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Indulge Yourself in Uguisudani :)

Indulge Yourself in Uguisudani :)

Uguisudani, a station 3 stops from Akihabara on Yamanote Line. A view from the bridge at the shouth exit of Uguisudani station. In this little town is a nice and cozy little hideout. The little coffee shop Den is featured in my favorite Japanese TV drama Kodoku no Gurume, which literlly means a solitary gourmet. Check out the Episode 8 of Season 3! 🙂 As you enter the shop, have a seat at your favorite position and ask for Grapan and coffee float. Don’t ask for granpa and coffee float. 🙁 Just enjoy the 60’s and 70’s music while the shop owner is baking a treat for you. A Whiter […]

Shūgi-bukuro, a Celebration Envelope

Shūgi-bukuro, a Celebration Envelope

Have you ever been invited to a wedding ceremony in Japan? If you have, you might have seen the guest bringing some envelopes with them. This fancy envelope called Shūgi-bukuro is widely used to celebrate a couple at wedding in Japan. Okay, so guess what you are supposed to put in this envelope. 1. – Photo of the couple 2. – Message card 3. – Money 4. – Postage stamp 5. – SIM card Too easy? Well, I know some other countries have the same or similar custom. Yes, it’s…. Moneyyyyyyyyy! 😀 The money is necessary for the couple to prepare the ceremony, special meal, and souvenir for guests. It’s […]

Statues Everywhere

Statues Everywhere

If you have spent at least a day or so taking a walk in Tokyo, you probably noticed one thing. Statues are everywhere! Let’s see how many of them you recognize and if you can tell where each of them is located. #1: A dog Probably the most famous dog in Japan. The heartbreaking story of this dog became even more popular by the Holywood’s remake film released in 2009. #2: A dinosaur Another creature famous for the series of its films. The latest one will be released in 2014! can’t wait! XD #3: A huge one While the others are popular as signs of meeting point, people don’t really use […]

The taste of Japanese Autumn -Higashi Nagasaki B (Sharehouse)-

The taste of Japanese Autumn -Higashi Nagasaki B (Sharehouse)-

Howdy! The cold air in the morning reminds me that it’s almost the end of the year now! Well, I’m actually one of those who still want to enjoy Autumn. This is how I enjoyed the taste of Autumn during my visit to one of the sharehouses. ■SAKURA HOUSE Higashi Nagasaki B (Toshima-ward, Tokyo JAPAN) We have a little back yard here. Drying clothes, smoking under the clear sky, seeding favorite plants, etc. There are as many ways to enjoy the backyard as the number of residents staying there. Then, as I look up a tree there… There it is! Seasonal fruits hanging to the branches! Kaki is known as […]

Railways in Tokyo -Odakyu Line-

Railways in Tokyo -Odakyu Line-

The major transportation in Tokyo and its neighbors, railways. Once you overcome all the confusion about different lines, you cannot live without trains. Today, let me introduce you a variety of train cars of one of the railway companies in Tokyo/Kanagawa, Odakyu Line! Odakyu 8000 series has a yellowish white body with a blue line. It’s been their “classic” style! The Odakyu 1000 series is characterized by a blue line on a silver stainless body. It’s got magenta or violet seats inside. Odakyu 4000 series has a similar body as 1000 series, but has a new face. The width of the seats, height of the steps have been improved with […]

The Winter Outfit of Rikugien Park

The Winter Outfit of Rikugien Park

On February 6th, people were preparing for a snow storm as they knew how the last one on January 14th messed up the transportation in the town. I can tell that it was real load off their mind when we ended up having no snow for the day. However, Rikugien park in Komagome (TOKYO) showed that snow is not all about troubles in the town. After the appointment I had on January 14th afternoon, I headed to Rikugien park near one of our apartments. I thought the park would be closed for a day like this, but it welcomed me with its entrance gate open! 🙂 The park has been […]

Place to Feel the Peace

I spent the new year holiday at one of my favorite places. My grandma’s house! 🙂 Sitting in front of a gas heater in a quiet tatami room is a totally peaceful moment.     Why don’t I have some mochi since it’s a New Year holiday. Put hard mochi on top of a gas heater. and wait for a while Here we go!   Sometimes mochi gets sticky and leave mess on the surface, but I made it this time! XD I hope my wallet will rise like mochi this year! 🙂   Happy New Year everyone! 🙂

Watch out when you visit Nishiogikubo! :-O

On the way to the share house in Nishiogikubo, TOKYO, I came across this sign on the door of a shop. It says, “watch out for the fierce dog.” Okay. Where is it? … There must be another one here. A much bigger one. There must be…

Special “Sentō” Bath in Shin Egota

Sentō. Even if it’s not necessarily hot spring in the great nature, you can still enjoy bathing in a large bath tub. If you are not satisfied with an ordinary sentō, however, try this one! Toyotama Yokujo is a local public bath house located behind SAKURA HOUSE Shin Egota B / SAKURA HOUSE Shin Egota C. And here’s what makes it so special. It says; – – – – – – – – Sun: “Nasu” hot spring Mon: “Kampo” herb bath Tue: Rosemary bath Wed: “Kampo” herb bath Thu: Lavender bath Fri: CLOSED Sat: Matcha bath – – – – – – – – Yes! They’ve got “a bath of the […]

Into Japanese Martial Arts? What about Kendo?

Into Japanese Martial Arts? What about Kendo?

Hey folks! The annual exciting event is coming up in a few weeks! 60th All Japan KENDO Championship will be held at Nippon Budokan on November 3rd! AJKC Official Website Kendo is Japanese martial arts often described as Japanese-style fencing. You wear a set of uniform and gears and fight against each other with a bamboo sword or two. This is one of the events I look forward to every year! Just as last year, I get to go see the tournament this year too! 🙂 You can still buy tickets for different seats. Let me know if you need a help buying one in Tokyo. There’s actually a place […]