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View the Exquisite Glass Tea Room Kōan in Kyoto

first_imgFrom April 4th, 2015, the Glass Tea Room “Kōan” (光庵 “The Shelter of Light”) created by the designer Yoshioka Tokujin is being exhibited at the Shōgunzuka seiryūden, a building in the Shōren’in Temple in Yamashina, Kyoto. This was the world’s first unveiling of the beautiful glass tea room, a work that had been in the making for five years.The designer Yoshioka Tokujin stands behind the realization of this glass tea room on the grand stage of Shōgunzuka seiryūden with its sweeping view of Kyoto.The construction of The Glass Tea Room “Kōan” was first announced in 2011 at the Venice Bienniale International Art Exhibition, where a model of this Japanese cultural symbol was presented. The full realization of this project took five years, and it was completed in 2015.The Japanese believe that we receive power and energy directly from nature. It is from this attention towards nature that Mr. Yoshioka was inspired to create the Glass Tea Room.Through the transparent glass this tea room was built from, the full power of nature and of the landscape around it successfully fills the small space within. A rediscovery of the Japanese thought and culture in its unification with nature has been accomplished in this work.The exhibition began in April 2015 and is still on, so if you ever visit Yamashina, please take the opportunity and go see this marvel of design with your own eyes.To view photos from the exhibition, please visit the Yoshioka Tokujin Design Office official website.InformationThe Glass Tea Room “Kōan”, by Yoshioka TokujinLocation: Shōren’in Temple (青蓮院), Shōgunzuka seiryūden (将軍塚青龍殿)Address: Kyoto, Yamashina, Zushiokukachō-chō 28Exhibition: April 2015 – To be announced* It will be announced on the official website of the Yoshioka Tokujin Design Office 3 months prior to the closing day.Hours: 9:00 – 17:00 (last admittance 16:30)Nearest Station: Higashiyama Station (東山駅) Tōzai Line and Keihin-Keishin LineAccess: 5 minute walk from Higashiyama StationOfficial website: Yoshioka Tokujin Designlast_img read more

Tabishiro Guest House in Nagano – A Place Youll Want To Come

first_imgTabi-shiro is a guest house that was remodeled from an inn that had not been occupied for years. It is located a six minute walk from Matsumoto Castle and an eleven minute walk from JR Matsumoto Station.Mr. Osawa, the owner, said, “I believe that travel has numerous hidden possibilities.” Originally employed at a travel company, he opened his guest house with the desire to broaden the possibilities of traveling.Those desires have also been placed into its name. Parodying the Japanese word “nobishiro”, which means that all things have room to grow and develop, the guest house was given the name tabi-shiro.Mr. Osawa also commented, “I want to teach travelers more about the charms of Matsumoto, the city I was raised in.” He will give you plenty of helpful advice when asked about traveling. A Vacant Inn Renovated Into a Guest Houselast_img read more

Shopping Dining And Hot Springs In One Place LaQua In Suidobashi

first_imgTokyo Dome City is an entertainment spot located in the center of Tokyo. There are many facilities designed to meet the needs of all tourists to the area, such as shopping, entertainment, and accommodations. Especially recommended is LaQua, where you can enjoy shopping, dining, and even an onsen hot spring all in one place. In this article, we’ll be introducing just what’s so great about LaQua.Read also: No Japanese? No Problem! Try The Tokyo Dome City AttractionsLaQua has a concept of “enjoying self-refreshment in the heart of Tokyo.” Of its 9 floors, the 1st to 4th are shops and restaurants, and the 5th to 9th are the spa facility “Spa LaQua.” From the many attractions found here, we’ll be introducing our most recommended.4F UNIQLOUNIQLO is a clothing brand that represents Japan. It has expanded overseas, and is popular for its cheap but high-quality products. The LaQua shop handles tax-free services, so if you are a visitor from overseas you will be able to get your favorite designs for a better price than the Japanese locals.The most popular item is the Ultra Down. It’s light but heat-retaining, and offers various colors to fit your style. Their heat tech underwear is also popular.List of Tax-Free Shops:1F Seijo Ishii, Matsumoto Kiyoshi, Bubba Gump Shrimp Tokyo (merchandise only)2F Zoff, shop in, COLLAGE GALLARDAGALANTE, CIAOPANIC TYPY, Chez toi, Discoat、niko and…3F CUBE SUGAR, LAZY SUSAN, Andemiu, Muji4F NAUGHTIAM, AIGLE, VILLAGE VANGUARD, UNIQLO1F Moomin Bakery & CafePhoto courtesy of: Moomin Bakery & Cafe (management Benelic)The Moomin Bakery & Cafe is a bakery, cafe, and merchandise shop. One step inside and you’ll be surrounded by a relaxing fairy tale-like atmosphere, such that you would imagine in the Moomin world.You can sit with big Moomin dolls if the store isn’t too crowded.Photo courtesy of: Moomin Bakery & Cafe (management Benelic), Moomin Omurice Plate (Nyoro Nyoro): 1,480 yen (without tax)The character-related dishes are all so cute and you might hesitate to eat them. The cafe corner also offers all-you-can-eat bread during lunch time (11:30-17:00).If you’re a Moomin-lover, you should also read the following: Welcome to the Moomin World! Moomin House Café in Oshiage9F Japanese Food Shunpu BanriPhoto courtesy of: Tokyo Dome HotelIf you’re looking for some good Japanese cuisine, we recommend Shunpu Banri. From spacious counter seats to horigotatsu style, there are various types of seating to fit your needs. You can also enjoy a view of Tokyo Dome City’s Ferris wheel and roller coasters if you sit at a window seat.Photo courtesy of: Tokyo Dome Hotel; Kaisendon (lunch menu): 1200 yen (without tax) *1500 yen (without tax) on Saturday and SundayThe restaurant offers reasonably priced rice bowls and set menus during lunch, as well as luxurious a la carte dishes or Japanese course meals for dinner. The calm atmosphere is great for relaxing and enjoying a delicious meal.*Information is as of February 22nd, 2016.5F-9F Spa LaQuaAfter you’ve spent your day walking around, you’ll want to stop by the onsen at Spa LaQua. Here you can experience natural onsen hot springs as well as enjoy restaurants and relaxation facilities.Photo courtesy of: Tokyo DomePhoto courtesy of: Tokyo DomeTo enter, you will need to first ride the designated elevator from the 2nd floor to the reception on the 6th. You will be paying for things inside the facility with a special wristband so there’s no need to carry around your wallet. This system makes paying for everything at the end of your visit very easy.Photo courtesy of: Tokyo DomeYou’ll find open-air baths, large public spas, attraction baths and saunas, all refreshing your tired body. This onsen is called the “soshin no yu” or “bijin no yu,” and is said to be good for shoulder pain, cold sensitivity, fatigue recovery, and more. Amenities like towels, shampoo, and skin toner can all be found within the facility, so you can come empty-handed too.How about stopping by to refresh your body and soul, and forget that you’re in the middle of a giant city for a while?Tokyo Dome Natural Onsen Spa LaQuaHours: 11:00-9:00 next morningClosed: Irregular. Check the official website for more information.Price: Admission (bathing fee included) 18 and above 2634 yen, elementary school to 17 years old 1836 yen(Children younger than elementary school cannot enter for safety reasons)*Restaurants, treatment, beauty shops and others are separate charges. Check the official website for more information.Official Website: Spa LaQuaIn ConclusionLaQua has many great attractions, and it’s a shame we can’t introduce all of them here. We hope you enjoy your day at LaQua!InformationLaQuaAddress: Tokyo, Bunkyo, Kasuga, 1-1-1Hours: Spa 11:00-9:00 next morningShops: 11:00-21:00Restaurants: 11:00-23:00*Hours differ depending on store.Closed: None (Check website regarding Spa LaQua)Wi-Fi: Free Wi-Fi “Free Wi-Fi Passport”Credit Cards: Major credit cards (depends on store)Menus in Other Languages: Yes (Pamphlets etc. in English, Chinese, Korean)Nearest Station: Korakuen Station (Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line, Namboku Line), Kasuga Station (Toei Oedo Line), Suidobashi Station (JR Chuo Line, Sobu Line, Toei Mita Line)Access: 1-minute walk from Exit 2 of Korakuen Station or Kasuga Station, 4-minute walk from West or East Exit of Suidobashi StationPhone Number: +81-3-5800-9999Official Website: LaQualast_img read more

