Renaissance a Classical Music Cafe Koenji

first_imgThere are many weird cafes in Koenji. For example, “R-za Dokusyokan” where conversations are forbidden; “Neruken” that is located in an old church; and here we have “Renaissance”.”Renaissance” is 5-min walk from Koenji station of Chuou line. Because of its obscure location and its non-flashy appearance, it is quite hard for people to bump into the place by chance.Based on the concept of “enjoying classical music”, “Renaissance” is the type of cafe that is known in Japan as “classical music cafe”.A strange billboard. Let’s go downstairs.All are smoking seats. You cannot bring your own drinks inside and the use of phones and cameras are not allowed either.Since all seats are smoking seats, it is difficult to recommend the place to non-smokers; but its atmosphere makes even non-smokers want to have a taste of cigarette. It is a huge place with over thirty seats. The lighting of its interior carries a dark shade. This lamp for example gives a quirky atmosphere.For the drinks, there are hot and iced coffee, juice and tea. All are at 400yen.We ordered orange juice this time.It seemed that the people surrounding us were all closing their eyes. Even though they had originally bought their books and notes, they could not help closing their eyes to relax themselves in the quiet music under the dim lighting.Due to how hidden this spot is, there is no network signal. It is the spot for people who would like to get away from the internet for some moments. There are many customers who come by themselves and indulge themselves in the “quiet” atmosphere. If it is okay for you to not have any conversations, you can come with others as well.Starbucks is convenient, but we would like cafes like this as well.Information”Renaissance”Address:B1 Horiyorozu Building, 2 − 46 − 11 Kōenjiminami, Suginami, TokyoOpening Hours:12:00〜19:30(土日祝日は〜21:30)Wi-Fi: NOMenu: In Japanese onlyStation:Koenji station of Chuou lineAccess:5-min walk from Koenji station of Chuou lineTel:03-3315-3310last_img read more

Spend HighQuality Time At A Riverside Hotel In KiyosumiShirakawa

first_imgInside the bathroom are rechargeable waterproof speakers. You can connect your smartphone to the speakers with Bluetooth and play your favorite music. Art created by local craftsmen is also sold here. All the people and objects in Kiyosumi-Shirakawa come together here.Public Slow Space It is a public space even for those not staying at the hotel, so locals also come here when taking their dogs on walks. The restaurant inside the hotel offers a special takeout menu and coffee which you can then enjoy on the terrace.There are all sorts of events held irregularly, such as the Sumida River Fireworks Festival, one of Tokyo’s biggest summer events, which can be seen from the terrace. Entrance during events is regulated for safety reasons, so please inquire at the hotel for more details.Guest RoomsThere are multiple types of guest rooms prepared to meet guest demands, whether they be single guests, families, or those staying with friends. On the second floor of the hotel is a large open river view terrace. It is Tokyo’s first large-sized kawadoko (*1). Though it has a different ambience from Kyoto’s Kamo River, it is an area where you can enjoy the nice gentle breeze with the river view.*1 Kawadoko: A dining area built along the river. You can enjoy your food while gazing at the river. The view from this room is outstanding as well. You will be able to experience a somewhat different atmosphere come nighttime when the bridge lights up. Shampoos and other shower products provided by the hotel are Japan-made brands that will leave your hair nicely moisturized. It won’t leave your hair with a messy feeling the next day. Next is the economy class guest room. These rooms are recommended to those who are traveling with a group of three or more friends or to those who want to save even just a little bit of money. This building was originally a delivery center for fruit dealers. The building was newly renovated and remodeled by a design company and it has now become a hotel that is gaining considerable attention.Many visitors come to Kiyosumi-Shirakawa with the goal of experience its charming downtown atmosphere. They walk through Kiyosumi Garden and stroll through stores with the immensely popular Blue Bottle Coffee in one hand… but it’s a waste to return home just like that.The hotel utilizes an open space that is not only for sightseeing, but also to create connections between visitors from all over the world and locals. There are many who choose hotels around Shinjuku, Ueno, or Ikebukuro when traveling to Tokyo. Most aren’t concerned with shopping or restaurants at their hotels because they only use it as a place to sleep.At Hotel LYURO, you can gaze at the Sky Tree in the afternoon from the terrace while feeling a gentle breeze or enjoy the night view while bathing. You can also indulge in a delicious breakfast and craft beers at the hotel.Kiyosumi-Shirakawa is one of Tokyo’s newest attractions where many cafés and general stores full of personality are emerging. Why not try and visit the area?LYURO Tokyo-Kiyosumi: The Share Hotel’s Concept This openable storage door is very fashionable. It has various uses; it becomes a partition for the bathroom when closed and allows for storage such as hanging your coat or putting away your slippers when opened. The wallpapers are river themed with a Japanese-like feel to them. You will be able to grasp what life was like by the river in ancient Japan.The two types of guest rooms mentioned above come with bath utilities and a room with a separate washbasin. These rooms are recommended to those who would like to maintain their privacy. The four-person rooms are so spacious that they won’t feel cramped, even when sleeping on the sofa. This is a double bedroom. It can be used by one or two people. The room faces the Sumida River and you can clearly see both the nearby Kiyosumi Bridge and Sky Tree. There is no doubt you will be able to enjoy the scenery of Tokyo from your room. The river view is all yours from the bathroom. It seems lately that there are many young Japanese job hunters and backpackers who reserve these rooms. Though it is a shared sleeping space, guests are guaranteed their own space with a curtain and locker.Women-only rooms are also available. If you are concerned about staying in a unisex room, please choose the women-only rooms.last_img read more

French Confectionery With A Japanese Twist At EN VEDETTE Tokyo

first_imgFrom the earliest days in Japan there have been many confectionery shops selling cakes, but recently there has also been an increase in shops selling sweets that are famous in France.Today we’ll introduce you to one of those shops. At EN VEDETTE, Japanese sensibility and the infusion of Japanese ingredients have created new and unique versions of many traditional French confectioneries.Elegant Cakes in Tokyo’s Kiyosumi Shirakawa Area The shop’s interior is always bustling with the constant coming and going of the locals, all in search of cakes and other delectable sweets.The shop is also attracting visitors from Europe, the home of French confectionery, who are coming over to see what’s happening here, clearly showing that EN VEDETTE is gaining popularity.What Exactly Is Made-in-Japan French Confectionery? In contrast to other Japanese confectionery shops that have adopted a classic Paris-style atmosphere, Mr. Mori is particular about having a shop that expresses itself through a Japanese-accented, modern-looking interior.Suspended from the ceiling in the middle of the shop is a unique light fixture made from Mino washi Japanese paper, a traditional craft from Gifu prefecture. The tatami (woven straw mat) table mixes Japanese traditional aesthetics with modern elements. This warm interior with a simple and modern design also charms passersby who apparently often drop in to take a closer peek.In ClosingFor many people, Japan conjures up images of Japanese-style sweets, but nowadays there are many places specializing in authentic French sweets as well. Shops like EN VEDETTE that add a Japanese accent to their western-style sweets are also starting to appear. We highly recommend making a visit to EN VEDETTE where you can sample authentic French confectionery infused with a feeling of Japan. アンヴデット View InformationbakerystoreFor information on sightseeing spots in the Kiyosumi Shirakawa area, be sure to read the following: Enjoy The Unreadable Atmosphere in Kiyosumi Garden! and Fukagawa Edo Museum: Edo Fans Must Visit! Macaroons, cookies and other baked goods are also sold here and will make pleasing souvenirs. The smooth flavor of nougats features rich chocolate hidden below caramelized nuts, offering you a new taste experience. All the sweets carefully lined up in the shop’s showcase are handmade on the premises. We’ve been told that the shop owner tries very hard to introduce Japanese-specific ingredients into his recipes, in addition to being very particular about using Japanese wheat flour. The cakes made here also go on sale at many famous department stores throughout Japan, on a limited time basis.French Confectionery With A Japanese Flair Mr. Mori says, “Year after year Japanese patissiers receive high acclaim due to their careful, conscientious attitude, and a presentation style honed with a delicate, finely-tuned sense of balance. In addition, Japanese ingredients such as matcha (green tea), yuzu (citrus fruit) and goma (sesame seed) are recognized worldwide and have become established as commonly used mainstream items. The attractiveness of the Japanese aesthetic sense and Japanese ingredients are now respected, and I’d like those qualities to be reflected in my own creations.”RIN is the name of his specialty cake. It features smooth, melt-in-your-mouth matcha mousse, and a rich tasting matcha sponge cake, accented with a refreshing yuzu cream all of which work their magic on your taste buds! Then the white chocolate and crunchy chocolate both sitting atop this creation offer a change in texture, allowing you to enjoy this treat right up until the very last bite.center_img Kiyosumi Shirakawa, is an area where traditional-type shopping streets and working-class neighborhoods remain intact, evoking an old town kind of feeling in modern-day Tokyo. And not far away are places where you can feel the history of the area, such as the Fukagawa-Edo Museum and the Kiyosumi Gardens. Recently, with the arrival of Blue Bottle Coffee and other shops, Kiyosumi Shirakawa is attracting attention as an area with many new sophisticated cafes as well.EN VEDETTE, one of those shops located in Kiyosumi Shirakawa’s residential area, has a simple, yet eye-catching all-white exterior facade. EN VEDETTE is managed and run by Japanese patissier, Daisuke Mori. After undergoing training at a pastry shop and five-star hotel in Japan, Mr. Mori made the move to Paris, France where he learned first hand the skills required to become an authentic patissier. He has finished at the top of his class and received awards at famous European baking competitions, and, among other positions, he currently serves as an instructor for the Federation of Japanese Confectionery, all of which reflect his high-ranking reputation as a patissier. Baumkuchen, popular in Japan as a western-style cake, comes in a slightly unusual rectangular shape and is served up in an impressive looking, book-like box. The outside of the box is decorated with renge motifs, a flower found in Mr. Mori’s home prefecture of Gifu.A Shop Interior That Stays Current and In-Fashion In the shop’s showcase, a variety of cakes in all the colors of the rainbow are neatly lined up in rows. Rest assured, that in addition to traditional French sweets, Japan’s one and only strawberry shortcake is also featured on the menu!last_img read more

