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Kikko Park And Kintai Bridge The Highlights Of Yamaguchi Prefecture

first_imgWhat Is Kikko Park?Kikko Park is a well-known cherry blossom spot, located in the Yokoyama district of Iwakuni city in Yamaguchi prefecture. This park was selected as one of the top 100 spots for cherry blossoms viewing in Japan, along with its wooden Kintai bridge.During the Edo period, this park and its surrounding areas belonged to the daimyo who ruled the area. Within the park grounds, there were houses called the Mekatake jutaku (houses for the samurais that served the daimyo) alongside the daimyo’s own residence. Near the park is the Kikko Shrine the daimyo visited, which is still standing today. You can get a better understanding of the Edo period through these structures.This time, we would like to introduce some basic information, access routes, and highlights of Kikko Park.Basic Information About Kikko ParkKikko Park is open year-round and is free to enter. Why not visit when you have time?last_img read more

Japan Off The Beaten Path Hiking The Jogasaki Coast Trail

first_imgI could have spent all day enjoying the tide pools and the view, but I still had eight kilometers to walk, so I returned to the trail and crossed the suspension bridge that connects Kadowaki Cape with the rest of the coast. Waves broke on the rocks beneath the bridge, and although some people seemed nervous about crossing such a long suspension bridge, I enjoyed the feeling of its movement beneath my feet.Ten minutes past the bridge, I reached the New York Lamp Museum and Flower Park, which features Tiffany glass and other historic lamps, along with acres of manicured gardens that bloom in every season of the year. I didn’t have time for a visit, but I bought a delicious chicken sandwich and refreshing iced hibiscus tea from the restaurant window outside the museum and ate at one of the decorative tables on a nearby patio.A Hidden Cove Near Renchakuji Temple Japan, Off The Beaten Path – Happy Days In Hakone Read also Twenty minutes later, I emerged atop another set of rocky cliffs and saw the pale white Kadowaki Lighthouse rising above the trees on the far side of Kadowaki Cape. Pale blue surf crashed over massive rocks in the cove created by the cape. People walked along the rocks, laughing and shrieking in the spray as they explored the tide pools near the water’s edge. Oshima, the largest of the Izu Islands, was clearly visible on the horizon, 70 kilometers to the south. A large white cloud hovered over the island like a hat. Smaller Toshima, farther south, looked like a pyramid rising from the sea. Japan, Off The Beaten Path – Three Days In Nikko By the time I reached the suspension bridge at the southern end of the hiking trail, the sun hung low on the horizon.I had walked almost ten kilometers, but I didn’t feel tired. The unique geological features and the deep, rich colors of the flowers, trees, and sea left me feeling refreshed and happy. The Jogasaki Coast is a wonderful place to escape the Tokyo heat for a relaxing summer afternoon.Text and photos by Susan SpannSusan Spann is the author of the Hiro Hattori mystery novels. She lives in Tokyo, but frequently travels across Japan, climbing mountains and seeking adventures off the beaten path. You can find her online at www.susanspann.com. Several times, I stopped to watch waves break against cliffs of columnar joint, a unique geological feature created when magma cools into multi-sided prismatic columns. This rare feature is easy to see along the Jogasaki Coast, because the surf runs off the columns in tiny waterfalls. Farther along the coast, I diverted off the trail again to explore a second set of tide pools and to watch the Tajima Waterfall pour down the cliffs and tumble into the sea. After lunch, I followed the trail to the gates of Renchakuji, a Buddhist temple established in 1508 as a memorial to Nichiren, a famous Japanese priest who was banished to Izu during the 12th century.A little way past the temple, I noticed a group of stones that led away from the trail toward the sea. They looked like a path, so I followed them, hopping from stone to stone to avoid trampling the delicate coastal plants. I soon discovered a rocky cove that was completely hidden from the trail. A Two-Day Trip To Izu Oshima, Tokyo’s Beautiful Island Of Camellias I began my hike at Jogasaki-Kaigan Station, where signs directed me down tree-lined streets to the coast. Birds sang in the branches and sunlight filtered through the leaves to speckle the asphalt road with spots of light. About ten minutes into the walk I caught my first glimpse of the sparkling Pacific Ocean through the trees. I increased my pace, eager to reach the trail. In the cove, gray and black gobies and pale yellow crabs grazed on algae in the shallow pools created by receding tides. Barnacles and mussels clung to the rocks, and breaking waves crashed over them. When I finished exploring, I sat on the sun-warmed rocks to watch the tide pools and the sea. The crashing waves sprinkled my face and hair with refreshing spray. Four thousand years ago, the eruption of Mt. Omuro sent a massive lava flow cascading down the eastern coast of the Izu Peninsula. Molten rock surged into the sea, creating a jagged coastline filled with hidden coves and