Culture/History

Valentine’s Day in Japan

As you may know, in Japan, Valentine’s Day is celebrated a bit differently from other parts of the world. Japanese Valentine’s Day is the day when women give chocolates to men. And it is the time for chocolate companies to profit, reportedly making almost half their annual sales during this time of year. Like other countries, […]

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Culture/History | Goods

Tsubaki (“Camellia”)

Tsubaki, Camellia, is written in Kanji (“Chinese character”) by using the letter meaning “Tree” and “Spring”. Tsubaki is mentioned in Japanese folklore such as Yaobikuni, Tsubaki no Otome, and Oga no Tsubaki, and also, it is treated as a tree sacred to a deity at temples/shrines in Japan which is one of the reasons why […]

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Culture/History

Zen – Common pitfall

In today’s society, Zen has become a popular method to train one’s spirit, improve concentration, and relieve stress. The people who are into zazen (seated meditation) may have similar goals as follows: “Through practicing zazen, I want to promote my physical and mental well-being” “Through practicing zazen, I want to get rid of my anxiety […]

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Culture/History | Travel

Yakatabune Boat Cruises

What is Yakatabune? Yakatabune is a unique Japanese-style wooden tour boat which is good for sightseeing as you can see quite a few famous spots in Tokyo from the boat while sailing along the river. Yakatabune is normally not that big and has over the centuries hosted dinner parties where guests can mingle and socialize […]

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Travel

Shibuya Scramble Square

Shibuya Scramble Square is a large-scale complex and the tallest building in Shibuya which opened in November 2019. If you want to look over the famous Shibuya crossing (like a picture below), Shibuya Sky, an observation area on the 47th floor of the building rising 229 meters above the city of Shibuya, is the best […]

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Culture/History | Travel

Robot Café in Shibuya

The future of cafes Have you heard of a robot café? I thought a robot café is a place where only robot geeks or tourists would go but “Pepper Parlor” in Shibuya was different. Pepper Parlor is a café that offers mostly western café menus, such as salads, fried chickens, and desserts, including sweet waffles […]

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Food/Drink | Travel

Souvenir to buy in Tokyo

Have you been to a ramen shop called “Afuri”? It has now become such a popular ramen shop among Japanese people as well as tourists. Its first ramen shop started on the foothill of Mt. Afuri in Kanagawa in 2001, but the shops are now located in central areas throughout the West side of Tokyo. […]

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