Enjoy Fukuoka Beneath the Open Sky 2 Our Open Top Bus Tour

first_imgWhen traveling through town, it feels as though if you reached out, you could touch the traffic lights and roadside trees! As the bus exits the city, it will enter the expressway.“OK, everyone, raise your hands!”On the signal from the tour conductor, everyone raises their hands at once. Thanks to the drop on the sloping road, the speed and the change in elevation will make you feel like you’re experiencing the force of a roller coaster. Everyone on the bus, including myself, got really excited. When going on the Open Top Bus, you can choose from one of three routes at the ticket counter. You can only use a ticket for one route, so read on (and take a look at the official homepage) to decide what route to take.1. Refresh Yourself On The Seaside Momochi Route! (approx. one hour) After the bus gets off the expressway, it will stop at Ohori Park and the former site of Fukuoka Castle before finally returning to the front of City Hall. During this time, you can once again get a good feel for why Fukuoka is the Green City.After The Tour, Use Your Ticket To Explore Fukuoka City This route visits historic Fukuoka sites like Kushida Shrine, home to the guardian deity of Hakata, and the Fukuoka Castle ruins. We recommend this route for shrine lovers and Japanese history buffs.3. Spend A Romantic Time On The Fukuoka Night View Route (approx. 90 minutes) Photo provided by:Nishi-Nippon Railroad Co., Ltd.By the way, the Open Top Bus Tour ticket can be used to ride the same route as many times as you like, and you can freely get on and off the bus at any stop on the route. What’s more, the ticket serves as a day pass for Nishi-Tetsu buses operating in the Fukuoka City area, so it’s useful for finding places to drop by, and for later sightseeing.After the tour, the three Finns decided to head to the place that most piqued their interest on the bus tour: the Fukuoka Tower! Since the Tower was also a stop on the bus route, they can return using the same bus.Our three fellow riders gave it their recommendation: “You should definitely hop on board the Fukuoka Open Top Tour Bus for a beautiful seaside ride, and try this refreshing feeling for yourself!” 福岡オープントップバス View Informationtravel_agencyYou May Also Like:How To Get Around Fukuoka City! 4 Means of Transportation +15 Great Ways To Experience Japan’s Culture, Fukuoka-style!Traditional Local Sake at Hakata Hyakunengura in FukuokaSeasonal Flowers in Full Bloom! Nokonoshima Island Park, Fukuoka Photo provided by:Nishi-Nippon Railroad Co., Ltd.On this route, which takes the Fukuoka expressway that runs alongside the ocean, you can see Fukuoka highlights such as the Fukuoka Tower and the Yahoo! Auction Dome. As you run along the expressway, it feels like you’re on a roller coaster!2. Chart The Course Of History On The Hakata Downtown Route (approx. one hour) The Fukuoka Tour Bus Gladly Assists Visitors From AbroadWe’d definitely love for you to take a ride on the Fukuoka Open Top Tour Bus when you travel around Fukuoka City.This time, we’ll talk about the highlights of each bus route, and what we saw when we took the tour for ourselves.For information on how to get a ticket and where to board the bus, check out Part 1.You Can Choose From Three Bus Routescenter_img You’re only going to be able to take pictures like this from the Fukuoka Open Top Bus!The Tour Finishes After Going Around The Lush Green City On this route, you can enjoy Fukuoka’s evening and night scenery. Two particular highlights in winter are Hakata Station at Christmastime, all decked out in Christmas lights, and Fukuoka Tower. We recommend this route for couples who want to have a romantic ride.On This Route, You Can Feel Totally Free And Enjoy The Scenery To The FullestThis time, we went on the tour with Finnish Fukuoka resident Nita and her friends Elin and Axseli, who were visiting Fukuoka.The three of them said they wanted to see Fukuoka’s beautiful scenery, so we chose the Seaside Momochi route, and soon it was time to go. Here, we’ll talk about the highlights of our adventure on the Seaside Momochi route.Point 1: See The Fukuoka Cityscape From A Height Of Three Meters Next, as you travel alongside the ocean, the symbols of the city, the Fukuoka Tower and Fukuoka Yahoo! Auction Dome will come into view. From the viewpoint of the bus, three meters above street level, Fukuoka looks somewhat different. The first thing we were surprised by was how we were the same height as shrine torii gates. You can get a closer look at the ornamentation and lettering on the gates, which you normally can’t see even if you crane your neck. You can understand how some people would unconsciously lift their arms. Still, no matter how much they stretched, their arms didn’t reach all the way.Point 2: A Roller Coaster Ride On The Expressway Since the bus has no roof, the wind was so strong on the expressway that we couldn’t hear ourselves talk, but it was a really valuable experience. The interior of the bus was overflowing with smiles!Point 3: You Can See The City Symbols Like The Fukuoka Tower and Fukuoka Dome Up Closelast_img read more

Kawagoe Bicycle Sharing Tour The City On A Green Stallion

first_imgThe first thing you have to do to rent yourself a bicycle using the touch panel is to select your preferred period of rental time and to unlock the bicycle, after which you should insert your phone number and credit card number. With your IC card as the key, you can use your bicycle right away! If you don’t choose IC card unlocking method, you will get a special password which you can use to unlock your bicycle and start your adventure.Should you feel lost in all that Japanese appearing on the touch panel, just select the instructions in English, Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), or Korean, and get your hands on that bicycle in no time.Also, if you don’t feel like bringing your credit card all the way to the chosen port, you can sign in from the Kawagoe Bicycle Sharing Official Website (Japanese) in advance.2. The Counter for Cash PaymentVisitors who don’t possess a credit card can make their reservation and rent out their beloved bicycle at the counter with a cash payment.Bear in mind that you’ll find the counter for payment in cash only at Hon-Kawagoe Station, so you should finish up the procedure beforehand. Also, don’t forget to bring your ID with you! To get your bicycle as soon as possible and get your IC card, be sure to fill out the rental application papers, prepare your ID and show it to the personnel in charge, and to bring your 200 yen for initial payment, as well as 800 yen for deposit (*2) – a 1000 yen in total.* 2 Deposit: the key money; when returning your IC card, you will get the remaining amount after paying for all the additional time you used (if you spent any additional rental time). As the last step before you finally set out for that horizon, you should use your IC card to unlock the bicycle – use it either on the sensor on the side of the front wheel, or on the machine at the port’s corner (for those who chose the password unlock method, insert the correct numbers). Now, let’s see what lies ahead!As for the returning procedure, there is only one small step – drop off your bicycle at one of the port’s racks, and you’re free to go! If, by chance, all of the racks are taken and you’re at loss about what to do, don’t panic – you can leave your bicycle at the port’s corner (for times when the parking lot is full), but make sure you leave it locked with the provided key!What About Manners? A Great Way to Explore Kawagoe! Drop off Rental BicyclesKawagoe city in Saitama prefecture flourished as a castle town during the Edo period, and has preserved much of its Edo-style charm to this day.Although you already might have heard of Kawagoe as a representative “little Edo” (*1) city, it still has a lot up its sleeve – the sweets alley, the Buddhist temple Kitain, Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine, and many other fascinating tourist attractions. And it takes only about an hour by train from Tokyo’s Shinjuku! Isn’t that amazing(ly close)? It does live up to its often-recommended-to-visitors name!This time we will tell you more about one great way to thoroughly explore Kawagoe City – their Kawagoe Bicycle Sharing service, thanks to which you can rent out a bicycle and drop it off on one of many designated locations throughout the city!* 1 Little Edo: cities that flourished in the way Japan’s former capital Edo (Tokyo) did, are called “little Edo”. Where to Find the 11 Rental Ports You can rent out a bicycle for as long as 24 hours, and adjust the renting time and the returning time, as well as the returning place to your touring itinerary. This service gives you all the freedom you need to get to know the city and the surrounding area in a satisfying and relaxing way. Has there ever been a time when, after all that looking around, you just don’t have the strength left to go back to the starting point of your route by foot? Well, you can say goodbye to those trouble in Kawagoe!Ride Your Heart Out For Only 200 Yen! You might not be able to believe this, but this amazingly useful bicycle sharing service costs only 200 yen (the initial price)! However, do note that the initial 200 yen is the fare for a 40 minute period from the moment of rental until the moment of return, so should you need any extra time you will have to pay additional 200 yen for every 30 minutes.Nevertheless, you have the right to use the bicycle whenever you feel like it and for as much as you’d like during that particular day, so if you remember to return your bicycle to each port (at the tourist attractions) every time, you should be able to finish your day trip without any trouble having paid the initial 200 yen only.Rental and Return ProceduresYou can get yourself your lovely bicycle by choosing one of the following two methods: 1. Rent it out using the touch panel at the corner of every port; 2. Rent it out at the counter for cash payment (Hon-Kawagoe Station Tourist Information Centre).1. How To Use the Touch Panel at Ports (For Credit Cards)center_img You’ll find bicycles available for rent at the special bicycle-sharing ports. Even if navigating the area isn’t your strongest features, don’t worry, because they are also quite hard to miss – painted in a refreshing pea green color.There are eleven bicycle-sharing ports in the city of Kawagoe – Kawagoe Station, Kitain, Hatsukari Park, Kawagoe City Hall, Festival Pavilion, Saiwai, Agresh Kawagoe, Koedo Kurari, Hon-Kawagoe Station, and Hikawa Shrine. It makes all the difference to be able to rent out a bicycle not only in front of the city station, but also at any of these well-known tourist attractions, don’t you agree? If you’d like to get the best out of this superb experience and enjoy it without any troubles, do make sure you follow Japan’s traffic rules. There might even be some rules that differ from the ones in your (or other) countries, so it is of vital importance to ask and learn about them beforehand. So, we have written down some of the basic rules bicycle users should follow in Japan.1. Bicycles should, in general, run on the road.2. Ride on the left side of the road.3. In pedestrian zones the pedestrians have right of way, so you should ride your bicycle slowly (slower than on the road).4. Follow other safety rules as well.Other important rules:You cannot ride after consuming alcohol; two or more people may not ride the same bicycle at the same time; bicycles may not cycle side by side one another.You must have your lights on at night.You must abide by the rules and pay attention to the traffic lights, the signs on the road, just as any other vehicle would.Get to Know Kawagoe On a Bicycle! The Bicycle Sharing service could get you to those faraway places you’ve already given up on, and make it possible to explore every corner of the city of Kawagoe. Why don’t you try it out, and create plenty of exciting memories, all while (safely and cautiously) riding that handsome pea green stallion of yours? 川越市自転車シェアリング 現金対応窓口 View Informationlast_img read more