tide pools.Today this area, known as the Jogasaki Coast, is a nature reserve beside the sea. I love volcanoes and the ocean, so I recently hopped a train and traveled two hours south from Tokyo to explore the hiking trails along the Jogasaki Coast.Jogasaki – Hiking the Picnical Course The trail began beside a rocky beach, at the entrance to a forest of pine and wax myrtle trees. Blue and purple ajisai (hydrangeas) bloomed beside the path, and I saw the deep blue ocean between the branches.A minute later, the trail reached the coast. Breezes whipped the ocean into white-capped swells that crashed against the rocks at the base of the jagged volcanic cliffs. Near the coast, the water changed from blue to pale aqua, so clean and clear that I could see the rocks beneath the surface.Signs along the path identified sites of geological and historical interest, including a clifftop battery where cannons once guarded the coast against invasion.Exploring the Coastal Tide Pools Read also Small waves broke over the rocks, send knee-deep blankets of foamy, pale blue water racing up the shore. I sat on a rock near the breakers and watched the sea, entirely alone. I listened to the roar and hiss of the waves and inhaled the fresh, clean air. I had never seen anything as vibrant blue as the sparkling sea, or as many shades of blue as the waves took on as they traveled from the midnight depths to the pale cerulean shallows near the shore.Waterfalls and Suspension BridgesWhen I finally managed to tear myself away from the secret cove, I returned to the forested hiking trail that paralleled the cliffs. More hydrangeas bloomed beneath the trees, creating brilliant splashes of color along the shaded path.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!”http://youtu.be/9tPF7_41VhUClam 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

Hotel 1899 Tokyo Sip Eat And Lodge With Authentic Green Tea

first_imgHotel 1899 Tokyo – Learn Japan’s Green Tea CultureManaged by the well-established brand Hotel Ryumeikan Tokyo (Ryumeikan), Hotel 1899 Tokyo (referred to as 1899 from here on) opened in December 2018, just in front of Tokyo Tower.The hotel’s theme is green tea. From the cuisine to the rooms, everywhere throughout the hotel is adorned with aspects of green tea culture. In cooperation with Hotel 1899 Tokyo Picture courtesy of Hotel 1899 TokyoThe hotel has a total of 63 non-smoking rooms that come in four types of accommodations. The green chosen for the color scheme is visually pleasing and non-invasive. The hotel uses Kyoto Nishikawa (Japanese) pillows: a bedding brand with a history of over 450 years, ensuring high-quality sleep. The cotton pajamas with their simple tea leaf design are breathable and fit well. Picture courtesy of Hotel 1899 TokyoNon-hotel guests can also dine at the restaurant, which has an assortment of seasonal side dishes and dinnertime appetizers at the delicatessen. Each dish is priced from 120 yen and up, and you can eat in or take out. A standout characteristic of the restaurant’s design is the lighting made using tea boxes. This simple wood composition creates a wonderfully warm atmosphere.Check-In at the Lobby Resembling a Tearoom Picture courtesy of Hotel 1899 TokyoThe date in the hotel’s name refers to the year Ryumeikan was founded in, in 1899. RESTAURANT 1899 OCHANOMIZU, known for developing matcha beer in recent years, is also part of the same group.With the intent to share Japanese green tea culture even more, Ryumeikan decided to open a matcha-centric hotel.A Hotel Near Tokyo Tower And Haneda Airport Each room is equipped with four varieties of its original blend tea (sencha, gyokuro, black tea, and bancha), so you can stay in, relax and enjoy a cup or two. Picture courtesy of Hotel 1899 TokyoAdditionally, tea bags and tea confectioneries are for sale on the 2nd floor. They also have star-shaped konpeito (*1) made from Niigata Prefecture’s high-quality rice and sugar. With a variety of colors and flavors, these sweets compliment tea and their flavor further deepens when tried with yogurt or sparkling water.*1 Konpeito: A type of small, sugary, and textured candy that comes in a variety of colors.Rooms to Experience Tea Culture Tokyo Nightlife Tour – Enjoy The Great Nighttime Views Of Tokyo! Read also Picture courtesy of Hotel 1899 TokyoThe lighting in the room uses a chasen (*2) for its motif. Each light includes a color adjusting switch to change its warmth, from white to yellow, to your liking.*2 Chasen: the tool used to mix matcha when performing a tea ceremony. Picture courtesy of Hotel 1899 TokyoThe nearest station is Onarimon Station on the Toei Mita Line. Take Exit A4, and you’ll be able to see the Tokyo Tower right behind you. The hotel is a six-minute walk straight from the exit. It’s also a ten-minute walk from Shinbashi, an area bustling with businesspeople. From Haneda Airport, you can arrive in roughly 20 minutes by taxi.Enjoy the Aroma and Flavors of Tea in Food DELI&BAR1899 Tokyo on the 1st floor holds a buffet every morning for hotel guests. The menu includes matcha toast and matcha soy milk soup, a matcha salad, and grilled chicken with matcha cheese. There is also a daily special infused with green tea.Our recommendation is the Matcha Soy Milk Soup. This warm, rich soup has a delicious tea taste that deepens in flavor