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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Culture/History | Kimonos

Nagoya Obi

What is Obi? “Obi” is a type of belt, typically tied together rather than fastened with a buckle when wearing traditional Japanese clothes, Kimonos. Like normal clothes, you need to dress up appropriately and fit the occasion when wearing Kimonos. There are many different Kimono styles depending on seasons, occasions, etc. so a bit of […]

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Goods | Travel

Emergency kit

Why do you need to carry emergency kit when traveling in Japan? In Japan, earthquakes can occur anytime anywhere. A lot of people still remember the 2011 earthquake off the Pacific coast of Tohoku where thousands of lives were lost and entire towns were devastated. The national government estimates that there is a 70% chance […]

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Travel

Mt. Kintoki

Where is Mt. Kintoki located? If you are traveling in the Tokyo area, it would be a good idea to go for a hike for a day to escape from crowded cities in Tokyo. Mt. Kintoki is a perfect hiking spot for you. Located in Hakone which is about two hours from the Shinjuku station […]

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Culture/History | Food/Drink

Hojicha – Roasted green tea

What is Hojicha? There are many kinds of Japanese green tea but one of the common teas is called “Hojicha.” Hojicha is a kind of green tea which uses roasted green tea leaves. Because Hojicha is roasted, the color of the tea leaves is mostly brown. Hojicha can be purchased at a store, too but […]

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Food/Drink

Green tea flavored sweets

When you are tired shopping in Shibuya.. If you are in Japan, you should definitely try green tea flavored sweets at least once. In Japan, most green tea flavored sweets have strong and rich green tea tastes, as they are often times made from leaves that are high quality. The good green tea flavored sweets […]

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Food/Drink

Tamagoyaki – Japanese rolled omelette

What does it taste like? Japanese rolled omelette called “Tamagoyaki” may taste sweeter than you think as it contains good amount of sugar in it. Also, a lot of Tamagoyaki recipes include “Dashi”, the cooking broth of Japanese food made by heating water containing kombu, a kind of seaweed, and bonito flakes, which add a […]

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Culture/History

Ume (Plum) flower

History of Ume flower Since Ume-tree is the first to blossom (i.e. the tree starts to blossom in the coldest time of the winter), Ume has been appreciated by people in China for many years. As Ume flower blooms in the midst of the cold winter, people see the flower as a human being who […]

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Food/Drink

Soba on new year’s eve

Tradition in Japan A lot of people in Japan eat soba, buckwheat noodles, on December 31st to celebrate the last day of the year. Anything could be toppings on your soba, for example, Tempura (deep-fried shrimp), Abura-age (deep-fried bean curd), or other kinds of vegetables, etc. Soba is one of the most popular daily Japanese […]

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Travel

Yamaguchi – Rurikoji temple

Where is it located? Have you been to Yamaguchi prefecture? It is located in Japan’s Chugoku region, on the southwest side of Honshu Island. The prefecture is surrounded by Hibiki-nada Sea (Northwest of Kanmon Straits between Honshu and Kyushu), the Sea of Japan, and Seto Inland Sea. Because of its unique location, you can enjoy […]

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