Social Sipping: Experience Japanese Tea Culture in Wazuka Town

Victoria Garafola

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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Tokyo Tower

Staff - Haruna

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

Ian

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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Itaya Hazan, a pioneer of modern Japanese ceramics

mariko

Itaya Hazan (1872-1963) is a Japanese potter active during late Meiji to mid Showa period. He was the first potter to receive the Order of Cultural Merit (Bunka Kunsho). Following the techniques of Chinese ceramics, specifically Guan ware, Hazan combined this with the late 19th...

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Two beautiful evening photos of Mt. Fuji

Ian

Recently, we discovered an interesting photo sharing website that seems oriented at high-level amateur photographers photographing landscapes. Although the startup is based in California, it seems to have been started by a Japanese entrepreneur, and Japan-based landscape photos seem to dominate. As anyone following Yunomi’s...

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Tea Shops to Visit in Tokyo

mariko

Dobashien Tea Company 土橋園 A tea shop in Akasaka Mitsuke, known as one of Tokyo’s elite districts, serving best tea leaves from Shizuoka and other parts of Japan. Location: 3-17-8 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0052 Buy tea from Dobashien Tea Company. Nakamura-en 中村園 A 100+ year...

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HD Time lapse video of Japan, The Land of the Rising Sun

Ian

Land of the rising sun – timelapse movie from Todor Vankov on Vimeo. Todor Vankov is a 3D artist from Bulgaria now working in Germany. Making movies like this is a hobby of his, but we think it’s quite good! https://www.facebook.com/todor.art?ref=hl

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“Rikyu and His Lineage” exhibition at the Hatakeyama Memorial Museum (Tokyo)

Asako Inoue

2014 is the 400th year since the death of Sen no Shouan (his father-in-law is Sen no Rikyu). In commemoration to this, Hatakeyama Memorial Museum is holding an exhibition on tea ceremony utensils and calligraphy of Rikyu and his sons, along with those related to...

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