with every sip. Tsujiri – Refined Matcha Flavored Treats In Ginza! GREEN TEA RESTAURANT 1899 OCHANOMIZU – Enjoy Matcha Flavored Draft Beer The room comes with a free rental smartphone called “handy” that enables you to use WiFi as well as make domestic and international calls. It has several language options and you are able to download applications on to it as well.Infuse Your Stay in Tokyo with TeaHotel 1899 blends Japanese tea culture with a modern design where you can not only drink, but also feast on dishes incorporating delicious Japanese tea. Overflowing with originality, this is a hotel with a distinct presence that will delight any tea lover. Hotel 1899 Tokyo View Informationlodging Picture courtesy of Hotel 1899 TokyoThe check-in counter on the 2nd floor has the ambience of a tearoom. When checking in, the staff serves tea using leaves from tin caddies designed by Kaikado, a well-known artisanal company in Kyoto, which allows you to fully appreciate this modern take on a Japanese-tearoom-turned-lobby. Picture courtesy of Hotel 1899 TokyoTheir standout room is their Superior Double B coined “Engawa” for the very reason that it features a design similar to that of a Japanese Engawa. You can gaze over the city from the edge of your bed.last_img read more

Take In The Season Experience Japanese Summer With Your 5 Senses

first_imgFrom: Popular Festival Food In JapanIf you’d prefer something savory though, then just head to any of the yatai, or food stalls, found at your nearest festival – there you can choose from a wide array of B-kyu gurume delights, like yakitori, okonomiyaki, takoyaki, and more! They go great with a refreshing bottle of ramune too!Touch From: Katorisenko (“Mosquito Coil”) – Japanese EncyclopediaWhile some might say the scent of the many flowers that bloom during this season, summer in Japan to me means mosquitoes, and that means it’s time to start burning a fresh coil of katorisenko. This is special type of green, coil-shaped incense made from a dried chrysanthemum. They’re often found burning outside of shops or patios in the summer, usually in a cute, pig-shaped incense burners like this one.Taste From: Japan’s Top 5 Outrageous Fireworks Festivals!To the vast majority of people, summer sights in Japan mean firework festivals. The brilliant displays in the night sky vary from city to city, prefecture to prefecture, but one thing stays the same – they are incredibly popular! Seeing a fireworks festival in Japan is a must in the summer, and there are plenty to choose from, so please check out Summer Fun in Japan – Festivals, Beaches, Fireworks to find one that will suit your schedule. From: The Sound Of Summer: The Wind Chime Market At Kawasaki Daishi TempleFurin or wind chimes are the sound of Japanese summer to me. The light but resounding sound of these bells is so different from that of Western wind chimes, you can’t help but think of summer when you hear one – even in the middle of winter!And if you visit Kawasaki Daishi Temple’s Furin Market, you can enjoy what summer sounds like in regions right across Japan, as there are dozens of different types of wind chimes to choose from.See From: Summer Staple: 5 Best Places For Shaved Ice In Tokyo Kakigori is shaved or crushed ice eaten with a drizzling of flavored syrup or condensed milk, plus a wide assortment of toppings like fresh fruits, ice cream, red bean paste and more. It’s cheap, refreshing and easy to make, and the ideal treat for those sweaty summer days.center_img From: Asakusa Kingyo – Catch Your Very Own Goldfish!On the other hand, a lot of people, especially kids, might say that one of the best sights of summer is seeing the goldfish scooping event at a summer festival. You use a round paper scoop to try and catch a goldfish in a small bowl – those that you catch, you can take home as pets. While it might seem easy, it is really hard to do in person, so you may find yourself catching a lot of water and no fish for your first few tries. If you’d rather stay inside and just gaze at some goldfish instead though, then you should visit the cafe Kingyozaka where you can watch goldfish lazily swimming about in some pretty unique aquariums.Smell Would you like to enjoy summer in Japan to the fullest? Of course you would! That being said, it gets very hot and humid outside, so it can sometimes be tough to truly appreciate just what summer means to the Japanese.Let’s use our five senses and enjoy the finer points to a Japanese summer.Don’t forget to check out our Summer Special Feature to learn more about how to spend your summer in Japan!Hear From: Yukata – A Basic Guide To Wearing The Summer KimonoThe feeling of soft, breathable cotton on your skin is ideal during the hot, sweaty days of summer – which is why I strongly encourage everyone to try wearing a yukata at least once during this season! While kimono are made of thicker fabric and require layers of undergarments, yukata don’t need a special liner, so you can feel at ease when you wear one. Yukata come in numerous different colors and patterns for both men and women, so by all means, please try wearing one when you see a fireworks festival.Now that you’ve learned about these key points to summer in Japan, be sure to experience them with your own senses when you visit – you won’t forget them!You may also like:Cool Off This Summer At Aquariums All Across JapanTaste Seasonal Japanese Ice Creams At Japanese Ice Ouca In Ebisu!Get Off The Beaten Path: 15 Unique Things To Do In UenoDelicious And Satisfying: 7 Must Try Comfort Foods In Japan!Missed Your Last Train? How To Spend The Night Safely In The Citylast_img read more

