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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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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