Chubu (Nagoya, Gujo)

How to Adapt to Japanese Customs

Adapting to the Japanese Culture Even though I am raised in a western country (Canada) I thought adapting to the Japanese culture would be easy since I have Asian background. How wrong I am. Japanese Customs: Unwritten Rules When I first arrived, I stayed with my friend Haruka’s family for a few days. I knew that Japanese …

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Gujo in Gifu Prefecture

Gujo is not on my radar, but it is amazing and possibly my favourite. Thanks to my friend Yuka, and the extended friends K, K and A for taking me there and being my translators. First we visit a limestone cave, near Gujo. A Busty Limestone Cave My new friends claim it is very cold inside, but I think

A Nagoya Morning

On my 2nd day in Nagoya, I meet Bo Joun at my ryokan hotel. She was visiting Japan with her boyfriend but is travelling solo because he left a few days earlier for work. Bo Joun is a friendly, lively young woman. Her big personality makes her an instant friend. We decide to explore Nagoya the next morning

Sumo Wrestling

Watch Sumo Wrestling in Japan

If you want something, make it happen. I bought 2 tickets, one for me and one for my friend. Unfortunately, my friend worked late so she couldn’t make it. Fortunately, I found a lone man lingering around the ticket booth that said “today’s match sold out”, and I made my first scalping transaction. LOL, at face

Nagoya Castle

What’s in Nagoya? To be honest, I don’t really know. I come for one reason and one reason only: to watch sumo wrestling. It is Tuesday, 8:50am, and instead of booking advanced tickets (much more costly) I wake up early to pick up on-the-day general admission tickets. Thankfully, I secure myself a pair. The main matches

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