2015 October

Matsue, Alluring Water City of Shimane

With its network of canals, it is not surprising that Matsue (松江), the capital of Shimane (島根), has earned the name as the “Beautiful Water City”. Not a very big city, most of the attraction spots can be reached by bus, boat or just walking. In Matsue city itself, I would recommend doing the following…

5 Places You Can’t Miss in Beppu City

The archipelago of Japan consists of four main islands, besides hundreds of smaller ones. Beppu is located on Kyushu, the southernmost main island. The small city is famous for its onsen (hot springs), as there are 8 geothermal hot spots below the city there are many of them. Every year, mostly local and some international…

3 Traditional Japanese Inns to Relax You in Sapporo

Onsen ryokan are traditional hot spring inns that will relax you and give you the complete experience of the heart of Japanese traditional culture. After soaking in the hot spring, change into a yukata robe and enjoy Japanese cuisine in a spacious hall. Hokkaido is famous for being a hot spring area, so many different…

5 Awesome Anime Series You Can’t Miss

Out of the many great things which come from Japan, anime would be classified by many as one of the best. With story lines to match anyone’s particular interest. Whether it be school life, giant robots battling in space, futuristic tales or reminiscing tales of the past, anime truly does have the ability to capture…

3 Tokyo Restaurants that Serve Traditional Japanese Communal Meals

Kamameshi refers to Japanese rice cooked in an iron pot which is known as “kama” in Japanese. It used to be a way to have communal meals, especially after the Great Kanto Earthquake that happened in the Tokyo area in 1923. It originated in a town called Takeshitakama, and was a way to distribute rice…
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3 of The Best Sushi Restaurants in Tokyo for Fine Dining

Do you know that the emergence of sushi originally started in Southeast Asia? It became a way of preserving fish in fermented rice. It only came in Japan around the 8th century and was already widely seen in the Edo Period. Nowadays, sushi is sold almost anywhere in Japan and is considered a fast food…

Clever Ways the Japanese Maximize their Daily Newspapers

In times of digital news, with on demand and minute by minute up to date info, many people have shunned actual newspapers. Not so, in Japan. Readership is still quite high with many Japanese still enjoy a leisurely read in the morning or afternoon. Also, a lot of companies, hospitals, and general reception areas still…

Why Do Geishas Paint Their Faces With White Makeup?

In Japan, the beautiful and enigmatic Geisha represents one of the most iconic cultural images in the country. They have been around since as early as 600 A.D. where they served as entertainers and companions, but the look we can easily recognize today became prominent in the 17th century. Trained in fine arts such as…

5 of the Best Japanese Chips

Potato chips. I know, they are unhealthy, loaded with salt, and let’s face it – greasy. Still, we can all agree that they are therapy in a bag! When you first come to Japan and can’t read a word, buying a bag of potato chips is like a blindfolded taste test with a deranged tormentor.…

4 Bizarre and Delicious Japanese Fruits

Have you ever wandered through a Japanese supermarket and stopped short, just to ponder over a mysterious looking fruit? You are not alone. Some things just look bizarre and too mysterious to try. But don’t miss out! Live on the edge and check out the fruits below. If you come across any in your travels,…
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