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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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Japanese eat a sushi roll in a bold way on Feb 3!

Setsubun is the day before the first day of spring according to the lunar calendar. Setsubun falls on February the 3rd in 2013. There are some traditional practices to be done on the occasion. One of the popular practices is … Continue reading

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Gyokusenji temple where the first American consulate in Japan was placed

A zen temple, Gyokusenji is located in Shimoda, Shizuoka.  This was where the first American consulate in Japan was placed.  Japan had closed the country from the 17th to the mid-19th centuries.  During that period, Japan developed in the unique way but fell far behind Western countries in … 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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Kuonji temple and autumn pleasure

This hall was dedicated to the founder of the Buddhist Nichiren school.  Nichiren, a man of the 13th century was a charismatic leader with a ‘never say die’ spirit.  He survived the penalty to be sent to a remote island … 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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