Social Sipping: Experience Japanese Tea Culture in Wazuka Town

September 23, 2018

Wazuka Town, nestled between rolling mountains and sleepy country roads, is a short drive from the glimmering prestige of Kyoto City. Accessible by bus, this charming town is slowly gaining the international recognition it deserves. For those interested in traditional Japanese culture, Wazuka is a hidden...

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The Colors of a Season: Experience Autumn Foliage from Hokkaido to Kyushu

The Colors of a Season: Experience Autumn Foliage from Hokkaido to Kyushu

September 23, 2018

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An Afternoon of Tea in Osaka

September 23, 2018

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Tokyo Tower

September 23, 2018

Tokyo Tower stands as a landmark in the cityscape as well as a landmark in history. At one point, it was the tallest freestanding tower in the world and was the tallest artificial structure in Japan up until 2010 (That title now belongs to the Tokyo Sky Tree in Asakusa at 634 meters in height). Like a big, traffic cone-colored Eiffel Tower, Tokyo Tower looms over the surrounding buildings in Minato ward. Built in 1958 for antenna leasing and tourism, it’s had over 150 million visitors and broadcasts a variety of networks that include NHK, TV Asahi Tokyo, Fuji Television Tokyo, Nippon Television Tokyo, TV Tokyo, etc. The tower’s lighting [...]

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About tea field tours at farm, Kyoto Obubu Tea Plantations

September 23, 2018

Intern Simona at Obubu Tea wrote a nice article on the tea field tour that Obubu gives. (We helped Obubu set up their internship programme in 2011, and their tea field tour for foreign travelers way back in 2010. Glad to see that it is...

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Chagenkyo Matsuri – Wazuka, Kyoto’s Teatopia Festival

September 23, 2018

Held on the first weekend of November in Wazuka, Kyoto, the Teatopia Festival is organized by our partners at Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms. Chagenkyo Festival is an ancient agricultural festival that was first called the “Green Fest”. Over time it has taken many different forms...

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Sensoji Temple at Sunset

September 23, 2018

While unmistakably a tourist trap, the Asukusa district of Tokyo, and Sensoji Temple, its main attraction, is definitely a must-see for any first time visitor to Japan. Knowing there are tourists also means there is a concentration of traditional culture here that is a stark...

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Visiting Arashiyama, Kyoto

September 23, 2018

By Obubu Intern, Suin Angie You should have heard that this week we are going to Arashiyama for a new event from Tuesday to Sunday! Of course, we will tell you everything about this, posting awesome pictures next week!   But Obubu intern’s blog is not...

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Kiyosumi Gardens (清澄庭園) > A Hidden Oasis in Tokyo

September 23, 2018

Name: Kiyosumi Gardens Japanese: 清澄庭園 Location: 3-3-9 Kiyosumi, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-0024 MAP How to get there: Toei O-edo Line and Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line, Kiyosumi-shirakawa Sta. (3 minutes on foot) *No parking available Inquiry: Kiyosumi Garden Office (Japanese) 03-3641-5892 Established: 1932.07.24 Hours: Open from 9:00 to 17:00 (Entry until 16:30) Closed: Year-end holidays (December 29 to January 1) Entrance fee: ?\150 (Persons 65 and over: ?\70) (No charge for primary school children or younger, and junior high school students living or attending school in Tokyo) *20% discount for groups of 20 persons or more. Related facilities: Ryotei (Japanese tea house), Taisho Memorial Museum (separate entry charge required) This article was [...]

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Life Lessons from Kawane, Shizuoka

September 23, 2018

As I got off the train, I saw an elderly woman leave the tracks and walk away onto a small path without properly walking through the ticket gates. I thought, did she prepay for her fare? No, she actually went to pick a piece of...

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Yame Tourism & Specialty Goods Fair (May 25 – 26)

September 23, 2018

For those of you in Japan (and more specifically in Fukuoka), Yame City will be holding a fair at the Fukuoka City Hall Fureai Hiroba to express appreciation for support received after 2012’s torrential rains. View Larger Map Yame’s 12-time award-winning sencha will be available...

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Bells of Happiness at the Heart Rock

September 23, 2018

Translated from Yuji Kurihara’s post: In the short time since I was at the Heart Rock “Bells of Happiness” outlook point here in Yabe Town, so many “bells”, vows of happiness, have been posted here. There were even Mickey Mouse and Hello Kitty bells. Hope...

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