Wonder at Natures Power by Hiking a Volcano Tateyama Caldera Toyama

first_imgDid you know that about 70% of Japan is mountainous and covered with forest?As mountains are always around us, there are many hiking lovers in Japan, which means that famous mountains are packed with trekkers during holidays. There are even some people who travel all the way from South Korea to trek on long weekends in Japan.Tateyama Caldera in Toyama prefecture, is one of the most popular mountains for hikers in Japan. Today let’s take a hike and discover the beautiful natural scenery using Google Street View.Tateyama Caldera, ToyamaTateyama Caldera is located in the Nakaniikawa district of Toyama prefecture, and is found on the south side of the Midagahara, a famous lava plateau. It is said that this caldera was formed by a volcanic eruption which occurred 220,000 years ago. This caldera measures 4.5 km (north to south), is 6.5 km wide (east to west) and rises in elevation from 500 to 1700 m.To travel to the caldera by train, you should take the Tateyama line and get off at Tateyama Station. Trains run to this station every 30 minutes in the summer, and once an hour in the winter. Before planning your trip, it is a good idea to look up the train connections in advance to make certain that there aren’t any delays or closures of the line planned.If you plan to travel from Tokyo Station to Tateyama, you will need to take the Hokuriku shinkansen and then switch to the Tateyama line; it will take about 4 hours in total to reach Tateyama Station.What is a Caldera?A caldera is a large volcanic depression formed by volcanic eruptions. The word ‘caldera’ itself came from either the Portuguese or Spanish for cauldron.Let’s go up to the Tateyama Caldera viewing platform and enjoy its natural landscape from above.Tateyama Caldera ViewpointThe natural beauty of the Tateyama Caldera is evident in the vast green space that spreads out in front of you. If we were to say that Midagahara is a moderately green color, then Tateyama Caldera is a vivid, wild green color. This explosion of color seems to suit its volcano origins pretty well.There is a Tateyama Caldera viewing platform on a mountain, with stairs leading up to this space. Along the way you will find guide boards which will tell you the names of the various mountains and rivers you will pass along your way.Midagahara Walking TrailHow the scenery looks varies by the season, but let’s explore Midagahara through Google Street View for now. What you can see in the view above is the Midagahara yuhodo course (Midagahara walking trail), which runs between Tateyama Station in Toyama prefecture and Ogizawa Station in Nagano prefecture. This is part of a larger hiking route known as the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route.This is a pretty easy trail even for beginner hikers as it is very well-maintained; not only for the safety of the hikers, but to also preserve and protect the natural swamps around this trail. Each season this trail offers different unique sights for visitors to enjoy: colorful flowers in the spring, lush greenery in summer, bright colors in autumn and fields full of snow in winter.Tateyama Caldera Sabo MuseumThe last attraction we would love to introduce to you is the Tateyama Caldera Sabo Museum. Here you can not only learn about the natural history of the Tateyama Caldera but also learn more about sabo, or soil erosion control, a vital tool that helps in the prevention of mud or landslides across Japan.When you head inside the museum, you will first see exhibits explaining the history of Tateyama (Mount Tate).Oba no Daitenseki are also displayed in this museum. In 1858 there was a terrible earthquake that struck this region, causing extreme mudflows, landslides and stone falls to occur. These stones are called oba no daitenseki and, not only can you find them in the museum, but scattered throughout the city as many were left where they landed.The Tateyama Caldera Sobo Museum is located fairly close to Tateyama Station, so please stop by when you are hiking in order to learn more about this natural wonder.Do you feel like going for a hike now? It is really worth the trip to hike through this region and experience the impressive natural sights of the Tateyama Caldera.InformationTateyama Caldera Sabo MuseumAddress: Toyama, Nakaniikawa, Tateyama, Ashikuraji Bunazaka 68Hours: 09:30 – 17:00 (May open earlier depending on the period) Closed: Monday (If Monday is a national holiday, the next day is closed) The next day of national holidays, the year-end and new year holidays, periodic maintenance work period (around December)Nearest Station: Tateyama Station of Toyama Chihō Railway Tateyama LineAccess: 1 minute walk from Tateyama StationPrice Range: Adults – 400 yen, University students – 320 yen, High school students and under – freePhone number: +81-76-481-1160Official Website: Tateyama Caldera Sabo Museumlast_img read more

Curry and Bar Mokubaza Enjoy Modern Japanese Curry In Harajuku

first_imgCurry, a cuisine imported from India and adapted to the Japanese palate has become a staple of restaurants across the country. Nowadays, it could even be considered as Japanese a dish a sushi or ramen. Today we would like to introduce one of the restaurants that offer “new” Japanese Curry – MOKUBAZA.A nine minute walk from Harajuku station, MOKUBAZA is located in a quiet residential area of Harajuku. It is a sophisticated cafe, and in fact, used to be just a bar. Its fans hail this restaurant as being a pioneer in modern curry, and thanks to its popularity, they even began offering lunches.The Stylish InteriorIncluding both the counter seats and the table seats, there are 25 seats altogether in MOKUBAZA. During the day you can enjoy lunch with your friends at one of their tables, while at night, you can have a drink at the bar and talk to the bartender. No matter when you visit, you will be impressed by the deliciousness of its curry.The back of the restaurant feels like a private room, it’s almost as though you were sitting in your own home.On the bookshelves, you can find the books about art and design from Japan and overseas. These books add a layer of stylishness to the already sophisticated place. You will find little items everywhere. The level of detail is very impressive.The wine bottles also enhance the atmosphere of the place. Bar hours start from 19:30.Refreshing Spiciness in a Gentle CurryCheese Keema CurryThe curries made at MOKUBAZA were first created to match a bar and nighttime setting, so they are just the right level of spicy for a late night treat or lunch. No additives or preservatives are used in the preparation of these curries either, so you can rest assured that you are eating safe, delicious dishes here.Ten spices are expertly blended together to create a spicy yet mild curry that has a refreshing taste, and pairs well with the carefully selected and prepared meat, eggs, and rice. These ingredients all work together to create an exceptionally flavorful modern take on Japanese curry.This artfully arranged white dome is none other than MOKUBAZA’s most famous dish: Cheese Keema Curry (1120 yen). A layer of cheese keema curry is poured over steamed rice, then topped with mozzarella cheese, and a raw egg.Mix the ingredients together and voila, you have a delicious and satisfying Japanese curry dish – you will definitely enjoy the rich, melty texture of this curry.Baked Egg Keema CurryFor those that may not be used to eating raw eggs, the Baked Egg Keema Curry (1050 yen) is our recommendation. The high temperature of the oven further deepens the taste of the spices and brings out the richness of the melted cheese as well. This is a thoroughly enjoyable dish that even children love.The other joy of this dish is that you can taste the baked crispy cheese.For the people that cannot eat spicy food, we introduce “chicken curry” to you. The spiciness is mild and it is a sauce-based curry rice, the prototype of regular Japanese curry.In Harajuku where MOKUBAZA is situated, you will find other unique curry restaurants in the surrounding area. After trying MOKUBAZA, you can try other restaurants and compare their tastes.We promise that you will discover more about the culture of Japanese curry.InformationMOKUBAZAAddress: 1F 2-28-12 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, TokyoHours: Lunch [Tue-Sat] 11:30-15:00 (LO 14:30)Bar Time: [Mon-Thurs] 19:30-23:30 (LO 23:00) [Fri-Sat] 19:30-25:00 (L.O 24:30)Closed: Sundays and public holidays (For Monday, only lunchtime is closed)Nearest station: JR Harajuku Station, JR Sendagaya Station or Kitasando Station (Fukutoshin Line)Access: 6 minute walk from Kitasando Station; 9-10 minute walk from Harajuku Station or Sendagaya StationPhone: 03-3404-2606last_img read more

Japonica Lodge in Asakusa The Outdoor Gear Store Where You Can Stay

first_imgOn the second floor you will find leaflets offering information on national parks and nearby attractions.National parks all over Japan offer superb views where you can feel wonder at the beauty of nature. Japonica Lodge exhibits pictures of seasonal landscapes which let you feel the appeal of each region. Why not plan out your next destination here?Luckily information in English is also provided for international travelers.The leaflets in English, which show the amazing scenery of the Japanese countryside, are made by an organization called The Most Beautiful Villages in Japan, which has been established to protect the beautiful rural culture. This floor is the best place to find information on authentic and historical landscapes in Japan.The Items by Japanese Outdoor Brands The products at Japonica Lodge are carefully selected by Mr. Akaho, the owner of the store. Japanese outdoor brands such as CROSTER dragon, which has a marketing base in Asakusa, are represented here. If you don’t know what to choose, please ask the store owner. He can also speak English and will be more than happy to introduce to you their items.Have a great time in Japonica Lodge, where you can learn about Japanese culture and nature, as well as experience the technologies that Japan offers! Japonica Lodge View InformationcafelodgingstoreRead Also:How To Reach Asakusa From Major Stations In TokyoGoing from Ueno to Asakusa by TrainTime for a Throwback: Take a Ride on Asakusa’s RickshawsEnjoy Matcha Art In Wazuka, The Town Of TeaHow To Brew The Perfect Cup Of Japanese Tea Japonica Lodge, located one minute away from Tokyo Metro Asakusa Station is the ideal store for those who like outdoor activities.Image courtesy of Japonica LodgeIn addition to selling outdoor products, they also let customers experience a camping-style stay and taste authentic Japanese tea. Moreover, they also offer travel information for whose who want to travel to the countryside, All these services make Japonica Lodge a unique and exciting outdoor store!Japanese Tea Café – Japanese Style and Outdoor StyleThe café on the first floor consists of two spaces; one space has tables and tatami chairs placed on white gravel and another is a showroom of Onway, a Japanese outdoor brand.What you can try here is their high-quality Japanese tea. This cafe is the only one in eastern Japan that offers Kyoto Uji Wazuka Green Tea. The characteristic taste of Wazuka green tea, which is produced in Wazuka city, Kyoto, comes from the fog formed due to the temperature differences between night and day.Image courtesy of Japonica LodgeYou can take part here in three kinds of Japanese tea workshops (2,000 yen with tax), where you can learn how to prepare Japanese tea. These workshops are highly recommended for whose who haven’t tried Japanese tea before. It is better to book in advance although it is possible to just show up and join the workshop without a booking.If you find any tea you like, why not take it back with you as a souvenir? A wide variety of tea is available, such as sencha green tea (from 500 yen with tax), individually wrapped tea bags (440 yen with tax), sample packages (1,000 yen with tax), as well as seasonal blends. As they are delivered directly from the producers, you get to buy them at reasonable prices.Image courtesy of Japonica LodgeSweets made with Japanese tea and matcha are also served here. All of the sweets will allow you to feel the taste of Japan. We highly recommend the shaved ice with deluxe tea syrup, whose charm is its rich tea flavored syrup, and “matcha madness” which consists of a matcha crepe with a filling of matcha ice-cream.Shaved ice is offered for a limited time only (between June and October).If you feel tired after exploring Asakusa, the Japanese tea and sweet treats served in Japanese traditional ware at this cafe will have a healing, refreshing effect on you.In front of this cafe there is a street lined with sakura trees. The stunning landscape of cherry blossom can be seen through the window during the spring. Another charm of this space is the street full of rickshaws, a sight which is typical to Asakusa.Enjoy Camping Inside!Another feature of Japonica Lodge is the camping stay! You can have the feeling of an outdoor experience due to the tents put up inside. You can also find here equipment for outdoor activities, so it’s the best place to try staying outdoors for the first time.It costs 2,500 yen per person to stay. You can buy any camping equipment that you actually tried, and the cost of your stay will be deducted from the price.Go to the 2nd Floor to Enjoy Japan’s Nature!last_img read more

