2015 December

Grandchild–Care Leave: A New Solution for the Japanese Grandparents

It is very hard to find a babysitter in Japan. And even if you do, chances are the cost will be horribly expensive! What makes it worse are many households are “two-income” where both parents work to provide for the family. So who is left with the children then? – The Grandparents. The New System…

Visit One of The Top Restaurants in Asia: Kagurazaka Ishikawa, Tokyo

For 9 consecutive years, Tokyo City has been known as one of the dining capitals of the world. With the extremely huge number of restaurants located in Tokyo, it is no wonder why many foodies flock to this place. vacancyforchef.blogspot.jp/ One of the establishments which gained a three-star rating in the 2016’s Michelin Guide to…

Birkenstock TATAMI – Incredibly Comfortable Sandals With a “Japanese Twist”

Do you know the world-famous 230-year-old German shoe brand Birkenstock? Well, have you heard about TATAMI, the Birkenstock spin-off brand that incorporated the ingenious craftsmanship of Birkenstock sandals with the idea of traditional tatami mats? tatamijpn.jp/ The TATAMI sandals are made according to anatomical research and aim to provide the most comfortable footwear there is…

Goroawase: Wordplay to Remember Dates the Japanese Way!

It is amazing how helpful rhymes can be when trying to recall dates. For instance the English mnemonic rhyme, “thirty days hath September, April, June and November…” allows us to recall easily how many months within a year have fewer days. In Japan, children also use the phrase nishi muku samurai (the samurai looking west)…

Soma Nomaoi: A Brief on the Wild Horse Racing Samurai Festival

There was a time in the 10th century when Samurai warriors secretly commenced military exercises which involved the general releasing wild horses onto a plain where they were then pursued and captured by his cavalry. In the end, the captured horses were given as offerings to the Shinto deity. This traditional festival is still being…

Okera-Mairi: Keep the Flame Lit and Have Good Health in the New Year!

Before the first day of New Year, many people visit Yasaka Shrine in Kyoto to pray for good health for the entire upcoming year. This is a traditional year-end festival held from 7 pm of December 31st through 5 am of January 1st. A large number of people attend the event and some bring home…

Bourbon’s Chocolate Slice: Japan’s Sweetest Innovation

If you are a chocolate fan who always longed for chocolate in the form of a cheese slice, congratulations, your wish has been granted! Thanks to Bourbon, a Japanese confectionery company, pre-sliced, individually wrapped chocolate has come to life. What is Special About these Chocolate Slices? shop.bourbon.jp/ スライス生チョコレート (Suraisu Nama Chokoreto) by Bourbon is made…

3 Reasons the Morioka Castle Ruins Will Captivate You

Have you ever dreamed of living in a castle? Do you enjoy learning about the history of Japan? For history buffs as well as curious tourists, Morioka Castle, in the central part of the city of Morioka, is the perfect place to be. A Long History blog.goo.ne.jp/ The once three-story castle started to be constructed…
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