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Kawagoe(Koedo”Little edo”) tour with TCGC!

Kawagoe(Koedo”Little edo”) tour with TCGC!

Kawagoe(Koedo”Little edo”) tour with TCGC! Kawagoe has a nickname of “Ko-edo”, which means “Little Edo” in Japanese. The Street is lined with traditional warehouses and maintains the old outlook of what the place was like during the Edo period. Kawagoe is a very popular tourist spot with an average of 5.5 million visitors a year. [...]

Ikebukuro Fukuro Festival

Ikebukuro Fukuro Festival

Yesterday was the Ikebukuro Fukuro Festival. This festival has been held annually since 1968 and this year a total of 18 ‘mikoshi’ (portable shrines) were carried along the parade route.  Thousands of people came to Ikebukuro to watch the festival – it was absolutely packed! Sakura House residents, who are studying Japanese in Tokyo, also [...]

We’re joining Fukuro-Festival TODAY!

We’re joining Fukuro-Festival TODAY!

Sakura House staff and residents are joining Fuuro-Festival tonight ! Fukuro-Festival is not transmitted from Edo-era, like many festivals in Tokyo. It started from 1968, very new, and yet, they say this is one of the biggest festivals in central Tokyo. Look at the photo below. It really is a BIG festival! http://blog.goo.ne.jp/i-point/e/0eaa3ccb44d877575cfda1e93de9d97b   And [...]

The most popular car in Japan is the Kei-car.

The most popular car in Japan is the Kei-car.

The most popular car in Japan is the Kei-car. The Kei-car is one of the genrestypes of  cars. Kei means that it is light. The standard of the Kei-car is determined by a law. Size of engine is set up to  660 cc. Full length is up to 339 cm. Overall width is up to 147cm. This standard is unique to Japan.   A tax break is [...]

♞Horse Racing is back! Fuchu Derby Cocktail Tour♞

♞Horse Racing is back! Fuchu Derby Cocktail Tour♞

Howdy all! Have you heard about our horse racing tour?? We held it this Spring, and now it is back in time for the fall races at Tokyo Racecourse! Wanted to go last time but didn’t get to go? This is your chance! Here are all the goodies you will get out of our Horse [...]

Japanese Energy Drinks ( Does it really work or is it bad for your health )

Japanese Energy Drinks ( Does it really work or is it bad for your health )

What are energy drinks?  Energy drinks are drinks that contain large doses of caffeine and other legal stimulants. We have now entered a generation where energy drinks have become so popular among  Japanese teenagers and young adults.  Japan has become a really busy and active society. Working hours tend to be long and  Japanese people depend on [...]

‘sama’, ‘dono’ and ‘onchu’.

‘sama’, ‘dono’ and ‘onchu’.

In Japanese we use a variety of honorific titles and today I’d like to introduce three:’sama’,‘dono’ and ‘onchu’. 様 殿 御中 様 ‘sama’ is a more polite form of ‘san’ which is the most commonly used honorific in Japanese. ‘sama’ is used in spoken Japanese and in business emails and letters. 殿 ‘dono’ is even [...]

Not sure what “sushi” to eat?

Not sure what “sushi” to eat?

If you are not sure which sushi to eat, I would like to recommend,,, CHIRASHI-ZUSHI !! This is a bowl with sushi vinegrated riced and topped with many kinds of raw fish, pickels, baked egg etc. Usually, the chef choses seasonable raw fish, so it might be better than my choice of sushi. looks yummy [...]

Today is “keiro-no-hi”

Today is “keiro-no-hi”

How are you spending your Silver Week? Today is “keiro-no-hi” (Respect for the Aged Day) in Japan. It is a day to pay respects to elderly friends and family and to pray for their continued health and longevity. Keiro-no-hi originated in Hyogo Prefecture but by 1950 it had spread throughout the country. In Hyogo it [...]

Welcome to Japan!-Narita Airport.

Welcome to Japan!-Narita Airport.

If you have ever come directly to Tokyo, you might have landed either in Narita or Haneda Airport. I am pretty sure that many of you landed in Narita airport and felt uneasy to get to the center of Tokyo. However, Tokyo is such a big city and still expanding, there has to be a [...]