3 Great Exhibitions To Enjoy In The Tokyo Area In June 2017

first_imgFrom “Steamboat Willie” (1928) © Disney Enterprises, Inc.The art of Disney animation has been fascinating us for generations now, ever since the first animated character appeared to the public in “Steamboat Willie” (1928).Approximately 450 items of Disney artwork (original drawings, drafts and sketches), most of them shown to the public for the first time, are displayed in the exhibition “The Art of Disney” held at Miraikan – The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Odaiba, Tokyo. June, though not really a summer month, coincides with the rainy season in Japan. This means it may not be the best time for long excursions or outdoor activities like mountain climbing and trekking. While it may be tempting to contemplate the rain beyond a glass window, there are many other ways to enjoy this month.That is to say, it’s the best time to check out the art exhibitions around the city. This article introduces three special exhibitions in Tokyo and Yokohama which we warmly recommend.Technique and Expression in Traditional Japanese Art: Decorated PapersIn Japanese classical aesthetics, great attention was paid not only to the content transmitted through writing and painting, but also to the quality of the media used to give shape to that content, namely the ink and the paper. Ogata-gire, attributed to Fujiwara no Kinto (966-1041), ink on paper decorated with mica and silver, Japan Heian period (12th century), Nezu MuseumThe exhibition titled “Technique and Expression in Traditional Japanese Art: Decorated Papers” held at the Nezu Museum until July 2nd offers insights into the appreciation of the decorated paper used in the classical Japanese art. The exquisite quality of the paper used for writing down precious texts adds a new dimension to the value of the literary works that have shaped the Japanese culture. It also shows how treasured have these texts been across the centuries.For a deeper understanding of classical Japanese art, do visit this special exhibition at the Nezu Museum.Technique and Expression in Traditional Japanese Art: Decorated PapersVenue: Nezu MuseumDates: May 25th – July 2nd, 2017. Nezu Museum View InformationmuseumThe Elegant Other: Cross-cultural Encounters in Fashion and Art Poems by a Hundred Poets, by Prince Toshihito (1579-1629), ink on dyed paper decorated with gold and silver, Japan Edo period (17th century) Nezu Museum collectionImportant texts such as Buddhist sutras, or poetry collections were often copied on precious paper that had been sophisticatedly dyed and decorated with gold and silver leaf. These works were treasured therefore not only for the valuable text they transmit but also as beautiful objects of art. Fragments of such works, usually displayed on hanging scrolls, have been transmitted for centuries on and are regarded as works of art. From “Frozen” (2013) © Disney Enterprises, Inc.At the same time, this exhibition reveals the animation techniques that bring each character to life. Every decade in the history of Disney animation brought by new techniques and new developments. It is a great occasion to trace this history and get to know the world of Disney more intimately through the items displayed at Miraikan.The Art of Disney – The Magic of AnimationVenue: Miraikan – National Museum of Emerging Science and InnovationDates: April 8th – September 24th, 2017 National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation. Miraikan View InformationmuseumIn ClosingEach and every one of the three exhibitions introduced above is a gateway to another world of emotions and perceptions that will undoubtedly enrich our own life views. Take this opportunity in June to explore the worlds that open up to us through these exhibitions in Tokyo and Yokohama. Court Dress Worn by the Empress Meiji / ca.1910 / Collection of the Kyoritsu Women’s University MuseumThe opening of the Port of Yokohama in June 1859 marked the beginning of a vivid exchange between Japan and the West. Fashion items and objects used by “the Other” in their daily lives were looked at first with curiosity and eventually inspired new trends in the cultures where they were brought it. From “The Little Mermaid” (1989) © Disney Enterprises, Inc.”The Art of Disney” provides a great opportunity to recall the excitement and the deep impression that the Disney animation works left upon us when we watched them for the very first time. Iida Takashimaya, Kyoto / Hostess Gown / ca.1906 / Collection of the Kyoto Costume Institute (KCI) / Photo by Kazumi Kurigami”The Elegant Other”, an exhibition hosted by the Yokohama Museum of Art, is dedicated to the encounters and reciprocal influences brought by these exchanges. Visitors can enjoy an impressive display of approximately one hundred dresses from the Kyoto Costume Institute (KCI), along with accessories, crafts, paintings, and photographs from Japanese and foreign museums and private collections. René Lalique / Dog Collar Plaque, Chrysanthemums / ca.1900 / Collection of the Lalique Museum, Hakone / Photo by Shoichi KondoThis display of unique fashion and art items shows the fascination that people embraced for the new cultures that were now opening to them thanks to friendly commercial ties and how this fascination resulted in a creative reciprocal influence that gave birth to new fashions and styles.The Elegant Other: Cross-cultural Encounters in Fashion and ArtVenue: Yokohama Museum of ArtDates: April 25th – June 25th Yokohama Museum of Art View InformationmuseumThe Art of Disney – The Magic of Animationlast_img read more

Shokado Confectionery Delight In Matsushimas Classic Japanese Sweets

first_imgMr. KomakineEvery ingredient in each recipe is carefully selected to make their products.Mr. Komakine: “We try to meet with egg, honey, and other ingredient manufacturers in person before deciding on the best, local supplier.”Mr. Komakine was working at another company until he came across the desserts at Shokado Confectionery. He started working here after that, captivated by the shop’s devotion to producing quality products using only the best ingredients and nothing extra.Homemade Products Filled With LoveFrom the shop’s signature castella to an array of handmade confectioneries, here are three must-try products at Shokado Confectionery.1. Shokado Confectionery’s Castella – A Must-Try, Signature Cake! Made from wheat, milk, eggs, and honey, this castella has a simple flavor that will leave you craving for more. Overseas visitors even comment that the castella has a familiar taste that is similar to a childhood treat.This baked good is fluffy on the outside and dense and flavorful on the inside. Over time, the castella becomes more moist and soft.The Shokado Castella Set (670 yen including tax) comes with a choice of beverage. Customers can select coffee, hojicha tea, or milk.English menus are available upon request.2. Kinako Sandwich – Addictively Delicious Japanese Buttercream Shokado Confectionery – A Cafe With an Ocean View Read also Unique Japanese Souvenirs – Yukitakeya In Matsushima The tall glass windows welcomes visitors upon entering the cafe with a picturesque scenery of Matsushima Bay and Godaido Temple surrounded by pine trees. Yukitakeya, a souvenir shop, is on the first floor of the building. This shop is well-known for its signature rice crackers and Matsushima and Miyagi prefecture souvenirs. Freshly-roasted rice crackers are tastiest when consumed hot.Delicious Sweets Made with Care In cooperation with Shokado Confectionerycenter_img The Kinako Sandwich is kinako (*1) buttercream spread between almond meringue cookies. It has a gentle sweetness and tastes more delicious with every bite.The crunchy exterior is balanced with soft, moist buttercream that leaves an aromatic kinako aftertaste.This treat is served with coffee or hojicha tea (670 yen including tax). It is also available for take-out and would be perfect as a souvenir.*1: Kinako: Roasted soybean powder commonly used to make Japanese confectionery.3. Refined Flavor And Tableware – Shokado Pudding The Shokado Pudding is a popular dessert that is often sold out. It is only available for eat-in.The pudding has a classic firm texture. It jiggles when you dig your spoon into it, and the bittersweet flavor of the pudding and the caramel sauce topping is delicious.The pudding comes with coffee or hojicha (720 yen including tax).Take Home Some Special Sweets Mr. Komakine stells us that, “We strive to bring out the deliciousness of each product and dedicate ourselves to the process. We believe this devotion creates something unachievable by machines.”The fine ingredients and commitment by the team create sweets with flavors that are popular and well-loved by customers.Matsushima has many fascinating sites to visit, such as national treasures like Zuiganji Temple and scenic views across the bay. Make sure to add Shokado Confectionery to your list of destinations to visit to indulge in delicious traditional sweets! Shokado Cafe View Informationcafestore The Shokado Castella, Kinako Sandwich, other products such as Castella Rusk (360 yen including tax) and Black Bean Tea (720 yen including tax) can be also purchased as souvenirs. Mr. Komakine, the shop manager, shares that “products (here) are made while respecting the past and the present.” Shokado Confectionery’s products are free of preservatives and are made with natural ingredients. Sweets are baked with traditional methods using improved technology, like modern iron cauldrons. The white linen coverall aprons, a type of teshigotohin (*2), worn by the staff at Shokado Confectionery are available for sale too. Coverall aprons are aprons with sleeves, worn over clothing during cooking or household chore activities. They were worn mainly by women between the latter half of the Meiji period to the Showa period to keep their kimonos from getting dirty.The sleeves of coverall aprons come with attached rubber elastics so the sleeves can be rolled up. In addition, the knee-length apron makes it convenient to prevent one’s clothes from being stained.*2: Teshigotohin: Goods made manually by craftsmen.Enjoy Soy Sauce Rice Crackers After Dessert This is Shokado Confectionery, a handmade confectionery shop in Matsushima, a famous tourist destination half an hour by train from Sendai Station in the Tohoku region.This confectionery strives to ensure that its products are exclusive to visitors in Matsushima. As a result, the shop does not offer online shopping services. Also, the shop’s iconic glass windows allow visitors to enjoy the beautiful views in Matsushima.The shop has been operating at the same location since a hundred years ago. Up to date, it has been a restaurant, cafe, and souvenir shop. Shokado Confectionery opened in 2010 as a confectionery and cafe and is on the second-story of the building.Modern yet Classic Confectioneries Made Simplelast_img read more