TAMASHIMA Instameet See Okutamas Beautiful Autumn Foliage

first_imgOkutama, located west of Tokyo, is an area blessed with scenic spots featuring beautiful mountains and crystal clear streams.Here, the bountiful natural surroundings may make you wonder if you really are in the Tokyo area, and it’s also known as a great place to enjoy the autumn foliage. Another plus factor is that it’s only two hours away by train from Shinjuku Station.In the middle of November, the autumn leaves make their appearance in Okutama, slightly ahead of the central Tokyo area.The members of MATCHA’s editorial department recently joined an event called TAMASHIMA Instameet, which was sponsored by, a website that carries information about the attractive features of Tokyo’s Tama area and Tosho area (a series of small islands that are part of the greater Tokyo region).Together with photography buffs from around the world, we took pictures of Okutama’s breathtaking scenery and brilliant autumn foliage. Two highly popular Instagrammers who go by the names of Moonlightice and pketron, also joined the event and gave everyone tips on the finer points of photography.In this article we’ll give you all the details on this enjoyable and fulfilling event and also introduce Okutama’s superb autumn scenery.Now together as a group, let’s go looking for Okutama’s magnificent autumn leaves!Lake Okutama – A Picturesque Man-Made LakeFirst of all, we’ll leave from Okutama Station and head for Lake Okutama. To get there we’ll hop aboard a bus that was arranged by the tour organizers.During our twenty minute commute, a local person who’s lived in Okutama for more than thirty years, provided us with some commentary on Okutama’s natural surroundings.The guide’s information was also made available in Chinese and English, so even those who didn’t understand Japanese were able to enjoy the presentation.This is a picture of Lake Okutama. The surface of the lake is a shimmering blue, and the lush green trees and autumn leaves look stunning. For first timers, this makes for a moving and unforgettable view.Surprisingly, Lake Okutama is a man-made body of water built in 1957. It has stored water reserves of 185,400,000 cubic meters, and it’s used for domestic purposes by the citizens of the greater Tokyo area.Crisscrossing one part of the lake is the Ukihashi floating bridge, made from wooden planks and pontoons. As you cross this bridge it gently sways back and forth, giving you the sensation of actually walking on the lake’s surface.If you walk for about ninety minutes along one of the small paths bordering the lake, you reach Yama no Furusato Mura Village. This is a combination sightseeing and handicrafts center, and there’s also an adjoining restaurant and a place to stay for the night.In the village’s courtyard area there are momiji (Japanese maple trees). All the people who joined this event are camera buffs. So now everyone is going to take pictures of the beautiful bright red leaves. We also exchanged ideas on how to take better pictures.Out in the great outdoors, we inhaled the fresh mountain air, and exchanged ideas and techniques with others who share the same love for photography. It was a precious and enjoyable time for everyone who participated in this event.On’s Facebook and Instagram pages, you can see Okutama’s picturesque scenery, so by all means please check it out!Hikawa Keikoku Valley – Famous for Its Autumn LeavesNext we’ll head for Hikawa Keikoku Valley, which is only a five minute walk from Okutama Station.This is a valley that was formed by the merging of the Nipparagawa River and the Tamagawa River. While listening to the sound of the water flowing through the valley, you can admire the red, yellow and other colors of the changing autumn leaves.While taking in the beauty of the surrounding fall foliage, we walked for about forty to fifty minutes.While walking along the nature trail, we saw a number of bridges including Hikawa-kobashi, a suspension bridge, and the Showa-bashi railroad bridge (see photo above).In particular, the view of the railroad bridge and the autumn leaves looks just like a picture postcard. While looking at this breathtaking scenery it felt like I was in a kind of paradise.While at the Hikawa Keikoku Valley, Instagrammers Moonlightice and pketron taught us the finer points of photo-taking, picture composition and photo modification. I think we’ll be able to make use of this newly acquired knowledge very shortly!Access to OkutamaJR Okutama Station, the nearest station in the Okutama area, is the terminus of the Ome Train Line. From JR Shinjuku Station you hop aboard the Chuo Line, then at Ome Station you transfer to the Ome Line, and finally arrive in Okutama two hours later.On Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, there’s a special train that runs directly from Shinjuku Station all the way to Okutama Station, called the JR Rapid Express Okutama. Without transferring, you can get to Okutama Station in about ninety minutes.Come Visit Okutama The beauty of Okutama’s natural surroundings is something you normally don’t have the chance to see within the Tokyo metropolitan region.So if you’re feeling worn out by the hustle and bustle of the big city, why not take a short trip to Okutama where you can refresh your body and soul?For information on nature in the Tokyo area, please refer to the Tamashima official homepage. Okutamamachi View InformationWritten by cha chaSponsored by Tokyo Metropolitan Governmentlast_img read more

Discover Gion Matsuris Special Hakugayama Float And Byobu Festival

first_imgGion Matsuri, or Gion Festival, is the lively event that announces that Kyoto is enjoying the summer. One could say that yamaboko (also called yamahoko), the festival floats being pulled by the people celebrating, robed with magnificent decorations, stand out of the colorful crowd the most.Today we will show you one of the 33 yamaboko floats up close – the so-called Hakugayama, with all its glorious ornaments and long tradition. We will also introduce the machiya called Sugimoto Residence, listed as one of Japan’s Important Cultural Properties, which serves as the place where the floats get decorated, and its well-known byobu (folding screen) exhibition, and tell you more about the joyful Yoiyama held at Yamabokocho (Yoiyama: a small festival that is held prior to a big, well-known festival, such as Gion Festival).Sneak a Peek at the Ultimate Decoration CollectionThe “moving art exhibition”, as the yamaboko patrol is also called, which gathers the attention of people from all around the world, made a comeback after a break of almost 50 years in 2015, and has once again become part of the festival (held twice each event). A queue of 23 yamaboko floats make their appearance on the 17th, or the day of the First Festival (Sakimatsuri in Japanese), and the remaining ten floats form a row and parade during the Later Festival (Atomatsuri) on the 24th.It is a marvelous sight to witness a group of those magnificent floats with decorative spears parade through the streets, and to know that there isn’t a single nail used when making them – truly a wonderful display of craftsmanship.The Hakugayama float we are going to introduce today is also called Kotowariyama, as the deity residing in it is Hakuga, the master of koto (a Japanese traditional instrument). It originated from the old Chinese tale of Hakuga grieving and moaning after the passing of his friend and koto enthusiast Shoshiki, so he cut the strings on his koto.All of the decorations are based on the Chinese tradition so the yamaboko itself is a rare and admirable sight to behold. We visited the decoration house which is open for visitors from the 14th until the day of Yoiyama, or the 16th. The room in the Sugimoto Residence is the place where all of the float decorations are done.Here you can see the miokuri painting of a sage, which was made in the famous Nishijin district in Kyoto, with its maker’s name Ryushiken embroidered on it.This is the Hakuga statue. You can feel the suppressed sadness from its angry expression.Here we can see the koto upon which Hakuga swings his axe mercilessly.This is a the famous Keijugire, the portrait painting which is hung in the middle of the float spear.Here are some protective metal corners of a quite peculiar, butterfly-shaped design.This is what it looks like underneath the butterfly-shaped metal corners – we got an exclusive peek at that interesting detail.We got to see these metal protectors for the scarlet umbrellas, too. Truly superb works of art, don’t you agree?This is a photo of a young referee from Yada district, practicing the kuji-aratame ceremony, which is usually done on the 17th to confirm the exact order in which the floats and the participants in the festival will appear.On the day of the First Festival on the 17th, visitors are able to see the magnificent Hakugayama, with all its wondrous decorations completed and on. At the kujitori ceremony that was held on the 2nd, during which the order of the appearing floats is decided, it was determined that Hakugayama should arrive on the stage third. Its spear does seem somewhat smaller when compared with the long spear parading in front of the line, but you should be able to recognize it immediately as soon as you notice the statue of Hakuga swinging around with his axe. It might be interesting to pay closer attention to how it is all put together and ornamented to form such an intimidating and striking picture.Discover the Installments Portraying the Seasons at MachiyaOne of the events during the Yoiyama festival is showcasing the byobu (folding screens) – the treasured traditional objects found at the machiya houses of each Yamaboko district. This event is commonly known by the name Byobu Matsuri or Byobu Festival. It is a unique chance to admire the private collection of these precious works of art while experiencing the heat and the excitement of the Gion Festival. Another place where you can appreciate the byobu exhibition is machiya Sugimoto Residence, where the Hakugayama is put together prior to the festival, and which is also famous for being an Important Cultural Property. Since it is forbidden to take pictures inside the residence, we decided to inquire about the exhibition to the curator Ms. Utako Sugimoto.What you can see in the background is hiougi, or the formal folding cypress fans, which are said to come to life during the Gion Festival, and protect you against evil and misfortune.Ms. Sugimoto: [about the period when the Gion Matsuri is held] “It is a time when people can witness how a special day in the everyday lives of the citizens looks, especially in their environment. That way you can experience the handicrafts animated and vibrant, because they are not being displayed surrounded by a glass wall in a gallery, but are installed in their original environment. Even if you display the same thing every year, it still somehow creates a different atmosphere and gives off a different mood each time. As organizers, we would be thrilled if our visitors would come to visit the display to verify that subtle changes with their own eyes and create their own beautiful and unforgettable memories in that unique space. Our goal is to keep showing the ever-changing spirit of the Japanese each season, as well as the culture and tradition that occupies the way of life of the Japanese people.“The year 2015 marks the 400th anniversary of the establishment of the Rimpa School in Japan, so during the festival it is possible to see Tawaraya Sotatsu’s Akigusazu Byobu (the illustrated byobu folding panel that shows the beauty of the grass in autumn) hung in the tokonoma, or the fragrant screwpine brought in from the southern countries and arranged in the traditional art form of ikebana or the special transom exhibition we mentioned earlier. A chance to admire all of these wonderful art forms would make any enthusiast of the art, or a visitor of an earlier year, thrilled – because they would get the opportunity to experience an installment with a totally new and refreshing feeling to it.The Lingering Taste of Yoiyama before the First FestivalAs we admired the decorations and strolled through the Byobu Festival, we didn’t even notice how the time flew by – it was already pitch black around us. We could see the chess piece-shaped lanterns glowing in the dark in each of the districts, and feel the excitement rise in the air around us as the orchestra accompanying the traditional event livened up the atmosphere with their energetic music. It makes a truly spectacular feeling to welcome the First Festival held on the 17th with the mood of Yoiyama still lingering in the air around you – so why not experience it yourself, and visit Kyoto during this special occasion?InformationSugimoto ResidencyAddress: Kyoto, Shimogyo, Ayanokojidori Shinmachi Nishi-Iru Yada 116Phone: 075-344-5724Website: Foundation Naraya-Sugimoto Residence (partial English page available)Website: Public Utility Foundation for Gion Festival Preservation Associationslast_img read more

