Travel

Yamaguchi – Tsunoshima

If you are in Yamaguchi prefecture, Tsunoshima is one of the places you must visit. It is a little island in the north west of Yamaguchi prefecture and located in the Sea of Japan. It is about an hour and a half drive from the Ube airport. To get to the island, you will have […]

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Yamaguchi – Senzaki and Omi Island

After an hour and a half drive to the north from Yamaguchi city, you will reach Senzaki city and Omi Island, a small island near Hagi in the Sea of Japan. You can take a cruise to go round the Omi island which takes about 30 minutes. The beautiful blue and clear ocean can tell […]

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Yamaguchi – Motonosumi Inari Shrine

Motonosumi Inari Shrine has become such a famous tourists’ spot recently in Yamaguchi prefecture. The shrine was built by a local resident of Nagato, Yamaguchi prefecture called Hitoshi Okamura in 1955. It is said that he received a divine message from the fox spirit to build a shrine on the picturesque cliffs. Whether or not […]

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teamLab Borderless

What is teamLab Borderless? teamLab Borderless is Mori Building digital art museum located in Odaiba, Tokyo. It exhibits a group of artworks that form one borderless world. The museum is divided into different rooms with different themes but artworks move out of the rooms freely, and form connections and relationships with other works. Some digital […]

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Mt. Kawanori

If you have a day in Tokyo, why don’t you consider going for a hike in Mt. Kawanori in Okutama, Tokyo which is a perfect getaway spot from the city life? It would be a beautiful day hike, which requires approximately 7 to 8 hours in total to climb up and go down the mountain. […]

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Food/Drink | Travel

Shinkansen Lunch Box (“Bento”)

What is Bento? Where to buy? Bento is a lunch box in Japanese. A lot of people in Japan buy Bento when traveling with bullet trains (“Shinkansen”) and eat it inside the train, which reminds us of school trips when we were in small. Normally, people buy Bento at the station, but today, I’d like […]

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Dessert shop in Osaka

If you are traveling in Osaka, there is one dessert shop that you must stop by. The shop is called “Gokan” meaning the five senses (sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch) in Japanese. Gokan has incorporated Japanese rice into western desserts which has now become pretty common. All the beautiful desserts in the shop are […]

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Culture/History

Cherry blossom (“Sakura”)

History of Sakura In Japan, there is an old saying that if cherry blossoms are in full bloom for a longer period, ancient farmers could expect an abundant harvest. The cherry blossoms, “Sakura” in Japanese, have been respected, especially by farmers since the Nara period (ad 710 – 794). In the Heian period (ad 794 […]

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Bamboo

Special plants Bamboo is said to have grown in Japan since ancient times and its culm reaches about 20 meters (66 feet). As bamboo grows straight towards the sky, it has been considered sacred plants. Its straight and strong culm reminds us of connection between human beings and the sky or heaven; therefore, bamboo has […]

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Food/Drink | Travel

Vegan menu in Tokyo – Part 1

There are not that many vegan restaurants in Tokyo. Today, I’d like to introduce one of my favorite vegan restaurants. Located in Roppongi close to The National Art Center, Tokyo, “Veganic to go” is a little, cozy vegan restaurant that serves a variety of vegan food. The restaurant has only 10 seats so it could […]

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