Japanese Culture: Obon – a special week in August

mariko

Obon, an annual Buddhist festival in Japan, plays an important role in the Japanese culture. The spirits of ancestors are said to return to this world during obon, so the family prepares to welcome back and then to see the spirits off. Although it is...

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Japanese Culture: Obon – a special week in August

mariko

Obon, an annual Buddhist festival in Japan, plays an important role in the Japanese culture. The spirits of ancestors are said to return to this world during obon, so the family prepares to welcome back and then to see the spirits off. Although it is...

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Traveling in Japan: Hokkaido, a picturesque landscape in summer

mariko

Japan, a country with four seasons and multiple geographical features, makes a perfect travel destination at any time of the year. Beautiful cherry blossoms in the Spring and the foliage in the Autumn are a widely known and the most popular seasons of the year...

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Layered matcha cake photo from Malebranche Cafe in Kyoto

Ian

We are partnering with a major matcha factory from Uji, Kyoto, and they were gracious enough to show us a number of examples of matcha sweets that are popular in Kyoto (using their matcha of course). While still a small business of around 60 employees,...

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Prefecture Specialties Shops (“Antenna Shops”) in Tokyo

mariko

Prefecture specialties shops, referred to as “Antenna Shops” in Japanese, are store selling local/regional foods and goods of different prefectures in Japan. It is meant to promote the prefectures to encourage tourism, and can be found in Tokyo, as well as other major cities. If...

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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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Things to do in Japan in Winter

mariko

1. Ohkotsk Sea – Hokkaido Sea of Ohkotsk lies at the north of Hokkaido and during winter, drift (floating) ice is a popular attraction. The currents push the pieces of ice and joins it together to form larger planks of ice. The noise created when...

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Places You Want to Visit in Japan Before You Die (Part 1)

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Lake Mashu – Hokkaido Lake Mashu (摩周湖, Mashuuko) is a crater lake in Hokkaido, known as the clearest lake in Japan and second clearest in the world, after Bikal. In 2001, it was selected for Hokkaido heritance. Due to its extreme depth and clarity, reflection...

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Places you want to visit in Japan before you die (part 2)

mariko

Oirase Stream (奥入瀬渓流 Oirase Keiryu) – Aomori Prefecture Oirase keiryu flows for 14 km from Lake Towada-ko to Yakiyama, consisting of 14 waterfalls and 1 lake. Popular season to visit is summer and autumn: May-June (fresh green leaves), early October (beginning of foliage), mid-late October...

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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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15 Japanese Sweets Café in Tokyo

mariko

1. Toraya | 虎屋 (Akasaka, Roppongi) URL: http://www.toraya-group.co.jp/english/ Toraya (Akasaka) Location: 4-9-22 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN Image source: blogs.yahoo.co.jp/ Toraya Karyo | 虎屋茶寮 (Roppongi – Tokyo Midtown) Location: Midtown Galleria B1F, 9-7-1 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN Image source: wadakoubou.exblog.jp/ 2. Funabashiya | 船橋屋 (Kameido) URL:...

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Anime-themed cafés in Tokyo

mariko

A short list of anime-themed cafes in Tokyo that you can visit.

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Sakura Hotel & Hostel Jinbocho

mariko

Sakura Hotel & Hostel Jinbocho 4 locations within Tokyo, it is an accommodation primarily for foreign visitors. Jinbocho location offers a café, along with variety of Japan-related events, and at night the place turns into a bar. Everyday the place is lively with overseas guests...

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