Fukushima Complete Guide Sightseeing Spots Food And Safety

first_img Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station – 5 Things We Learned Sendai International AirportIf you are going from Sendai International Airport, there is a bus (Aizu bus) (Japanese) that goes directly to the Fukushima area (prior reservations not needed). It takes around two to three and a half hours, and costs 1,500-3,200 yen, depending on where you get off. The bus will make stops at Fukushima Station (Nakadori area), Aizu Wakamatsu Station (Aizu area), and other stations. Pictured above is Iizaka Onsen, located twenty-five minutes by train from Fukushima Station. There are nine public bathing spots at this hot spring area.Nakamuraya Ryokan is not a public bath, but an inn where you can use the hot springs without an overnight reservation. You can also use a private bath here. The building is also a designated Important Cultural Property of Japan.Other sightseeing spots around Iizaka Onsen include the Kyu Horikiri-tei, which was a former house of a prestigious family.Iizaka OnsenAddress: Fukushima, Iizaka, Yuzawa Google MapWebsite: Iizaka OnsenFamily-Friendly SpotsAquamarine Fukushima Peach-Flavored Sweets Read also Hong Kong to SendaiA good deal$314Typical price$429Search for flights to Sendai Picture courtesy of Fukushima Sightseeing and Product Exchange AssociationGoshikinuma in Japanese means a marsh of five colors. Like its name, you can see an array of different hues at this marsh.The twenty to thirty marshes in the area are collectively referred to as Goshikinuma. The bodies of water here show varying colors depending on the weather, season, surrounding scenery, or volcanic substances contained in the water.It takes around one hour and ten minutes, to an hour and thirty minutes to see all the marshes. The course isn’t too intense, so it is an ideal hiking route. At Bishamon Marsh, a relatively larger marsh, you can rent a boat and enjoy a scenic ride.Goshikinuma Marsh EntranceAddress: Fukushima, Yama, Kitashiobara, Hibara Kengamine Google MapWebsite: Goshikinuma Marsh (Japanese)Four Retro AreasOuchijuku Photo by Eri Miura. Picture from All The Charms Of Japan In One Place! 10 Things To Enjoy In FukushimaTsurugajo Castle is located in Aizu Wakamatsu. The town is filled with antique-style buildings and fun shops, like Aizu Ichibankan, a historical house renovated into a cafe, and Suehiro Shuzo, where you can enjoy a sake brewery tour. The traditional structures can be seen around Nanokamachi Street and Noguchi Hideyo Seishun-dori Street.Tsurugajo CastleGoogle MapWebsite: Tsurugajo CastleKitakata Picture courtesy of Fukushima Sightseeing and Product Exchange AssociationLake Inawashiro is the fourth biggest lake in Japan. In order to go see it, you will need to board a bus from JR Inawashiro Station and head to the northside of the lake. Other sightseeing spots nearby include Tenkyokaku, a villa once used by the imperial family that is a nationally-designated Important Cultural Property.Lake Inawashiro (Bandai Sightseeing Boat Boarding Dock)Address: Fukushima, Yama, Inawashiro, Okinasawa, Nagahama 870 Google MapWebsite: https://www.aizubandai.com/Goshikinuma – Five-Colored Lakes Picture courtesy of Fukushima Sightseeing and Product Exchange AssociationA dish to try in Kitakata is Kitakata ramen, known for its light, soy sauce based soup. There is also a custom of eating ramen in the morning, so there are some shops that are open as early as 7:00 in Kitakata.Shokudo Namae, Bannai Shokudo, Makoto Shokudo are recommended ramen shops that are within walking distance of Kitakata Station.Japanese Sake Photo by Eri Miura. Picture from All The Charms Of Japan In One Place! 10 Things To Enjoy In FukushimaSlip back in time in Japan at Ouchijuku.Ouchijiku, located between Aizu and Nikko, functioned as a rest stop, or shukubamachi (*1) in the past. Here, you can see the remnants of a historic Japanese town with thatched roof houses from the Edo Period. Currently, these type of houses can only be seen in a few areas Japan, such as Shirakawago.Locals still live in these houses that are also used as souvenir shops, soba restaurants, and cafes.*1 Shukubamachi: A town where people took a break during their journey between cities during the Edo Period. Photo by Eri Miura. Picture from All The Charms Of Japan In One Place! 