2015 April

Gachapon, a vending machine that runs on luck!

Being exasperated when playing a game or doing something that needs luck is a usual thing that happens to us. But, when that luck comes, a delightful feeling calms us down. One of those games is Gacha. Gacha is short term from word gachapon referring to vending machine that will give you capsules with toys…

Burn baby burn (aka Burnt Ramen)

Forget what you think you know about ramen Author’s photo One cannot have a complete culinary tour of Japan without trying the ramen. It’s easily regarded as one of the must have dishes to try while in Japan. This is definitely not the kind you find in a cup. To the uninitiated it’s hard to…

Colorful Japanese Vehicles That Will Make Your Car Look Like a Rusty Can

Itasha Trend gigazine.net/ Have you had a chance to see colourful Japanese cars covered in characters? Well, that is what they call “Itasha” (痛車). These cars can easily be found in big city centres, mostly in otaku’s main areas such as Akihabara (Tokyo), Nippponbashi (Osaka), and Osu (Nagoya). Word “Itasha” comes from Japanese for “Italian…

Hidden Gem in Osaka Part 3: Imamiya Ebisu Shrine

Related article: Hidden Gems in Osaka Part 1 : Namba Yasaka Shrine Related article: Hidden Gems in Osaka Part 2 : Okuninushi Shrine Shikitsumatsunomiya The next stop on our journey through Osaka highlights an attraction that is arguably hidden yet undoubtedly a gem within the heart of Osaka’s bustling main district. Imamiya Ebisu shrine Author’s…

The Most Beautiful Temples in Kyoto

Do you like ancient things, such as temples and shrines? Or are you interested in their history? If you like them, don’t miss these 2 gorgeous temples when you visit Kyoto, Japan. 1. Kinkaku-ji farm5.static.flickr.com/ “Kin” means gold in Japanese. So, “Kinkaku-ji” means “The Golden Pavilion”. It is a three-story building located in Rokuon-ji Temple.…

Greatest Japanese lakes

Perhaps, going to lakes doesn’t appeal to each and everyone. Some of you maybe think it’s better to go to the beach, and relax there. I used to think so too; until I found out these two great lakes that will make you want to go there. 1. Biwa Lake Author’s photo This lake is…

Don’t Miss to Visit 2 Museums in Japan!

If you go to museum to see gorgeous artworks, I think you must visit these museums during your staying in Japan. 1. Otsuka Museum of Art alljapantours.com/ This is the largest Museum of Art in Japan. Inside this museum, they have many huge collection of life size reproductions of Western art masterpieces, such as Picasso,…

Japanese beaches you must visit this summer!

Don’t have a plan for this coming summer? Confused where you should go to spend your summer vacations? Worry no more, here are two gorgeous places that you must visit! 1. Shirahama, Wakayama jp.fotolia.com/ Shirahama consists of two words, “Shira”, which means white, and “hama”, which means sea shore in Japanese. From those terms, we…

The Beauty of the Fall in Japan

Author’s photo After the intense heat and humidity of the Japanese summer, everyone looks forward to the cool, crisp air of autumn. The mosquitoes relent with the fading heat, and the leaves begin to turn. The most beloved of all fall sights in Japan are the bright-red momiji, the Japanese maple. You’ve never seen a…

3 Recommended Street Snacks on Takeshita Street!

Enjoy Takeshita dori’s casual food! chiguno363.exblog.jp/ As you know, Harajuku is one of the most popular places for young people to hang out in Tokyo. Takeshita dori street near Harajuku is one of the most popular places in that area. Takeshita dori is located in front of Harajuku station. There are many shops, and many…
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