Category Archives: ★★★ a must in Japan

Takoyaki

‘Takoyaki’ is dumplings with a piece of octopus. It is a very popular food in Japan and the famous specialty of Osaka. The combination of thick sauce and bonito flakes is awesome. However, you need to be careful when you … Continue reading

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Finally Mt.Fuji got newly listed as a World Heritage Site

Now Japan is celebrating this news with the festive mood. As for this decision, there was an additional pleasant surprise for us. That’s ‘Miho pine grove’ was accepted as a part of Mt.Fuji-related cultural assets. ICOMOS(International Council on Monuments and … Continue reading

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Dotonbori, Osaka

Dotonbori is the entertainment area with many restaurants and bars around Dotonbori river. This is a very lively and famous tourist spot of Osaka. Shops and restaurants have prominent signs to stand out. Thanks to those signs, Dotonbori is like … Continue reading

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Hot spring spa

Soaking in a hot spring spa is regarded as one of the best ways to relieve stress in Japan. Each hot spring has their own attraction. Especially, an open-air bath is highly recommendable.  It is wonderful in winter.  (Now is the best season.)  Because … Continue reading

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How about black tableware in Japan?

a tea pot & tea cups If I’m not mistaken, black tableware is not so popular in the West as in the East.  In Japan, it is very common since it makes food look colorful and tasty.  The great tea master Sen no Rikyu really loved black, … Continue reading

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Yakushiji temple, a temple with many beautiful Buddhist statues

Yakushi-ji temple, a UNESCO world heritage site is located in Nara prefecture.  This temple was established by Emperor Temmu about 1350 years ago.  Emperor Temmu is one of the most famous powerful emperors whom Japanese always learn in school.  Most emperors have been a boss in name only through … Continue reading

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Purification fountain in a Shinto shrine

In Meiji shrine In Hiyoshi great shrine  It’s June!  Japanese usually think that summer starts this month.  As students’ uniforms and businessmen’s suits usually change from the dark winter version to the bright summer version on June 1, the streets are filled with a summer … Continue reading

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