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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Culture/History | Food/Drink

Restaurant 1899 Ochanomizu

History of the restaurant Today I’d like to introduce one restaurant that serves food and drinks that incorporate Japanese tea as ingredients. The restaurant serves a wide range of Japanese tea such as Green tea, Barley tea, Hojicha, Matcha, etc. The restaurant opened in 2014 as a main dining of Hotel Ryumeikan Ochanomizu Honten which […]

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Culture/History | Travel

Nezu museum

Where is Nezu museum? The Nezu museum is located close to Omotesando Station, one of Tokyo’s most trendy and fashionable area in Tokyo. With beautiful Japanese garden right next to the museum, the place is truly an urban oasis in Tokyo. The first owner of the museum was Kaichiro Nezu, president of the Tobu railway […]

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Culture/History | Travel

Kozanji Temple

Where is Kozanji Temple? Kozanji Temple which was built during the Kamakura era (1185-1333) as Rinzai school temple is located in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi prefecture. There is another Kozanji in Kyoto but it is different from the one in Yamaguchi. In 1557, When Yoshinaga Ouchi, a 16th-century Kyushu warrior who served as the official head of […]

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Culture/History | Kimonos

Kikyo (“Japanese Bellflower”)

What kind of flower is Kikyo? Japanese bellflower, Kikyo, is a vivid purple, five petal flower which is the symbol of unchanging love, honesty, and obedience. Kikyo is often used as patterns in Kimonos and Obi, a belt for Kimonos, and also used as family crests (“Kamon” in Japanese) which is called “Kikyo-Mon.” The flower […]

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