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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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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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Hiyoshi shrine in Shiga prefecture

Hiyoshi taisha shrine in Shiga prefecture is the head shrine of about 3800 shrines named ‘Hiyoshi shrine’, ‘Hie shrine’ and ‘Sanno shrine’ throughout Japan.  The big compound is lush and green.  It was established about 2100 years ago.  This shrine is located north-east of Kyoto.  … 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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Japanese still love Tokyo tower

With the height of 333 meters, Tokyo tower was once the tallest tower in the world.  It was  built in 1958 modeled on Eiffel tower.  Since then it has been working both as a broadcasting tower and a symbol of Tokyo. But … 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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