2015 December

Visit “The Venice of Kyoto” – the Amazing Boat Houses of Ine

Japan has a somewhat secret destination located on the shore of Ine Bay in Kyoto Prefecture which you can never find being listed in guidebooks. It is lined by traditional wooden buildings built on water’s edge known as “Funaya” in Japanese. It is popularly known as “The Boat Houses of Ine”. There are about 230…

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)…

Hatsuyume: Bring the New Year in with Sweet Dreams, it’s Good Luck!

Hatsuyume means the first dream of the New Year. It is traditionally believed to foretell the kind of year and luck you will receive for the year ahead. As New Year’s Day (1st of January) is a quiet celebration and people start resuming their regular routines the following day, hatsuyume is the dream you experience…

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…
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