15 Japanese Phrases For When Youre In Love Express Your Feelings

first_imgWhat Do You Do While In Line At Disney? We Asked 20 Couples! Three Restaurants In Roppongi With Enchanting Night Views Of Tokyo A Date In Harajuku, Omotesando And Shibuya – Enjoy Shopping Together! Great for weekend dates! Take a walk in “Setagaya Park” & have apple pie and hamburgers at a terrace seat 10. I had a wonderful time today! Let’s go out again together.[kyo:wa tanoshikattades. mata asobitaina]This phrase will express your gratitude and impressions from the day you spent together.If you have some other places you’d like to visit with that person, you can try saying something like this:Next time, I’d love to go to 〇〇 (with you).[kondo 〇〇ni ikitaides]When You Want to Express Your Feelings11. I like you.[sukides]This is the phrase you use when you want to confess to the person you like.12. Will you go out with me?[tsukiattekudasai]After you’ve confessed how you feel, you can ask them to become your boyfriend, girlfriend, or partner.13. I fell in love with you at first sight.[hitomebore shimasita]With this phrase, you can express your feelings that started from the very first time you’ve met this person.14. I want to be with you forever./I want to always be with you.[zutto isshoni itaides]If you want that special someone to be by your side for a long time, too, this phrase will help convey your feelings.15. I want to make you happy.[anatawo shiawaseni shitaides]This phrase is handy if you want to propose to someone.Review1. What is your name?/Please, tell me your name.[namaewa nandeska]2. Are you in a relationship?[koibitowa imaska]3. Please tell me your phone number.[denwabango: oshiete kudasai]4. That is such a lovely name![sutekina namaedesne]5. That outfit looks cute.[kyo:nofuku kawai:desne]6. It looks great on you![sugoku niau]7. This is a present for you.[anatani purezentodes]8. Would you like to take a walk with me?[sanponi ikimasenka]9. Would you like to have a meal with me?[isshoni gohan ikimasenka]10. I had a wonderful time today! Let’s go out together again.[kyo:wa tanoshikattades. mata asobitaina]11. I like you.[sukides]12. Would you go out with me?[tsukiattekudasai]13. I fell in love with you at first sight.[hitomebore shimasita]14. I want to be with you forever.[zutto isshoni itaides]15. I want to make you happy.[anatawo shiawaseni shitaides]Good luck telling that special someone how you truly feel!Read also Self-Introduction In Japanese! 16 Phrases You Should Know The Ueno And Asakusa Date Plan For Couples Visiting Japan Love and Travel Go Hand in HandHave you ever felt something for a nice shop employee or a kind person who gave you directions when you were got lost? How about someone you met during your travels? Did you know how to express your affection?If you’ve experienced this and want to know how to convey your feelings, we have prepared 15 Japanese phrases you can use.*To find out more about the pronunciation of the words in the brackets, take a look at Japanese Pronunciation and Polite Speech.Getting to Know Someone1. What is your name?[namaewa nandeska]Use this phrase to find out the name of the person you’re interested in.2. Are you in a relationship?[koibitowa imaska]Surely one of the first things you’d like to know about the person you like is if they are dating anyone, right? Well, this phrase will come in handy if you want to find out about that.Also, in case you’re asked the same question, you can say,”I’m not in a relationship.”,[watashiwa imasen]or,”I am in a relationship.”[watashiwa imas]3. Could I have your number/〇〇?[〇〇 oshiete kudasai]The 〇〇 refers to the phone number, email address, SNS account, and other similar information you’d like to get from the person in question.ExamplePlease tell me your phone number.[denwabango: oshiete kudasai]Giving Compliments4. (That is) Such a lovely/beautiful name![sutekina namaedesne]Use this phrase to compliment the person on their name after you’ve inquired about it.5. You look cute today./That outfit looks cute.[kyo:nofuku kawai:desne]As the word used is “cute,” this phrase is great when you want to compliment someone’s outfit.You can use the following phrase to describe someone or something as cool or handsome.You look handsome/cool today./That outfit looks great on you.[kyo:nofuku kakkoi:desne]6. It looks great (on you)![sugoku niau]This phrase can be used when you want to compliment a person’s hairstyle or outfit.7. This is (a present) for you.[anatani purezentodes]This phrase is great if you are giving a present to someone for their birthday or as a surprise.Inviting Them on a Date8. Would you like to take a walk with me?[sanponi ikimasenka]Do you want to spend some time with the person you like or feel attracted to? If so, how about you invite them for a walk?We suggest going on a walk with someone in spring or fall because you can admire the gorgeous cherry blossoms or autumn foliage together.9. Would you like to go to lunch/dinner with me?[isshoni gohan ikimasenka]Use this phrase to invite the person you like a meal with you.Enjoy a nice dinner at a top-floor restaurant while enjoying the view of the night sky, or savor some delicious sushi while chatting about Japanese culture. Why not spend some time with someone special? Thank You! 7 Japanese Phrases To Express Your Gratitude The Best 5 Restaurants to Enjoy the Night View in Shinjuku Read alsolast_img read more

Sunshine Aquarium A Great Place For Couples And Families

first_imgThe exhibits are not only designed for families to enjoy, but also for adults, which is a point that makes Sunshine Aquarium stand out from others. Sunshine Aquarium is an idyllic blue oasis in Ikebukuro. If you find yourself getting worn out from shopping and sightseeing, why not head here and refresh yourself amid the fish and sea life?InformationSunshine AquariumAddress: Tokyo, Toshima, Higashi Ikebukuro 3-1-1 Sunshine City World Import Mart Building 10FHours: Nov.-March 10:00-18:00, April-Oct. 10:00-20:00 (last entry 1 hour before close)Nearest Station: Ikebukuro Station (JR, Tokyo Metro lines), Higashi Ikebukuro Station (Tokyo Metro Yurakucho line), Higashi Ikebukuro Yonchome Tram Stop (Toden Arakawa line)Access: 3 minute walk from Higashi Ikebukuro Station, 8 minute walk from Ikebukuro Station, 4 minute walk from Higashi Ikebukuro Yonchome Tram StopAdmission: Adults 2000 yen, children (elementary/jhs age) 1000 yen, toddlers (age 4 plus) 700 yen, over 65s 1700 yenPhone: 03-3989-3466Website: https://www.sunshinecity-global.com/en/facility/aquarium/ And in their rooftop outdoor exhibits, you can pass under tanks with sea lions frolicking about overhead. This peaceful spot in the city is also a oasis in the sky – which is one of the concepts behind this aquarium and its renewal that took place in 2011.Another great feature of this renewal is their live streaming broadcasts of the sea lions, penguins, and clownfish. For example, here is a tunnel tank where you can stroll under clouds of floating jellyfish. Doesn’t that sound like fun?center_img Sunshine Aquarium is located with the massive Sunshine City shopping and commercial center in Tokyo’s Ikebukuro. At first glance, you may think that this is just another aquarium, but rest assured, there are plenty of things that make Sunshine Aquarium a truly special place to visit. Not only is it family friendly, with plenty of activities for children to enjoy, but it is also a perfect date spot for couples of all ages too. A breathtaking world of blue awaits you inside. You might even find yourself forgetting that you’re in the heart of Tokyo while visiting here.There are hundreds of different fish and other sea creatures from various places around the world here just waiting to welcome you. Each tank has its own unique atmosphere, and you will certainly not feel bored for a minute as you walk through this aquarium.last_img read more

Take in 1200 Year Old Traditions in the Oki Islands Shimane

first_imgEven though the turban in Oki is chewy it’s also rather soft, and has a distinctive, fresh taste. Turban-don, a bowl of rice topped with turban, along with turban curry are two local dishes that are a must-eat when visiting the area. Mizuwakasu Shrine is another shrine that was constructed using the construction method specific to Oki. I is also an important cultural asset. There is even a dohyo, or sumo wrestling ring, inside. A portion of the Japanese movie ‘Kon-Shin’ was filmed there. In the area known as Yana no Matsubara there are roughly 20 small buildings resembling huts which were once used to house boats. With the blue sea and cedar bark roofs of the fishing huts all lined up in a row, there is unique atmosphere is in this unchanging fishing village. Funa-goya (Traditional Boat Houses) View InformationThe Oki Food Culture – The Fruits of the Sea and Land Oki soba, made with 100% soba flour and served in a sweet mackerel broth, is a unique local cuisine. The soba here differs from traditional soba, as it crumbles to pieces inside the bowl. By slurping this dish as if it were ochazuke (rice that has toppings and green tea poured over it), you will be able to enjoy the aroma of the soba along with the rich flavor of the mackerel broth. Oki is best known for its fresh seafood, caught from the neighboring seas. Among the seafood caught includes local specialties such as a type of shellfish known as a turban, abalone, and oyster. Northeast of Shimane prefecture on the Sea of Japan, there is an area known as Oki. An area made up of four inhabited islands and a number of uninhabited islands, in the year 724 it was decided that the area of Oki was to be where criminals would be taken to be punished. Since then, many people have come to these islands, starting with one of the former Emperors of Japan. They say that people visiting Oki greatly impacted the culture there.We’ll introduce the areas in Oki where one is able to feel the long history of the area that was built from this culture.Historic ShrinesIn Oki, an archipelago built upon a unique culture, there are a number of shrines. Most of these shrines were built using a unique construction method specific to Oki. Some of the shrines in Oki are very highly ranked and have been designated important cultural assets.Tamawakasumikoto Shrine is a shrine with a long history, having had it’s name written in a book back in the Heian period (784 – 1185). The honden or main shrine hall that was built there has been designated an important cultural asset of Japan.In the area surrounded by the shrine there is a yaosugi tree, a type of Japanese cedar, that has also been designated a national monument. This tree is over 1000 years old, measuring 30 meters tall with roots that are about 20 meters in length, making it the largest Japanese cedar in Shimane prefecture. The flourishing bark and thick branches of this tree can be seen from all directions, making quite an impact. 玉若酢命神社 View Informationmuseumcenter_img What started off as an event that took place four times a years, the bullfighting that takes place at the Momo Dome now occurs as part of tourism-based events. The sight of huge bulls with bulging muscles slamming into one another is quite impressive and the whole battle will have you on the edge of your seat in anticipation of the win. At the Momo Dome it’s customary for the bullfight to end in a draw, right before the fight actually finishes.For more information about bullfighting in Japan please take a look at 800 Year Long Tradition: Watching Oki’s Oxpecker Bullfighting (Japanese). Oki Momo Dome View InformationThe History of a Town Supported by Fishing Oki is a history and culture rich archipelago on the Sea of Japan. On these islands you can still find historic sights and traditional events taking place as they have for centuries – all of which invite visitors into their enduring world. Why not take a trip to the island of Dogo on Oki and pursue the history and culture for oneself? Okinoshima Town Tourist Association View InformationRead also:800 Year Long Tradition: Watching Oki’s Oxpecker Bullfighting (Japanese)Explore Iwami Silver Mine In Shimane With Google Street View Growing rice is another industry that flourishes on Dogo, and this rice is used in the production of local sake as well. Made from local rice and pure waters that have been included in the 100 most exquisite waters in Japan ranking, this sake has its own distinctive taste that is mild, yet first-class.In Conclusion The area that is usually visited there is the haiden or the outer shrine, from where one is able to see the honden where the deity is enshrined. The distinctive style of construction can be observed here upon the roofs and the eaves of the roofs. Mizuwakasu Shrine View InformationThe Rare Culture of Bullfighting that Still Remains in JapanBullfighting washed to the shores of Oki back in the 13 century. It’s reported that it was brought about in order to please the ex-emperor Gotoba. Though it might not seem very Japanese, there are a number of areas in Japan where bullfighting still remains. However, the bullfighting that takes place on Oki has a history spanning over 800 years, making it the oldest traditional bullfighting that takes place in Japan.last_img read more