Postal Museum Japan See 330000 Kinds Of Stamps At Tokyo SkyTree

first_imgAdmission tickets are available via the machines at the entrance. The fee is 300 yen for an adult and 150 yen for an elementary school to high school student. The machine offers options in English, Chinese, and Korean.The permanent exhibition zone includes the seven worlds of ‘Beginning’, ‘Postal Mail’, ‘Letters’, ‘Postage Stamps’, ‘Postal Savings’, ‘Postal Insurance’, and ‘Culture’, and there is also the message theater and the special exhibition zone all on one floor. English commentaries accompany Japanese ones.Let’s take a closer look at each world. The Postal Museum Japan is where you can learn the history of the Japanese postal service. It is located in Tokyo Skytree Town, a popular sightseeing and shopping facility always busy with visitors, but you can enjoy the museum in a relaxed way even on weekends. They have experience-based content with digital technology too. Let’s check it out today.The museum is on the ninth floor of Tokyo Solamachi in Tokyo Skytree Town. It is located in the east area, the Oshiage Station side, just in case you get lost.You can get to the floor with occupied by the Postal Museum Japan by transferring by either escalator or elevator. Please take the escalator from Solamachi East Yard No. 12 or the elevator to the 8th floor, changing there to the exclusive elevator for the 8th-10th floor, and get off on the 9th floor. The World of Postal Mail The World of Letters Go! Go! Postman is a game where you deliver mail within a time limit. You can deliver mail acting like a real postman.You drive the bike on the screen using only your arms – you don’t even need a controller. When you stretch your arms out, the bike goes forward, and when you bend your arms, it goes back. You bend your right arm to go right, and left arm to go left. The delicate controls are tricky!There are three different courses. Our first attempt didn’t clear the mission unfortunately, but it was such a fun activity that you will want to try the higher levels.2. Picture Postcard Creator The special exhibition zone is subject to change constantly, so please check it out on their webpage.Enthralling Digital ContentThe Postal Museum Japan has fulfilling experience-based content too. Let’s look at some of their recommended content.1. Go! Go! Postman Picture Postcard Creator is an activity where you can create your own picture postcard starring you as a postman from the Meiji era.This is the only machine that can make your own musical picture postcard in the world. You take your face photo first, add messages and decorations of you as a postman, and choose a QR code to play music. When it is ready, you can print it out by the printer next to the machine. You can even post it from the Post Tree, a postbox that looks like the Skytree, after you buy the right stamp from the Museum Post Office nearby.Museum Shop with Many Stamps The Beginnings The World of Postage StampsThe world of Postage Stamps exhibits around 330 thousand kinds of stamp collections, which is the largest collection in Japan, and you can see many stamps both from Japan and abroad. There are even stamps of famous, internationally broadcast Japanese animations such as Doraemon, Sazaesan, and Detective Conan on display here.They are full of interesting exhibitions that tell you about the postal service and postal communications. Old stamps are for sale at the museum shop for 30 yen each. You can use those stamps in Japan in the same way as current stamps.They have piles of commemorative stamps including the past Olympics and events in the showcase. You will be thrilled to find your favorite ones like a treasure hunt. They even make for great souvenirs. You can always post your letters with your favorite postcard and stamps from the Museum Post Office next to the shop.They will stamp an original postmark on your letter when you post here. Many international visitors post letters from here too. Letters from here will make a lovely surprise for yourself, your family, and your friends.InformationPostal Museum JapanAddress: Tokyo, Sumida, Oshiage, 1-1-2, Tokyo SKYTREE Town Solamachi 9FHours: 10:00-17:30 (no entry after 5:00pm)Closed: No fixed holidays.Credit Cards: Not availableMultilingual Menu: EnglishNearest Station: a short walk from Oshiage (Skytree mae) Station on Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line/Keisei Oshiage Line/Toei Asakusa LineAdmission: Adults 300 yen/Elementary, Junior and High school students 150 yenPhone: 03-6240-4311Official Webpage: Postal Museum Japanlast_img read more

Rainy Season Sweets To Brighten Your Spirits

first_imgAll-day rain, humidity… when you get tired of the gloomy weather, why not find something you can only enjoy around this season instead?Seasonal Japanese SweetsWhen it comes to wagashi, there are plenty of seasonal sweets to choose from; jonamagashi are particularly important, as they are designed with the season itself in mind, and make use of ingredients that can only be found during that time frame. Japanese sweets with names like risshun (first day of spring), geshi (midsummer), and Tanabata (star festival) line the shelves of traditional Japanese sweet shops, and make excellent party foods too. It’s often said that there are over 100 different kinds of sweets produced by confectionery shops through the course of a year in Japan.Today let’s look at some beautiful tsuyu related sweets sure to brighten any rainy day.Ryokuu (Green Rain): Fukujudo-HidenobuA sweet from Fukujudo-Hidenobu confectionery shop in Osaka. Ryokuu refers to the rain in the season when fresh greenery appears. This sweet is made to represent a young leaf with a rain drop almost falling off of it. The rain drop is made from gelatin, while the leaf is formed from a Japanese cake base called nerikiri, and is stuffed with anko, or sweet red bean paste. This sweet tastes best when enjoyed with a cup of green tea.Available: end of May – start of JuneWebsite: (Japanese)Rain: TaneyaTaneya opened its first shop in Shiga prefecture. Covered by soft and jellied kudzu, there are several types of sweet bean paste inside this cute hydrangea flower. This dessert is not too sweet, so it goes well along with tea or coffee also.Available: early June – early JulyWebsite: (Japanese)Hydrangea Kinton: Tsuruya-YoshinobuTsuruya-Yoshinobu in Kyoto has four hydrangea sweets sold during this season. The color of gelatin balls and kinton (made from mashed sweet potatoes and chestnuts) really catch your eye. The inside is filled with a coarse sweet bean paste, which is not too heavy to eat as a snack.Available: end of May – mid-JuneWebsite: Tsuruya-HachimanI found another hydrangea at Tsuruya-Hachiman in Osaka. The bright light blue is sure to catch your attention, while the vivid yellow red bean paste makes for a vibrant contrast.After taking your first bite, you will relish the springy soft texture of the outside while the lightly egg-flavored filling blends perfectly into the mix. This is another great confectionery to eat with matcha green tea.Available: June 1st – 15thWebsite: KeishindoThere are crackers to match the season too; these ones come from Keishindo, a shop that originated in Nagoya and has now spread all across Japan. These hydrangea crackers have the light taste of shrimp to them, while the leaves have accents of shiso (perilla), and the snail has a richer shrimp flavor to it it. The white and cream colored ‘rain drops’ are made from sweetened rice crackers.Available: early May – early JuneWebsite: Calendar – Hydrangea: Tsuruya-YoshinobuThis is a half-dried type of sweet known as a higashi, which can be preserved for longer than other sweets like we have already encountered, which are called namagashi (raw or fresh sweets). The surface of these higashi sweets is a dried gelatin and they somewhat resemble sweet bean paste. When you open the packaging, these cute sweets almost seem to greet you.The subtle sweetness of the gelatin will spread across your taste buds after the first bite.Available: end of May – end of JuneWebsite: (Japanese)Walking Through Wagashi StoresWhen visiting a traditional Japanese sweet shop in early summer, you are sure to find many different confections in the shape of hydrangeas, the most popular flower of this season. Despite the flower being found in many different shops, each has their own unique way of representing this seasonal blossom. If you would like to see these and other season-limited treats, simply head to your nearest department store and pay a visit to their food floor – you won’t regret it!last_img read more

