3 most common helpful Japanese words ~For super beginners in Japanese~

Today most foreign tourists in Japan usually have a cell phone, so it seems to be easy to get various kinds of information such as famous sightseeing spots and restaurants. Translation sites also may help them a lot. However, they might need locals’ help while travelling. You might be confused when you come across Japanese manners. The picture above shows… Continue reading 3 most common helpful Japanese words ~For super beginners in Japanese~

3 Best Foods in Fukuoka

Thank you for dropping by this article! I’m going to introduce the three best signature foods in Fukuoka. As some of you may already know, Fukuoka is known for its variety of delicious local foods. As I was born and raised here, I’m familiar with them and I’m sure they are all good! I hope you’ll enjoy reading! 🙂 1.… Continue reading 3 Best Foods in Fukuoka

A Must-see suburb of Tokyo, Chichibu Part 2

This is the second half of ”A must-see suburb of Tokyo, Chichibu.” In my previous blog, I shared some information; how to access Chichibu and introduce some places where you enjoy beautiful fields of flowers. This time, I would like to tell you about some shrines and a renowned festival where you feel Japanese culture deeply. Let’s get started! Three… Continue reading A Must-see suburb of Tokyo, Chichibu Part 2

Let’s look into the inside stories of national holidays observed in Japan: Part 2

This is the sequel to a previous article that introduced national holidays observed in Japan from January to April. Let’s continue our endeavor of finding the significant meanings behind Japanese holidays by looking at holidays in May!! May 3rd :憲法記念日 (Kenpou Kinenbi: Constitution Memorial Day) This is the day to celebrate the enactment of the post-WWII version of the Japanese… Continue reading Let’s look into the inside stories of national holidays observed in Japan: Part 2

Amazing Japanese magazine giveaways!

“Not for reading to buy books, for giveaways.” In this day and age, it’s no exaggeration to say that a quite appealing giveaway boosts sales during the depression of the publishing industry caused by e-books and depopulation. You might be surprised by seeing giveaways like toys for kids, pouches for young girls and card cases for young men, etc. There… Continue reading Amazing Japanese magazine giveaways!

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3 hidden spots in the center of Tokyo (Slip back to Old Japanese Houses and Gardens)

When thinking  of Tokyo, what picture do you have in mind ? You might imagine a  big city with high buildings  crammed side by side, rail tracks throughout there, city lights never turn off (twenty-four seven) and a ton of people coming and going along the streets. Would you like to get away from the hustle and bustle for a… Continue reading 3 hidden spots in the center of Tokyo (Slip back to Old Japanese Houses and Gardens)

Todoroki Valley ― Wonderland in Setagaya, Tokyo

Unique Natural Features Tokyo is a land with many small height differences, so you would encounter a lot of slopes when you take a walk. You may find many similar names of places here and there in Tokyo, like Fujimi-saka (富士見坂) or Fujimi-dai (富士見台) which means an excellent point for viewing Mt. Fuji. You could imagine from this, we have… Continue reading Todoroki Valley ― Wonderland in Setagaya, Tokyo

Ohenro (お遍路) -88 Temples Pilgrimage- in Kyoto

Pilgrimage in Kyoto?  As you know, Kyoto has a lot of sightseeing spots, such as Kinkakuji temple, Kiyomizudera temple, Bamboo forest in Arashiyama and Fushimi-Inari shrine. Each is absolutely stunning, but at the same time, always crowded. You might be overwhelmed with the crowd. Today I’d like to take you off the beaten track in Kyoto. What would you say… Continue reading Ohenro (お遍路) -88 Temples Pilgrimage- in Kyoto

Get wrapped up in Japanese hand towels “Tenugui”

Towels made with cotton are comfortable to use, aren’t they? You use it every morning, right?  Today, I will introduce you to Japanese hand towels. How do you imagine Japanese hand towels?  Fluffy and thick? When you see Japanese hand towels I say, you may have a different impression.  I will take you into the world of Japanese hand towels.… Continue reading Get wrapped up in Japanese hand towels “Tenugui”

Imperial burial mound “Kofun” in Takatsuki, Osaka

Takatsuki is a city located just at the halfway point between Osaka and Kyoto.  Both JR and Hankyu express trains stop at it.  There are large shopping areas around the station, mountains in the northern areas, and large rivers running through the city.  And also Takatsuki has a long history from ancient times.  Today, I’d like to introduce Takatsuki from… Continue reading Imperial burial mound “Kofun” in Takatsuki, Osaka