12 Types Of Fish In One Dish Tsukiji Itadoris Kaisen Hitsumabushi

first_imgTsukiji Market is renowned for its fresh seafood, and many people visit there looking for delicious sushi and kaisendon (*1). Both of them are must-try dishes when visiting this iconic place. However, in this article, we would like to introduce to you something that lets you enjoy seafood a little more uniquely.*1 Kaisendon: a rice bowl featuring sliced raw fish and seafood served over steamed rice.Tsukiji Itadori South branch, the restaurant we are introducing in this article, can be found at the south end of the Tsukiji Outer Market, and features kaisendon on its menu. However, what we are focusing on here is not kaisendon, but kaisen hitsumabushi.Hitsumabushi is a specialty from Nagoya in Aichi prefecture. Flavored and grilled eel, cut into small pieces, goes on top of the rice. What sets hitsumabushi apart from other eel dishes is that it can be eaten in three different ways – a fact that also applies to Tsukiji Itadori’s kaisen hitsumabushi.But unlike regular hitsumabushi, kaisen hitsumabushi is topped with various types of seafood such as tuna, salmon roe, and sea urchin instead of eel. Let’s have a look inside the restaurant.Part of the seats outside are covered by plastic curtains. Inside, there are relatively tall tables and chairs, giving this establishment a fashionably, eat-in kitchen sort of atmosphere.This is what kaisen hitsumabushi looks like on the menu. They offer two different prices; a standard type, and the other, a slightly more expensive version coming with an extra large portion of sea urchin. Detailed instructions on how to eat this dish are on the menu as well.Of course, there are plenty of dishes other than kaisen hitsumabushi to choose from too, but this is a unique dish here, and one that seafood lovers should really try. We ordered the regular kaisen hitsumabushi this time. Let us show you with photos how to actually eat it.Here it is, the kaisen hitsumabushi. There are 12 types of fish and shellfish (including tuna, squid, scallop, salmon roe, and sea urchin in the middle) on rice flavored with vinegar, just like sushi rice. First, enjoy the dish as you would any other kaisendon.By the way, this type of round wooden bowl is called ohitsu.Along with your kaisen hitsumabushi come small plates like this. Pour some soy sauce onto it, add as much wasabi as you like, and thoroughly mix it into the soy sauce. Then, pour it on top of the hitsumabushi.Use your scoop to take portions of the hitsumabushi out of the ohitsu and place it in the ceramic bowl provided to eat from. The combination of the fresh sashimi and spicy wasabi is perfect. Since everything has been chopped finely, it’s also really easy to eat.Be sure to leave enough sea urchin for the next step though! You should try to leave about half of what is in the ohitsu.The second way to eat kaisen hitsumabushi is as uni gohan (rice topped with sea urchin). On the hitsumabushi, place the sweetly-flavored shiitake mushrooms that were served with the dish, and stir it all together.When it looks like the photo above, place a portion in your bowl to enjoy! The flavor of the rich sea urchin melts into the rice and becomes a completely different food. Again, please make sure to leave half of the remaining portion for the next step.The third way to eat kaisen hitsumabushi is as ochazuke. The waitress will bring you dashi (*2) in a container shown in the photo around the time you are finishing the uni gohan.*2 Dashi: soup made from simmered kelp and fish.Put the remaining rice into the serving bowl and pour the dashi over it, then enjoy! You’re sure to love the new flavor and depth the dashi adds to this final serving.Tsukiji Itadori’s kaisen hitsumabushi is an especially popular meal with those visiting Tsukiji Market for the second or so time, and also with those that want to enjoy a unique seafood dish that you can’t find anywhere else. Please stop by and give it a try – you’re sure to love it!InformationTsukiji Itadori South BranchAddress: Tokyo, Chuo, Tsukiji 6-26-9Hours: 7:00-15:00Closed: No fixed holidaysWi-Fi: UnavailableCredit cards: Not acceptedOther Languages: Japanese and EnglishMenu in Other Languages: EnglishNearest Station: Tsukiji Shijo Station, Toei Ōedo LineAccess: 5-minute walk from Tsukiji Shijo StationPrice Range: 1000 -2000 yenPhone: 81-3-5565-5769Website: Tsukiji Itadori South Branch (Japanese)last_img read more

Enjoy A Colorful Hawaiian Breakfast At Cafe Kaila Omotesando

first_imgInside the restaurantDishes offered at Cafe Kaila include pancakes, waffles, french toast, omelettes, sandwiches, and scrambled eggs.Colorful PancakesIf you’re looking for some Hawaiian pancakes, we recommend the Kaila Original Pancake (all toppings). The dish is covered in fruits such as strawberries, bananas, and caramelized apples. It’s almost like a jewel box of fruit.The name of the restaurant can be found on the napkins as well. Look at the cute font!Now let’s dig in. Underneath the mountain of fruit are three pancakes. You’ll be surprised by how soft they are as you let your knife sink in. We thought three pancakes might be too much to finish, but they were gone before we knew it.Cafe Kaila uses fresh and healthy ingredients. Their eggs in particular, used for pancakes and scrambled eggs, are Okujiran eggs from Ibaraki prefecture. These eggs from nature-rich Okuji are very rich, leading to the amazing flavor of the pancakes.Enjoy a Tropical Breakfast or Brunch at Cafe KailaCafe Kaila offers delicious pancakes using both Hawaiian and Japanese ingredients. With this colorful jewel-box-like pancake to talk over, you’re sure to have a good time.We hope you stop by with friends or family!InformationCafe Kaila OmotesandoAddress: Tokyo, Shibuya, Jingumae 5-10-1 Omotesando GYRE B1FHours: Weekdays 9:00-20:00 (Last order 19:20), weekends & Holidays 8:00-20:00 (Last order 19:20)Closed: IrregularWi-Fi: NoCredit Cards: No (Cash only)Languages: JapaneseAccess: 3 minute walk from Omotesando Station A1 Exit or Exit 4 of Meiji-jingumae Station, 5 minute walk from Harajuku Station Omotesando ExitPhone: +81-50-5531-9452Official Website: http://www.cafe-kaila.com/ (Japanese)Model: Mari Asai @v_Maari_vPhoto: Takuro Komatsuzaki @takurokoma Cafe Kaila is a cafe-style Hawaiian restaurant located inside GYRE, just a five minute walk from Meiji Jingumae station. Their specialty is the colorful Hawaiian pancake.Kaila Original Pancake (all toppings) 2100 yenCafe Kaila is loved by locals in Hawaii, and is so popular that it received the Hale ‘Aina Award for best breakfast (Gold) by Hawaiian magazine Honolulu Magazine. It’s just as popular in Japan too – you’ll see people lining up in front of the restaurant every day.last_img read more

Bad Luck Is Lucky Unique Omikuji At MorookaKumano Shrine Yokohama

first_imgA Sacred Place in Kanagawa: What is Morooka-Kumano Shrine? This is the bad fortune slip and the lucky charm that only those who have gotten a bad fortune slip can get. Located in Yokohama, Kanagawa prefecture, Morooka-Kumano Shrine is dedicated to the deities of the top three Kumano shrines in Wakayama(*1). With a history of 1290 years, it is said that during the second half of the 9th century this shrine was where the Imperial family came to offer prayers for the peace of the nation, as well as other important supplications.The deities enshrined here are Izanami-no-mikoto, Kotosaka-no-o-no-mikoto, and Hayatama-no-o-no-mikoto. It is said that praying at Morooka-Kumano Shrine is especially good for luck in games, pregnancy and getting rid of evil fate.*1. The top three Kumano shrines in Wakayama: Kumano Hongu Taisha, Kumano Hayatama Taisha, and Kumano Nachi Taisha.You’re Lucky If You Draw a Bad Fortune Slip?! There are charms of the lucky deities (Ebisu and Daikoku from the Japanese seven lucky deities) in the daikichi, or best fortune, slips. These are great good luck items to take home with you.You can draw a slip by first putting a 100 yen coin into the slats on the box, then reaching inside and drawing out one fortune paper. There are no change machines at the shrine, so please be sure to bring extra coins with you if you are visiting this shrine.In addition to these omikuji, there are also natural stone slips (200 yen), and star key chain ones (300 yen) from which you can divine your future as well.center_img Omikuji are luck divining slips of paper and the omikuji at Morooka-Kumano Shrine are quite unique.What’s so special about them is that, if you draw a bad fortune slip called ‘Kyo’, you can get a fortune charm to fix your luck called Wazawai Tenji Tefukutonasu Omamori (‘a bad fortune turns out to be a good fortune’ lucky charm). This talisman is said to be able to turn your predicted bad luck into good fortune instead. They started giving out these lucky charms as they wanted those who drew bad fortune slips to become happy when they left the shrine.This service became a popular topic on TV, which even made some people hope to draw a bad fortune in order to receive this special lucky charm. The fortune slips are all in Japanese, so please visit the reception area in the picture. They will let you know the detailed contents of the slip, and if you’ve gotten a bad fortune slip, you can receive the lucky charm there.last_img read more

