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Koyo season

Before winter comes why not get out tothe mountains or a Japanese garden to enjoy the koyo (autumn leaves)? Here are a couple of spots we recommend: 新宿御苑 (Shinjuku Gyoen) Station : Shinjuku 3 Chome / JR  Shinjuku Station South http://www.kanpai.fr/tokyo/shinjuku-gyoen 明治神宮外苑(Meiji-jingu Gaien) Station : JR Chuo/Sobu Line Shinanomachi Station Sendagaya station Metro  Aoyama-icchome Station http://www.meijijingugaien.jp/english/   御岳渓谷 (Mitake Keikoku) Station :JR Ome line Mitake station http://www.omekanko.gr.jp/us/us.php   This is a famous koyo spot. As you can see it’s absolutely stunning at this time of year. Koishikawa Korakuen is a beautiful Japanese garden right in the middle of Tokyo. 小石川後楽園(Koishikawa Korakuen)   This weekend we will do a tour of Koishikawa […]

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Ekiden

How do you spend New Year in your country? In Japan, most people spend New Year with their family and enjoy eating good food and having a few drinks together. On New Year’s Day many people visit the local shrine to pray for health and happiness for the year. Many people relax in front of the television over the New Year. One popular sports programme is the Hakone Ekiden long distance relay race. 21 universities and other selected teams take part in this race which is held over two days. On the first day the teams run from Tokyo to Hakone and on the second day they run back to […]

Tokyo Daibutsu

Tokyo Daibutsu

Hello! How are you today? If  you are in Japan, you might go to Nara or Kamakura for Daibutsu watching. However, what if you find Daibutsu in Tokyo? The thrid biggest Daibutsu in Japan is at Jorenji temple (乗蓮寺) in Itabashi ward ! http://www.tripadvisor.co.za/Attraction_Review-g1066446-d2269053-Reviews-Jorenji_Temple_Tokyo_Daibutsu-Itabashi_Tokyo_Tokyo_Prefecture_Kanto.html The daibutsu is  called Tokyo Daibutsu (東京大仏). You can walk to Jorenji temple from Nishitakashimadaira station in Toei Mita line. Why not go see Tokyo Daibutsu if you are interested in Daibutsu and you do not like long trip! There are  also Sakura House accomodation in Itabashi ward. Please check it out as well! Itabashi Motohasunuma http://www.sakura-house.com/en/B00127/1/room Itabashi Hasune ” Aloe Heights” http://www.sakura-house.com/en/B00006/1/room

NAKANO BROADWAY WALKING TOUR 11/29(SUN)! Free event!

NAKANO BROADWAY WALKING TOUR 11/29(SUN)! Free event!

We’ll have a special event during your stay. It’s “Nakano Broadway Walking Tour”. Godzilla dolls, Gundam toys, thousands of comics and 8 flavored ice creams, that’s what awaits you at Nakano Broadway! Join the event and experience the sanctuary of OTAKU! Please check the details and sign up now! (Limited to the first 20 people) *This is a free event but individual expenses are Not included. Date: 29th Nov 2015, Sunday Meeting Time and Place : 11:45 AM( Sakura Hotel Hatagaya)or 12:30 PM(Nakano station North exit) Breaking Up Time: 4:00 PM *We’ll start with a light lunch for a bakery and conveyor belt sushi. Also for those interested, we can […]

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What kind of telegrams do you have in your country?

What kind of telegrams do you have in your country? In Japan people don’t send telegrams as often as in the past but telegrams are still sent at weddings, on birthdays and at entrance ceremonies. Recently, it has become popular to send Hello Kitty or Mickey Mouse dolls along with telegrams. Everyone uses text messages and email to send messages these days but why not send someone special a telegram?

Have you heard of (かいろ)/POCKET HEATER

Have you heard of (かいろ)/POCKET HEATER

The summer days are over and winter has come once again. For the next 3 or 4 months, Japan will get colder and keeping your self when you go outside would be a challenging. They say that people with cold hands have warm hearts. Seriously?? I beg to differ.  I believe having a warm body or warm hands will enable you to spread the love and the warmth during the cold season. For those of you who have cold hands or get cold quickly, Japanese sells KAIRO ( or pocket heater ). Kairo are small pouches or sachets that contain chemicals ( tiny stone-like materials ), that heat up when exposed […]

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Tobu line

The Tobu line is a 463km private railway line that runs through Tokyo, Saitama,Chiba, and Tochigi. In addition to the train company Tobu owns a large department store and other businesses. The Tobu line connects central Tokyo with Nikko and Kinugawa onsen. If you are taking a long journey on the Tobu line you can reserve luxurious cabins on the “Special Express SPACIA”. If you are going to Nikko you can take the “Special Express SPACIA” from JR Shinjuku or Ikebukuro stations. The following share houses and apartments are located on the Tobu Tojo line. Photo :Kamiitabashi  Share House 上板橋エリア Kamiitabashi area Share house 上板橋エリア kamiitabashi Apartment 朝霞台アパート Asakadai Apartment 小菅 Kosuge Share House 浅草入谷 Asakusa […]

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Judo

Judo is a martial art originating from Japan where it is a national sport. Today, judo is popular not only in Japan but throughout the world. It is said, for example, that more people practise judo in France than Japan. Photo :Tony Tseng IMG_2479 https://www.flickr.com/photos/tsengphotos/5522550565/ In Japan police officers are all required to learn judo or kendo as part of their training. Judo used to be a compulsory subject at school in Japan but these days joining a judo club is optional. The Kodokan is the headquarters of the worldwide judo community. Many foreigners come to Japan to study here. The Kodoan is located in Kasuga.  

Thanksgiving in Tokyo!

Thanksgiving in Tokyo!

Happy Friday to you all! By the way, can you believe that it’s almost December!?!? Around this time of the year, if you are from North America, you are probably thinking about this, “Thanksgiving”. Even though I am not from there, every since I spend my college years in the states there is not a year that I do no think about it here in Japan. I miss that family gathering, chilling at home with yummy food… Last year around this time, we invited our residents and held Thanksgiving dinner with all the good food. But since we cannot host Thanksgiving dinner party, I figured I could recommend some places […]

Winter cuisine “Nabe” warm-up yourself by the Japanese way ;)

Winter cuisine “Nabe” warm-up yourself by the Japanese way ;)

Konnichi wa ! It’s starting to be a bit nippy huere in Tokyo, as we enter deeper in the winter season… Like everywhere else in the world I guess, the wintry weather goes with a wide variety of good ol’ warming up delicacies ! Here in Japan, the typical season dish is the Nabe! Nabe (鍋) means “cooking pot” and refers to both the container and the content. The nabe is not a unique dish, there is a large variety of them, each with its own flavor, but the base is always the same : all kind of fresh ingredients (meat, vegetables, fish, tofu, noodle etc…) are put to cook […]