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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

DESIGN FESTA vol.42 in Tokyo Big Sight

DESIGN FESTA vol.42 in Tokyo Big Sight

Design Festa is Asia’s largest art event with around 50,000 visitors and 10,000 artists in just 2 days! The event itself is located in the exhibition halls of Tokyo Big Sight on the entertainment island of Odaiba, one of Tokyo’s most popular spots. Visit the Design Festa website to get more info! DESIGN FESTA vol. [...]

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Rakyo are Japanese pickled onions

Have you tried rakyo before? Rakyo are Japanese pickled onions. They go very well with curry so you may have seen them in curry shops in Japan. Rakyo are normally eaten raw with soy sauce, or pickled in a sweet vinegar. They are similar in colour and shape to shallot onions. In Okinawa they have [...]

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Igo

igo is a board game that is said to originate from china. However it has a long history in japan too having been played since the Heian Period around 794. Igo is a game played by two people using black and white counters on a board with 19 rows and 19 columns. The person who [...]

“SHOGI” Japanese chess.

“SHOGI” Japanese chess.

Shogi is a Japanese board game played by two players. The object of the game is to capture the opponent’s King. Shogi is played on a nine-by-nine board. The vertical rows are called files, the horizontal ones ranks or just rows. Each player has twenty pieces: one King, two Gold Generals, two Silver Generals, two [...]

Sensoji

*FREE* Sightseeing Tour of Asakusa!

Hello all! How are you all enjoying the fall? If you are looking for something to do this coming up Monday, we have a thing for you! Sakura Hostel Asakusa is hosting a FREE Walking Tour of Asakusa! The volunteer members from PEACE (People’s Educational And Cultural Exchange) will  take you around historic area of [...]