Oita Travel 15 MustVisit Destinations Local Food And Access Tips

first_imgMuch More Than Hot Springs! Great Places To Enjoy In Beppu, Oita Picture from Kuju Flower Park in Taketa City, Oita: A World of Fragrant Flowers!Located in Japan’s southern island of Kyushu, Oita boasts many splendid travel destinations with hot springs, delicious cuisine, beautiful mountains, surrounding ocean, and temples.Beppu and Yufuin (*1), known for their natural hot springs, are just two of Oita’s major attractions. This article introduces fifteen top destinations and local dishes in Oita.*1 Yufuin: Yufuin is written in two different ways in Japanese, but they refer to the same location (由布院 and 湯布院).Getting to OitaOita is located on the eastern side of Kyushu. It neighbors the prefectures of Fukuoka, Kumamoto, and Miyazaki.Oita Airport is a hub for several domestic airlines connecting Oita with Japan’s major cities. It also has airline connections to several cities in South Korea.Travel by Train: JR Kyushu Rail Pass Beppu Ropeway – Enjoy a Beautiful View of Beppu from the Mountains! Umitamago (Oita Marine Palace Aquarium) is an aquarium where you can not only observe marine life, but also interact with the creatures, too. For example, you can touch starfish and sea slugs. At the art space, see the tanks lit up and appreciate the beauty of the marine life. It is a museum great for families and all types of travelers.Umitamago (Oita Marine Palace Aquarium)Address: Oita, Tsukumi, Youra 2218-10 Google MapOfficial Website: Umitamago9. Takasakiyama Natural Zoological Garden: Oita Area Picture courtesy of Yufuin Tourism OfficeYunotsubo Kaido is a street where you will find around forty restaurants and souvenir shops. You can walk around, snack, and browse for souvenirs for your friends and family.Out of the many shops, the SNOOPY Chaya Cafe is a shop that is a must-go for Peanuts lovers. You can find Japanese-style Snoopy character goods and even dishes themed after the characters.There’s also the Donguri no Mori Yufuin Branch for Studio Ghibli lovers. You can find plenty of character goods from movies like “My Neighbor Totoro,” “Kiki’s Delivery Service,” “Spirited Away,” and other titles.Yunotsubo Kaido StreetAddress: Oita, Yufuin, Yufuin, Yunotsubo Google MapRead also Travel by Bus: SUNQ Pass 6. Shopping Around Oita Station: Oita Area Seki mackerel, seki horse mackerelAs Oita is surrounded by the ocean, visitors can enjoy plenty of fresh seafood during their trip. From flavorful seki mackerel to fatty seki horse mackerel, thick and juicy shiroshita flounder, suppon turtle, and plump kuruma shrimp, there are so many tasty specialties to try!Toriten Close To Fukuoka And Oita! Getting To Hita City, Kyushu’s Travel Hub Close To Fukuoka And Oita! Getting To Hita City, Kyushu’s Travel Hub 3. Yufuin Floral Village: Yufuin Area Kunisaki Peninsula is an area where Buddhist culture flourished for centuries. Futagoji Temple, located in the center of the peninsula, is a very spiritual spot with a mystical atmosphere. There are two Nio statues standing at the entrance, greeting its visitors. Yufuin Travel Guide – Best Destinations, Hot Springs, Art, And Food Yufuin Travel Guide – Best Destinations, Hot Springs, Art, And Food Takasakiyama is located between Oita and Beppu cities, and many wild Japanese monkeys live in this area. At Takasakiyama Natural Zoological Garden, you can see the wild Japanese monkeys up close. During feeding time, a pack of monkeys appears and you can take your time to watch them.The zoo is fun to explore and you can enjoy seasonal scenery in the area.Takasakiyama Natural Zoological GardenAddress: Oita, Oita, Kanzaki 3098-1 Google MapOfficial Website: Takasakiyama Natural Zoological Garden10. Kokonoe Yume Suspension Bridge: Kuju Area There are plenty of shopping facilities around Oita Station. Inside Oita Station is Amu-Plaza Oita, which contains fashion boutiques and shops, a movie theater, and a food court, providing fun for all ages of visitors. There is a rooftop garden on the eighth floor where you can enjoy a break.Park Place Oita is a mall not far from Oita Station that also contains many shops, restaurants, and movie theater. It is easily accessed by car or bus.7. Oita Prefectural Art Museum (OPAM): Oita Area Oita – Enjoy Hot Springs, Stunning Views, And Delicious Food Lake Kinrin is a particularly famous spot in Yufuin. The name of the lake comes from a fish named “Rin” that glistened in gold (kin in Japanese) from the rays of the sunset.During early mornings of autumn and winter, steam rises from the surface of the lake, creating a dreamy scenery. Hot springs and clean water bubble from the bottom of the lake and forms a mist from the cold air. In the early morning, few people visit here, and you can enjoy the serene environment even more.Lake KinrinAddress: Oita, Yufuin, Yufuin, Kawakami Google MapOfficial Website: Lake Kinrin (Japanese)5. Yunotsubo Kaido Street: Yufuin Area 15 Recommened Places to Visit and Delicious Oita FoodListed below are fifteen recommended places in Oita, based by area. These suggested places are in popular areas, like Beppu, and Yufuin, but also in lesser-known areas such as Kuju, Bungo Ono, Hita, Usa, and Kunisaki. Read until the end to learn tips on delicious Oita cuisine.1. Hells of Beppu: Beppu Area Suginoi HotelWhen you visit Beppu, you will definitely want to bathe in the natural hot springs, famous throughout Japan. At Suginoi Hotel near JR Beppu Station, you can bathe in an open-air bath that overlooks Beppu Bay and the city from above.You can also get a great view of Beppu Bay from Kankaiji Onsen Ichinoide Kaikan. The cobalt blue-colored hot spring is magnificent.Sand Baths Chinoike Jigoku (Blood Pond Hell)There are seven such hell springs in Beppu. Kannawa has five hells: Umi Jigoku, Oniishi Bozu Jigoku, Kamado Jigoku, Oniyama Jigoku, and Shiraike Jigoku. Five minutes away by car is Kamegawa, which has Chinoike Jigoku (pictured above) and Tatsumaki Jigoku. There are plenty of stunning, otherworldly views with red and blue hot springs.Please note that you cannot enter the Hells of Beppu, but there are foot baths you can enjoy for free depending on the location.To view all the hells, there is a convenient tour bus that stops by all of them. It leaves Beppu Station daily at 9:20 and 14:00. A tour takes around three hours and costs 3,650 yen (includes 2,000 yen admission fee to the seven hells). Advance reservations are needed on the official reservation site (Japanese).Hells of Beppu (Kannawa)Address: Oita, Beppu, Kannawa Google MapOfficial Website: Hells of Beppu (Japanese)Read also The hot springs at Kamegawa are close to the ocean. One spot particularly well-known is the sand bath at the Shoningahama Seaside Sand Bath area. The staff will dig a hole and cover you entirely, except your face with warm sand. The sand will heat your body, and you will begin to sweat slightly after around fifteen minutes.The time will pass quickly during your time in the sand, as you lay back and gaze at the vast sea in front of you. Be sure to try a sandy bath for a unique and truly relaxing experience. Renting A Car In Japan – Guide To Rental Costs, Licenses, And Driving Bathe in a Sand Onsen at Beppu Kaihin Sunaba in Oita Mamedamachi flourished as a castle town during the Edo period (1603-1868), supporting the area economically. Parts of the town still keep the traditional, Edo-period atmosphere. Takegawara Onsen’s Indoor Sand Bath In Beppu – Perfect For Winter! Cook with Hot Springs Steam – Jigoku Mushi The first recommended spot is Beppu, a well-known destination in Oita for its superb onsen (natural hot springs). One of the most popular activities here is touring around the Hells of Beppu.Around the Kannawa and Kamegawa area in Beppu, piping hot gas and mud reaching to 100 degrees have been erupting for over 1,000 years. Since they were previously unreachable spots, they were referred to as “hells” by the locals. Read also Oita: Enjoy Local Products Steamed By Hot Springs! Toriten is a dish loved by Oita residents. It is similar to typical Japanese fried chicken, but it is flavored differently and fried as a tempura. The toriten is eaten with a sauce containing kabosu, a regional citrus. It is also eaten with soy sauce or ponzu sauce.The base flavor of the chicken and sauce varies depending on the restaurant. Be sure to try this savory dish with some fresh cabbage to make it even more satisfying.Karaage Picture from Close To Fukuoka And Oita! Getting To Hita City, Kyushu’s Travel HubThe highway bus and bus network in Kyushu is highly developed and you may find it easier to get from a place to another by bus than by train.SUNQ Pass is a convenient multiple day unlimited ride bus ticket usable on both highway and local buses within Kyushu.The SUNQ Pass is available in four variants: Northern Kyushu (3 days; 9,000 yen), Southern Kyushu (3 days; 8,000 yen), All of Kyushu (3 days; 11,000 yen), All of Kyushu (4 days; 14,000 yen).It can be purchased at all the major airports and bus terminals in Kyushu.SUNQ Pass Details: http://www.sunqpass.jp/english/konyu/ Outdoor Activities In Hita – Enjoy Japan’s Nature To The Fullest! Hita, The City Of Water: A Culture Of Rivers, Hot Springs And Waterfalls Jigoku Mushi Pudding Read also Kokonoe Yume Suspension Bridge is a massive bridge that extends 390 meters built 173 meters above a ravine. There are many suspension bridges in Japan, and this ranks as the tallest bridge that people can cross. From the bridge, you can get a great view of Shindo Falls, one the top one hundred waterfalls of Japan.There are plenty of spots great for photography, like the middle of the bridge, where you can see the river flowing 173 meters below you.If you get hungry, you can snack on the Kokonoe Yume Burger, or a rose-shaped madeleine cake. For the Kokonoe Yume Burger, you can select from six different patties such as beef, deer, and boar.Kokonoe Yume Suspension BridgeAddress: Oita, Kusu, Kokonoe, Tano 1208 Google MapOfficial Website: Kokonoe Yume Suspension Bridge11. Tadewara Wetlands: Kuju Area Yufuin no Mori Express Train. Picture courtesy of Kyushu Railway Company. Ride the Yufuin no Mori Express Train when visiting Beppu, Yufuin, and other spots if you come from nearby Fukuoka. Also, if you plan to travel around Kumamoto, Nagasaki, Kagoshima, the JR Kyushu Rail Pass is a budget-friendly option.The rail pass comes in three varieties: all of Kyushu, its northern area, or the southern area. Get the all-area Kyushu pass or the northern area pass for an Oita trip.Oita prefecture is large. Therefore, it is recommended to rent a car if you plan on touring around.Yufuin no Mori: http://www.jrkyushu.co.jp/english/train/yufuin_no_mori.htmlJR Kyushu Rail Pass: http://www.jrkyushu.co.jp/english/railpass/railpass.html Picture courtesy of Yufuin Floral Village Yufuin is another well-known hot spring resort in Oita. Aside from the hot springs, there are plenty of places to visit where all ages of visitors, including children, can have fun.Yufuin Floral Village is an amusement park that replicates Cotswolds, England. Cotswolds is famous for being the city where “Harry Potter” is based on.At the Forest of Owls, you can play with adorable owls. Alice’s Shop is a tiny shop that replicates the world of “Alice in Wonderland” with its small doors and windows.There’s also X’mas Store, which has Christmas decor throughout the year. Kiki’s bakery sells baked goods themed after a children’s story that features a young witch. Plenty of unique stores can be found in the area, making it fun to explore.Yufuin Floral VillageAddress: Oita, Yufuin, Yufuin, Kawakami 1503-3 Google MapOfficial Website: Yufuin Floral Village (Japanese)4. Lake Kinrin: Yufuin Area Out of the approximately 80,000 shrines in Japan, nearly half worship the god of competitions, Hachiman. The main shrine that enshrines the Hachiman is Usa Jingu Shrine. Constructed in 725, it is designated as a national treasure. The bright crimson structure of the main hall is a must-see.*1 Hachiman: Considered to be the same person as Emperor Oujin and is worshipped as the God of good luck.Usa Jingu ShrineAddress: Oita, Usa, Minamiusa 2859 Google MapOfficial Website: Usa Jingu Shrine (Japanese)15. Kunisaki Peninsula: Usa Kunisaki Area Along the stone-paved streets, you can find historical buildings with white clay walls, and many renovated shops and cafes. Be sure to look for Iwao Yakuho Nihonmarukan, a drug store that has been operating since 1855. You can see displays inside that show the lifestyle from that time. There are unique goods that would make great souvenirs.MamedamachiAddress: Iwao Yakuho Nihonmarukan: Oita, Hita, Mamedamachi 4-15 Google MapOfficial Website: MamedamachiRead also Enjoy The Otherworldly Sights Of Beppu Onsen’s “Hell Tour” Jigoku mushi is a special cooking method in Beppu, where ingredients are steamed using the moisture and heat from hot springs. You can steam local fish, meat, and vegetables.By steaming the ingredients, the flavor and nutrients are better preserved. This healthy meal becomes even more tasty with a tinge of salt or tangy ponzu (citrus) sauce. Designated as one of the top one hundred waterfalls of Japan, Harajiri Falls is 120 wide and 20 meters high. It was formed during the eruption of Mt. Aso over 90,000 years ago. There is a suspension bridge extending in front of the falls where you can experience the power of nature.Harajiri FallsAddress: Oita, Bungo Ono, Ogatamachi Harajiri 936-1 Google MapOfficial Website: Harajiri Falls (Japanese)13. Mamedamachi: Hita Area Read also The cows living in Oita browse through the vast natural environment, meaning the beef here becomes very tender and soft. Meat from cows that can recognized as Oita Bungo Beef has to pass strict quality inspections. This beef has been nominated with awards from the Emperor and Prime Minister of Japan.Visitors can enjoy this top-class meat in steak, hamburgers, and yakiniku barbecue to enjoy the wonderful flavors this exquisite beef.Enjoy Oita to the Fullest!Oita offers an abundance of experiences to travelers, including high-quality hot springs, scenic spots, and delicious dishes. Use this article as a guide to Oita when planning a vacation.Read also Picture courtesy of OPAMOita Prefectural Art Museum (OPAM) is built to be a “museum of encounters and senses.” The museum was designed by the internationally renowned architect Shigeru Ban, and is covered in glass, giving the facility a very open atmosphere. Upon entering the lobby, you will be greeted by a large artwork in the shape of an egg. Picture courtesy of OPAMWith approximately 5,000 works of art from leading Japanese artists from Oita, you can find many unique pieces of all genres, ranging from Japanese art to modern art.At the museum, visitors can admire French modern art and Oita’s arts and crafts such as bamboo crafts or traditional swords. You can see exhibits themed after “encounters” and see how Oita can meet the world or how tradition can meet modernism. This is a museum that will give you a new perspective on art.Oita Prefectural Art Museum (OPAM)Address: Oita, Oita, Kotobuki 2-1 Google MapOfficial Website: Oita Prefectural Art Museum8. Umitamago (Oita Marine Palace Aquarium): Oita Area Tadewara Wetlands is a Ramsar Convention designated wetland. It is located on the northern part of the Kuju mountains and it is one of the largest wetlands surrounded by mountains in Japan.Rare plants, such as reeds and silver grass, grow in the area. This is an ideal environment for trekking around.Visitors can try three courses, which vary in time and length. The wheelchair-friendly Tadewara scenic course is around 20 minutes, the Tadewara round-trip course is approximately 40 minutes. The grassland and forest course is about 60 minutes.Tadewara WetlandsAddress: Oita, Kusu, Kokonoe, Tano 255-33 Google MapOfficial Website: Tadewara Wetlands (Japanese)12. Harajiri Falls: Bungo Ono Area Matama Beach on the northwestern side of the Kunisaki Peninsula has been designated as one of the top one hundred sunset spots of Japan. The breathtaking sight of the orange skies reflecting against the sea is unforgettable.Futagoji TempleAddress: Oita, Kunisaki, Akimachi Futago 1548 Google MapOfficial Website: Futagoji (Japanese)Matama BeachAddress: Oita, Bungo Takada, Usuno Google MapMust-Try Oita CuisineFresh Seafood Oita is also famous for its karaage, or Japanese fried chicken. Nakatsu City is thought to be one of best place to eat karaage. The crispy chicken is flavored with a special sauce containing ginger, garlic, scallions, and ten other aromatic seasonings. The outside is crispy and the center is very juicy.Bungo Beef Visitors can try jigoku mushi at Jigoku Mushi Kobo Kannawa, Sato no Eki Kannawa, or Yurari inside Hyotan Onsen.If you stay at a hotel or ryokan inn at Beppu, you may be able to savor a magnificent multi-course kaiseki meal that includes the jigoku mushi.Read also 14. Usa Jingu Shrine: Usa Kunisaki Area A popular sweet treat at Beppu Onsen is the Jigoku Mushi Pudding. This pudding is made using the steam from the hot springs. The Jigoku Mushi Pudding at Okamoto-ya in the Myoban Onsen area and the Collagen Onsen Pudding Puru-Puru Pururin-chan at Hotel Sansenkaku near JR Beppu Station are recommended.2. Beppu Hot Springs: Beppu Area Hong Kong to FukuokaA good deal$194Typical price$259Search for flights to Fukuokalast_img read more

