2015 April

Omiyage, What Makes the Best Gift?

Omiyage madeinjapanproject.org/ Japan is famous for its food, some of which has been deemed a national treasure by the World Heritage Foundation. Any town or city you travel in Japan is bound to feature its own number of specialty foods, be they sweets, dried fruits, dried or fresh seafood, or rice crackers. Some of them…

Kodomo no Hi, or Flying Carps

Kodomo no Hi blog.livedoor.jp/ What is this? Well, it is “Children’s Day” in Japanese. In Japan, Children’s Day always takes place on the fifth day of the fifth month, and it was a national holiday in Japan since 1948. The Japanese government wants to respect their children’s personalities and celebrates their happiness. Talking about that…

The Drop of Gold, Or how to Make O–Cha Like a Pro

O-Cha indulgy.com/ Green tea is a staple drink of Japanese culture. The only difference between it and the ever-popular English tea is the amount of oxidation the leaves go through. The minimal exposure to oxidation the green tea leaves receives results in the yumminess that is Japanese Tea. Apparently I have been making it wrong…

Traditional Japanese bar and grill: Izakaya

What exactly is Izakaya? Author’s photo The izakaya is a traditional Japanese bar and grill. Traditionally a place where people gather after work to indulge in reasonably-priced food and drink, you’ll find these establishments all over Japan, in large cities as well as the smaller localities. Although there are many famous chains of izakaya with…

Why are the Japanese always sorry for something?

Sumimasen – this is a Japanese word meaning “I am sorry” or “Excuse me”, which we always keep saying to one another. If you have been to Japan, you might wonder why people always apologize. I, for instance, say “sumimasen!” more than 10 times a day (I’m not exaggerating), but I don’t always mean it…

Stranded in one of the Airports? These are the Things You can Do!

I am sure that most of you have an experience of waiting for the next flight in the airport. Sometimes the time we have to wait can be so long. What can you do to kill the time and enjoy your transit moment? These are the things that you can do other than visiting lounge…

Amazing Hanami in Kawazu, Izu

Kawazu, Izu Peninsula. Author’s photo Talking about Sakura, I bet all of you know about these majestic flowers. They are also known as cherry blossoms, and is one of the most famous Japan’s symbols. Last year, I really wanted to go to see them somewhere special, and I was browsing through a lot of information…

Discover Everyday Japan: Truly a Place of Beauty

What is your plan? pds.exblog.jp/ If you are planning a trip to Japan or even if you are there, you are probably planning and visiting a lot of famous landmarks and popular tourist spots, as well as perhaps exploring “off the beaten track”. Alongside all the beautiful shrines, landscapes and buildings, Japan can also be…

See one of the largest Buddha statues just outside Tokyo, Kamakura

Countless temples of Kamakura Author’s photo If you like to go travelling, seeing a lot of ancient places, such as temples, statues, and etc. I recommend you to visit Kamakura, which is located in Kanagawa Prefecture (south of Tokyo). I can say that Kamakura is a very beautiful small city, and very famous among tourist…

Ramen Jiro, 1600 kcal in one bowl

Ramen Jiro is not your average ramen blogs.yahoo.co.jp/ I can bet all of you know about ramen! I think ramen is eaten all around the world too. But, have you tried this one? Ramen Jiro! Ramen Jiro is the most notorious ramens in Japan! It also uses broth with shoyu (soy sauce), but what makes…
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