KUMAMON Square Kumamoto Meet A Famous Japanese Mascot

first_imgWho Is Kumamon? Kumamoto Guide: Access, 27 Sightseeing Spots, Festivals and More! How To Reach Kumamoto From Tokyo And Other Regions In Japan In the center of KUMAMON Square is a stage with a seating area. On days when Kumamon is in the building, there are live performances featuring Kumamon dancing some pretty sharp moves!If you want to meet Kumamon in the interactive space, refer to the official homepage beforehand and check for the designated schedule times.The schedule varies from day to day. For example, shows are sometimes held twice daily, but there are also days when Kumamon is absent. Please be sure to confirm before visiting.You can still visit KUMAMON Square even if Kumamon is not there, however.On the day of Kumamon’s performance, try to arrive early and wait in front of the stage. There’s no reserved seating available, so visitors are encouraged to be polite and accommodating. If there are any children, please encourage them to move to the front so that they can see and enjoy the dances.Kumamon Makes His Entrance After the stage performance ends, there’s an opportunity to interact with Kumamon.Kumamon takes special care to communicate with each and every one of his fans. For example, when he’s meeting children, he’ll squat down so that he’s at the same eye level as they are. Those meeting him for the first time will undoubtedly be impressed by his kindness.Many visitors look forward to this chance to meet Kumamon, so be sure to be patient and gracious so that everyone can enjoy the experience.This precious time with Kumamon also happens at KUMAMON Square in the KUMAMON Sales Manager Office.You can also give him a high five when he walks down the aisle, going to or coming from the stage area.A Place Worth Visiting Even When Kumamon is AwayDon’t worry if you aren’t able to see Kumamon’s performances! Below we introduce things to see and do inside the building even when Kumamon is away on business.Kumamon’s Office Kumamon is a mascot character created in 2011 to improve public relations in Kumamoto.He is known to be a slight troublemaker, but he charms all who meet him and has helped increase the popularity of Kumamoto. Kumamon works as a prefectural public servant, entrusted with the dual role of sales manager and happiness manager for Kumamoto Prefecture.Kumamon is extremely busy: in addition to visiting every corner of Japan, he also makes countless trips abroad.In this article, we introduce Kumamon’s workplace, where you can meet this popular character.KUMAMON Square – Activity Headquarters For visitors who would like to remember Kumamon even when after they get home, we recommend the keychains (800 yen including tax). There are many different kinds, including Kumamon singing his theme song, Kumamon dressed up in various seasonal outfits, and Kumamon in cute poses.Buy one of these delightful souvenirs and Kumamon will be with you forever! We recommend the KUMAMON Latte (465 yen including tax), an adorable coffee drink featuring skillful latte art.Sitting atop the soft and fluffy bubbles is Kumamon’s face! It feels like a waste to drink this elaborately designed latte, so it’s difficult to take that first sip.The dekopon parfait (660 yen including tax) uses plenty of dekopon (*1) grown in Kumamoto.These desserts are simply delectable and very cute! However, please be careful not to indulge too much, or your waistline might expand and you’ll start looking like Kumamon!*1 dekopon: a variety of citrus fruit belonging to the mandarin orange family. About one quarter of all the dekopon in Japan is grown in Kumamoto.Original Kumamon Goods Shop KUMAMON Square is in an urban area of Kumamoto City.In addition to being Kumamon’s place of work, there’s a cafe and a shop selling original goods, making this a must-visit place for Kumamon lovers! It also is a center where visitors can learn about sightseeing and things to do in Kumamoto.Now, let’s step inside!Interactive Space and Stage – Meet a Dancing Kumamon! You’ll see Kumamon goods everywhere you look at the shop inside the facility. Be sure to drop in and pick up some souvenirs.There are also limited-edition goods that aren’t available at any other shop. On the left side in the above picture are the Kumamon plush toys (3,900 yen including tax) and the specialty T-shirts (1,500 yen including tax). Buy both and dress up a Kumamon plushie in the cute T-shirt.There are also Kumamon dolls that are already wearing the T-shirts (5,000 yen including tax). When you look closely, it appears as if Kumamon is grinning. Visitors can tour the KUMAMON Sales Manager Office even on days when Kumamon is away from KUMAMON Square.The inside of Kumamon’s office is filled with trophies and commendations that he has received from throughout Japan, and at the many events he has attended. You will also notice photos of his countless friends.You can also sit in his chair and have your picture taken!A Cafe Space Here they also sell curry made with Akagyu beef (a type of wagyu beef) and Kumamoto tomatoes. You can also find yuzu pepper seasoning and other specialty products that allow you to taste the local flavors of Kumamoto.This is the ideal place for Kumamoto Prefecture souvenirs!Kumamon Square – A Must-Visit in KumamotoKumamoto is filled with beautiful and fun sightseeing spot, like the Amakusa region, a designated World Heritage Site, and Aso, a city at the foot of active volcano Mt. Aso, which has one of the world’s largest calderas (a volcano’s unique crater shape).After going to these sightseeing spots, make sure to visit KUMAMON Square. Try to meet Kumamon–even if you didn’t know about him previously, you’ll no doubt be charmed by his warm hospitality.Kumamon is considered to be one of Japan’s most famous mascot. Make a special trip to Kumamoto to meet this charming character. Kumamon Square View Informationshopping_mall Read also Kumamoto’s specialty products and snacks associated with Kumamon are sold in the cafe space. Visitors can also enjoy delicious sweets and refreshing drinks here.Why not drop in for a break here while waiting for the stage performance to begin? When it’s time for the show to start, Kumamon makes his long-awaited entrance onto the stage! Be sure to welcome him with a round of applause.On the stage, Kumamon will perform his show, guided by the MC. The show is filled with humor-filled talk.Meet Kumamon Pictures courtesy of (C)2010 kumamoto pref.kumamonIn cooperation with KUMAMON SQUARElast_img read more

Discovering An Unexpected Destination Shinjukus Kinokuniya Bookstore

first_imgFor most of your travels until now, you may have thought that the best means of learning about your destination were to exclusively read up on it before actually visiting the place itself.However, learning about a place once you are there is just as good a way of planning your journey as well. Head to Kinokuniya in Shinjuku when you have some time left during your stay, or when you want to find out more about a particular place. If you come during this limited-time only event, you just might find some unexpected destinations that will make your travels all the more fantastic.By seeing a place others might never have heard of before, you’re sure to have an even more memorable trip to Japan. Kinokuniya Shinjuku Main Store View Informationbook_storeelectronics_storehome_goods_storestore Kinokuniya Shinjuku, the host of this event, is the largest bookstore in Japan, easily accessed even by first-time visitors to Japan, as it is a mere five minute walk from Shinjuku Station.Kinokuniya, in addition to our limited-time booth, has an amazing permanent selection of books on Japan for travelers on the first floor. Not only that, but they have a wealth of guidebooks and maps on Japan and others on Japanese culture.When you come to Japan and wonder where to go or want to get more information on places during your trip, by all means, please visit Kinokuniya’s Shinjuku bookstore. You will surely find just what you’re looking for.Travels Starting from Bookstores: Gather Information on Japan Here Have Some Extra Sightseeing Time? Let’s Head to the Bookstore!Yearning to travel in Tokyo. You’ve made your travel plans down to the letter to do everything that you wanted, but now you find yourself with some extra time in your schedule. What is there to do?Although we naturally recommend looking for information on our travel website, visiting a bookstore is another excellent option. At Tokyo’s Kinokuniya Bookstore in Shinjuku, we will have a booth for tourists on the first floor’s Books on Japan area for a limited time only – from March 13th to 31st, 2017. Here we will be introducing hidden attractions that can easily be reached on day trips from Shinjuku, and spots where you can enjoy the local atmosphere. By combining books and goods that enable you to experience this atmosphere on a deeper level, visitors to Japan will be better able to find more exciting places to visit during their stay.Sumo, Art, Stylish Bars – Discover Little Known Spots in the Citycenter_img This event is a collaboration between Kinokuniya, the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO), NAVITIME JAPAN, which develops applications for tourists visiting Japan, and MATCHA, our website for travelers. At this special booth, postcards showing various places in Tokyo will be distributed free of charge (please note, postcards can be obtained by answering questionnaires).On postcards, attractive spots in Tokyo such as Ryogoku, Koenji, Ameyoko, Oku Shibuya and others will be available. By loading the QR code on the back of the postcard, you can find detailed information on each spot by jumping straight to MATCHA’s relevant articles.If you find a spot you are interested in thanks to this event, you will easily be able to visit it right after stopping by our booth.There are 12 types of postcards available. Thanks to the input from the helpful staff at Kinokuniya, we have put together special guides to “local Japan”, places that visitors might otherwise miss when traveling. For example, the following spots are just some of those found on these postcards.Near the Home of Sumo, RyogokuRyogoku in Sumida ward is the home of sumo. Ryogoku has Kokugikan Arena, the sumo wrestling arena, numerous sumo stables where the wrestlers reside, and throughout the streets you will encounter sumo strolling about in their distinctive yukata. There are also plenty of restaurants where you can enjoy hot pot dishes like chanko nabe, a popular food for sumo wrestlers.From Shinjuku, take the JR Sobu line bound for Tsudanuma for about twenty minutes; it costs 220 yen.Where Artists Congregate – KoenjiKoenji, a city in Suginami ward where musicians and artists gather. It is a lively spot where galleries, live houses, record shops, clothing shops line the streets. There are also many DJ bars and izakaya serving a wide variety of dishes and drinks. In Koenji, you can shop, drink, eat and have lots of fun at any time of day.From Shinjuku, take the JR Chuo line rapid train for six minutes; it costs 160 yen.Lots of Stylish Cafes and Bars, Oku ShibuyaOku Shibuya is a quiet area located about ten minutes on foot from Shibuya Station. It is a hot spot in Tokyo, where trendy cafes and bars are scattered about.Take the Yamanote line Uchimawari (inner track) and get off at Shibuya Station. It takes about seven minutes and costs 160 yen. From Shibuya Station, it is about a ten minute walk.Traces of Edo Still Remain Here, YanakaYanaka is located in downtown Taito ward, and is one area of Tokyo where the atmosphere of the Edo era still remains. One of the best things to enjoy here is the food; the Yanaka Ginza shopping street has a rich variety of food shops selling grilled squid and dumplings that visitors can enjoy as they shop.From Shinjuku, take the Yamanote line Sotomawari (outer track) and get off at Nippori Station. It will take about 20 minutes and cost 200 yen. A five minute walk will bring you from the station to the Yanaka Ginza shopping street.These places and more are all introduced with beautiful pictures on their postcards. Some, like Yanaka, are not even mentioned in guidebooks, making them truly distinct places to visit. By opening the QR code on these postcards, you just might find a surprising destination that you couldn’t have known about otherwise.These exclusive postcards will only be available from March 13th to 31st, so please don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity.Kinokuniya Bookstore Shinjuku Has Plenty of Sightseeing Informationlast_img read more