Eat Natto To Your Hearts Desire At IkejiriOhashis Sendaiya

first_imgYou probably already know that natto has quite a pungent smell and a somewhat slimy texture, but did you know it is extremely good for your health? With all that being said, there are still a lot of people who just can’t stop loving this peculiar dish. This time, we will introduce a very special place where natto enthusiasts can have a blast with their favorite dish – a store where you can eat natto to your heart’s content.Natto?Natto originated in Japan and is made by fermenting soybeans. Although there certainly are people who can’t handle the distinctive smell and the stickiness of this dish, because it is rich in proteins, vitamins, and dietary fiber, natto is considered to be quite healthy and as such, is gathering attention in other parts of the world, as well.The store we are taking you to today is located in between Sangenjaya and Shibuya, at Ikejiri-Oohashi, the so-called Natto Kobo Sendaiya (Natto Factory Sendaiya). The main store of this veteran shop is situated in Yamanashi, and they have been producing natto products as of Showa Period, or for more than half a century, and are a shop whose main field of expertise is natto.But, today’s focus is on Ikejiri-Oohashi store, because they offer an irresistible menu for true natto fans – the unbelievable all-you-can-eat natto experience.In order to effectively answer their customers’ natto cravings, you will notice a vending machine selling natto products 24/7 situated in front of the store.From your favorite packaged natto to various types of straw-wrapped ones, you can just take a pick from the lavish collection.The interior of the shop has a sophisticated and modern atmosphere.Should you choose the counter seat, you can learn about the whole process of making natto while enjoying your beloved delicacy.Now, Let’s Conquer that Endless-Natto Horizon!If you take a look at the menu, you’ll discover plenty of mouth-watering dish names that promise the greatest natto flavor additions to your favorite dishes – some of them are natto udon, natto soba, and such. But, today’s star appearance belongs to this eat-all-you-want natto set! Yes, the endless amounts of sticky, sticky natto!All-you-can-eat natto set, price: 780 yenWith your natto lunch set, you will also be provided with miso soup and Japanese pickles, as well as one side dish from that day’s offered menu. If you’re up for a hearty amount of cooked rice, you can order the large portion at the beginning for free, but the refill option is not free of charge, so it would be wise to think about exactly how hungry you’re feeling before you place your order.There are as many as eight different types of natto beans you can choose from – you order two of them at once.Edamame, or green soybeans (upper left corner), large grain natto (produced in Japan, upper right corner), ground soybean natto (lower left corner), small grain natto (produced in Japan, lower right corner)For large grain natto and edamame natto, bigger size grains were used, in order to let the customers to relish the taste of each bean at a time.If you’re feeling up for something refreshingly different, try out edamame natto, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the softness and deliciousness of each grain. The texture and exquisite taste make this dish super delicious in all its simplicity – the one you don’t need other flavors to improve the taste.Now, the first thing you ought to do to be able to fully invest in the true taste of natto is to stir it in quick motions, to let the stickiness develop in all its mightiness. You can top your cooked rice with it, eat it on its own, or put it in your miso soup and enjoy it that way. For the extra spice and flavors, you can use the seasonings available at each table to your liking – there are soy sauce and natto sauce, shichimi spice (a blend of seven spices), and karashi spice ( a type of mustard). Natto sauce is dashi-based and has a more sweet flavor to it, as opposed to salty soy sauce.Time for the sticky heaven!This is Sendaiya’s original natto.Sesame seeds (upper left corner), wakame (type of seaweed, upper right corner), hijiki (type of seaweed, lower left corner), kibi (proso millet, lower right corner)Sesame seeds, wakame and hijiki seaweed, each compliment the taste of natto to make a perfect combination, but we would like to recommend proso millet. Kibi, as it is called in Japanese, gives natto a slightly sweeter flavor, and it doesn’t have a strong aroma, which makes it all the more enjoyable.As it can be expected, lunchtime is the busiest time of the day for this shop, with waves of customers coming in for their delicious portion of natto. Wherever you look the one thing you will see are swift hands stirring the natto to make it all squishy and sticky.Use shichimi spice or karashi to give your natto flavor a little twist, or choose from the other toppings available, such as eggs or chirimen (dried young sardines) – you have to pay extra charges for these additional toppings however.We can’t blame you for being unable to stop your hand from reaching for more natto – who could stop when you know you can get as much as your heart desires?Natto Desserts, Anyone?Now, let us surprise you with an astonishing piece of information – at Sendaiya, you won’t only find the finest natto dishes and combinations, but sweets made from natto, as well!We bring to you the natto donut. With soft and moist texture and without any trace of natto being inside, this remarkable dessert is said to be loved even by customers who aren’t on such good terms with natto itself. As its main ingredient is natto, which is known to be high in nutritional value, and since it is baked and not deep-fried in oil, it is also super healthy. Of course, you can always buy it to go to save some for later sweet moments, but if you’re planning on relishing all those natto delicacies at the store, including this particular dessert, beware of the seductive effect of eating without limitations and leave some room for natto desserts, as well!Soybean Baumkuchen, price: 1000 yenWe were lucky enough to notice the samples of soybean Baumkuchen, made from natto and soy milk, so we didn’t waste time.We were eager to find out if we will be able to recognize the representative stickiness of natto beans, but much to our surprise, the dessert was soft and moist, melting gently inside of our mouth.Natto Products Perfect for Souvenirs!Other than previously mentioned items, you will also notice sweet natto, dried natto, and other snacks and sweets.Here’s something completely unexpected – natto soap! It is said to make the skin shiny and smooth, so our guess is that anybody would be thrilled with such a peculiar and practical gift.LastlyIt isn’t surprising if what you first thought of when natto was mentioned is “eaten with rice”, but we assure you, there are other wonderful ways to enjoy this remarkable delicacy. Even those who feel natto isn’t really their cup of tea could be thrilled to discover plenty of combinations that would make eating pungent and sticky natto into a whole new experience – natto desserts you can find at Sendaiya are such a case.And for those who can’t resist a fine cup of natto beans, it is a must to visit Sendaiya, and experience firsthand the thankful all-you-can-eat option for limitless amounts of classical natto. It might make you addicted to the peculiar flavor of this nutritious dish.InformationNatto Factory SendaiyaAddress: Tokyo, Setagaya, Ikejiri 3-20-3 Ryuseido Building 1FHours: 11:00-19:00; eat in from 11:00-15:00Closed: NoneWiFi: NoneCredit Cards: NoneNearest Station: Ikejiri-Ohashi Station, Tokyu Den-en-toshi LineAccess: 4 minute walk from west exit of Ikejiri-Ohashi StationPrice: all-you-can-eat natto lunch set 780 yenPhone Number: 03-5431-3935Website: http://www.sendainatto.jp/ (Japanese)last_img read more

