2015 December

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…

3 Useful New Year Train Passes for Travelers in Kansai

In Japan, New Year is a very important day and they usually perform the “hatsumode 初詣” visit to shrines and temples during the first week of the year. In order for people to be able to visit the shrines more easily (without incurring high expenses) during this period, the Kansai area Hankyu and Hanshin train…

A Guide to 2 Traditional Decorations Used for Japanese New Year

The New Year is a big deal in Japan. The most important holiday of the calendar year, when family and friends get together and celebrate the year gone by and the potential of the year to come. If you are in Japan around this time, you will see some unique and beautiful decorations. Of course,…

Check Out Kit Kat’s New Year Packaging and Kit Kat Mail!

Do you know that Kit Kat has been commonly given as a way of saying “Good Luck” in Japan? It is mainly because of a linguistic reason where the Japanese pronunciation of Kit Kat sounds a lot like kitto katsu. Kitto katsu means “You will definitely succeed” in Japanese. Thus, it has become very common…

Celebrate the Holiday Season by Spreading Nintendo Joy!

What does Christmas mean to you? A couple weeks’ break from responsibilities? A time of festivities and celebration perhaps? Or spending precious moments with your loved ones? At least one of those things should relate to each one of you. However, we can all unanimously agree that gift giving is the pinnacle of the holiday…

A Sweet Tooth’s Guide to Delicious Christmas Cakes in Japan!

Christmas Day is a celebratory event for many people all over the world. Christmas in Japan, though, is an ordinary working and school day for many and is not considered a national holiday so don’t be shocked if you see people in suits on Christmas Day here. girlschannel.net/ But on the contrary, people here actually…

Great News for Chocolate Lovers: DARS Chocolat Boutique is Now Open!

Have you ever wondered what it would taste like if some of your favorite sweets or flavors were merged into a small bundle of chocolatey goodness? Well, you do not have to wonder any longer as the DARS Chocolat Boutique that has opened in Harajuku, Tokyo. This boutique will remain open from December 12th 2015…

3 Tasty and Traditional Japanese New Year Dishes

The new year period, known as Oshogatsu, is a very significant occasion in Japan. Families gather, temples and shrines are visited, special new year’s cards (called nengajō) are exchanged and much preparation takes place, including a thorough cleaning of the house. A number of special dishes are exclusively eaten during the new year period as…

Visiting a Shrine for New Year: A Guide to Shrine Basics

Going to a shrine is an essential part of New Year’s celebrations. Japanese people visit shrines at the New Year to pray for good luck as well as grab a fortune that will determine the future to come. Let’s take a look at some of the common items you will see upon your visit to…
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