Culture/History | Travel

Golden Week

Children’s Day May 5th is a Children’s Day (Boy’s festival) in Japan and we hang up the carp streamers called “Koinobori” on Children’s day. Parents display “Koinobori” hoping that their children will grow up healthy and strong. The origin of “Koinobori” is a historical event in ancient China. It’s said that a carp was the […]

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Culture/History

Carving

Today I would like to introduce spectacular fruit, vegetable, and soap carving that my friend exhibited in March. She teaches fruit carving in Japan after she studied it in Thailand. The fruit carving is an art which requires techniques to carve the fruits and vegetables perfectly and intricately. The carving transforms fruits such as apples […]

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Culture/History | Food/Drink

Fugu Nabe

What is Fugu Nabe? Fugu Nabe is Puffer fish hotpot that is commonly eaten in Japan. Just like a normal Japanese style hotpot, Fugu Nabe has puffer fish in it together with other vegitables. The taste of puffer fish is very subtle but the texture itself is quite unique and a little chewy. Normally, if […]

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Culture/History

Mt. Nokogiri

Mt. Nokogiri in Chiba Prefecture Mt. Nokogiri is located in Chiba Prefecture and is not that high (only 329m) but has amazing view from the top of the mountain. Hiking up to the mountain does not take more than one and a half hours but there is a lot of amazing spots to stop by […]

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Kabuki in Hachioji

It has been a while since I last updated the article here.. Today, I wanted to share some of the Kabuki performances that I saw this month. Urashima This is one of the most famous folktales in Japan called Urashima. Urashima Taro, the protagonist of a Japanese fairy tale, who in a typical modern version […]

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August Kabuki

Kabukiza Theater Have you been to Kabukiza Theater in Higashi Ginza in Tokyo? This is where you can enjoy Kabuki performance in Tokyo. The program changes every month which is performed by various famous Kabuki actors. Under the COVID-19 pandemic, the theater places a one-seat buffer to the left and right of the seat. Wearing […]

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Culture/History | Travel

Hiking in Nagatoro

Today I’d like to introduce one-day hiking course in Nagatoro, Saitama prefecture. The total hiking time is around 3.5 hours which takes you to the top of Hodo mountain. You can also take a cable car on your way down to the station after hiking up to the top of the mountain so this hiking […]

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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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