Explore Yamagatas Castles And Samurai Quarters A Fun TwoDay Trip

first_imgWalk 7 minutes from Kaminoyama Castle and you’ll arrive at a 200-year old samurai residence. Samurai residences were once the homes of warriors, and still retain their appearance from when they were originally used. Kaminoyama Samurai Residences View Information Picture courtesy of Kaminoyama CastleLocated near Kaminoyama-Onsen Station are Kaminoyama Castle, a major Kaminoyama sightseeing spot, samurai residences, and Harusame’an. For lunch, eat imoni, a local Yamagata dish, at Kunidon in front of Tendo Station. Imoni is made by boiling taro, green onions, konjac, and beef in a mixture of soy sauce, sake, and sugar.This soup will recharge your energy and is a delicious and satisfying way to end your travels. Kunidon View InformationrestaurantRead also There are also several cultural facilities inside Kajo Park. Yamagata City Local Museum (Former Saiseikan Building) is a Giyofu (an imitation of Western-style architecture) building, which was constructed inspired by a British naval hospital in Yokohama in the Meiji period. It has a circular hallway and an elegant ambiance. Yamagata City Local Museum View InformationmuseumKajo Park → Bunshokan: 25-minute walk Harusame’an was the home to Takuan Soho, a monk who had been banished to this region during the Edo period. The building is now open to the public for free.Inside the garden is a tea house called Chotei. Here, you can enjoy matcha green tea (500 yen plus tax, reservations necessary) in a peaceful space. Harusame’an View InformationA tour is also available for this sightseeing area. If you’re interested, check out KAMINOYAMA HISTORICAL WALK COURSE.15:00 – Stroll Around Yamagata and Have DinnerJR Yamagata Station to Kajo Park: 10-minute walk Yamagata, located in the Tohoku region, is a prefecture filled with historical architecture like castles and samurai residences. It is also home to a special café in a renovated storehouse, and local dishes such as soba (buckwheat noodles) and fruit.Yamagata has countless destinations you can visit, but in order to save on travel expenses, we suggest using the discount JR EAST PASS (Tohoku Area). With this pass, you can use transportation methods such as the Shinkansen (bullet train), limited express trains, rapid trains, normal trains, and JR buses within the specified area of the pass an unlimited number of times. The pass can be purchased in Japan or in your country of residence. Please refer to the link below for details.■ JR EAST PASS (Tohoku Area)** The JR EAST PASS is for international visitors to Japan. Japanese nationals and non-Japanese residents of Japan without a tourist visa status are unable to use this pass. In this article, we’ll use the JR EAST PASS (Tohoku Area) to introduce a two-day trip that includes history-filled spots in Yamagata!Day One – Depart from Tokyo Station at 8:00Your two days in Yamagata begin with riding the Yamabiko train (8:08 departure) from Tokyo Station to Fukushima Station. This part of the journey will take one hour and 46 minutes (9:46 arrival).Ride the 10:02 Toreiyu Tsubasa Foot Bath Train Yonezawa, Yamagata – Experience Local Cuisine And Traditional Crafts! MITSUYA Dewajian, established in 1921, is a famous Yamagata soba restaurant. The Terasaki family, the passionate founders of the restaurant, conducted research throughout Japan before creating their own recipe.Don’t miss out on eating the exquisite soba at this special restaurant! MITSUYA Dewajian View Informationrestaurant Enjoy Yamagata with the Discount JR EAST PASS (Tohoku Area)! The Yamagata Local Museum Bunshokan is a structure representative of the Taisho period. It was constructed in the 16th through 18th-century British-style, and will make you feel like you’ve been transported to Europe.This location has also been the film location for several movies and dramas, including “Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno,” the live-action film of the popular manga. Yamagata Local Museum Bunshokan View InformationmuseumBunshokan → Beninokura: 18-minute walk Yamagata Marugoto-kan Beninokura is located in an old storehouse and contains restaurants, cafes, and souvenir shops. The “beni” in Beninokura comes from the safflower (benibana) trade that flourished in Yamagata at one time. Safflower still plays an important part of the culture here, and can be encountered at this historical site. Yamagata Marugoto-kan Beninokura View InformationrestaurantBeninokura → MITSUYA: 3-minute walk To reach the highest, innermost temple from the temple gate, visitors will climb a 1,000-step staircase that provides an unparalleled view of the picturesque scenery. Also, be sure not to miss Nokyodo Hall, the temple’s oldest structure, and Godaido Hall, a temple with a 180-degree view. Yamadera (Hoshuyama Risshakuji Temple) View Information12:25 – Pick Fresh Fruit at Oshokaju OrchardsYamadera → Oshokaju Orchards: 20 minutes by taxiOshokaju Orchards is a popular sightseeing orchard in the area of Tendo. At this orchard, you can pick delicious, seasonal fruit like cherries, grapes, peaches, and apples. The orchard also sells souvenirs and sweets. Tendo is a city famous for producing shogi (*1) pieces. There are even foot baths shaped like shogi pieces (pictured above). The store next door sells many products including souvenirs and produce, making it an ideal area to shop for gifts and keepsakes.*1 Shogi: a two-player game where players compete to win by moving their pieces in turns on top of a shogi board. Michi no Eki Tendo Onsen View Information13:35 – End With Exquisite, Specialty Cuisine at KunidonMichi no Eki Tendo Onsen → Kunidon: 5 minutes by taxi Bottom right: Picture courtesy of Yamagata PrefectureAfter enjoying Kaminoyama, it’s time to head to JR Yamagata Station. Ride 9 minutes on the Shinkansen from Kaminoyama-Onsen Station.Kajo Park, a 10-minute walk from the station, contains the ruins of Yamagata Castle, which is designated as one of Japan’s top 100 castles. It was also once the fifth largest castle in the country. Here, you can enjoy beautiful scenery year-round, along with the bronze statue of Yoshiaki Mogami, a Sengoku daimyo. Yamagata Kajo Park View Informationpark Go to Yamagata And Niigata with JR EAST PASS!https://matcha-jp.com/en/yamagataniigataFind more fascinating Tohoku travel destinations here!TOHOKU BUFFET: https://www.tohoku-buffet.com/sg/global/Written by ChiaSponsored by Yamagata Prefecture and Niigata Prefecture Kaminoyama Castle was the fortress of the Mogami Clan, the group of Sengoku period daimyo (feudal lords) which once governed over Yamagata. Also called Tsukioka Castle, the castle has now become a local archive center, helping preserve the history and culture of the region. The observation deck overlooks stunning Mt. Zao.The cherry blossoms are in full bloom every year during late April, transforming the area into a hanami (flower-viewing) spot, attracting many visitors.** The castle is under construction until the end of March 2019. Tours of the inner area are still regularly offered. Kaminoyama Castle View Information We recommend staying at Hotel Metropolitan Yamagata. It is ideally located and connects directly to Yamagata Station.A walking tour of the town is also available in Yamagata City. See TOWN WALKS & YAMAGATA SOBA LUNCH for details.Day Two – Yamadera, Local Gourmet Food, and Souvenir Shopping10:30 – Yamadera TempleTendo Station (JR Yamagata Line) → Yamadera: 20 minutes by taxi or Yamadera Station (JR Senzan Line)The official name of Yamadera Temple is Hojuzan Risshakuji Temple. The temple is mentioned in “Narrow Road to the Interior” by the historically renowned Japanese poet, Matsuo Basho. The Toreiyu Tsubasa is a train with a foot bath, servicing the route between Fukushima and Yamagata. The train’s interior is designed to help travelers enjoy the ride, and even contains an area inspired by Yamagata-specialty fruit. It also has Japanese-style tatami seats and a bar stocked with local sake (Japanese rice wine).Head to Kaminoyama-Onsen Station, our first destination, in Kaminoyama, Yamagata, while warming yourself up with the foot bath.The foot bath train requires a separate fee and advance reservation. For details, please refer to this official website.11:15 – Sightseeing at Three Historical Spots Yamagata – Enjoy Scenic Yamadera Temple And Exquisite Fruit Parfaits! Sakata – Meet Maiko And Taste Exquisite Seafood In A Retro Port Town It was apple season at the time this article was written. We were able to pick and eat as many apples as we wanted for 30 minutes, which were incredibly delicious! You can also take them home as souvenirs (three to five apples). Oshokaju Orchards View Information13:15 – To Michi no Eki Tendo OnsenOshokaju Orchards → Michi no Eki Tendo Onsen: 15-minutes by taxiAfter walking around all morning, relieve your tired feet in the foot baths at Michi no Eki Tendo Onsen.last_img read more

LiSA Interview I Want to Believe in the Power of Music

first_imgLiSA made her debut in 2010. She performed as Yui, the second vocal of the band “Girls Dead Monster” from Anime “Angel Beats!”.  Since then, she continues to sing for popular animes like “Fate/Zero” or “Sword Art Online(ソードアートオンライン)”. Rising Hope, her latest single, is an opening theme for the new April anime “The irregular at magic high school(魔法科高校の劣等生)”. She talked to us about her enthusiasm toward this song, and her concerts inside Japan and overseas.I’ll be Strong for Those Believing in MeWhat is the theme for your 5th single CD “Rising Hope”, coming in 7/5/2014? In this song, I would like to express the belief in one-self: since my loved ones believe in me, I would like to believe in myself as well; and for the sake of these loved ones, I would like to grow stronger.What is “being strong” to you?In the anime “The irregular at magic high school”, Tatsuya Shiba(司波達也) is looked down by his peers for his lack of ability in Magic. However, his younger sister Miyuki Shiba(司波深雪) never gives up on him. Tatsuya keeps on trying to be strong for his dear sister, and he also tells Miyuki that he wants to see her doing her best. Miyuki tries to keep up in shape for his brother as well. I have expressed the feelings of “trying to be strong for others” in this song.That’s tied up with your own experiences, isn’t it?Surely, yes. I tried to look for elements in this anime that I can connect with based on my own experiences. There are times when I get upset of myself before the stage. Sometimes I cannot believe in myself while singing. But I know that my loved ones always believe in me, they never doubt that I would succeed.When I released the CD “Love letter(ラブレター)”, I felt the expectation towards me as well. I don’t want to betray them. I’d rather keep myself strong for all those believing in me. I guess that’s the part that is highly linked between this song and the Anime.”The Anime and the Song have Perfectly Linked!”Where do you feel “yourself” in this song?I had never written any tie-up songs for anime before. I have written more songs to recreate the setting and atmosphere of the animes. However, when I released a non-tie-up single CD “best day, best way(2013)” and worked on the opening theme of original animae “träumerei”, I felt that I was doing my work very freely. “What happens if LiSA sings for animations?” I really tried hard to answer this question.”The anime and song have perfectly linked” for this case. What I have always desired to express through music had totally corresponded to the theme of this opening song; and I was able to write down the lyrics as if I had experienced it on my own.Mr. Tomoya Tabuchi(田淵智也) had helped me with the lyrics of “Rising Hope”. He is also the one who has always worked with me on music, the very person that has created “LiSA”.  He is also a keen reader of the original novel “The irregular at magic high school”. Those facts might be the reason why this song links so perfectly with this animation.”I Know that I’m Greedy”Why do the songs differ between LiSA visual cover and Anime cover ver.?The Anime cover ver. with the main heroine Miyuki on the center includes songs based on her character. She is usually modest but can get emotional about her brother. To show the both sides of her, I have arranged the passionate “Rising Hope” and “Poker face(ポーカーフェイス)” for the first two songs and then the gentle “You and Sky After Rain(雨上がりの空とキミ)” as the third.The LiSA visual ver. has the theme of expressing LiSA herself with the image of “Rock and Pops”, so I have chosen the first two songs to show my “Rock” part, and then “Footprint Compass(アシアトコンパス)” as the third for my “Pops” part.So you have used the Anime ver. to express the works, and LiSA visual ver. to express yourself.Right! I wanted to make the Anime ver. for all the “The irregular at magic high school” fans, a CD that they can feel the Anime’s essence. LiSA visual ver. is for all those who think “LiSA’s taste is the Pops!” I’d be glad if they think this CD is expressing LiSA successfully.By having two different versions, you can offer more perspectives for the listeners to understand both the anime and LiSA.Yes! Since I’ve got this chance to work for an anime, I’d like to contribute for the anime itself; but on other hand, I want to do “what I want to do”.  This might be a very greedy mindset… But if it weren’t for the tie-up with the Anime, it would just be “my music”, while the opposite situation would only  be “the Anime music” as well. This package has turned out to be in good balance I think.LiSA’s Heart in the Music VideoIn the music video, you are dressed as green and white(color of the school uniform from the animation) during the “Rocky” tune, and red and pink when wearing the waitress costume. Overall, it seems to be a colorful video expressing many aspects of yourself. Is this somehow related to the animation? I tried to show what would happen if I turned into a witch in the real world at the waitress’ scenes. The rocky parts are showing “LiSA in the Magic High School”. I’m so happy to hear that many of my fans are trying on my fashions and clothing, so I tried to wear costumes from the animation.There are many emotional scenes with you singing passionately, dressing as a waitress, or being tucked inside the room. I guess you are trying to show different aspects of yourself.That might be true. There are many aspects of me inside myself; I’m sometimes dressed in colors, but other times I have to behave “correctly” according to rules. Perhaps somehow this music video has reflected my inner feelings?Oh, you have found out something new. There is a scene where you are moving where the ‘you’ inside mirror has stood still; is it a way to show the frustrations inside your mind?I have wanted to showcase the gap between my heart and the real life by having myself stopped inside the mirror.Creating “Rising Hope” with OthersYour next live tour begins from Akasaka BLITZ on 21th of June. Many of your fans are waiting for the “Rising Hope” on live I guess. How are you going to sing it in the show?It has a strong message and it can also be used as a climax of the live. I think this tune can be used in many ways. Its effect would depend when I sing it, so I’d better think how I want the live to be first.At least I can say that the live ver. could completely be different from the tune being heard in Anime or CD. Live performance are “completed” by the efforts of many people, so I’d like to adopt and complete the song there. I’m really looking forward to that.Were you thinking of that since the tie-up was settled and when you started writing the lyrics?Yeah. In particular, the second verse is not in the animation. Therefore I created it into “2 step beats(the beats are repeated)”, so that the audiences can shout “come on!” at the live house. Many of my wishes are written into the second verse.The second verse surely makes us shout or swing our arms.I can’t agree more! “Rising Hope” is quite a difficult song, but I feel content of myself when I managed to sing it perfectly. If I got to shout “come on!” in the right timing, that would make me feel great. I hope the audiences would enjoy in such way too.People turn silent when coming home after roaring at successful live performance.Oh, really. I know those in love with animations are always passionate to participate till the very end. They think of themselves as a part of the stage, so that’s maybe why. The power inside them are infinite.Believe in Power of Music, and Challenge OverseasHow were the fans at Anime Festival Asia held at Singapore on 2013?The power of those fans were just amazing. So were the fans at Taiwan as well. My songs often include calls and responses, making me consider about the set list. But after all these, the most important fact is whether the audiences can enjoy, even though they cannot understand Japanese or haven’t heard the song before.If they could simply enjoy the live from their heart, then there’s no border between Japan and other foreign countries. The audiences are completely the same in the sense to try to understand what the musicians or creators are trying to tell.Do you want to have more opportunities outside Japan?Yes. I like going overseas personally; and I find joy in creating stages where words aren’t needed. That’s a challenge for me at the same time. I believe in the power of music. Even if there weren’t any stage sets or pretty costumes, I want to believe that there is something I could convey through my music. To see if I can really do this, I would not hesitate to go beyond Japan.There are many comments saying “I want LiSA to come to our country!”I’m really glad to hear that. It’s one moment where we get really happy when the culture that we are proud of is being accepted in foreign countries. It makes us so fulfilled when we have fans overseas recreating our works by their languages, or learning Japanese. So, I’ll keep on believing in the power of music and creating my own music.Could you please give a word to your fans both in Japan and overseas?I can say that this song “Rising Hope” is really hot. You’d like it more if you listen to its full version. Come and complete this song with me at the live. And yes, to my fans overseas. I’m not sure if I can go to your country very soon, but please stay there with your enthusiasm because I’m really looking forward to visiting places where my fans are waiting for me. Thanks!InformationLiSALiSA Official Site: http://www.lxixsxa.com/LiSA Twitter: https://twitter.com/LiSA_OLiVELiSA Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lxixsxa.jpLiSA iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/jp/artist/lisa/id573943518last_img read more