Ever Noticed It The OwlThemed Police Box In Ikebukuro

first_imgDid you know that there are over 6000 koban, or police boxes, in Japan? These police boxes have officers stationed at them 24 hours a day, 365 days a year in order to provide assistance and protect the public in Japan. The officers in these police boxes are very familiar with their patrol areas, so they are also capable of providing basic directions on their maps if you find yourself very lost and in need of help. If you ever find yourself in trouble or needing help, the police at your nearest koban are there to help you.As we mentioned, there are many of these police boxes across Japan, but did you know that one of the koban at the east exit of Ikebukuro Station is somewhat unique?Today let’s take a look at the Ikebukuro East Exit Koban – the owl police box. But First – Why Is it an Owl?Did you know that there is a relationship between Ikebukuro and owls? It comes from a play on words. In Japan, place names are often abbreviated; Ikebukuro becomes Bukuro in this case, while the word ‘fukuro’, which sounds similar, means ‘owl’. Before anyone realized it, the owl became the symbol of Ikebukuro.The Owl Police BoxPictured above is the Owl Police Box. Apparently when this police box was to be rebuilt, elementary and middle school students in Toshima ward submitted designs for it, and the current koban was built based on four of those designs. The intention behind building it was to create a police box that would not only have impact, but also be easy for anyone to spot.Where Is It?It’s quite easy to find once you know where to look. You’ll find the Owl Police Box at the East Exit of Ikebukuro Station, across the street from the entrance to the Seibu Department Store. When coming out of the east exit, you can see this koban across the large intersection from the station, on the corner of Green Dori and Meiji Dori.In ClosingGiven the number of police boxes in Japan, it goes without saying that there are plenty of other fun and unique police boxes to see wherever you go. For instance, there are koban in Asakusa that have roofs like old Japanese houses, or that in Shibuya’s Center Gai, there is a police box that follows a curved line, or others that are made out of old-fashioned red bricks? A fun goal to add to your vacation in Japan could be looking for unusual police boxes around the city or even the country!InformationIkebukuro Station East Exit Police BoxAddress: Tokyo, Toshima, Minami Ikebukuro, 1-27-7Hours: Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a yearOther Languages: -Nearest Station: JR Ikebukuro stationAccess: 1 minute walk from the East Exit of Ikebukuro Stationlast_img read more

The Only Room Like It Shiodomes Park Hotel Tokyo

first_imgImage Source: Park Hotel Tokyo A hotel with easy access, a reasonably priced hotel, a hotel with great views… There are so many different things to keep in mind when choosing a hotel. So if you get the chance to visit Japan, why not stay in a hotel filled with completely unique art?Image Source: Park Hotel TokyoHave you heard of the gallery hotel in Shiodome where you can stay amidst some of the finest Japanese art? The Park Hotel Tokyo is an incredibly popular accommodation with travelers, consistently boasting an 80% non-Japanese occupancy rate.Starting in 2012, each guest room at the hotel has been ornamented by artists through a project entitled “Artist in Hotel”, creating completely unique rooms that cannot be found anywhere else in the world.We would like to introduce some of these rooms here.Beautiful Rooms Overflowing with IndividualityImage Source: Park Hotel TokyoThis room, entitled “Lucky Cat”, was designed by the artist Hyogo Mino, who selected the theme of the “maneki-neko” or “beckoning cat”. By the way, the text painted across the ceiling over the bed is taken from Japan’s literary master Souseki Natsume’s debut novel “I Am A Cat”. Painted on the walls are various maneki-neko, and in their midst a single “bake-neko” or monster cat is hidden – why not see if you can catch it?An English paperback version of “I Am A Cat” has also been placed in the room. For those that haven’t heard of this novel before, if you get the chance to stay in this room, please read it. You’ll turn into Japanese literature fan in no time!Read also:Japanese Encyclopedia: Maneki Neko (“Beckoning Cat”)Imado Shrine, Find Love at the Home of the Maneki-neko This next room was painted by Mayuko Nakamura, and is called “The 47 Vegetables”. The brilliant white walls of this room have been decorated with paintings of 47 different vegetables that are unique to Japan.And within these 47 varieties of vegetables, there are even a few that Japanese people don’t know the name of. Also found in this room is a picture book written in both English and Japanese that gives a detailed explanation of each vegetable. Wouldn’t it be nice to take a walk about and look at each illustration in person? The gentle colors give this room a free, light atmosphere.Image Source: Park Hotel TokyoThe third room we would like to show you was made by Naoki Takenouchi, and is called “The Washi Room”. By taking washi paper traditionally produced for construction work, folding, crumpling, and painting it, a wonderfully modern effect has been created in this room.This is definitely a room where both tradition and creation can be experienced.The Project is Still On-going!The Park Hotel has guest rooms from the 26th to 34th floor, and every room on the 31st floor has been designated as an Artist Room; these rooms are expected to be completed mid-2016. For this reason, a few of the rooms are currently unavailable as they are being designed now. But, we were fortunate enough to be allowed in to get a sneak preview of some of these rooms. Specifically, “The Castle” and “Edo To Tokyo” rooms.Image Source: Park Hotel TokyoDesigned by Kazuki Mizuguchi, is “Castle” (Working title), an homage to the now non-existent Edo Castle. When night falls, the castle will be reflected on the window glass, creating a visual vibration between the old and the new Tokyo.Image Source: Park Hotel TokyoIn the “Edo-Tokyo” (Working title) room designed by Hidetaka Furukawa, the cityscape of old Edo (the former name of Tokyo) and that of modern Tokyo is compared – by seeing these two side-by-side, you can really feel the flow of time that has passed.When You Come to Tokyo, Stay At The Park Hotel TokyoUntil the date of your stay, it’s impossible to know whether the particular room you’d like will be available. When you check in at the hotel, the staff will inform you of which rooms are available, and if the room you had hoped for is free, you may take it. Should all the Artist Rooms be occupied though, you are of course welcome to stay in a standard room.The Park Hotel Tokyo is very popular with travelers to Japan and for this reason, all of the staff are can speak English. As these rooms are quite popular, it’s better to make your reservations early.Image Source: Park Hotel TokyoIf you chose to stay in a standard room, and would like to smoke, Marron-chan (Akihisa Hayashi)’s “Smoking Space The Tokyo Marron” is free for you to enjoy, though you don’t have to be a smoker to take a peek inside.Wouldn’t you like to stay in Shiodome?Recommended articlesAccommodation Facilities In Japan – MATCHA’s Complete GuideFinding A Place To Stay In Japan – Types Of Accommodation FacilitiesHomestay in Japan – Staying at a Farmer’s House in Ōtawara, TochigiSaitama’s 7 Best Accomodations: Resort Hotels To Traditional RyokanRelax in a Shibuya Capsule: The Ladies-Only Nadeshiko HotelInformationPark Hotel TokyoAddress: Tokyo, Minato, Higashi-Shinbashi 1-7-1 Shiodome Media TowerHours: Check-in from 14:00, check-out until 12:00Closed: -Wi-Fi: In all roomsCredit Cards: YesLanguages Available: EnglishMenus in Other Languages: EnglishClosest Station: JR Shinbashi Station on the Toei Ōedo Line and the Yurikamome LineAccess: 7-minute walk from Shinbashi Station (新橋駅), directly connected to Shiodome Station (汐留)Price Range: -Religious Considerations: -Phone Number: 03-6252-1111Homepage: Park Hotel Tokyolast_img read more