Chilled Somen Noodles A Refreshing Summer Dish

first_imgHeat all dipping sauce ingredients like dashi, mirin, soy sauce and sugar in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring, until sugar is dissolved. Cool the sauce, then chill for about one hour. This sauce is called tsuyu. To serve, place the noodles in a bowl of ice and dip them in the dipping sauce before eating.Noodles Noodles are an important staple of Japanese cuisine, eaten by people of all ages in every part of the country. Somen are white wheat flour noodles cut into thin strips, about 1 mm in diameter. The dough is stretched with the help of vegetable oil to make very thin strips. These thin noodles are easily flavored by the sauce and taste amazing.RecipeCold somen tastes best when cooked at home; it is simple and easy to make after a tiring day at work! Let’s see how to make cold somen.Ingredients used2 bunches dried somen noodleIce water1 green onion, thinly slicedGinger root, gratedSauce/Dressing2 cups unseasoned dashi (Japanese soup stock)3 tablespoons sugar2 tablespoons mirin (Japanese sweet rice wine)1 ½ tablespoon shoyu (Japanese soy sauce)½ cup waterInstructions1. Boil water and add somen to the boiling water. Summers in Japan are humid. Traveling around in such weather could make one yearn for some relaxing and cold dishes. Chilled somen is a traditional Japanese meal that may be an unusual noodle dish for some, as it is served cold.In Japan, there are many varieties of chilled noodle dishes and somen, which are dried thin noodles, is just one of them. Japanese summers are so hot and humid that one often loses their appetite by the end of the day, but cold somen is very nice and easy to eat. Adults like it, but kids like it even more because it is tasty and fun to eat. Noodles in ice water are the children’s summer favorite.Different Ways to Satisfy the Taste Buds Somen is a perfect summer noodle dish because it’s typically served over ice or in a cold ice bath. This unique type of dish may sound a bit different for visitors, but it is a must try especially if visiting during summer. If you want to try some local Japanese cold somen, the best place to visit are the stalls which serve them at the summer festivals. Enjoy having this simple yet popular cold dish this summer!You May Also LikePopular Festival Food In JapanCool Yourself With Japan’s Favorite Summer Dish – Hiyashi ChukaA Guide To A Hearty Meal Under 500 Yen In Japan! The main characteristic of somen noodles is that they are boiled, thin white noodles made from wheat. These noodles are then dipped in the sauce (tsuyu) along with grated ginger and chopped green onions. Somen by itself has a very mild flavor, so it needs a strongly flavored dipping sauce. If the dish is too light, one can eat it with thinly sliced vegetables and pan fried rolled egg omelet too. That makes it more of a complete meal. You can find somen noodle sets along with noodle sauce at many supermarkets too.Traditionally, somen noodles come to the table topped with ice cubes to keep the strands cold. The dish is eaten by dunking the noodles in the cold broth. The subtle flavor can be punched up with grated wasabi, shredded nori, or thinly sliced shiso leaves. In addition, to make the sauce a little more flavor one can add extra ginger or wasabi.Nagashi Somen 3. Put ice water in a serving bowl and add somen. Keep it aside.4. Mix tsuyu and water, and serve the sauce along with onion and ginger.How to Serve Somen for 6 People 2. Cook for a minute and strain the noodles thoroughly by washing them in running water. Divide noodles among 6 bowls filled with ice cold water. Divide dipping sauce among 6 small bowls and serve with accompaniments for flavoring it, and then dip each mouthful of noodles in sauce and savor the taste.In Conclusion Somen is not something you normally eat at restaurants. It truly tastes best when cooked at home. During the summertime, many people host nagashi somen parties, a fun and social way of eating somen noodles. Bundles of cooked noodles are dropped into cold flowing water and sent down a pipe made of split bamboo. Everyone then tries to catch the somen as it flows by, which requires some skill with chopsticks.The noodles can be enjoyed with toppings like hard-boiled egg, cucumber, and sesame seeds. It is a unique summertime dining activity that can be enjoyed with many friends. Chilled summer noodles are a delicious way to keep cool and nourished during the hot summer months. And, as the dishes are very flexible in terms of the types of noodles used and toppings added, they can be tailored to all tastes!Ingredients Required to Make Cold SomenSaucelast_img read more

Awa Odori All About Tokushimas Summer Dance Festival

first_imgWhat Is Awa Odori? © JNTOAwa Odori is the quintessential summer event of Tokushima prefecture, located in Shikoku. Along with Gifu Prefecture’s Gujo Odori Dance and Akita Prefecture’s Nishimonai Bon Odori (bound dance), it has a history of over 400 years and is counted as one of Japan’s three most important Bon Odori Festivals.You are guaranteed to enjoy yourself at the sight of people dancing to the Awa Yoshikono chant, “The dancers are fools and the watchers are fools. If both are fools, then why not dance?”There are two Awa Odori styles. For the men’s dance, they wear happi coats (*1) with their yukata while female dancers wear amigasa (*2) along with their yukata for the women’s dance. Indeed, the charm and elegance of the women dancing in their pink and red yukata is one of the highlights of the festival. A Treasury Of Beautiful Scenery – 9 Amazing Sights In Tokushima While you can view Awa Odori festivals in many places in Tokushima prefecture as well as in Koenji and Nakameguro in Tokyo, the most famous of them all is the Tokushima City’s Awa Odori. Held every year during the Obon Holiday season from August 12th to the 15th, over a million people visit year after year to watch more than a hundred thousand dancers perform.In this article, we will give you information on how to access Tokushima City’s Awa Odori Festival.*1 Happi coat: a traditional Japanese straight-sleeved coat usually worn only to festivals.*2 Amigasa: a traditional braided straw hat used to protect wearers from the sun in summer. The 2019 Awa Odori Festival Schedule© JNTOThe 2019 Tokushima City Awa Odori Festival schedule is as follows:Schedule: Spanning 4 days on August 12 – August 15Festival and Station Access© JNTOThe Tokushima City Awa Odori is held on the south side of JR Tokushima Station.Tokushima StationAdress: Tokushima, Tokushima, Terashima Honcho, Nishi 1-61 Google MapTravelling From Tokyo By ShinkansenIf travelling from Tokyo to Tokushima by train, take the Shinkansen (bullet train) bound for Hakata from Tokyo Station and get off at Okayama Station. From there change to the JR Rapid Service Marine Liner bound for Takamatsu and get off at Takamatsu Station (the last stop). From Takamatsu, take the JR Limited Express Uzushio bound for Tokushima and get off at Tokushima Station (again the last stop). It takes roughly 6 hours and costs 18,010 yen for unreserved-seat tickets. Travelling From Tokyo By AirplaneIf you’re traveling by air, take a domestic flight from Haneda Airport bound for Tokushima Awaodori Airport. There are 10 flights per day departing from Haneda. It takes 1 hour and 15 minutes to fly to Tokushima Airport and prices range from 15,000 to 20,000 yen depending on the airline and season.From Tokushima Awaodori Airport, you can take a limousine bus bound for Tokushima Station. It takes about 30 minutes and costs 440 yen.What to Expect at the Awa Odori FestivalHere are some tips on how to enjoy the the Awa Odori Festival.Check Out the Various Ren and Their Different Styles!© JNTOThe Tokushima City Awa Odori takes place from 18:00 to 22:30 in front of Tokushima Station. There is no specific or correct way to dance the Awa Odori. Instead, there are over 1,000 different dance groups called Ren who perform their own unique dance styles. Appreciating the various dances is a big part of the fun!Join the “Niwaka Ren” and Try Dancing YourselfYou can view the Awa Odori from various locations around the city. There are paid spectator stands called theaters at Tokushima Municipal Office’s Shiyakusho-mae, Aibahama Park, Konyamachi and Minamiuchi-machi. There are also several areas you can view for free including Ryogoku Honmachi, Shinmachibashi and Motomachi.Dancing in front of Tokushima Station is reserved for those who have signed up, joined a dance group, and have properly rehearsed beforehand; day-of participation is not permitted with most groups.However, there is one group called the “Niwaka Ren,” which anyone can join on the day of the event. International visitors are welcome to participate, too. You can dance with the Niwaka Ren at the Tokushima Ekimae Dance Plaza and Motomachi-odori Dance Plaza from 18:30 to 20:30. So if you feel like dancing, go ahead and join in the festivities!What to Bring to Make the Most of the Awa OdoriClothing and ShoesThe average temperature in August in Tokushima is 27.8 degrees Celsius—often reaching highs of 30 degrees Celsius and above at noon. Light attire such as T-shirts, shorts, and footwear consisting of sneakers or sandals are recommended.Other Things (A Towel/Water)It gets hot and you will break out in a sweat, make sure to stay properly hydrated and bring a towel in order to enjoy the festival.*Please be aware that the above travel times and costs are based on information from the official website (July 2019) and are subject to change. Awa Odori Hall View InformationRead alsocenter_img Awa-Ai: The Beautiful Japan Blue From Tokushima From Awa Odori to Rafting – 6 Activities Unique to Tokushimalast_img read more

