A Home for Art on a Hill in Wazuka

A Home for Art on a Hill in Wazuka

September 23, 2018

What is Wazuka? Wazuka is a town in Kyoto Prefecture famous for its high quality tea. The farming families in Wazuka have been producing Ujicha for over 800 years. Today around 300 farming families still live in Wazuka. Art Appears Tucked away between rolling tea...

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Welcome to the Chagenkyo Matsuri: Wazuka’s Teatopia Festival

September 23, 2018

What is Chagenkyo? Celebrating the long history of tea cultivation in Kyoto, the Chagenkyo Matsuri is a festival that has taken place annually for over 30 years. Located in the town of Wazuka, visitors can enjoy great tea and cultural education in a scenic location.Wazuka was...

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5 Places from Murakami’s Japan

September 23, 2018

Haruki Murakami Murakami became a literary legend with his 1987 novel Norwegian Wood. Since then, he has stolen the hearts of readers with his quirky, slightly fantastic, yet somehow realistic worlds. His main characters are accessible yet not quite typical. Shibuya, Tokyo 【After Dark】 While...

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Camping on rooftop in Shimokitazawa

September 23, 2018

Want to go camping but don’t have the time to get out of the city? One option is to go to Shimokitazawa (Tokyo) where you can find Shimokita Terrace. It is a rooftop terrace with barbeque facilities and a beer garden.   A photo posted...

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Kimono and Yukata Rental Shops in Kyoto

July 05, 2018

What’s the difference between Yukawa and Kimono? The primary difference between yukata and kimono are the fabrics used to make the garments. Yukata are typically made from a light cotton material as they are worn throughout the summer months. On the other hand, kimono are...

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10 Reasons Why Only 3.5% of Japanese Are Obese

June 05, 2018

The Japanese are notorious for both their slender bodies and delicious food. While these two things are usually mutually exclusive, Japan has managed for find the perfect balance. How has Japan managed to keep their obesity level at just 3.5%?

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Vending machine with “tea” and “water” only at Ochanomizu station

Vending machine with “tea” and “water” only at Ochanomizu station

December 13, 2014

Vending machines usually have a wide variety of drinks such as coffee, soda, juice, etc… but not this one. A vending machine placed in Ochanomizu Station in Tokyo (JR line) carries only “tea” and “water”! This has to do with the name of the station,...

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