Breathtaking Seasons MukojimaHyakkaen Gardens In HigashiMukojima

first_imgSee Japanese Culture with Your Own EyesWelcome to Japan, a land of diverse beauty and breathtaking landscapes, changing with the passing of the seasons. If you’ve ever dreamed of getting the best out of all of Japan’s seasonal looks, we’ve got some great news for you – one great place for you to visit, to be exact. And the best thing is, it is located right in the heart of the hustle and bustle of Tokyo – introducing Mukojima-Hyakkaen Gardens in Sumida ward.The entrance to the garden, with a somewhat nostalgic feel to it, appears out of nowhere in the middle of this residential area.Get to Know Mukojima-HyakkaenMukojima-Hyakkaen Gardens was built in Edo Period, and is a beloved garden with immense popularity even today. It offers an almost dream-like tranquil ambiance amidst the tumult of the city, with a historical feel to it, as well as heaps of beautiful flowers, thus having both a comforting and enchanting effect on the visitors.Everywhere you look you can see a bench waiting for visitors to take a quick rest. The gentle breeze makes taking a breather here all the more enjoyable.Although we salute the spirit, you don’t have to go overboard in order to see the whole garden. One hour will do just fine to discover the elegance and charm of this place, and as there is no particular route you should stick to, you are free to wander around taking in the beauty of the gardens as you like.Let your heart choose the direction and let the flowers take away your everyday fatigue.But let’s not forget the wonderful flowers, the main attraction of this garden that will leave you speechless with its vibrant colors. It is inevitable to wonder which flowers are waiting for you each season – for example, in May you can admire the lovely blue passion flower.Let blue passion flower awe you with its grace!Must-See Japanese Clover TunnelOne place you absolutely have to see when visiting Mukojima-Hyakkaen is the Japanese Clover Tunnel. The tunnel is designed for people to stroll through it while being completely surrounded by the tranquilizing green of the clover. Once inside the tunnel, it will feel as if you’ve wandered into a whole new, exciting world, different from the garden itself – that is the power of the greenery inside. We are sure you won’t be able to forget the sight after your stroll.The Japanese Clover Tunnel in MayWe recommend you visit the Clover Tunnel sometime between the middle of September and the middle of October. Of course, the garden will welcome you with its warm floral embrace and a somewhat nostalgic feel anytime you decide to go, but how about paying an exciting, unexpected visit when the breeze gets slightly refreshing?Don’t miss a chance to wander into a floral fairy tale in person! Visit the Mukojima-Hyakkaen Gardens and enjoy the combination of seasonal colors and blooms with traditional Japanese design.InformationMukojima-Hyakkaen GardensAddress: Tokyo, Sumida, Higashi-Mukojima 3-18-3Hours: 09:00-17:00Closed: Dec. 29th-Jan. 3rdOther Languages: English guide availableNearest Station: Higashi-Mukojima Station, Tobu Railway Isesaki LineAccess: 8 minute walk from Higashi-Mukojima StationPrice: adults (junior high school students and older) 150 yen; persons 65 and older 70 yen;Phone Number: 03-3611-8705Website: 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

Enjoy Japans Four Seasons At The Saito Villa In Niigata

first_imgThe Saito Villa was the villa of the Saito family, a merchant household that prospered during the Meiji period to the beginning of the Showa period, and was built by the fourth generation head Kijuro Saito during the Taisho period. The unification of garden and architecture forms a beautiful landscape and is a residence built based on the concept of “garden and home as one.”Even now, nearly 100 years later, numerous tourists come to visit the villa annually thanks to the charms of its beautiful gardens and architecture.Entering And Experiencing Taisho JapanLeisurely Enjoy the Garden from the Banquet Hall Upon going through the entryway, the banquet hall and a beautiful garden will be the first sight you will see. The Saito Villa is a residence that had been built to entertain important guests. The view of the garden from the banquet hall was beautiful throughout, making us almost lose track of time.The Tea House Where Guests Are Entertained In the olden days, serving tea was a method of entertaining important guests. As a result, the household head’s wish to have their guests be entertained is expressed throughout the tea house. Unpeeled bamboo pillars were used to build the room, giving it its calming structure.The yard that can be seen from the tea house has a landscape similar to what might be expected of a mountain retreat. It is made so that you can feel the aesthetics of wabisabi (*1) while in Japan.*1 Wabisabi: Japanese aesthetics; specifies something that is simple and quiet.center_img What Is the Saito Villa?last_img read more

Learn How to Make the Perfect Cup of Japanese Tea at Asakusas

first_imgThere are various hard-to-come-by packages of tea that are quite popular.The instant Ryokucha (green tea) stick of popular Japanese tea “Oi Ocha” is also sold at the event. It is a kind of Ryokucha (green tea) but with matcha. Dissolve it in hot/cold water and you can make a great cup of tea in minutes. One package contains 50 instant tea sticks!Teabags and other tea-related goods are also on sale.Conveying the wonders of Japanese tea to the massesThe seminar started with the premise that many people could learn about Japanese tea. The event will be going on until mid-November this year (2015), so please drop by if you are in the Asakusa area. You’ll definitely come across a Japanese tea that’s your cup of tea.InformationAutumn Tea Making EventAddress: 2-3-1 Asakusa, Taito-ku, TokyoHours: 10:00–16:30Event schedule: 11:00- / 13:00- / 14:30-Takes place every Saturday (until November 14th)Credit Cards: It is not known whether credit cards are accepted at the venue.Language Support: Japanese, English, Chinese, and KoreanNearest Station(s): Asakusa StationAccess: 4-min walk from Asakusa StationPricing: ¥500–2,000Phone Number:+81(0)3-5371-7111(main line for Itoen)Official Website: ITO EN Do you know how to make the perfect cup of Japanese tea? If not, visit Asakusa’s Sensoji Temple on Saturday. The major Japanese tea company ITO EN will hold an event just to show you how.It’s a special seminar where you can learn the art of tea making. It’s called “oishii ocha no irekata seminar” in Japanese (means delicious tea making seminar) and it’s completely free to join. There is a special booth set up where you can buy tea. Free cups of tea are also handed out at the event.Tea specialists on hand to guide youAt the event, a tea specialist, known as a tea taster, will be on site to give you instructions on how to make the perfect brew. We will learn how to make a cup of reicha (cold tea). Firstly, put the tea leaves into the kyusu (teapot).Now add some ice, and after that add some cold water. It’s recommended that you use soft water as it is good for extracting the tea component.Close the lid and give the pot a little shake so as to mix together the contents inside. Leave the pot to stand for about 3 minutes.For those who are none the wiser, a special method is needed when making more than one cup of tea.Let’s imagine that you are going to pour tea into three cups each marked A, B, and C. If you pour tea into each cup (working your way in order from A to C), then there is a huge chance that each cup of tea will end up tasting completely different.The trick is to pour just a small amount of tea into each cup at a time, working your way from cup A to cup C, and then back again, adding small amounts as you go. Continue like this until there is no tea left in the pot. This method guarantees that each cup will be of the same consistency and great flavor.One pot of tea can be used up to 3 times.Ready-made tea is served to guests at the event as an example of how a well-made cup of tea should taste.See how velvety smooth the tea is when you give it a try. You will be amazed at how great it tastes, and this is achieved simply by adding cold water and ice.Pamphlets that include written information on how to make a great cup of tea are available in various languages at the venue. The tea tasters also speak both English and Chinese, so Japanese language skills are not necessary. If you have any questions, it’s probably best to ask after the tea-making demonstration.Drink tea for free, without participating in the seminarCups of free tea are also handed out to people who are not participating in the seminar.In past events, it’s believed that around 3,000 cups were handed out in just one day.Tea is on sale at the venue, so if you have a taste for the tea you are drinking, you can go right ahead and buy it.last_img read more

【SUMMER】A Summer Event Clam Digging at Futtsu Beach

first_imgIt’s summer! The beach is calling us! Go swim in the sea, play beach volleyball…but that’s not all you can do at the sea. If you want something different this summer, I recommend clam digging. Clam digging in Japan is somewhat special.Clam Digging and JapanClam digging is to dig up clams from the sand in shallow shores. In Japan, clam digging shores open up from spring to summer. Clam digging itself is not so special, but “clam digging” is an important keyword in Japanese history!Pictures from: Japan National Digital LibraryArranged by Mayori Kurokawa “Japanese Culture Pictures vol.12″This picture is an Japanese art form “ukiyoe” of a clam digging scene. The link between clam digging and Japanese culture can be seen in other areas as well, for example the word “Shiohigari (clam digging)” is used in Japanese poetry, haiku. You can see that clam digging has been loved for ages in Japanese culture.Biggest Clam Digging EventThe Japanese still love clam digging. When the clam digging season comes, TV and newspaper media pick it up as a big event. Even so, maybe you can’t believe that digging up clams could be a big event. So see for yourself the Japanese clam digging, in other words “Seeing is believing!” digging report is up to 1:30.Actually, it was jaw-dropping to me as well.Prepare for Clam Digging!Passion and excitement is the word for Japanese clam digging. You can’t miss such a fun event! Then, what do you need to prepare to actually go clam digging?What you need●RakeThis rake is the most suitable for digging up clams in the sand. If you don’t care about the looks, you can get a good one at a 100 yen shop.●Net or Bucket (for the shells)In clam digging shores that take an admission fee, a net is handed out to check how much you took.A bucket will come in handy when carrying your tools around as well.Suitable Clothing for Clam Digging●Short Pants or Pants You Can Roll UpThe water can be up to your lower leg. Knee length pants should be OK.●Beach Sandals that Won’t Come OffBare feet are dangerous! You might step on a shell and get hurt, so please be careful.●Hat and Long Sleeve Cloths to Prevent SunburnClam Digging is harder work than you think. It might be good to have these with you in order to prevent losing strength by the hot sun.To Take Home●Cooler Box and Cold Water (for cooling)You want the clams to be nice and fresh when you go home. To preserve freshness, keep the clams in sea water and set the temperature low.How to Get ClamsIf everything is ready, all you have to do is to dig and dig and dig. Let’s go clam digging!There are three important points to know when going clam digging.1: Where there are small holes in the sandClams are under such holes. You’ve got to get them.2: Where the ground is flatThis means nobody has dug around here yet. There is a chance that you can find some clams left.3: Dig shallow and wideClams live at about 5 cm from the top. If you can’t find them, try changing your digging style to a shallow and wide area with your rake.With this in mind, you’ll surely have a large catch!When you’re concentrating you might forget these points. Calm down and remember these points when you can’t get the clams.After the Large CatchA net full of clams!Eating the clams that you gathered yourself is the best part of clam digging. Don’t worry, boxes are sold which you can use to carry the clams home.“I want to go clam digging but I don’t want to go through the trouble of buying lots of tools.” In Japan you can go clam digging simply and easily. Why not go clam digging this summer?InformationFuttsu Beach Clam Digging Site 富津海岸潮干狩り場Address: 2307-53 Futtsu, Futtsu-shi, ChibaHours: Depends on the tide table on official HPClosed: Depends on the tide table on official HPNearest Statin: JR Uchibou line Aohori stationAccess: 15 minute bus ride from JR Aohori station, for Futtsu Kouen, get off at Kouen Iriguchi bus stopAdmission Fee: Adults 1600 yen/Primary school children 800 yen/ Under 6 years old 700 yenPhone: 0439-87-2121Official HP: Futtsu Fishing Cooperationlast_img read more

