Toyota's crazy Oiden festival
Ok, so this is definitely off the beaten path. If you're in Nagoya in July, I suggest you make a visit to the Oiden festival. Oiden means something like 'welcome, please come and have fun'. Many people parade around the main square in Toyota, singing and dancing to the same song, over and over. You can see people wearing almost nothing, beating taiko drums, and drinking lots of sake. But the best part is the fireworks display. It happens at the end of Oiden, on a Sunday night, and lasts for over an hour. I've never seen a more awesome display of pyrotechnics.
Global Common 3 - Europe/Mediterranean Countries
We did not make it this far, but here is a list of the pavilions:
French Pavilion, Germany Pavilion, Italy Pavilion, Libyan Pavilion, Croatia Pavilion, Spanish Pavilion, Bulgaria Pavilion, Croatia Pavilion, Hellenic Pavilion, Morocco Pavilion, Jordan Pavilion, Expo Eco Money Center, Bosnia and Herzegovina Pavilion, Tunisia Pavilion, Turkey Pavilion
flyingkiwi's new Nagoya Page
Nagoya, a city of two and a half million, claims the title of Japan's forth largest city and has been the crossroads between eastern and western Japan for centuries.
Nagoya provides a gateway to Inuyama, site of one of Japan's few original castles and home to an outstanding open air museum featuring Meiji era architecture; Ise, home of Japan's most sacred Shinto shrine; and Hikone, another original castle. You'll find good food in Nagoya, especially local chicken, kishimen noodles and sukiyaki, using premium Matsuzaka beef raised nearby.
Nagoya borders Japan's two large plains; Kanto, with Tokyo as its centre, and Kansai, with Osaka/Kyoto as its centre.
The above photo is an ariel view of Nagoya taken from the TV Tower in the center of the city.