10 Things To Enjoy In FukushimaWhen in Ouchijuku, be sure to try Takato soba (buckwheat noodles), or negi soba (green onion soba.) It is a soba dish that comes with a whole stalk of green onion.You can try this dish at several restaurants at Ouchijuku, but Ouchijuku Misawaya (shown above) was the first place to offer it. To eat it, use the green onion instead of chopsticks to scoop up the fragrant noodles in the chilled dashi broth. The green onion is fresh, so you can eat it if you wish, but it can be a little spicy.On a sunny day, you can sit outside and enjoy a refreshing bowl under the warm sun.OuchijukuAddress: Fukushima, Minamiaizu, Shimogo, Ouchi Yamamoto Google MapWebsite:Ouchijuku (Japanese)Read also Picture courtesy of Fukushima Sightseeing and Product Exchange AssociationYou can enjoy the area year-round, with vivid greenery in summer, yellow and red foliage in fall, and snow in the winter.Those who wish to see the lush outdoors should head to the observatory near the Station Stop, Oze Kaido Mishima Inn. A limited number of trains run on the Tadami Line, so be sure to check the time table (Japanese) to capture the shot you want. There is also a bus (Japanese) that goes from Aizu Miyashita Station to the Station Stop Oze Kaido Mishima Inn. The bus leaves once a day at 8:00 from Aizu Miyashita Station.Daiichi Tadamigawa Bridge ObservatoryAddress: Fukushima, Onuma, Mishima, Kawai Google MapOfficial Website (Time Table): Timetable for the JR Tadami Line (Japanese)Lake Inawashiro The procession down the city streets. Picture courtesy of Soma Nomaoi Executive CommitteeSoma Nomaoi is held for three days at the end of July every year.The festival highlight falls on the second day, where you can see the procession through the city streets. Participants will be dressed in kacchu (*3), carrying flags passed down from their ancestors.You can also see the Kacchu Keiba event, where ten men on horses storm through the fields. There’s also the Shinki Sodatsusen match, in which people fight to catch the flags that fall from the sky.Soma Nomaoi is held on the last weekend and Monday of July every year. For details, please check the official website. On the second day of the festival, there is a free shuttle bus to the festival from JR Haranomachi Station.*3 Kacchu: Armor worn by the samurai.Soma NomaoiHibarigaoka Festival Spot (the venue for Soma Nomaoi):Address: Fukushima, Minamisoma, Haramachiku, Hashimotocho 4-13-27 Google MapWebsite: Soma Nomaoi (Japanese)Miharu Takizakura Fukushima Prefecture – Visit More than Once Try Award-Winning Sake In Fukushima! Visit The Kingdom Of Quality Sake There is a direct bus (Japanese) leaving from Narita Airport that goes to Fukushima as well. It stops at locations including Koriyama Station and Fukushima Station. It takes around five hours and costs around 5,100-5,800 yen, depending on where you alight.From Tokyo, there is the Tohoku Shinkansen that departs from Tokyo Station and Ueno Station. Shinkansen stops include Koriyama Station and Fukushima Station. This area is included in the JR EAST PASS (Tohoku Area).Three Recommended Scenic DestinationsRead to learn three suggested spots in Fukushima with breathaking beauty.Tadami Line Photo by Eri Miura. Picture from All The Charms Of Japan In One Place! 10 Things To Enjoy In FukushimaYou will find many sturdy-looking stuctures and building in Kitakata in northwestern Fukushima. These structures are called kura, and were originally built to protect valuables from fires and disasters.There are many places that still use the kura for storage, while some kura have been renovated into souvenir shops and cafe open to the public. You can find many kura around Kitakata Station near Fureai-dori street and Otazuki kura-dori street. Make sure to check out the unique ramen shrine if you drop by Fureai-dori street!KitakataFureai-dori street: Google MapWebsite: Kitakata (Japanese)Hot Springs Area of Fukushima: Higashiyama and Iizaka Onsen Japan100 becquerels/kg As of 2019, the safety measure of cesium detected in Japan is under 100 becquerels per kilogram in standard foods. This is more strict than Europe (1,250 becquerels per kilogram) or America (1,200 becquerels per kilogram).With that in consideration, seafood that has a high risk of radiation undergoes a strict check and must be under 50 becquerels per kilogram (*8). Inspection results show that more than 99% of seafood in Fukushima contains signs of radioactive cesium. If the limit it surpassed, seafood exports will stop immediately.The limit for Japanese sake produced in Fukushima is set to an even lower limit, at just 10 becquerels per kilogram. This is one-tenth of the required numbers from Japan. Since the 2011 disaster, the number detected has never gone over this set amount.*8 50 becquerels per kilogram is the standard set by the Fukushima Fishery Cooperation (Japanese). On their website, you can see the test results from the seafood caught off the shores of Fukushima from 2012 until today.Experience the Best of Japan in FukushimaFukushima receives many international visitors each year, reaching 100,000 or more travelers staying in the prefecture, drawn by its nature-rich regions, culture, and delicious food.Put Fukushima on your to-visit list and experience all this prefecture has to offer for an unforgettable trip.Main image by Eri MiuraRead also Picture courtesy of Fukushima Sightseeing and Product Exchange AssociationBe stunned by the huge tanks at Aquamarine Fukushima. The large tank shows the collision between the warm and cold currents and contains 2,050 tons of water, with over 120,000 creatures in the aquarium. There’s also a touch pool that replicates the ocean floor, providing entertainment for all ages.Ten minutes from the aquarium is Aeon Mall Iwaki Onahama, a large shopping complex with around 130 shops. Located slightly further away but in the same area is MEGA Don Quijote (located at La Park Iwaki), a large branch of the nationwide discount store, Don Quijtote.Aquamarine