Visit The Pola Museum Of Art In Hakone Installations And Exhibits

first_imgA Place Overflowing with Light: The Pola Museum of Art in Hakone Two and a half hours from Tokyo by train, Hakone is a popular hot spring resort area with abundant natural beauty. This city is also known for being home to the Pola Museum of Art.The building’s use of glass creates a bright structure that feels very open, and the interior is flooded with light so that visitors feel as though the building is part of the Hakone forest.The art museum opened in 2002 and has displayed works from famous artists, including Monet, Renoir and Picasso; it has a varied collection that features Western-style paintings by Japanese artists, Japanese paintings, woodcut prints, Oriental clay pieces, glasswork, cosmetics items and more. Many of the over ten thousand total items in the collection were gathered by Tsuneshi Suzuki, second-generation head of the Japanese cosmetics manufacturer Pola Orbis Group, over more than four decades. In addition to many works by famous artists, the museum has a promenade and restaurants where you can enjoy lunch while seated out on a terrace. Naturally, it’s great for art lovers, but even art appreciation novices will find something to enjoy here. The Pola Museum is a place where you can get away from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo and relax to your very core, through contact with music and art.Also read:Visit the Pola Museum of Art In Hakone! Promenade And RestaurantsThe Installations and Exhibits Change Every Six Months The Pola Museum of Art has had permanent exhibits and installations since opening. In the permanent exhibits, up to 300 pieces from the museum’s collection of over 10,000 items are displayed in conjunction with a theme, being rotated out twice a year. The installations are not limited to the Pola Museum of Art collection; valuable art pieces are gathered and put on display, and these are also around for six months.When we went (August 2016), the permanent installations “Paintings of the Pola Museum of Art – Collection Highlights!”, “Oriental Clay x Contemporary Ceramics: The World of Pottery Seen In Color”, “Glasswork and Words” and “Carefully Looking Up At and Out Onto 06” were on display. In the basement shop, you can find mugs, cute sweets, calendars and other original goods that number more than 200 in total. These are exclusive to the Pola Museum of Art, so buy all means, pick something up to take home.We Also Recommend the Restaurant Next Door In the exhibition room for “Carefully Looking Up At and Out Onto 06”, there are plenty of different perspectives from which you can view the displays; you can lie down in front of the pieces, or look at it from the platform behind them. Gaze at the artwork from a perspective other than standing directly in front and you may discover a new way to be fascinated by it. In the exhibition room for “Glasswork and Words,” the display centered around work with “words” etched into them. According to the Daum brothers, these two pieces have various ornamentation, and the words “plus penser que dire (thoughts over words)” etched into them. By reading the words of sermons, proverbs and prose etched into these glass works, you will be drawn in by their allure even more. The exhibition room for “Oriental Clay x Contemporary Ceramics: The World of Pottery Seen In Color” has pottery from China, Korea and Japan on display. You can examine pottery items that have crossed through area borders, compare them, and gaze on the creators’ attention to coloration. The Pola Museum of Art also has a promenade surrounded by nature and restaurants with limited-edition menus that connect to the theme of the current exhibits. You can sample dessert inspired by Monet’s famous Les Nymphéas painting, and more. For more information, read the companion piece to this article.You May Also LikeA Day Trip From Tokyo: Places To See In Hakone-YumotoHakone Tozan Line – Climb The Mountain By Train And Enjoy The Scenery!Hakone Open-Air Museum – Explore The Arts Surrounded by NatureWhat To Do In Hakone – Travel Tips And 6 Must-See Places From September 10th, 2016 to March 3rd, 2017, the Looking at the Boundaries of Paris: Rousseau, Fujita and Photographer Atget exhibit was open at the Pola Museum. These three artists all created various works that don’t adhere to conventional wisdom. They all lived in the low areas around Montparnasse and left behind works that looked at the great metropolis, Paris, and the suburbs. Take a look at the boundary lines of Paris that so fascinated them.The interior of the museum is very relaxed, and we were able to leisurely enjoy each piece. The collection is excellent, and since the installations change twice a year, you can discover something new every time you visit.The Pola Museum ShopsThe museum has two shops that stock more than 2000 items. The “Modern Beauty” exhibit was on display from March 19th to September 4th, 2016, and contained French paintings and cosmetics. Visitors to the exhibit could take a look at “feminine beauty” from a century ago through the lens of fashion. The first floor shop has items that are just perfect as Hakone souvenirs, such as small Yosegi-zaiku trinkets. It stocks fascinating accessories, imported French teas and various other goods. You can buy things without entering the exhibition area.last_img read more

Wakasa Railway Feel The Local Charm Of Tottori

first_imgDid you know there are many local trains in Japan, which operate only in their respective areas? You might have already seen some of MATCHA’s articles covering similar stories on various railway lines in Japan, such as those about Kurobe Gorge’s Torokko Train, Oigawa Railway’s Thomas Trains, or Enoshima Railway.This time, we bring you Wakasa Station of Tottori’s Wakasa Railway, to enchant you with some Showa nostalgia. Behold! The lovely platform of Wakasa Station! There are plenty of things we should introduce, so let’s see them one by one. First, take a look at this photograph – this handsome gentleman is the kakashi station master (*1). On the Wakasa Railway, you’ll be able to meet this quiet fellow at various other stations, too, where there aren’t any living station masters present. But, it surely isn’t a bad thing at all! These lovely station masters are here to watch over the passengers just as any other (living) station master would do!* 1 Kakashi: a scarecrow doll made out of bamboo, straw, and such, to resemble a human figure, in order to protect the fields from the birds and animals damaging the crops. Nonetheless, for the fans of trains and machines, there are also diesel (engine) vehicles on display. This is what the inside of the station, or the waiting room, looks like. Compared with stations in the big cities such as Tokyo, you wouldn’t say there are many trains running past this station on daily basis, would you?But, you could also say precisely that is what makes this kind of local stations so special! Don’t you feel the urge to forget about your busy day, and try to relax and take it easy at this petite station? You can even start a conversation with the locals while waiting for your train to arrive. Who knows? You might get to hear about the local gourmet food, little-known lovely spots, or other helpful information about the attractions you shouldn’t miss in this area. You might feel something extraordinarily old (or should we say “historical”?), coming from the table in front of the station – take a closer look and you’ll discover that everything is written in the old kanji character form. Interesting, isn’t it? This gigantic building is the water tower. The most crucial “steam fuel” to get the steam locomotive going, was the water. Therefore, this water tower was one of the most important pieces of equipment necessary to run the train. As this tower was also constructed in 1930, it has long been a symbol of the lovely little Wakasa Station. Now, let’s take a look at inside of the station. The admission fee for looking around, is 300 yen (free for children), so make sure to call upon the employee to buy your ticket. Of course, those who plan to ride the train only need to buy the train ticket, and can look around without paying an extra fee.Wakasa Station’s Charming Platform Now, take a closer look at these sleepers – why, there are plates attached to them! Actually, written on these plates are the names of the sleepers’ owners.If we got you interested with this peculiar piece of information, wait until you hear this – you can become a proud owner of one of the Wakasa Railway’s sleeper if you pay 5000 yen!Here Comes a Pink Snow Plow! Read Also: Ride The Torokko Train Over Toyama’s Beautiful Kurobe Gorge Meet Thomas and Friends at the Ōigawa Railway Thomas Fair!Enjoy Stopovers and Plenty of Wonderful Scenery from Enoden TrainIntroducing Wakasa Railway This is a small, 15-meter diameter hand cranked railway turntable. The old steam locomotives could only go forward (in one direction), so the driver had to use this kind of equipment to make it go back, or to turn it around. Since the Wakasa Line was completed in 1930, this piece of equipment is also considered to be one of Japan’s Tangible Cultural Properties. If you haven’t heard of Wakasa Railway, don’t feel bad about it – that is probably because this local railway is only 19.2 kilometers long, and connects two stations in Tottori prefecture – Wakasa Station and Koge Station.It was first opened in 1930, as one of the railway lines of Japan National Railways (today’s JR). However, in 1987, it became Tottori prefecture’s independent line and got its name changed to what we call it today – Wakasa Railway.But, let us first tell you about Wakasa Railway’s most charming trait. No matter how you look at it, its greatest charm must be the somewhat nostalgic and heartwarming feel coming from it! It is of such great aesthetic and emotional value, that in 2008, this Wakasa Line, together with its 23 facilities, was included on Japan’s Tangible Cultural Property List.Its magical station and the surrounding facilities bring Showa period nostalgia to Japanese hearts and attract the curiosity of visitors to Japan, who aren’t used to witnessing such sights in modern Japan.However, with its connecting 9 different stations along the Wakasa Line, it is also an important means of transportation for the locals living in this area. It takes 430 yen, and around 30 minutes, to get from the Koge Station to Wakasa Station, and should you decide to ride the train all the way back and forth, it will make for a charming little one hour journey you’re sure to remember.What Makes Wakasa Railway and Station So Special? Today, we decided to tell you more about the starting station of this line, Wakasa Station. A friendly and welcoming aura, together with a “Showa” vibe, is oozing right out of the wooden exterior of this lovely station. Perhaps that wooden charm is what led to its inclusion on the list of Japan’s Tangible Cultural Properties – what do you think? During the period between 1944 and 1946, there was a steam locomotive running along the Wakasa Line. Now, should you apply for it beforehand, you can even experience what it’s like to operate the steam locomotive yourself! If you look to the side of the station, you’ll find items designed to give joy to the youngest visitors to this station, so feel free to bring your whole family on a train riding adventure to answer everyone’s wishes. If you’re interested in the history of this station and would like to see what kind of machines, stamps, and such, were used in the past, you can admire the ones displayed nearby. There are many ways to enjoy your time while waiting for the train, so make the best use of the time and the entertaining goods available at the station. But there’s more! At Wakasa Station, there seems to be a pink snow plow, as well. The reason for the existence of such a machine lies in an event related to the name of one of the old stations of Wakasa Railway Line.Since the name of that station was Koiyamagata, and as one of the four stations whose name consisted of the word “koi” (meaning “love”), there were several events organized, during which many machines were dyed in a bright pink color. As one of the lucky “victims” of this delightful event, this snow plow has remained colorful to this day.Take a Ride on the Waksa Trains in Tottori!So, how did you like our introduction of the Wakasa Railway? Here you’ll not only experience a relaxed and easy-going atmosphere, so different from the city, but you’ll also get to see what it feels like to be welcomed and entertained by a charming local railway line.Should you decide to pay it a visit in person, you are sure to be overwhelmed with the Showa-like ambiance, to which photograph lens just couldn’t do justice. So, if you ever pay a visit to Tottori prefecture, don’t hesitate to ride with the lovely Wakasa Railway. Wakasa Station View Informationtrain_stationtransit_stationlast_img read more

