushi and Samurai; perhaps Karate and Bonsai. These are all...

Tanabata Festival in Japan

July 7th is Tanabata “七夕”, or Star Festival here in Japan. If we go by the lunar calendar, it will be on August 28th...

Homeschooling in Japan

Anyone who's visited Japan or seen enough Japanese culture can imagine education in Japan is taken pretty seriously. Kids can be seen in uniform...

Nagoya, the Arts, and… Transit!

Nagoya, the quiet, unassuming city between Tokyo and Osaka, has been experiencing somewhat of a boom in recent years when it comes to the...

Wisteria Flower Festival in Tsushima (Aichi)

While Japan's Cherry Blossoms might hold the top spot for famous flowers in Japan, the equally ethereal Wisteria can certainly hold it's own.  Usually blooming...