Food/Drink

Rice Oil

What is rice oil? Have you used rice oil before? In Japan, you can purchase it in a grocery store. It’s made from rice produced in Japan and labeled as “Rice oil” in Japanese. The rice oil is the oil extracted from the rice bran, the hard outer brown layer of rice called chaff (rice […]

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Travel

Train ride in Tokyo

Today, I would like to introduce a convenient feature of google map when you are traveling by train in Tokyo. If you search your destination on google map in Tokyo, you will get railway routes (train time, fares, time required) to the destination like below. Not just a basic information such as which line to […]

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Culture/History

Key to longer lives – Part 2

Good healthcare and medical check system You may not believe if I say, most Japanese people have a medical checkup every year, which is almost compulsory if you are a corporate employee. All residents of Japan are required by the law to have health insurance coverage, which also covers an annual medical checkup. That is […]

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Culture/History | Food/Drink

Key to longer lives – Part 1

According to Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare, life expectancy of Japanese men and women were 81.25 years old and 87.32 years old, respectively in 2018. So why Japanese people live so long..? Japanese food One answer to the question above is definitely the food that Japanese people eat on a daily basis. You may […]

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Food/Drink

Vegan menu in Tokyo – Part 3

Let me introduce another vegan menu, “Vegan burger” at “Veganic to go”, the vegan restaurant in Roppongi that I introduced the other day. The vegan burger I had was with black beans, cabbage, green vegetables, lotus roots, tomatoes, rice, and buns. I must say the vegan burger I had was beyond my expectation! The vegan […]

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Food/Drink

Vegan menu in Tokyo – Part 2

KO-SO CAFE Located near Ebisu station in Tokyo, KO-SO café offers a variety of vegan food. The other day, I had a vegetarian pasta for lunch which uses fifteen different vegetables in it. If you pay 100 yen more, you can change pasta to soba noodles. The pasta sauce was made from coriander which really […]

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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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Travel

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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