By Sannsoe

Photo by Victoriano Izquierdo on Unsplash

10 Weird and Wacky Vending Machines to Find in Tokyo

Vending machines are a staple of modern life, and in Japan they are glowing from every lonely corner at night like some kind of urban lighthouses. They are certainly convenient, reliable, numerous, but in Japan they are also weird and fun and surprising. The majority of vending machines usually sell drinks or small snacks, but…

Kiyomizudera, The Pure Water Temple in Kyoto

KIYOMIZU DERA Kiyomizu Dera (清水寺) is an independent Buddhist temple. In 780, this temple was founded on the site of the Otowa Waterfall in the east of Kyoto. It is also a part of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto UNESCO World Heritage site. THE MEANING Kiyomizu Dera (清水寺) consists of three words, “Kiyo” (清),…

Japanese New Year Parties, Bonenkai and Shinnenkai

BONENKAI Bonenkai (忘年会 in Japanese Kanji) is a Japanese drinking party, which is held among co-workers’ groups or friends at the end of the year (on December). 忘 (“bou”) means to forget, 年 (“nen”) means year, and 会 (“kai”) means gathering. It can most easily be explained as a year-end party. THE PURPOSE As its…

3 of the Most Famous Traditional Japanese Toys

There several varieties of Japanese traditional toys, folk dolls and games. Like most toys that have been in use for long periods of time, they are simple yet still fun and great for kids to use, or for adults to join in too! I have chosen three of these toys and games to introduce to…

Oden, the best Japanese winter dish!

Winter in Japan is a very beautiful season. The white color of the snow that covers the city is beautiful, and not to forget, the weather during that time is really cold. During this season, it is best to eat something hot or warm that can make you feel better in this cold. There is…

Gyudon, the king of Japanese fast food

GYUDON These fast food restaurants don’t serve foods like hamburgers, french fries, or sodas. These restaurants serve beef bowls, which are known as “Gyudon” in Japanese. It is a bowl of rice topped with beef and onions, which are simmered in a mildly sweet sauce, soy sauce and mirin. Sometimes, Japanese people love to add…

SUMO Fighter! The King of the Ring!

SUMO WRESTLING Sumo is a Japanese style of a competitive full contact wrestling sport. In general, it is organized on a circular ring, which is known as “Dohyo” in Japanese.And inside the ring, there are two wrestlers (“Rikishi” in Japanese) who attempt to force each other to lose balance. The one who would make the…

The Best Japanese Street Snack: Taiyaki

TAIYAKI’S HISTORY “Imagawayaki” iron mold This snack is a cake, which is made in shape of fish, with azuki sweet red bean paste inside of it. In the past, Japanese people only had “Imagawayaki”, which is a round-shape cake with the same filling. “Imagawayaki” are similar to Dorayaki (Doraemon’s favorite snack). “Taiyaki” iron mold In…

Shine Shine Monk! Teru Teru Bozu!

THE BIG DAY All of you may have a special day that you are really waiting for. You may wait impatiently for your birthday, or for the day to celebrate your first meeting with your boyfriend/ girlfriend, or a big event that happened before in your life, etc. Just before the BIG DAY, if you…

The Dearest Deer in Nara Park

NARA PARK Author’s photo This park is located in central Nara, which is established in 1880. There are a lot of attractions around this park, such as Todai-ji, Kofuku-ji, and Nara National Museum. In Nara Park, there are about a hundreds of deer. It is also known that Nara is a symbol of 1200 deer…