5 Mustsee Temples Around Japan

first_img1. Hōryuji Temple 法隆寺 (Nara)Built in 607, Nara prefecture’s Hōryuji Temple is the world’s oldest wooden temple. In 1993, it was the first place in Japan to be added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. Several of the statues and buildings here have been selected as national treasures, and you can feel the temple’s long history upon entering the grounds.Hōryuji Temple is known for housing countless Buddhist statues. The Kuse Kanon Statue is usually not available to the public, but every spring (4/11 – 5/18) and autumn (10/22 – 11/23) it is temporarily opened. Why not have a look when the season comes?They also offer English free guides at the tourist office, “Horyuji Temple i Center”. If you would like to deepen your experience at Hōryuji, we recommend you reserve one. For details, check their official website.Address: Nara-ken, Ikoma-gun, Ikaruga-chō, Hōryuji Temple Sannai 1-1Phone Number: +81-7-4575-2555Official Website: Hōryuji Temple2. Sensōji Temple 浅草寺 (Tokyo)From Guide to get the Most out of Sensoji TempleSensōji Temple was built in 628, and is the oldest temple in Tokyo. Despite its proximity to the city center, it offers a taste of the atmosphere of Edo (as Tokyo was known in the age when the warrior class was ruling the country, 1603-1868), and is popular among both Japanese and foreign visitors. Treat yourself to an Edo-style jinrikisha ride on the streets around Sensōji!Every season Hōzuki Ichi ほおずき市 (“Hōzuki Market”*) and Hagoita Ichi 羽子板市 (“Battledore Market”) are yearly fairs that carry out countless events, so if you find yourself in the area we recommend that you check out the event information.*Hōzuki (ほおずき or 鬼灯) is the Japanese name for ground cherry, also known as the Chinese lantern plant.The entrance to Sensōji Temple, the Fūraijinmon gate 風雷神門 (also known as Kaminarimon gate 雷門), is a popular place to take pictures, and is always crowded with people. Lining the path from the gate to the main hall, you will find dozens of small shops featuring an astounding variety of crafts and souvenirs, from tradtiional ukiyo-e and wood carvings to contemporary Japanese toys and pop culture items. Among the food items also on offer here is the famous agemanjū, which is a manjū that has been deep fried.Also check: Guide to get the most out of Sensoji Temple8 Souvenirs From Asakusa’s Nakamise-DoriAddress: Tokyo-to, Taitō-ku, Sensōji 2-3-1Phone Number: +81-3-3842-0181Official Website: Sensōji Temple3. Rokuonji Temple 鹿苑寺 (Kyoto)Photo By Takeshi Kuboki on flickrThis temple was built in 1397, in Kyoto. Also known as Kinkakuji Temple 金閣寺, it was built in the image of gokurakujōdo 極楽浄土 (heaven).The gold coloration is made by lacquering actual sheets of gold to the building.It also has a pond known as Kyōko-chi 鏡湖池, which beautifully reflects the image of the Kinkakuji Temple. This feature makes for a world-class photo opportunity, so Kinkakuji should be on your Instagram bucket list.Around the pond is a garden that stretches over 92,400 square meters. It is a great place to enjoy a stroll. The impression one receives from Rokuonji Temple changes a lot depending on the season. This is especially true in the fall, with the coloration of the foliage, and in the winter, when everything is white.Address: Kyoto-shi, Kita-ku, Kinkakuji-chō 1Phone Number: +81-7-5461-0013Official Website: Rokuonji Temple (Japanese)4. Tōdaiji Temple 東大寺 (Nara)Photo By Jessica Spengler on flickrThis temple is home to Nara’s great Buddha statue, the Rashana Buddha (Daibutsu 大仏). The statue looms over onlookers at a height of 14.98 meters. It was built over 9 years starting in 743, and is said that it took the work of 2,600,000 people in total to construct.The great hall where the Great Buddha statue is kept is the the largest wooden structure in Japan. There is a place inside where one of the pillars has a hole in it, which is known as “the great Buddha’s nostril”. They say that if you pass through it you will achieve happiness, but it is very small, so don’t expect an easy path to enlightenment.Also nearby is the Tōdaiji Temple Museum, where you can see several national treasures and important cultural properties. If you ever visit the temple, we recommend you have a look.See also: Todaiji: Pass The Time At Nara’s Great Buddha HallAddress: Nara-ken, Nara-shi, Zoushicho 406-1Phone Number: +81-7-4222-5511Official Website: Tōdaiji Temple5. Chūsonji Temple 中尊寺 (Iwate)Photo By Norio NAKAYAMA on flickrChūsonji Temple in Iwate is where you’ll find the world cultural heritage artifact, Chūsonji Konjiki-dō 中尊寺金色堂 (“The Golden Pavilion of Chūsonji”). Konjiki-dō is another structure that is gilded. It is filled with national treasures and cultural artifacts, and with nearly 3000 items it is often called the mausoleum of art.Chūsonji Temple is surrounded by nature, and is a great place to see the foliage in autumn. Next door is the Yumeyakata – Historical Tale of Ōshū-Fujiwara Clan, a great place to check out if you have an interest in Japanese history.To get to Hiraizumi, which is where you’ll find Chūsonji Temple, it takes 2 and a half hours on the Tōhoku Shinkansen from Tokyo.Address: Iwate-ken, Nishi-Iwai-gun, Hiraizumi-chō, Hiraizumi Koromonoseki 202Phone Number: +81-1-9146-2211Official Website: Chūsonji TempleInformation5 Must-Visit Temples All Over Japanlast_img read more

Sentaro Autumn Japanese Sweets That Are Healthy And Tasty

first_imgSentaro has many more Japanese sweets that value “shindo fuji,” as well as the traditional tastes and ingredients of Japan. We hope you stop by to find your favorite Japanese snack at Sentaro.Information*Stores can be found in departments stores in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, etc.Sentaro Tobu IkebukuroAddress: Tokyo, Toshima, Nishiikebukuro 1-1-25 Tobu Department Store Ikebukuro B1FHours: 8:00-18:00Closed: NoneWi-Fi: -Credit Cards: NoLanguages: JapaneseMenus in Other Languages: NoNearest Station: Ikebukuro StationAccess: 1-minute walk from Ikebukuro Station West Exit, B1F of Tobu Department StorePrice Range: Dorayaki etc. 170 yen-Phone Number: +81-3-5391-1159Official Website: Sentaro (Japanese) Have you ever heard of the word “shindo fuji”? This word refers to the idea of eating things from the place that one was born and raised.Today, we’ll be introducing Sentaro, a Japanese confectionery that values “shindo fuji.” Here you can enjoy healthy and delicious Japanese snacks that use carefully-selected Japanese ingredients, such as 80% polished glutinous rice and beet sugar.Autumn IngredientsVisitors can choose from the products on display, which will then be packed in a simple box for them to enjoy eating at home.This is the Kuri Mushi Yokan. The heavy yokan is cut in a triangle shape, and has plenty of kuri (chestnuts) in it, which are in season in the fall.This product, the Koguri, has a cute package with a handle to hold.The inside is fully packed with chestnuts. Each is about 3 centimeters in diameter and looks like an actual chestnut. They are pretty sweet, so if you like rich-flavored snacks, this is the product for you.The shape is super photogenic on any plate.Year-Round Japanese SnacksChestnuts are especially tasty in the autumn, but there are many types of Japanese confections, and Sentaro offers various options throughout the year.This is a specialty product called a botamochi, popular not only for its taste, but also for its size. The package of the kinako flavored mochi has the words “shindo fuji” written on it.The glutinous rice ball with minced shiso is covered in tsubuan (red bean paste). Each is 180 grams. The sweet azuki will has a rich taste and is very filling.This is a dorayaki. Tsubuan is sandwiched in between thick pancake-like cakes. It’s a good old traditional-style dorayaki.last_img read more

Melting Pancake in Scotch Bank cafe dining Shibuya

first_img“TERIYAKI”, the App to find delicious restaurantsPrice: Free/ 480yen per monthDistribution: iTunes Store , Google Play*To find the app on the store, please search by the keyword “TERIYAKI”[iTunes Store]https://appsto.re/i6gv8tL[Android]http://teriyaki.me[Official Facebook]https://www.facebook.com/gourmet.teriyaki[Official Twitter]https://twitter.com/teriyaki_tweet The Fluffy Pancakes that MeltThis fluffy pancake will start to melt the instant you put it into your mouth, and immediately, the deep taste of mascarpone cheese.With the magical melting texture of its pancake, Scotch Bank cafe & dining welcomed its first anniversary in June 2015.Its pancakes change the usual image of pancakes and for this reason, there are always many visitors. Even the foreign visitors staying at the hotels nearby, they come after hearing stories about this restaurant.Recommended Dishー1Tiramisu Pancake with a Bitter HintThis is the signature dish. “Tiramisu Pankcake”(1,300yen).What is served with the dish is not knife and fork, but spoon. This is how Scotch Bank serves its dessert due to the tender and fluffy texture of its pancakes.”Tiramisu Pancake” is served with expresso. The sweetness of maple syrup and the bitterness of the sauce are a prefect match, even for the males.”Scotch Bank cafe & dining” is a cafe where you can enjoy Italian food.Based on the idea to provide “pancakes that match Italian cuisine”, mascarpone cheese is used in the pancakes.Recommended Menu 2Mixed Berry Pancake for the FemalesThis colorful “Mixed Berry Pancake(1,200yen)will attract women’s hearts right away. On the top of the mascarpone pancake, there are mixed berry sauce and anglaise sauce as toppings. The sourness of berries brings a refreshing balance to the thick taste of cheese and butter.This one is also eaten by spoon.This trendy place is quite huge with 42 seats in total. Mascarpone pancakes are only served during cafe time(weekdays 14:00~17:00、holidays 12:00~17:00 L.O 16:30.Targeting women customers, pancake is the “thing” in Japan now. With a wide range of varieties, pancakes can be eaten in different cafes and restaurants.Depending on countries, pancakes may have an image of family cuisine. However, in Japan, it is seen and loved as a “luxurious dessert” and it is still evolving. The pancakes at Scotch Bank is a prototype of this trend. When you come to Japan, please try out this melting and fluffy texture.InformationScotch Bank cafe & diningAddress: Duplex 1F 3-26-17 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, TokyoOpening Hours: Lunch 11: 30 ~ 14: 00 (L.O13: 30)Cafe [weekday] 14: 00 ~ 17: 00 (L.O16: 30)[Holiday] 12: 00 ~ 17: 00 (L.O16: 30)Dinner [weekday] 18: 00 ~ 23: 30 (L.O22: 30)[Holiday] 18: 00 ~ 23: 30 (L.O22: 30)Holidays: None (No dinner on Monday)Reservations: dinner onlyAccess: Shibuya StationNearest station: A 8-minute walk from Shibuya Station (16-B exit)A 3-minute walk from JR New-south exit504m from Shibuya StationBonus Information: TERIYAKI, an App to Find Delicious Restaurantslast_img read more