Premarche Gelateria Nakameguro 40 Flavors Of Delicious Frozen Treats

first_imgA popular combination is the matcha and kinako (roasted soybean) — two classic Japanese flavors made into a delicious Italian-style sorbet. Pictured above is a double cone with Organic Uji Matcha & Ume and Okinawa Organic Brown Sugar & Organic Kinako flavors, which are both suitable for vegan diets. The adorable cone is vegan-friendly, too.The matcha and ume gelato is made with high-grade matcha from Uji in southern Kyoto. It has a delicate ume (pickled plum) aroma and a recognizable green tea flavor. The kinako flavor is simply delicious, with the right amount of sweetness. Both flavors are extremely creamy and satisfying.Vegan Ninja and Yuba Tofu – Delicious, Inventive Japanese Flavors Read also The menu includes two main different choices for desserts: a single (600 yen) and a double (700 yen), with different cup and cones, with vegan and a brown rice gluten-free options. Both prices include tax. There are also children’s sizes, ideal for visitors with families.If you want to pair your gelato with a drink, there is coffee, cappuccinos, and other beverages on the menu. All the drinks are organic. Premarche Gelateria Nakameguro is located in Nakameguro, an area known for its fashionable stores, dining, and iconic Meguro River. It is close to Shibuya, making it a convenient stop when sightseeing in Tokyo.From Nakameguro Station, which services the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line and Tokyu Toyoko Line, exit through the main gate and use the east exit, making a right. After about a five-minute walk down the street, you will see Premarche Gelateria Nakameguro just down the way. On a sunny day, you can walk along the Meguro River with gelato in hand. Be careful though, as your dessert will melt quickly when it’s warm outside!How to Get to Premarche Gelateria Nakameguro Ninja and yuba are two other unique gelato options. The Ninja, an all-black gelato, is striking in appearance and extremely rich, containing black sesame and other ingredients. Ninjas were known to traditionally eat only black-colored things, resulting in its name. It has a one-of-a-kind flavor and is highly recommended. “Zen” Milky Fresh Yuba, a Kyoto delicacy, has a light tofu taste and sweetness, making it a must-try, especially if you enjoy tofu. Premarche Gelateria Nakameguro was established in July 2018 and is the second store of the Premarche Gelaterias, with the first shop being in Kyoto’s Sanjo area. The founder of the store wanted to make as delicious of dessert as possible while allowing as many people to be able to enjoy it, regardless of dietary restrictions. He firmly believes that everyone should experience the happiness of eating exquisite gelato.As a result, the gelato and sorbet at Premarche Gelateria are made with high-quality, often organic ingredients and contain no synthetic emulsifiers. Vegan, non-dairy options make it easy for customers with diverse diets to enjoy the dessert here, too. The gelato is all gluten-free.This shop also won bronze in an international competition run by the Italian Gelato Association in 2018, speaking to how delicious the desserts are. In addition to the renowned taste and texture of the gelato, customers from overseas can feel rest-assured ordering here, as there is an English menu.Choose From Milk-Base, Vegan, and Bee-gan Gelato, and Sorbet 2-Day Tokyo Travel Plan – Explore 7 Famous Areas In Japan’s Biggest City The variety of choices will astonish first-time customers. Premarche Gelateria carries Japanese flavors of all types, like matcha, yuzu (Japanese citrus), chestnut, and even miso. Other unusual choices include gelato with Hokkaido tomato and wine. If you’re in the mood for classic gelato selections, there is Sicilian pistachio, rich chocolate, and certified fair trade vanilla. Visitors can also look forward to season-limited flavors.If you feel at loss of what to choose, you can sample up to three different flavors for free.Vegan Matcha and Roasted Soybean – Unbelievably Rich Plant-Based Gelatocenter_img 5 Things To Do In Shibuya – A Day In Tokyo’s Trendy Capital When you find Tobita-kun with gelato in his hand, you’ll know you’ve come to the right place.Sweet Treats Worth SharingGelato, sorbet, and frozen treats are desserts associated with summer, childhood, and happiness for many. In Japan, there are few options for sweets that people with diverse dietary needs, including food allergies and vegetarianism, can enjoy, too. Premarche Gelateria is changing this with their satisfying desserts, filled with all the right ingredients that can put a smile on all peoples’ faces.With around 40 delicious and creative flavors suitable for diverse needs, it will be tempting to come back for a second visit for another blissful dessert break. Be sure to bring your friend along to share the happiness that comes from a cool cone of gelato. Premarché Gelateria & Alternative Junk View Information Nakameguro, a Tokyo neighborhood two train stops away from Shibuya, is known for its sophisticated atmosphere with fashion-forward shops and restaurants, and the Meguro River, one of Tokyo’s iconic cherry blossom viewing spots.One must-visit store in the area is Premarche Gelateria Nakameguro, a gelato and sorbet shop serving dessert suitable for visitors with allergies, vegetarians, vegans, or anyone looking for an alternative. Stop by for creamy and flavorful scoops that will satisfy your sweet tooth and fill you with the nostalgia enjoying a frozen treat on a summer day.Award-Winning Gelato that Brings Bliss Kippy’s COCO CREAM – Healthy And Delicious Ice Cream For Everyone! There are three types of frozen desserts to choose from: milk-based gelato, vegan and bee-gan (contains honey), and sorbet. The Nakameguro shop has 40 flavors. 18 flavors are vegan-friendly, 10 are bee-gan, which are non-dairy and use honey, and the rest are dairy-based. All of the flavors are clearly labeled with which allergens and special ingredients they contain. Premarche Gelateria Nakameguro – Decadent Desserts Friendly to All Made in cooperation with Prema Inc.last_img read more

Enjoy Fresh Seafood And More At Uonotana Shotengai In Akashi

first_imgAkashi City is located in the southern area of Hyogo prefecture, along 135 degrees east longitude, which functions as a meridian for the Japanese Standard Time. It is also famous as a fishing town facing the Seto Inland Sea. This article is about the Uo-no-tana Shotengai, which the local residents affectionately call “Uontana”.The shotengai (shopping street) is located at a few minutes walk from the Akashi Station of both JR and Sanyo Electric Railway, so it attracts not only the local residents, but also shoppers from afar too.From Osaka Station, it takes about 40 minutes on the JR Special Rapid Service train to Akashi Station, and fifteen minutes from Sannomiya Station in Kobe City. From the ticket gate, just follow the signs.There is a Tourist Information Center in the station. If you need a sightseeing map, this is the place to go.It is a three minute walk to the Uo-no-tana Shotengai, with two entrances on the east and west ends. Shoppers can enjoy the arcade covered shotengai even on a rainy day.The street is adorned with logos of red sea bream and octopus, both special products of Akashi.This shotengai is popular to the local residents and the visitors alike. Its history goes back to the time the Akashi Castle was built, more than 380 years ago.Akashi is noted for its tako (octopus). It tastes best when cooked and seasoned with soy sauce, which is a dish called iitako. The bidding at the fish market starts from 11:30 a.m., and all the fresh seafood is labeled hiru-ami (caught by net at daytime) at the stores, to ensure its freshness.This also has a hiru-ami label. On the day of our visit, kasago (scorpion fish, which is called gashira in the Kansai Region) and karei (flounder) were on display. The stores also handle dried fish, processed from itoyori (golden threadfin bream, left) and karei (right).The charbroiled anago (conger eel) is delicious, and it can also be used as an ingredient in sushi.The dish on the left side is kugi-ni made from ikanago (sand eel), a specialty of the Seto Inland Sea cooked in springtime, and the dish on the right side is kuki-wakame-ni (boiled seaweed stalk). The sand eel looks like a kugi (nail) when it is boiled with soy sauce, sugar and ginger, so it is called kugi-ni (boiled nails).There are stores that handle amakara-ni (a dish seasoned with sugar and soy sauce) and tsukuda-ni (seasoned with soy sauce), both of which keeps for a long time. They have a deep flavor which goes well with rice, and are must-have dishes in Japan. If you want to taste it, ask for a sample.This store specializes in nerimono, products made from fish paste. Chikuwa and kamaboko are such products made from fish paste. The chikuwa closest to the foreground are an extravagant type, made from tai (sea bream), which is considered to be a prized fish. Other products made from Akashi specialties, such as anago and tako, are also popular.Taking a Look at the Other StoresThis is the greengrocers. The old-fashioned stores sell their products by the bowl. The vegetable on the near side is takenoko (bamboo sprout), which is harvested in spring.This is the tsukemno (pickled vegetables) store. Tsukemono is an essential Japanese food, made with salt or rice bran, among other ingredients.Sake is also essential to Japanese cuisine, and the liquor store at the shotengai boasts a wide lineup. To learn more about Japanese sake, take a look at this article.Also read: Hakutsuru Sake Museum In Kobe – A Must-See For Liquor LoversA Unique Spot Inside the ShotengaiWe found a strange spot in the shotengai. Go through the narrow corridor lined with chochin, a traditional Japanese lighting, and you will find……a small shrine, the Itsukushima Benzaiten. Benzaiten is known as a goddess of art, and also as a goddess of business, a perfect guardian for the shotengai.Recommended SweetsIf you are looking for souvenirs, go to Piole Akashi, a shopping mall inside Akashi Station.This is the pink, tai (sea bream)-shaped Akashi Monaka (162 yen with tax), made by Fujie-ya Bundai, a long-established store. The anko (*1) inside has an elegant taste.*1 Anko: A paste made from boiled soybean and sugar, often used in Japanese confectionaries.Akashi Takosen (130 yen with tax/two bags, each with two pieces), packaged in a colorful bag, has a spicy taste, and goes well with beer. There are various types of tako senbei (Japanese crackers), so it might be fun to give them a try.The Uo-no-tana Shotengai is within a stone’s throw from the station. It’s easy to access, and the lively shotengai is flush with food from both the land and sea. If you have the chance, visit this shotengai and enjoy shopping at the local retail stores, which supports the Japanese cuisine.InformationAkashi Uo-no-tana ShotengaiAddress: Akashi, Hon-machi 1-1-16 (shotengai office)Hours: Differs at each store.Closed: Differs at each store (please note that many stores are closed on Thursdays, as there are no auctions on that day)Wi-Fi: Not AvailableCredit Cards: Some stores do not accept credit cards.Language: JapaneseMenus or Pamphlets in Other Languages: Differs at each storeNearest Station: Akashi Station (JR and Sanyo Electric Railway)Access: Three minute walk to the south from Akashi Station.Telephone: +81-78-911-9666 (Shotengai office)Official Site: Akashi Uo-no-tana Shotengai (Japanese)last_img read more

