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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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Pasmo & Suica & money talk

I was so surprised to know that only 3 percent of all transactions in Sweden are made by cash.  It is almost a cashless economy. But Japan is moving to the cashless society, too.  In fact, the number of 1 yen coins, 5 yen coins and 50 … Continue reading

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Gotemba premium outlets

Gotemba premium outlets are placed in Gotemba city, Shizuoka.  Gotemba is very close to a famous hot spring resort, Hakone.  Because of easy access from Tokyo and the views of Mt. Fuji, this is one of the most popular outlet malls in Japan.  These … Continue reading

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Takeshita street in Harajuku

Takeshita street is always packed with young people and tourists.  Especially, many youngsters in unique clothes and costumes can be found here.  In Japan where the word ‘unique’ does not have a positive meaning, this place is special.  It makes sense … Continue reading

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The reason why I like Ginza Mitsukoshi

Ginza is often comparable to Champs-Élysées in Paris or Fifth avenue in N.Y.  Mitsukoshi department store is one of the symbols of Ginza.  I like to cruise it.  Because the displays are good and it especially has a luxurious atmosphere. Personally, this department store’s biggest attractions are its basement floors, the 8th … Continue reading

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