Culture/History

Traditional performing arts event

On March 14th, 2021, I went to see Japan cultural expo special performance at the Kokyo Gaien National Garden. It was the performance at the outdoor stage in the Kokyo Gaien Nattional Garden. It was rainy the day before but luckly, it was sunny on the 14th although it was pretty windy. For the first […]

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Culture/History

Girl’s Day

It’s been a year since I uploaded the article about Japan’s Girl’s Day last year. Time flies! We never thought the COVID-19 pandemic would continue this long.. Clearly our life has changed since then. This year, we had a little celebration of Girls’s Day with my family as this was my niece’s first time in […]

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Culture/History

Hiking to Okutama Lake

Okutama Mukashimichi Hiking Trail Okutama is a popular hiking spot and one of the recommended trail is called “Okutama Mukashimichi” which can be translated into “Okutama Old Trail”. It is a 4-hour trail from the JR Okutama station to the Okutama Lake. JR Okutama station is about two hours from JR Shinjuku station. Please see […]

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Culture/History

Ryoma Sakamoto

Who is Ryoma Sakamoto? Ryoma Sakamoto was born in Kochi in 1835 as the son of a country samurai of the Kochi Clan. He is one of the most famous historical characters in Japan. He learned swordsmanship and art of the rifle in Edo and later, he joined the Tosa Kinno-to formed by Zuizan Takechi […]

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Travel

Imari and Arita in Saga prefecture

Imari city was the next destination in our trip after visiting Karatsu city in Saga prefecture. About 40 minutes drive from Karatsu, Imari is located southwest of Karatsu and is famous for its Imari ware or Imari procelain. Imari wagyu beef You may have already heard of the ceramics of Imari as they are pretty […]

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Travel

Karatsu in Saga prefecture

Travel within Japan After a long time, I finally got to travel within Japan. The year 2020 has been quite unique in many ways due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We now don’t see foreign tourists across Japan which has hugely damaged the tourisum industry since the beginning of 2020. Even after a State of Emergency […]

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Kimonos

Unique Obi Styles

Today I’d like to introduce a few unique Obi styles for kimonos. Suehiro Musubi The Suehiro Musubi Obi style is used for the Furisode, a style of kimono distinguishable by its long sleeves that go right to the ground, to celebrate the significant point in a young woman’s life. It is one of the most […]

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Kimonos

Summer Kimonos

Summer Kimonos or Yukata As you may know, the summer heat in Japan is harsh…However, we still want to enjoy wearing kimonos even during the summer season. In the month of July and August, we wear kimonos made from thinner materials than a usual kimono which is often called “Usu-hitoe”. Like Yukata, the summer kimonos […]

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Cooking | Food/Drink

Ume – Japanese plums

What is Ume? Where did it come from? “Ume” means Japanese plums in Japanese. You may have heard of “Umeboshi” in Japanese which are pickled Japanese plums that we normally eat with white rice in Japan. In Japan, there is an old saying that “coarse tea and Japanese plum a day keeps the doctor away” […]

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