Hydrangea from Uji Love the Seasonal Flowers at Mimurotoji

first_imgIn Japan, there exists a season calls “tsuyu 梅雨(つゆ)”. It is not exactly seen as part of the distinct four seasons that are so loved by the Japanese. “Tsuyu” exists between spring and summer and is a period with a lot of rainfall.For this reason, Japan in June and July is very humid. It is so humid that it brings a lot of troubles: for example, it is difficult to try the laundry and our hair.Reference:【RAINY JUNE】Tsuyu; Disliked Season between Spring and SummerBut even during this season that is much hated, there is still something that you can appreciate. It is a Japanese tradition to view a certain flower during the tsuyu.It is “Hydrangea”.Blue, white, violet and more. Hydrangea is famous for its bright colours. As it blossoms only during the short period of tsuyu, Japanese has long written songs and poems about its fragileness.You can come to Kyoto to enjoy Hydrangea, a flower that has been loved by the Japanese since long.Reference:【RAINY JUNE】Small Facts about Flower of Season; HydrangeaMimurotoji, the Temple of Flowers in KyotoAt Mimurotoji in Uji, Kyoto, you can enjoy Hydrangea. This temple has a couple of nicknames.One of the nicknames is  “the temple of flowers”. For spring, it is azalea and rhododendron; for tsuyu, it’s hydrangea and lotus. The characteristic of Mimurotoji is that you can view different flowers throughout the year. The azalea at Mimurotoji that tell you spring has comeSource:京都の花寺 三室戸寺の花だよりIn May, there are around twenty thousands full-bloomed azalea and you will feel that spring has indeed arrived at Uji.As for hydrangea, around ten thousands stubs are planted. This is why the locals would call this temple “the temple of hydrangea” during tsuyu.The Bewitched Atmosphere of Hydrangea During NighttimeA 15-minute walk from “Mimuroto” station of Kohei line. This convenient position makes Mimurotoji popular with visitors throughout the year. The most famous period is when the hydrangea garden is lighted up, a limited period during the nighttime of tsuyu.The night session starts at 7pm and you will already see the long queue. While you move forward with the line with anticipation, you will see the hydrangea garden from the dark.The violin performance is only limited for the light-up period. It seems to be another world and it is possible to mix up this Japanese garden with an amusement park.At the entrance of the garden, there is a red gate that adds a layer of charm to the hydrangea in the dark.Amongst the countless hydrangea, you will be able to spot some in the shape of hearts like the above picture. “This hydrangea looks just like a heart! It’s so cute!” Some couples around us said.It is the same flower, but hydrangea looks so different in nighttime as compared to day time.The entrancing hydrangea. It makes you wonder if people in the past admire them the same way we do.Although it is completely dark after you finish enjoying the hydrangea garden, the path in front of the temple is lighted gently by streetlamps. It makes you continue to indulge in that mood and forget the fact that you are in the tsuyu season with annoying humidity.Don’t forget to bring insect repellent when you visit. If your skin is being itchy, you cannot fully enjoy the hydrangea!Mimurotoji, a Temple to be Enjoyed Regardless of the SeasonsThe day we visited was a cloudy day. However, thanks to the cloudy sky, the bright colours of hydrangea are further enhanced.Even if it rains, you can lift up your umbrella and hear the clear sounds of rain falling on your umbrella while observing the hydrangea. It will be a different atmosphere to be enjoyed as well. The shining greens of trees, the white flowers of rhododendronSource:京都の花寺 三室戸寺の花だよりBesides Tsuyu, Mimurotoji is place to be enjoyed throughout the year with its beautiful flowers. There are fans who visit the temple again and again throughout the year to observe its changea with seasons and climate. Please visit the place if you come by Kyoto.InformationMimurotojiAddress: 21 Todo Shiga Valley, Uji, KyotoHours: 8:30 to 16:30 (April 1 – October 31), 8:30 to 16:00 (November 1 – March 31)Nearest station: “Mimuroto” station of Keihan lineAccess: a 15-minute walk from “Mimuroto” stationAdmission fee: Adults 500 yen / child 300 yenPhone number: 0774-21-2067Official HP :Mimurotojilast_img read more

MatsuGen Ebisu Soba Japanese Cuisine from Selected Ingredients

first_img Sesame SauceLike Japanese Sabusabu; for the sauce, you can choose between the refreshing citrus vinegar and the rich sesame sauce.The tender meat, the juice; please try them with onions and mijioroshi (spice mixed with white radish).Ice Cream Saichu (Matcha)For dessert, please try MatsuGen Specialty “Ice Cream Saichi (meaning “inside”) “(390yen). You can choose between matcha flavor or vanilla flavor.The fine sweetness of red beans, waranbi (Japanese chewy jelly), kinako (from the flour of soybean), Matcha ice cream – it is a dessert that condenses the Japanese charisma of “Wa”.Starting from Soba, Tempura and Sashimi, it is a place where you can enjoy carefully made Japanese cuisine. And whatever you choose, it is something authentically Japanese. We recommend the place to travelers who would like to eat delicious Japanese cuisine.InformationMatsuGen EbisuAddress: 1F Hagiwara Building 1, 1-3 Hiroo, Shibuya-ku, TokyoOpening Hours: Mon-Thur 11:30 ~ 15:00; 17:00: 00-24: 00[Fri] 11:30 ~ 15:00; 17:00: 00-25: 00[Saturday, Sunday and public holidays] 11:30 t~ 23:30L.0. 30 minutes before closing timeHolidays: None (No dinner served on Monday)Reservations: dinner onlyAccess: Ebisu StationNearest station: a 4-minute walk from the east side of JR Ebisu Station West ExitA 5-minute walk from Exit 1 of Ebisu Station, Hibiya subwayWalk on the Komazawa street towards Hiroo district, cross the Shibuya Bridge footbridge, on the Meji Street turn right and walk for 50m.298m from Ebisu StationPrice range: noon 1,000-2,000 yen5,000~6,000 yen nightTel: 03-3444-8666Official HP: MatsuGen Ebisu Bonus Information: TERIYAKI, an App to Find Delicious Restaurants Private RoomCounter SeatsThis calm and sophisticated atmosphere attracts many female customers, a rare thing for Soba place. Including private room and counter seats, there are altogether 76 seats.There are many foreign visitors who come from the nearby hotels, and for this reason, there is English menu.For smokers, please note that smoking is not allowed; except in private room after 3pm.Let us introduce the recommended dishes at “MatsuGen Ebisu”Recommended Dish 1 Sea Urchin SobaThe first dish is Sea Urchin Soba(2,800yen)with sea urchin imported directly from Hokkaido. As fro the soba, the ratio between flour and wheat flour is 2:8  – this is called “28 (nihachi) soba” in Japan. By bending the rougher flour, the aroma of the soba is enhanced.Pour the soup into the dish. This way of eating is called “Bukkake”. This kind of cold soba is perfect for the summer.Toppings only include urchins, seaweeds and white onions. The rich taste of urchin, the refreshing smell of seaweeds and white onions. This simpleness allow all the ingredients to be eaten at their best.Please experience how the huge portion of urchin melt on your tongue!Recommended Dish 2 Tempura PlateTempura Plate(1,850yen)includes two big shrimps, one conger and three portions of seasonal vegetables. Here, the finest sesame oil is used, so you won’t have an oily aftertaste. The ingredients are luxurious like the fresh shrimps and a thick conger.There are sauce for the tempura, and if you like, you can put seaweed salt to enhance the taste of the soba.Recommended Dish 3 Wagyu Beef SabusabuIn the Special Wagya Beef Sabusabu(4,000yen), the finest beef is used and served with long onions and mizua (Japanese mustard).※The price is for one person; and order starts from two people. In the boiling soup, put in the meat until its colour is changed. For those who do not know how to eat, you can ask the staff, so no worries there. Citrus Vinegarcenter_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 For foreigners, perhaps your image of Japanese cuisine is the standard like sushi, tempura and soba.For visitors, while you can locate restaurants to dine out, but maybe not in the way the Japanese do. For Japanese, they tend to classify “this is a chain” or “this is a luxury restaurant”.You would like to avoid wrongly entering a regular chain while you would like to try out authentic Japanese cuisine.This time we would like to introduce “MatsuGen Ebisu”, a restaurant where you can enjoy Japanese cuisine.MatsuGen is located at Ebisu, a station away from Shibuya. Ebisu is famous for its trendy and delicious restaurants.A mere 4-minute walk from the station, you can already get away from the crowd and find yourself in the sophisticated area where “MatsuGen Ebisu” is located. Let’s have a look inside.The Sophisticated Interior Loved by FemalesTable Seatslast_img read more