FukushimaAddress: Fukushima Iwaki, Onahama, Tatsumicho 50 Google MapWebsite: Aquamarine Fukushima (Japanese)Two Seasonal EventsSoma Nomaoi Why We Live In Fukushima: Interviews With International Residents Ouchijuku in FukushimaFukushima is a prefecture located in the northern Tohoku region of Japan. With its great outdoors, delicious cuisine, and seasonal views, it is an ideal spot you can go to again and again.In this article, we introduce the latest information on Fukushima, along with must-visit spots, cultural events, and delicious food.Where Is Fukushima?Fukushima is part of Japan’s Tohoku area. It is the third largest prefecture in Japan and contains three major areas.Hamadori is the coastal region, the Nakadori is the central region, and Aizu is the western region. Despite being in the same prefecture, each area is very unique, with distinct culture and natural landscape.Conditions in Fukushima TodayWhen people hear “Fukushima,” many may recall the earthquake of 2011 and the nuclear power plant disaster.So, how is Fukushima in 2019? Is it safe for travelers to visit?Compared to directly after the incidents in 2011, it is considered safe for visitors to travel in nearly all parts of Fukushima Prefecture. For the latest information on radiation and conditions since the incident, see the detailed information at the end of this article.Getting to Fukushima Remnants of the Edo Era – Ouchi-juku in Minamiaizu, Fukushima Picture courtesy of Fukushima Sightseeing and Product Exchange AssociationDuring the cherry blossom season in mid-April, the tree is lit up beautifully at night. There is also a temporary bus that runs from JR Miharu Station and the Miharu Takizakura.Miharu TakizakuraAddress: Fukushima, Tamura, Miharu, Taki, Sakurakubo Google MapWebsite: Miharu Takizakura (Japanese)5 Must-Eat Dishes in FukushimaKitakata Ramencenter_img Fukushima (Japanese sake)10 becquerels/kg Picture courtesy of Soma Nomaoi Executive CommitteeThis stunning image is from a festival called Soma Nomaoi.It is said that this festival began over 1,000 years ago during the Heian Period by the warlord, Taira no Masakado. The main purpose of this festival was to capture horses that were released to the fields and to offer them to the gods. Map of Fukushima Prefecture. The red pin shows the location of Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.The disaster of Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant occured on the coast of Fukushima. In 2019, this area is still considered to have high radiation, and evacuation orders are still in order.However, as mentioned earlier, Fukushima is the third largest prefecture in Japan. It has many mountains and considerable land mass, which means the effects from the radiation are not nearly as serious as they are at the plant site. In fact, evacuation orders have been reversed in many areas. In April 2019, an area of Okuma City, where Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant is located, had its evacuation orders revoked.As of 2019, 2.5% of Fukushima is considered as an evacuation designated area. (*5)*5: The entire area of Fukushima is 13,783 square kilometers. The evacuation designated area is approximately 340 square kilometers in total. (Current as of June 2019.)How Much Radiation is in Fukushima Now? European Union1,250 becquerels/kg Many types of fruit are grown in Fukushima.Peaches, in particular, are a specialty of Fukushima, produced in the prefecture’s northern region. Summers are hot in this valley area, and the heat brings out the sweetness from the peaches. The juicy, mouthwatering peaches made with clean water and rich minerals are a treat from Mother Nature.Fukushima Gyoza Dumplings Picture from Try Award-Winning Sake In Fukushima! Visit The Kingdom Of Quality SakeFukushima is one of the top sake producing locations in Japan. In 2019, they were awarded with the gold medal for the seventh straight year at the Excellent New Brew of Sake Awards Ceremony in Japan.The flavor of Japanese sake changes drastically depending on the production area and the brewery. Try a cup at an izakaya in Fukushima, or sample some at a souvenir shop to taste the difference. Picture courtesy of Fukushima Sightseeing and Product Exchange AssociationKatsudon is a donburi dish where a pork cutlet is coated in egg and put over rice. However, in the Aizu area in Fukushima, you will get sauce katsudon, where the pork cutlet is soaked in sauce. A layer of cabbage is laid over rice and is topped with a cutlet dipped in sauce.The picture above shows a sauce katsudon from a town called Yanaizu. Fluffy egg is sandwiched between the cabbage and sauce-dipped cutlet in this dish. There are many different variations of sauce katsudon depending on the shop you go!Latest Conditions in FukushimaMany people are likely concerned about the nuclear power plant disaster (*4) that occurred in 2011.