Manyo Club Reasonable Hot Spring Accommodation In Yokohama

first_imgPhoto courtesy of: Manyo ClubA footbath is located on the rooftop from which you can enjoy gazing at the scenery of Minato Mirai.If you would like to soak in the baths with your family, private family baths are also available. Room rates for one hour are 3050 yen before tax and require reservations. Reservations can only be made by phone. Same day reservations are possible if openings are available. Photo courtesy of: Manyo ClubManyo Club is a hot springs facility located in the Minato Mirai area of Yokohama. It has long been known as a renowned hot spring that receives water everyday by tank truck from the fountainheads of Shizuoka’s Atami Onsen (Japanese) and Kanagawa’s Yugawara Onsen, making it possible to enjoy a natural hot spring while being in the city.The entry fee is 2500 yen for adults, 1400 yen for children, 940 yen for pre-schoolers and free for children under the age of 3. There are not only hot springs inside the facility, but also restaurants, ganbanyoku (*1), massage parlors, and lodging areas, making it a place where you can spend time in accordance with your travel plans. The facility provides indoor clothes and amenities and is very convenient for guests. Female guests may choose from nine indoor clothing (yukata) designs, which is another fun part of your stay to look forward to.*1 Ganbanyoku: A bathing method where your body heats up while lying down on a towel laid over warm rocks.Read also:Yokohama – Make The Most Of a Day Spent in Minato Mirai!Yokohama Minato Mirai – 7 Elegant Shopping SpotsAn Abundant Variety of Hot Springs What Kind of Facility is Manyo Club?center_img Photos courtesy of: Manyo ClubManyo Club’s hot springs, the facility’s best attraction, uses water that is effective for nerve pain, muscular pain, joint pain, cold sensitivity, and recovery from fatigue.The facility’s large public baths and bathtubs are made use fastidiously chosen materials such as cypress wood and natural stone. You can enjoy a variety of hot springs such as open-air baths, sleeping baths where you soak in water while sleeping, footbaths, and more.last_img read more

Montreal port chaplains reach out to seafarers spending Christmas far from home

first_imgMONTREAL – Michelle DePooter carries a box of Christmas gifts to the foot of the MSC Matilde, setting it down at the bottom of the ramp before a man in coveralls invites her aboard.Wearing a reflective safety vest and a bright pink hard hat jammed over a Port of Montreal toque, she looks more like a dock worker than a chaplain.But in the port terminals and aboard container ships like the 300-metre-long Matilde, she’s a familiar face.DePooter, 38, is one of two chaplains for the Ministry to Seafarers, an outreach mission of the Christian Reformed Church that operates out of Montreal’s port.All year round, she and fellow chaplain David Rozeboom visit each of the 50 to 80 ships that arrive in Montreal each month, providing both practical and spiritual support to their crews, most of whom come from low-income communities in India, the Philippines or Eastern Europe.Between Nov. 25 and Christmas, they also deliver about 1,500 Christmas gifts — one for each seafarer to dock in Montreal. The gifts, assembled mostly by churches in Ontario, contain socks and hats, maybe a deck of cards and a few souvenirs.DePooter works out of Mariners’ House, a clubhouse funded by the port and shipping community that provides seafarers a place to relax and unwind.There, they can shoot some pool, surf the internet, lounge on couches or visit the clubhouse’s chapel, where both DePooter’s group and a Catholic chaplain offer services.DePooter says ship workers live a challenging life that requires them to be away from home for six to nine months at time while contending with bad weather, workplace danger and loneliness.She says the ministry’s goal is to support a group of people who are often forgotten or negatively stereotyped.“They’re away from their homes and their families for months at a time, and often lonely and isolated,” she says in an interview.“To be able to provide a listening ear, somebody different they can talk to, a place where they are recognized as people, as not a forgotten entity … it’s very important.”Back aboard the MSC Matilde, the ship’s crew seems more interested in technological, rather than spiritual, concerns.In the first minutes of her visit, DePooter sells several prepaid phone cards, changes a $100 bill, and makes arrangements to send a bus to bring the crew to the clubhouse later.She says it’s all part of the job of providing support to seafarers, regardless of religion or need.“We try to cover immediate needs,” she explains. “They’re more likely to want to talk to us if they’ve talked to their families first.”While the MSC Matilde is registered in Panama, most of its crew members are Indian.They seem excited to learn that DePooter, who is married to an Indian man, speaks a little Hindi and they’re eager quiz her about the places she’s visited.Six of them pile into the van for the 15-minute drive back to the clubhouse, where some will stay and others will make their way downtown.Musa Diner, an engineer from Romania who is the only non-Indian of the group, says he’s no longer bothered by spending long months at sea.“At first I was saying, ‘what life is this, this is so brutal,’” he says as he sits in the van’s back seat with his colleagues.But now, he says the sea is in his blood and he gets restless after a couple of months on land.“I hear the sea calling to me, it says ‘Come back to me, baby,’” says Diner, a 38-year-old father of two.The crew says the Matilde will be in port for about 48 hours before heading back to Europe, meaning they’ll be spending Christmas at sea.Diner, the self-proclaimed joker of the group, says he plans to intercept Santa Claus in the Atlantic and take all the good presents.For seafarers who do end up in the port over Christmas, DePooter says there will be a big party at the clubhouse on Christmas Eve, complete with food, games and both Catholic and Protestant religious services.DePooter says that while seafarers are used to missing birthdays, anniversaries and holidays, some still find it especially hard to be away at Christmas.Others don’t mind and many, of course, aren’t Christians at all.“We’re here for everybody,” she says.last_img read more

Government docs indicate Netflix spends more on scripted English Canadian content than

first_img Facebook Netflix pays more for scripted Canadian programming than Bell Media, new internal government documents indicate.The documents, published by Michael Geist, Canada Research Chair in internet and e-commerce law at the University of Ottawa, were obtained under the Access to Information Act.An ‘information note’ for Graham Flack, deputy minister of Canadian Heritage under Mélanie Joly, reads: Advertisement “While Netflix [redacted] than Bell Media on scripted programming ($127.8 million in 2016), it should be noted that Bell Media plays an important role in producing other vital Canadian content like news and local/regional programming ($249 million in 2016), documentary ($38.8 million) and sports ($300.6 million).”The redacted piece is withheld for “commercial reasons” says Geist, but its meaning is fairly clear. The internal memo came after a meeting with Bell’s chief legal and regulatory officer Mirko Bibic, as well as a subsequent follow-up email. Bibic’s email is also included in the documents.In it he writes:“You indicated that Netflix spends more on Canadian content than the private Canadian broadcasters. While we take no issue with Netflix’s (and other foreign online services’) participation in the Canadian broadcasting ecosystem, their relative contributions compared to Canadian broadcasters and the extent and manner in which they participate must be put in their proper context in order to critically assess how to review Canadian broadcasting policy.”He follows by conceding that “it is possible Netflix spends as much as or slightly more on independently produced English-language Canadian scripted programming.” Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation celebrates 20th anniversary of Head Start program with new

first_imgChris StewartAPTN NewsThe Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation in Alberta is celebrating its 20th anniversary of its Head Start in Urban and Rural communities program.The program is designed for preschool children to learn about their language and culture.“We prepare them into Kindergarten. Into schools,” said Chief Tony Alexis. “Into University or College. When they succeed in that way, they come back to the Community to enrich our lives.“It’s a cycle that we’ve learned to adapt and we are building on.”(Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation Chief Tony Alexis at the Head Start program celebration)Council members, former chiefs, teachers and officials from the Government of Canada were at the MNE Koodie Centre to re-open the school after a $1 million renovation.The school was the first site in Canada to offer the Head Start program to preschoolers in 1999.The program teaches three to five year olds local culture, language, social skills, nutrition and more.It is now offered in 134 communities and teaches nearly 5,000 preschoolers across the country.“We still have our culture and our identity here,” Alexis said. “And we have some strong spiritual leaders that come here that continue to teach, continue to transfer knowledge, continue to transfers songs and stories.”Louise Potts is a teacher at the schoolShe is helped bring the Head Start program to Alexis 20 years ago.Potts said the program works and would like to see it offered in every Indigenous community in Canada.“We have more grade 12 graduates, more self aware people, more helpful people, more open minded youth,” said Potts.“Of course we are not going to get everybody, but as long as we keep this moving, it’s going to overtake the rest.”(Adults and children alike celebrate the Head Start program and the newly renovated school)Jayda Potts took the program in 2003.She said when she came back to the community after being away for years she was able to quickly relearn the Stoney language.“I found it all came back because of this program,” she said. “Because of this program, because of Louise, because of Geraldine and all the workers who helped me retain the language as a child.“I think that’s one of the benefits of the program. Because it was so culturally immersive.”The newly renovated school now has more space, is energy efficient and has a quiet room.cstewart@aptn.ca@aptnchrislast_img read more

Home sales to foreign buyers decreasing in the Greater Golden Horseshoe area

first_imgTORONTO – The number of home purchases by non-Canadians appears to be dropping in an Ontario region, including Toronto, that is subject to a foreign buyer tax.The 15 per cent tax was imposed in April on buyers in the Greater Golden Horseshoe area — stretching from the Niagara Region to Peterborough — who are not citizens, permanent residents or Canadian corporations.It came as the housing market in the Toronto area and beyond saw year-over-year price increases of over 30 per cent.The government previously released data from April 24 to May 26, which showed that about 4.7 per cent of properties were bought by people who weren’t citizens or permanent residents.The latest set of numbers covers May 27 to Aug. 18 and shows the percentage of foreign transactions in the region dropped to about 3.2 per cent.In Toronto, the percentage dropped from 7.2 in that first month to 5.6 per cent in the subsequent three months. In York Region, just north of Toronto, 9.1 per cent of sales in the first month were by foreign buyers, dropping to 6.9 per cent in the next three months.Finance Minister Charles Sousa credits the government’s 16-part housing plan, which included the tax, with spurring those decreases.“So I would say yes, it is working,” he said Thursday, adding that the measures have also brought some stability to the real estate market.The latest figures also looked outside the Greater Golden Horseshoe region, and in the first month of the tax foreign transactions represented 1.5 per cent of sales, while in the following three months it was nearly the same, at 1.6 per cent.Overall, from April to August, the average foreign buyer activity in the region was 3.5 per cent.Ontario’s foreign buyer tax followed a similar one in Vancouver last summer that had a cooling effect on the red hot housing market, however since then sales have rebounded.The Canadian Real Estate Association is expected to release national home sales figures for August on Friday.Sousa said he is keeping a close eye on the Vancouver market.“We would anticipate that’s a matter of supply and demand,” he said. “The demand for Ontario investment is high, certainly, but we also have greater supply coming onto the mix.”Ontario’s tax applies to purchases made on or after April 21, though there are exemptions for refugees, foreign nationals under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program, or if the property is jointly purchased with a spouse who is a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, refugee or exempt under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program.Rebates will be available to people who subsequently get citizenship or permanent resident status, as well as foreign nationals working in Ontario and international students.— with files from Craig Wonglast_img read more