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In Harajuku, even a specialized kendama shop has open !

Kendama, new tradi-trendy japanese game !

Konnichi wa!Let’s talk Japanese games today ! Japan has a large variety of traditional games and toys. Among them, one is coming back into fashion : the kendama. Bye the way… What is a kendama ? Well it is like a ring and pin… but Japanese style ! The kendama (けん玉 / 剣玉 / 拳玉) [...]

Daruma, the super Japanese monk!

Daruma, the super Japanese monk!

Konnichi wa ! Today’s blog is about a classic figure of Japanese culture, Daruma ! You may not know that name but if you had ever visited Japan, it is unlikely you have not seen him at least once on the street, in a temple, on TV or in a souvenir shop. Daruma dolls are [...]

Fûrin, the sound of coolness

Fûrin, the sound of coolness

Konnichi wa ! Summer in Japan is a very particular season… especially with its really hot and humid heat. The humid subtropical climate make the weather not only hot – usually up to 38 degrees Celsius – but also very humid and difficult to bear with 80% to 95% humidity in the air. A real [...]

Enjoy Mt. Fuji & Lunch Buffet journey !

Enjoy Mt. Fuji & Lunch Buffet journey !

Konnichi wa everyone ! If you are in Japan right now, and if you haven’ had the chance yet to go out of Tokyo and discover the Mt Fuji area, our partner NES Global Inc is organizing a day trip excursion to Mount Fuji with a buffet-style lunch on June 28th 2014 (Saturday). Schedule -08:00am [...]

Meet Daruma, the super Japanese monk!

Meet Daruma, the super Japanese monk!

Konnichi wa ! Today’s blog is about a classic figure of Japanese culture, Daruma ! You may not know that name but if you had ever visited Japan, it is unlikely you have not seen him at least once on the street, in a temple, on TV or in a souvenir shop. Daruma dolls are [...]

It's been a while Maru the cat has understood the benefits of tatamis!

Japan : Healthy Tatami !

Konnichi wa ! For those of you who are/will be visiting Japan for the first time, one of those little moments you feel “Waoh, I am really in Japan” is when you enter a traditional Japanese house and you step – for the first time maybe – on… a tatami mat ! Tatami 畳 is [...]

Fluorescent blue sea ?

Fluorescent blue sea ?

Konnichi wa, Let’s talk today about a curious though beautiful natural phenomenon that occurs these days on the West coast of Japan. The Toyama prefecture, on the west coast of Honshû island, is one of the few places in the world where can be found a small squid species called ホタルイカ hotaru-ika (“Firefly squid”). The [...]

From a piece of paper to a piece of art !

From a piece of paper to a piece of art !

Konnichi wa everyone ! Today, Let’s talk about Origami, the traditional Japanese art of paper folding. Like every month, our hotel Sakura Hotel Hatagaya is organizing its popular Origami Workshop on April 27th 2014 ! If you are staying at Sakura House or Sakura Hotel, and if you are interesting in trying the art, feel [...]

Monja-what ? Monjayaki !

Tokyo-style “pancake” : Monjayaki !

Konnichi wa ! The Japanese gastronomy is wide and various, but when seen through foreigners’ eyes, it is often reduced to sushi, sashimi, râmen and okonomiyaki. But there so much much more variety, even among these classics dishes. For example, okonomiyaki : Did you know that this specialty of the Kansai region has a “cousin” [...]

Kendama, new tradi-trendy japanese game !

Kendama, new tradi-trendy japanese game !

Konnichi wa! Let’s talk Japanese games today ! Japan has a large variety of traditional games and toys. Among them, one is coming back into fashion : the kendama. Bye the way… What is a kendama ? Well it is like a ring and pin… but Japanese style ! The kendama (けん玉 / 剣玉 / [...]