*4 On March 11, 2011, the Pacific coast of Japan was hit with the Tohoku earthquake. Due to this, releases of radioactivity occurred from the damages on the Tokyo Electric Power Company’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant that was located on the coast of Fukushima.What Were the Effects of the Nuclear Disaster? Try Award-Winning Sake In Fukushima! Visit The Kingdom Of Quality Sake Mt. Bandai and Lake Inawashiro. Picture courtesy of Fukushima Sightseeing and Product Exchange AssociationAnother must-experience is seeing the magnificent view of Mt. Bandai reflecting against the shimmering surface of Lake Inawashiro. This lake is one the most iconic destinations in Fukushima.There is a sightseeing boat on the lake, which sails around for around thirty-five minutes. Ride it to cruise across the calm waters, while taking in the refreshing breeze and scenery. Read also Daiichi Tadamigawa Bridge Photo by Eri Miura. Picture from Why We Live In Fukushima: Interviews With International ResidentsThe JR Tadami Line is considered to be the most romantic railroad in the world. It is a local train line that runs between Aizu Wakamatsu and Niigata Prefecture.In particular, the Daiichi Tadamigawa Bridge (shown above) is said to be the most beautiful spot to see the line. It is located between Aizu Hinohara Station and Aizu Nishikata Station, and is a great spot to see the train crossing over the Tadami River, surrounded by stunning nature. Picture courtesy of Fukushima Sightseeing and Product Exchange AssociationThe area receives snow from January to March annually, making this one of the few castles in Japan you can see covered in snow. Picture courtesy of Fukushima Sightseeing and Product Exchange AssociationMiharu Takizakura in Fukushima is one of the three largest cherry blossom trees in Japan. The word “taki” means waterfall, and like its name, the cherry blossoms cascade down like a waterfall.This astonishing beni shidarezakura cherry blossom tree is over 1,000 years old, extending 25 meters wide and 20 meters in height. Picture courtesy of Fukushima Sightseeing and Product Exchange AssociationFukushima gyoza is a specialty dish from the Fukushima City area, where dumplings are laid out in a circular form. Filled with Napa cabbage and other vegetables, the dumplings are crispy and fried. They make a perfect side dish for beer.Sauce Katsudon Is it Safe to Eat the Food? United States of America1,200 becquerels/kg Photo by Eri Miura. Picture from All The Charms Of Japan In One Place! 10 Things To Enjoy In FukushimaFukushima has the fifth highest number of natural hot springs in Japan. There are over 130 hot springs in the prefecture.Located only fifteen minutes by bus from Aizu Wakamatsu Station, Higashiyama Onsen is a hot spring district with over fifteen ryokan. The iconic view of the hot springs is shown in the picture above, with the bridge extending across toward Ryokan Mukaitaki.Mukaitaki is a historic building that has been designated as a cultural property of Japan. You can see the meticulous construction techniques throughout the buildings. All twenty-four rooms have a different thematic design. Prime ministers, writers, and many celebrities have stayed in the area, and it has also been used as a filming spot for movies.Higashiyama OnsenAddress: Fukushima, Aizu Wakamatsu, Higashiyamamachi Oaza Yumoto Google MapWebsite: Higashiyama Hot Springs Fukushima (Seafood)50 becquerels/kg Picture courtesy of Fukushima Sightseeing and Product Exchange AssociationTsurugajo Castle is an iconic castle in Fukushima. This is the only castle in Japan that has red roof tiles.This castle is where the Boshin War took place at the end of the Edo Period in 1868. The Boshin War was a series of civil battles between people for and opposing the Edo Shogunate (*2).*2 Edo Shogunate: The government during the Edo Period was ruled by the Tokugawa Shogunate. Ieyasu Tokugawa was the first leader. Yoshinobu Tokugawa handed the government to the Meiji Emperor after fifteen generations. AreaAverage Number of Radioactive Cesium Detected in Standard Foods The area highlighted in green is the evacuation designated area. The center of the 20-kilometer circle is the Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.The numbers in the map shown above show the amount of radiation in the area around major cities of Fukushima. (*6)The area near the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant measures high levels of radiation. However, compared to the radiation amount in other cities of the world, there isn’t a large difference. Tokyo has 0.04, Beijing has 0.07, New York has 0.05, Singapore has 0.10, and Paris has 0.04 (*7).In 2019, the MATCHA editorial staff went to Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant and the surrounding areas. For more details, please read this article.*6 The data shown are calculated according to Microsievert/time (the amount of radiation in the space measuring one meter from the ground). Areas of measurement include A: Aizu Wakamatsu (the park in front of the train station), B: Minami Aizu Town Hall, C: Fukushima Station (Corasse Square), D: Koriyama Station (the area outside the west exit), E: Shin-Shirakawa Station (near the west exit), F: Minami Soma City Hall, G: Okuma Town Hall, H: Iwaki Station (the area in front of the train station). Numbers are from the Fukushima Radioactivity Map. Numbers are from May 20, 2019 (E was measured May 9.)*7 All numbers are shown in Microsievert/time. The numbers of the world are from the Japan’s Reconstruction Agency Aizu Wakamatsu – Tsurugajo Castle Unforgettably Delicious! The Best Fish From Fukushimalast_img read more

Get CuttingEdge Items at 3 Top Shops in SHIBUYA 109

