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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Culture/History | Goods

Aroma made in Japan for relaxation

Hibi – 10 minutes aroma Today I’d like to introduce a 10-minute aroma that you can easily enjoy at home or anywhere you might be as it is light and portable. The aroma is called “Hibi” and is a bit different from a stick of Japanese incense that you may have seen before. The incense […]

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Culture/History | Travel

History of Yutenji temple

Feels like the entire world is under the lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic; but we saw beautiful cherry blossoms this past Spring in the Yutenji temple area like we have seen many times in the past. Located not too far from the Yutenji station on the Tokyu Toyoko Line, the temple of the Pure […]

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Culture/History | Kimonos

Yukata

What is Yukata? Yukata is a traditional casual wear mostly worn in the summer and usually made of cotton or synthetic fabric, which is different from Kimonos. In old days, Yukata was worn by people after taking a bath to cool down like we still do when we go to Onsen, a hot spring. You […]

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Culture/History | Food/Drink

Factory & Labo Kanno Coffee

Coffee Shop near Gakugei-daigaku station “Kanno Coffee” is a coffee shop located about a 12-minute walk from the Gakugei-daigaku station on Tokyu-Toyoko Line. It looks like a coffee factory outside (and indeed, there is a coffee factory inside the building) but inside the shop has a very warm, comfortable atmosphere with wooden furniture. The owner […]

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Culture/History

Strange habit in Japan on the Escalator

Rules for public places Have you ever been urged by strangers to walk up or down faster while standing on the escalator? If so, please don’t be surprised as it is our habit to keep one side of the escalator open so that people who are in rush can walk faster on the escalator. Especially […]

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Culture/History

Blood Types

You may have heard of it but Japanese people care about blood types. Why do Japanese people care so much about blood types? There is no one answer to it but lots of Japanese people believe in blood type horoscopes, which divide people into personalities based on blood types. People started believing in the qualities […]

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Culture/History | Food/Drink | Goods

Japanese sake

Nihonshu Oendan “Nihonshu Oendan” is a company that aims for people inside and outside of Japan to truly taste, understand, and discover a real good sake, while also reviving historical family breweries in Japan. They partner with sake breweries in various areas in Japan such as Ishikawa, Shimane, Nigata, Oita, and Saitama and make original […]

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Culture/History

Do Japanese people speak poor English?

Is it difficult to survive in English while traveling in Japan? It really depends on where you go in Japan, but in general, you may encounter difficulties to some extent if you only speak English while traveling in Japan. Especially, if you are outside of central parts of Tokyo you may want to do some […]

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