2015 November

The History Behind Karuizawa’s Premium Whiskey

Whiskey production began a long time ago in Japan. Broadly speaking, the Japanese whiskey is more similar to the Scottish whiskey than any other major styles of whiskey. There are several companies producing whiskey in Japan with the smallest distillery known as “Karuizawa Distillery.” Let’s take a closer look at its history. The History 1955nonnon.jugem.jp/…

Subaru: Take a Ride in One of the Safest Vehicles on the Road

Perhaps one of the main reasons why there is a growing demand for Subaru cars all over the world is because the brand was able to build a reputation of building very safe vehicles. zou1.com/ Just recently this 2015, Subaru XV Crosstrek and Impreza received the top rating of Advanced Safety Vehicle-Plus (ASV+) from the…

Sample the Distinct Local Delicacies of Lake Towada, Aomori

A visit to Lake Towada won’t be complete without a taste of one delicacy that stands out above the rest—the freshly caught sockeye salmon locally known as himemasu. However, there are also other delicacies around the area that locals also recommend with so much pride such as barayaki and soba-mochi. kamikochi.or.jp/ Towada Shokudo: The Best…

Shop and Relax in One of Nagano’s Most Serene Towns – Karuizawa

For many of those who live in Tokyo, the most popular “recreational” destination is the town called “Karuizawa.” Karuizawa Hoshino Resort /booked.jp/ It is a sweet escape from the summer heat. It is also an upmarket mountain resort at the foot of an active volcano. There are several places to unmask the historic beauty of…

Nebuta Fever: The Origins of Aomori’s Most Thrilling Festival

When summer peaks into a boil in the northernmost prefecture of the Land of the Rising Sun in August it marks yet again the annual celebration of the Nebuta Matsuri festival on August 2-7. Millions of crowds gather every year to see the colorful floats parade on the street. But unlike many other famous festivals…

Relax and Enjoy the Serenity and Beauty of Matsushima

“Matsushima ah! A-ah, Matsushima, ah! Matsushima, ah!”. The speechless admiration from Matsuo Bashō, the great poet in Edo period, is exactly the same expression I had at first glance of the beautiful Matsushima. Matushima’s small islands onlynativejapan.com/ In my recent trip to Japan, I had one quick stop in Sendai and decided to go on…

Behind the Scenes of Nebuta Matsuri of Aomori: All About the Nebuta Masters

The Nebuta Matsuri in Aomori Prefecture is probably one of the many festivals in Japan that is not associated with any religious ceremony or temple; and the brain behind the creation of each float—the nebuta-shi—is responsible in overseeing the production of the festival floats from the beginning to the end. He comes up with the…

What to Buy in Kyoto: 43 Souvenirs that Boast Tradition and Modernity

Of course you want to visit Kyoto, recently voted World’s Best City by the US magazine Travel + Leisure. It is the land of the most gorgeous and traditional temples, fascinating geisha, and aesthetically pleasing one-of-a-kind sweets. sites.google.com/ Yes, of course we know that you know all about green tea and the yatsuhashi sweets of…

A Day at Mount Haguro: Green Soba and a Hot Spring

Ready for a breathtaking adventure? Come to Tsuruoka city in Yamagata Prefecture and climb Mount Haguro. Mount Haguro, or Hagurosan, is a 2,446 stone step mountain that’s part of the 3 sacred mountains in Yamagata Prefecture. While climbing you’ll enjoy amazing views and excellent service. You can climb this mountain all year long, but I…

Idols and Fanservice: Two Things Fans and Non-Fans Will Notice

Fanservice basically just means catering to fans in ways that are pleasing to them. It can be as innocent as a simple handshake, photograph, or autograph session with fans. There are also more sexual forms of fanservice which can draw negative attention from non-fans. 1. Encouraging Fan “Ships” Have you heard of the term “shipping”?…
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