Discovering Fossils At The Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum

first_imgThough the dinosaurs have gone extinct and no longer walk the earth, they are still quite popular with people of all ages. The reason for that enduring popularity, naturally, is their enormous size. It is said that some varieties of dinosaurs weighed over 80 tons, a scale unimaginable today. Dinosaurs may have died out, but many things about them remain mysteries. Various research studies are conducted as new fossils are discovered.In fact, even up to the present day, many dinosaur fossils continue to be unearthed in Fukui Prefecture in Japan. Furthermore, because of where their fossils were discovered, some dinosaurs have been named after the prefecture. The bones of the fukuisaurus (scientific name: Fukuisaurus tetoriensis) were excavated in 1989 in Katsuyama City, Fukui.This time, we will introduce you to a place in Fukui that still finds new fossils: the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum.What is the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum?The Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum is a natural museum where dinosaurs are displayed as the main exhibits. The exhibits are detailed and high-quality, and it is the most popular dinosaur museum in all of Japan. Apparently, people even visit from overseas specifically to see the fossils here.Inside the permanent exhibition room (the Dinosaur Hall), which serves as a portal to “the world of dinosaurs,” more than 40 complete dinosaur skeletons are on display. The reconstructed skeletons of fukuisaurus and fukuiraptor, discovered in Fukui, are both on display as well. Before you leave the museum, there is a gift shop that sells souvenirs. Enjoy looking at the bounty of dinosaur-themed goods and sweets inside. As seen in the photo, there are clothes with dinosaur designs and other products which can only be bought here.There is also a machine which sells large super balls. They contain dinosaurs inside, and are sure to delight children.Experience Excavating Fossils for YourselfLong ago the Japanese archipelago was connected to the continent of China. It is said that at that time, many dinosaurs existed in the area that became modern-day Fukui Prefecture. At the Open-Air Dinosaur Museum, located outside the actual museum, you can take a look at the geological strata where dinosaur fossils were really discovered and the fossils of dinosaur footprints, then try your hand at excavating some yourself. You can also get explanations about the dug-up fossils from a researcher at the museum.The chance to excavate a dinosaur fossil is a rare and precious opportunity, so why not make a once-in-a-lifetime memory at the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum?InformationFukui Prefectural Dinosaur MuseumAddress: Fukui Prefecture, Katsuyama City, Murokochō Terao 51-11Hours: 9:00-17:00(last entry at 16:30)Closed: Second and fourth Wednesday of every month (in the event that a public holiday falls on a Wednesday, the museum will close the following day instead; no closures during summer vacation), New Year’s Holiday (12/29-½)Wi-Fi: NoOther Languages: English, ChineseDisplays in Other Languages: English, ChineseNearest station: Katsuyama Station (Echizen Rail Katsuyama Eiheiji Line)Access: From JR Fukui Station, take a train bound for Katsuyama on the Echizen Rail Katsuyama Eiheiji Line (about one hour); get off at Katsuyama Station, then take a community bus (about 15 minutes) or a taxi (about 10 minutes)Price range: 720 yen (regular admission), 460 yen (high school or college students), 260 yen (elementary or junior high school students)Phone: 0779-88-0001Website: Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum In addition, while it may not be visible from outside the building, the architects exercised restraint in order to minimize any environmental impact, while also retaining as much of the original area topography as possible. They did this through various techniques such as actively using the land’s rugged qualities and reclaiming the smallest land area necessary during construction.The layout was conceived by Kishō Kurokawa.Plenty of Souvenirs are Availablecenter_img Learn about the History of Earth Sciences and the History of LifeThe “history of earth sciences” zone features exhibits which contain the history of earth sciences, fossils discovered on land and at sea, and the minerals which make up the earth. In the “history of life” zone, dioramas tell the story of life’s appearance in the oceans 4.6 billion years ago, how vertebrate creatures were born, and how they came to live on land.The Building Also Has Fascinating ArchitectureThe actual museum building itself is quite interesting. As you can glean from the picture, it is designed to have perfect symmetry. The architecture ensures an efficient route from when you first descend the entrance elevator to when you see the final exhibit, and feels like an excellent use of the interior space.last_img read more

【TOKYO EAST】Japanese Old Fashioned MomandPop Candy Stores in Nippori

first_imgIt may be unexpected for a person knowing only present Nippori Station, but ten years ago, the scenery of the station square was basically another place.I’ve went down on Nippori Station more ten years ago. I remember that it wasn’t anything special so I couldn’t believe this station existed in Tokyo!However, it has been changed by the redevelopment in the front of Nippori Station since 2003. A high-rise tower apartment was built and the Nippori-Toneri Liner was inaugurated. JR Nippori Station was also renewed.The renewing around Nippori Station brings more convenience to the people, but in exchange for the convenience, it often brings them to remove the old and tasteful things. Here in Nippori Station the old fashioned street and stores were lost.It was a mom-and-pop candy whole sale street. It was commonly called “Nippori Dagashiya(mom-and-pop candy store) Yokochou(street)”. The stores were brought out of business in 2004 and disappeared. Many stores were broken and some of them seemed to discontinue because their old age.However, two stores are open in the tower building in front of Nippori Station.Here is Ohya-Store.Surprisingly, many visitors like businessmen come to this store. There seems to be something that attracts them.When I was a child, I bought only a few candies but now I’ve grown up. I want to buy all the boxes of snacks and give them out to my colleagues and children.For example, this snack, we call it “UMAIBOU”, is 250 yen in 30 of them. I’m able to freely give them to many people.At the moment I see the scenery of so much candy and snacks lined up on the floor or desk, I go back to my childhood.Here is another one: Murayama Store. Here is also filled of many kinds of Japanese old fashioned candies and snacks.Not only old fashioned toys, but new animation characters are also sold here.Rice cracker with sauce. Definitely enough.I heard that children nowadays play in supermarkets or other malls but we adults born in Showa Era feel nostalgic when we come here.These are the best stores to buy many Japanese old fashioned candies and snacks for a cheap price.InformationOhya Storeaddress:Garden Tower 203,Nishinippori 2-chome25-1,Arakawa-ku TokyoPhone number:03-3801-2530Opening Hours:9a.m.~5p.m.Closed on Mondays and 3rd TuesdayMurayama StoreAddress:116-0013 Station Garden Tower 113,Nishinippori 2-chome25-1,Arakawa-ku TokyoPhone number:03-3806-2280Opening Hours:9a.m.~5p.m.Closed on Mondays and 3rd Tuesdaylast_img read more