Nine Hours Asakusa Tokyo A Stylish Capsule Hotel With A Norwegian Cafe

first_imgIn cooperation with Nine Hours Asakusa, Fuglen Asakusa The accommodation area, with its simple black and white color scheme resembles outer spaceThe capsule units (sleeping chambers) are placed intentionally so that they aren’t aligned with the corresponding capsule either above or below it. By doing so, vibrations and noise from one capsule to another are minimized when guests are moving about in their respective chambers. Guests in the upper capsules can easily climb down to the floor area without disturbing their neighbors (see picture above). Picture courtesy of Nacasa & PartnersNine Hours Asakusa was designed by well-known Japanese architect, Akihisa Hirata.The hotel’s building is meant to resemble the local Asakusa neighborhood, filled with izakayas, souvenir stores, shops specializing in artwork, and other retail outlets.The exterior looks just like a series of shops that are overlapping with each other.Get a Panoramic View of Asakusa! The bright and spacious sink area is fresh, neat and tidy, and feels luxurious.In the shower room, guests will find soap made by the famous Japanese brand, TAMANOHADA (Japanese). It’s a gentle soap that’s suitable for sensitive skin.The soaps change with each season: in the summer there’s a cool and refreshing mint soap, and in the winter there’s a soap with the fragrance of ichijiku, or Japanese fig.Storage Space for Valuables and Oversize Luggage Inside the hotel, there’s also a treadmill for travelers who would like to exercise during their trip. It’s the same type of treadmill used by American major league baseball players.A Simple Design for a Comfortable Night’s Sleep Picture courtesy of Nacasa & PartnersFuglen is a sophisticated cafe that is popular with photographers and young visitors.The cafe originated in Oslo, Norway. There are only three locations worldwide. The very first shop started in Oslo, the second location opened in Tokyo’s Shibuya area, and the third location is the one here in Asakusa. The pillows are the result of a joint collaboration between famous Japanese designer Fumie Shibata, and Kitamura Makura, a well-known pillow manufacturer in Japan.Unable to forget their incredibly restful night’s sleep at Nine Hours, many guests have also purchased some of these pillows which are sold on the hotel premise in Asakusa.Body Soap Ideal for Sensitive Skin When staying at a capsule hotel, a commonly occurring problem is a lack of storage space for your suitcase and other belongings.In addition to a special storage area for valuables, Nine Hours also has a free space for storing over-sized baggage.Fuglen – Breakfast at a Popular Cafe from Norway! Picture courtesy of Nacasa & PartnersThe lobby of the hotel is on the ninth floor, as Nine Hours wants guests to see the view of Asakusa from the large glass windows on this floor while they check in. The cafe also has Norwegian-style waffles, a tasty dish that is hard to find in Japan. You won’t be able to get enough of its satisfying crunchy texture!Nine Hours Asakusa – A Stay in the Heart of TokyoAre you wondering where to stay when you visit Tokyo? We suggest using Nine Hours as your base lodging to enjoy your travels in Tokyo. Nine Hours Asakusa View InformationlodgingRead also Nine Hours is a popular capsule hotel located in Japan’s major cities like Tokyo and Osaka, Kyoto, and Sendai.The hotel’s name, Nine Hours, represents what can be considered the ideal amount of time for guests to spend in their hotel: one hour for washing and cleaning up, seven hours for sleeping, and one hour for getting ready for your day.Nine Hours lodgings try to create the most comfortable atmosphere for busy travelers and those on business trips. It is now a popular accommodation and has expanded to many parts of Japan.In September 2018, Nine Hours Asakusa opened its doors for business.Nine Hours Asakusa – Its Exterior is a Miniature Version of Asakusa! The first floor of Nine Hours is occupied by a cafe called Fuglen (Japanese).If you choose the breakfast plan, you’ll be able to enjoy coffee and baked goods here in the morning.Hotel Plan (Breakfast included)Breakfast ticket: You’ll receive this ticket when you check-in. Present this ticket in the cafe for your breakfast.Drink: Choose from the coffee of the day, a cafe latte, or a cappuccino.Baked goods: Choose from the daily selection of bread. Nine Hours – A Capsule Hotel for the Modern TravelerAbout how much time do you spend in your hotel when traveling? Though some guests enjoy relaxing in their hotel right up until the time they leave, some prefer to promptly check-out and be on their way.However, if you plan to do lots of sightseeing and also have a good rest in your room, the ideal amount of time spent in your hotel might be around nine hours. Fuglen Asakusa’s coffee is characterized by its lightly roasted beans, which bring out their natural aroma and umami flavor.The bread is particularly delicious, made with wheat from Norway and Japan’s Hokkaido region, creating a rich and distinct fragrance and a crispy outside texture. Many hotels have their check-in counter on the first floor as a convenience for their guests. However, Nine Hours Asakusa has their check-in counter on the top (ninth) floor. It’s A Waste To Just Sleep! BOOK AND BED TOKYO Hotel Bookstore Asakusa There’s a shared space in the hotel where visitors can bring in their outside food and drinks and social with other guests.last_img read more

Jury hears 911 call made after the shooting death of Indigenous man

first_imgHAMILTON – The wife of a man charged with second-degree murder testified Wednesday that there had been numerous break and enters and car thefts in their rural community in the months before her husband shot and killed a man who was allegedly trying to steal his truck.Peter Khill, 30, has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the shooting death of Jon Styres on Feb. 4, 2016, though he does not deny that he hit the 29-year-old from Six Nations Reserve with a pair of shotgun blasts.Khill’s wife, Melinda Benko, told jurors she woke him up around 3 a.m. after she heard loud knocking or banging noises outside their home near Hamilton.Her husband got his shotgun from the bedroom closet, loaded it and headed out the back door while she looked out the window, she testified.Benko saw the silhouette of a person in the passenger seat of the truck, then a blinding light coming from the breezeway between the house and garage, followed by yelling and two loud, echoing blasts accompanied by flying sparks, she said, adding that she could not tell at first who had fired the shots.“I was hoping Pete would shoot first if he had to,” said Benko, who is six months pregnant with the couple’s first child.“I just freaked out and called 911.”The Crown played the nearly 15-minute 911 call for the jury, in which Benko describes the series of events, adding that her then-boyfriend had shot a man who was trying to steal their truck.Khill can later be heard telling the operator that he fired in self-defence, after seeing Styres in the truck raising his arms as if he had a gun.“It looked like he was literally about to shoot me so I shot him,” Khill said over the phone. “I didn’t want to lose my life… Looking at him now it doesn’t look like (he has a gun).”Benko testified on Wednesday that she and Khill had been “on edge” in the days leading up to the shooting. The couple moved into their house around Binbrook, Ont., about six months earlier and there had been “a lot of chatter in the community” about break and enters, car thefts and people being hurt by intruders, she said.The week before the shooting, Benko was home alone while Khill was on a business trip and on two separate occasions she heard what she believed was someone trying to unlock the back door using the electronic keypad, Benko said.Both times she opened the back door and found no one there, but the couple was concerned enough that Khill changed the back door’s key code once he got home.Benko told the court she thought at first that the noise she heard on the morning of Feb. 4, 2016 could have been someone in the covered breezeway between the house and the garage, kicking through one of the windows into the basement, trying to get into the home.A police officer who was at the scene has previously testified that Khill recounted a similar version of events after being taken into custody.“I’m a soldier. That’s how we were trained. I came out. He raised his hands to like a gun height. It was dark. I thought I was in trouble. Does self-defence mean anything in court?” Const. Matthew Robinson said Khill told him.Khill, a 26-year-old mechanical technician and licensed millwright at the time of the shooting, served as a reservist with a Brantford artillery regiment of the Canadian Armed Forces. He has been on bail since shortly after his arrest.The jury heard Tuesday that police did not find a gun on or near Styres, but an officer who attended the autopsy said they found a hinged knife closed and clipped in his pocket.Investigators also found a soldering lighter, a flashlight and a cellphone charger in and among Styers’ clothes, Det. Const. Doug Moon told the court.A pathologist removed several shotgun shell components from Styers’ chest wall and right arm, Moon said.Styers was wearing a T-shirt and three sweatshirts when he died, each of which had a hole in the chest and a hole in the right shoulder, he added. The Crown showed the jury a photo of the tank top Styers was wearing under his T-shirt, which appeared to be covered in blood.The case, which has some similarities to the racially fraught trial and acquittal earlier this year of Gerald Stanley, a white Saskatchewan farmer accused of murdering Indigenous man Colten Boushie, is being closely watched by First Nations leaders.Styres’s death has had a “significant impact” on his community, Six Nations Chief Ava Hill said in a statement earlier this week.“Indigenous people will not feel safe until there is a justice system in place that values Indigenous lives,” she said.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version said the jury heard on Monday that police did not find a gun on or near Styres.last_img read more

Foreign Minister rejects concerns over visit by Special Rapporteur

“The idea of welcoming such visits is to have a transparent process in place whereby the Government of Sri Lanka hopes to engage with the international community, including the UN, in a spirit of openness and dialogue,” the Foreign Minister said. He said that it was in this backdrop that the Actg. Secretary/ Foreign Affairs, addressed the letter to Secretary/ Ministry of Justice, Secretary/ Ministry of Defence and Attorney General, mentioning the cases. The purpose was to alert these institutions on the possibility of the Special Rapporteur raising issues regarding the particular cases.“It would be noted from the letter from Actg. Secretary/ Foreign Affairs that nowhere has it been recommended that the appointment sought with Hon. Chief Justice and Hon. Judges of the High Court in Colombo be granted. The letter only conveyed the wish of the Special Rapporteur for these appointments,” Marapana said.Similarly, he said nowhere in the Foreign Ministry letter it is stated that the cases will be discussed, but only alerted the institutions concerned that it may be discussed. This was consequent to the stakeholder meeting held on 5 July before the visit took place. Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana today rejected concerns raised over the visit by the UN Special Rapporteur on the freedom of assembly and of association, Clément Nyaletsossi Voulé.Marapana specifically rejected the concerns raised over the action taken by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in conveying a request for a meeting for the Special Rapporteur with the Chief Justice and Judges of the Colombo High Court. “At the above mentioned preparatory meeting,representatives from the Department of Police and Attorney General’s Department highlighted the possibility of the visiting Special Rapporteur bringing up issues mentioned in the Foreign Ministry letter addressed to Secretary/ Ministry of Justice. The Attorney General’s Department undertook the task of providing updates on such cases,” the Foreign Minister said. The Foreign Minister said that the visit of the Special Rapporteur on the freedom of assembly and of association which is currently underway is part of similar visits undertaken by UN Special Procedures Mandate Holders at the invitation of the Government of Sri Lanka. With respect to the current visit by the Special Rapporteur which is in question, Marapana said that it is important to note that as with other such visits, the Ministry convened a preparatory meeting of stakeholders to discuss arrangements.Thereafter, the Ministry writes to the relevant institutions, conveying the request for formal appointments by the Special Rapporteur.In this instance, the same procedure was followed, including with respect to over 20 meetings sought, including with the Chief Justice and Judges of the Colombo High Court. The Minister asserted that the Foreign Ministry has followed proper procedure by communicating the requests for meetings by the Special Rapporteur through the Ministry of Justice and the Judicial Services Commission. The Judicial Services Commission having considered the Ministry letter consulted the Chief Justice who granted the appointment. He also said that this is not the first time that Sri Lanka has had a visit of a Special Rapporteur.“There have been 08 such visits which have taken place since 8 January 2015. In all such occasions, it has been the regular practice for the Foreign Ministry to coordinate the activities of the SR in Sri Lanka and to arrange meetings with the Government sector. Before each such visit is undertaken, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs routinely receives from the UN, a list of persons that the visiting Special Rapporteur wishes to meet,” he said. read more

SLFP suspends membership of MPs who crossed

The party membership has been suspended after a disciplinary inquiry was conducted by the SLFP. The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) has suspended the membership of five Parliamentarians who crossed over and supported the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna and the United National Party.SLFP General Secretary MP Dayasiri Jayasekara said that the SLFP membership of Parliamentarians Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena, Wijith Wijayamuni Zoysa, S.B. Dissanayake, Dilan Perera and A.H.M. Fowzie has been suspended. Wijith Wijayamuni Zoysa and A.H.M. Fowzie have been working with the United National Party. (Colombo Gazette) Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena, Wijith Wijayamuni Zoysa, S.B. Dissanayake and Dilan Perera have obtained membership from the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna. read more