Monthly Archives: December 2015

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...

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?...

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...

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...

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...

Fancy carrying a cat around but don't want to put up with feeding it, brushing it or cleaning up poop? Now you can have a cat without all the hassle by getting one of these cute cat bags. They are insanely cute and would definitely draw people’s attention to...

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,...

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....

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...

On the 17th of February, 2015, Felissimo launched a clothing collection which is based on The Rose of Versailles manga series on their web shop, Sukiyaki. The creator of The Rose of Versailles, Ryoko Ikeda, also supervised the creation of the dresses, so you could say that it got...

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