Paul Bassett Shinjuku Coffee of Champions

first_imgQ: What is it about cafes that makes you so drawn to them?It’s because in a cafe, you can relax and spend some time with yourself. You can take the time read a book or think about things. Then again, even if you don’t think about anything, just sitting down and resting is meaningful in its own way, I think. Living somewhere as hectic as Tokyo, especially in a crazy city like Shinjuku, it’s nice to know there are calm spaces. The difference between the two is also interesting.Q: What was it that made you come to love coffee so much?Back in my hometown in Australia, cappuccinos are normally drank with chocolate powder sprinkled on top. When I was a kid, I remember my mum would spoon off the foam with the chocolate powder and share it with me. The combination of the bitter coffee and sweet chocolate was really tasty. So I have fond memories of it. Then when I became a high school student, I spent my youth going to cafes after school. Now, I have a list of over 200 cafes that I want to go to. I also find it interesting that throughout history, many scholars, writers, and artists have been inspired by the time they spent in cafes.Q: Has anything memorable ever happened to you thanks to coffee?Yes, I actually had the honor of interviewing a real legend of the coffee world, who at the age of 101 is still running his coffee shop. When I met him, he had this awe-inspiring air about him, a strong aura that I can’t quite put into words. It’s an experience I’ll never forget.Japan might not be known as a country for great coffee, but the creativity and passion for quality that the Japanese people are known for is also thriving in their cafes – Paul Bassett Shinjuku being a prime example.Why not drop in for a coffee when you’re next in Shinjuku and discover a new side to Japan?NB: This article is a translation of a reproduction of an original article on Isetan Men’s net (links are in Japanese only).InformationPaul Bassett ShinjukuAddress: Shinjuku Nomura Bldg B1F, Nishi-Shinjuku 1-Chome 26-2, Shinjuku-ku, TokyoHours of Operation:Weekdays 07:30-20:30Saturdays 08:00-20:00Sundays, Holidays 09:00-19:00Open all yearWi-fi not availableCredit cards not acceptedJapanese-speaking staff onlyEnglish menu availableNearest station(s): Shinjuku Station (JR Line; Toei Shinjuku Line; Keio Line; Odakyu Line) Nishi-Shinjuku Station (Tokyo Metro Maronouchi Line)Access: 6-minute walk from Shinjuku Station, 4-minute walk from Nichi-Shinjuku StationPrice range: ¥1,000Phone Number: +81(0)3-5324-5090Official website::Paul Bassett Shinjuku (Japanese only) Welcome to our series introducing the multicultural city of Shinjuku through the eyes of foreigners living in Japan. Continuing with our coffee theme, we once again talk to coffee-crazy Tokyo Cafe expert Vaughan from Melbourne, the mecca of coffee and cafe culture.PROFILEVaughanFrom Melborne, Australia. Tours Tokyo cafes for his popular column in Good Coffee, a website created by coffee lovers for coffee lovers. Armed with his senses and personal tasting experiences, he continues to deliver the very latest coffee culture news. Currently active in many different fields, working as a fashion model, event organiser, and English teacher at Bunka Fashion College.Q: You recently went to Paul Bassett, a popular cafe in the center of Shinjuku’s business district. How was it?Most of my favorite coffee places don’t open until late morning, so I really appreciate that Paul Bassett is open early. The main barista here is Juichi Sasaki, the first ever Japanese winner of the World Aeropress Championship in 2014. The coffee is reasonably priced and guaranteed to taste good, and the shop has a friendly atmosphere. It’s also raised some great baristas – many people have spent years training here, and then gone on to be independent and open up their own place. I really like that sort of positive space.last_img read more

Tokyo Disneyland Summer 2019 Tanabata Days and Toy Story 4

first_imgDuring the Tanabata event, many guests came to the park dressed in yukata (lightweight kimono), which further adds to the Japanese atmosphere.In 2019, the inclusion of the special event Funtime with Toy Story 4 also creates a new type of excitement to enjoy at Tokyo Disney Resort. Be sure not to miss a visit to the parks in summer! Tokyo Disney Resort View Informationamusement_parkIn cooperation with Oriental Land Co., Ltd.Read also Nothing beats carbonated drink on a hot summer day. The sparkling jelly drink, which contains grape jelly and carbonated water, will make you forget about the sweltering temperature.The yellow drops are made of soft, jiggly collagen ingredients. The two kinds of jellies not only make this adorable drink fun to look at, but also had a delicious textures (priced at 380 yen). A kit for making Forky, a new character in “Toy Story 4,” is handed out with an order of the Chef’s Special at both Tokyo Disneyland and Sea.Forky can be set on a table, with a lump of clay at the base. A wide variety of expressions can be made using the stickers included in the kit. (The dish in the background is a limited menu item at Tokyo DisneySea, priced at 1,580 yen, including tax.) The lemon-soda smoothie (500 yen including tax), arranged in the image of Andy’s room from the movies, is served with strawberry jelly and lemon-soda drops at the bottom. A scoop of ice cream drizzled in mango sauce tops the drink.The smoothie tastes sweet but is also refreshing. This drink is a great choice for children. He is hiding in different spots throughout the park, so be on the lookout!Toy Story 4 Limited Edition Items One of the photo spots inside Tokyo DisneySea.”Toy Story 4,” a movie Disney fans have long been awaiting, was released in Japan on July 2019.To commemorate the movie’s release, a special event, Funtime with Toy Story 4, is held until September 1, 2019, at both Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea.Special Event Food and Drinks As many Japanese annually make wishes during Tanabata, the Wishing Place appeared at the World Bazaar inside Tokyo Disneyland.A large decoration featuring Mickey and Minnie, dressed as Hikoboshi and Orihime, surrounded by bamboo stalks, created a Japanese atmosphere. Minnie, adorning a Tanabata-themed dress, resembled a princess! A photograph of Minnie against the backdrop of Cinderella Castle looked even more romantic.Limited-Edition Tanabata Merchandise There are also multiple photo spots in the park related to “Toy Story 4.” At Tokyo Disneyland, visitors can take part in a special program called Look for Forky for free. Try and find Forky, who will be hiding inside the park. The vivid, purple-colored jelly is a refreshing treat. The texture of the grape-flavored jelly and the mousse on top is perfect for a hot summer day. A cute limited edition cup sold during the Tanabata period could also be purchased with the jelly (750 yen, including tax). Have Fun with Two Summer Tokyo Disney EventsAt Tokyo Disney Resort, Disney Tanabata Days was held until July 7, 2019. Based on the legend of Tanabata, Mickey and Minnie Mouse—dressed as Hikoboshi (the star Altair) and Orihime (Vega), respectively—greeted guests alongside other Disney characters dressed in traditional clothing.Another special event, Funtime with Toy Story 4, is held until September 1, 2019. This event is related to the movie “Toy Story 4,” which was released this summer.The following is an on-site report of the theme park’s festivities along with recommendations on how to enjoy these events.Making a Wish with Mickey and Minnie The picture above shows a soap bubble machine, a popular item with children. It creates colorful bubbles and can be used as a light during the nighttime parade. The price is 2,500 yen, including tax.Special Tanabata Menu Choices A limited edition mini-snack case with a new design is also available for purchase, along with a key ring of either the Aliens, Hamm, or Forky. The characters are all adorable.You can attach the case to your bag just in case you get hungry. The case comes with gummy candies and is priced at 850 yen.Toy Story Photo Spots At night, the World Bazaar was illuminated by a gorgeous projection mapping display as guests enjoyed the Tanabata-themed music which filled the air after sunset. With the Tanabata music playing in the background, Mickey and Minnie dressed as Hikoboshi and Orihime appeared on a rickshaw while greeting park guests. Other Disney characters, some riding floats, also joined in.center_img Photograph courtesy of © DisneyDuring the event, limited items designed with a Japanese aesthetic were also on sale. Earrings (650 yen), folding fans (2,200 yen), yukatas, and mini-sized towels would all come in handy on a trip in Japan (All prices include tax). Another special item was peach-flavored kakigori (shave ice) and blue jelly. It will quench your thirst and help you beat the summer heat.The star-shaped topping, along with the soft-serve ice cream, created a starry night-like image that was simply adorable (priced at 550 yen, including tax).Toy Story 4 Special Event © DisneyThe Eastside Cafe at Tokyo Disneyland serves the Chef’s Special (2,480 yen, including tax). It comes with different items, like smoked salmon and carrot salad served with a simple orange sauce.The main dish is a tomato cream sauce pasta with shrimp and crab. The set also comes with a piece of bread to satisfy a healthy appetite. The dessert is a yogurt-flavored vanilla raspberry mousse. Visitors wrote their wishes on a Mickey-shaped card. Nearby, wishes made by other Disney characters could be seen on display as well. Cookies: 800 yen; Stuffed Doll: 1,600 yen; Cap: 2,800 yen; Stickers: 900 yen (All prices include tax.)A total of 50 Toy Story movie memorabilia such as cardholders, baseball caps, Forky dolls, cookies, stationery, and limited-edition Tomica models are on sale during the event.They can only be purchased at Tokyo Disney Resort, so don’t forget take a look if you have the chance to visit.Enjoy Tokyo Disneyland Resort in Summer About forty items related to Disney’s Tanabata Days were also on sale.Many park visitors were enchanted by the adorable stuffed Mickey and Minnie plushes, dressed as Hikoboshi and Orihime, priced at 1,800 yen per doll (including tax). A star-shaped stuffed doll and an interior light of Chip and Dale, priced at 2,800 yen each (including tax), were also popular. Tokyo DisneySea Summer 2019 Guide – Celebrate Disney Tanabata Days © DisneyUnlike other drinks, the melon soda, a popular beverage, is served with strawberry jelly. The soda is 400 yen, and a limited edition coaster can be purchased for an additional 500 yen.The coaster looks a puzzle piece with a Toy Story motif. It would look adorable on the dining table. A Dream Family Trip! 9 Charming Features Of Tokyo Disneyland® Hotel The Disney princesses danced to celebrate Tanabata. Decorated by fantastic lights that appeared like magic, the World Bazaar resembled the Milky Way with Disney characters disguised as constellations. The scenery created a long-lasting memory of the enchanted visit.Tanabata Greeting Stay Cool! Tokyo Disneyland Summer 2019 – Shows, Food, And Shopping Guide Tokyo Disney Resort – By Train Or Bus? A Complete Guide On How To Get There!last_img read more

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