first_imgYoung people gather in the streets of the Shibuya district, and you will often see tourists taking photos at the Scramble Crossing – the busiest pedestrian crossing in Japan – and along the Center Gai (central shopping street).One of Shibuya’s symbols is SHIBUYA 109, recognizable by the giant SHIBUYA 109 logo and the advertising which covers the entirety of the cylindrical building. Fondly known as “Maru-kyū” (meaning “zero-nine”), SHIBUYA 109 is a hub for fashion boutiques that target teen girls and women in their twenties, which means that you can catch the latest Japanese trends here.This time, we will introduce you to three Mark Styler-operated brands with SHIBUYA 109 outlets, which have overwhelming support from young women: EMODA, Dazzlin, and MURUA.Read also:80th Anniversary of Shibuya, A Clip of the Historic CityTop 4 Viewing Spots for Shibuya’s Scramble CrossingShopping in Shibuya? Make the Most of it With These 9 Shops Near the Station! 1. EMODA (3F)EMODA is always integrating new styles, materials and shapes into its products, in keeping with its central theme of “the transmission of fashions and trends.” Partnering different colors, patterns and unusual materials with the world of black and white to create style combinations which are strong, yet feminine, EMODA has a range of refined items which are also practical enough for everyday use.The interior design is essentially monochrome-themed, in order to create a specific atmosphere.EMODA’s unique jeggings show off the individuality of the brand, as the tight construction creates a long-legged, gorgeous silhouette for the wearer.Shoes with their own personalities and edgy designs are arrayed here as well, with heels that are appealingly comfortable despite their height.2. Dazzlin (4F)At Dazzlin the style is feminine, while also being casual and trendy underneath. From items featuring cute flower patterns and ribbons to casual denim wear, Dazzlin regularly offers brand-new styles.The design of the store is based around a white wooden deck theme, and the tables and mirrors are all constructed using the same materials, in order to give the interior a unified feel.Pair an embroidered floral top with a casual denim skirt and you will find a somewhat relaxed yet well-balanced style.Items festooned with large ribbons are particularly popular for spring. You will find yourself unconsciously charmed by these cute items.3. MURUA (5F)Conceptualized as “feminine fashion,” the cool items gathered at MURUA still retain their ladylike essence. The fashionable combinations, the materials and the detailing all add to this air of femininity.The style has a feminine feel while also being fashionable and chic.There are rough and cool items stocked at the shop, like this rider’s jacket made of real leather, which is very popular with Asian tourists.High-heeled shoes level up the fashion factor even further.Foreign Tourists Can Easily Make PurchasesSHIBUYA 109 introduced the pointer conversation sheet in 2015. This is a tool for customers to communicate with store employees without a shared language, simply by pointing at the sheet. This sheet will help resolve any language-related stress you might have, and is available in English, Korean, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese.Customers are also eligible for tax exemptions at these three establishments.SHIBUYA 109 is very popular with travelers, so check out the places we’ve introduced to pick up some fashion items that embody Japan’s latest trends.InformationSHIBUYA 109Address: Tokyo, Shibuya, Dōgenzaka 2-29-1Open: 10:00 – 21:00Fixed holidays: One day a monthWi-Fi: YesCredit cards: All sorts accepted, UnionpayNearest Station: Shibuya Station (multiple lines) (渋谷駅)Access: 5-minute walk from Shibuya Station Hachikō exitPhone number: 03-3477-5111Official homepage: SHIBUYA 109last_img read more

Kyotos Fox Shaped Rice Crackers Inspired by Fushimi Inari Shrine

first_imgAround this famous shrine, there are many shops along the paths leading to the entrance. While visiting the surroundings, stopping by the busy shops is part of the fun. This time, we would like to introduce you to a delightful snack you can find at the Fushimi Inari shopping arcade. The pointy snout makes it even more fox like, along with the sharp eyes and the whiskers. All the small details make you forget that this mask is actually edible.It’s cute, large, and it would be a waste not to eat it, so… I gave it a try! I took a bite. Despite the size, it is actually pretty thin so it crumbles easily. In each bite, you can taste and smell the flavors of white miso (bean paste) and sesame that are mixed in the batter. The slightly sweet, yet salty taste continued to lure me, and in a matter of 10 minutes, the entire mask was consumed.Great Service! Shop To Your Heart’s ContentAt Hōgyokudō you can ask to have the rice crackers packed in a box. It is a service offered to the customers who wish to bring the crackers home without them breaking. While I was waiting for them to be packed, a lady from the shop kindly offered me to taste a broken rice cracker that was freshly baked. Despite it being broken, it tasted great! Each nibble on the warm cracker put a smile on my face as the gentle sweet flavor spread in my mouth. This is a wonderful shop with cute and tasty snacks along with great service. Why not stop by to snack on their fox-shaped crackers or find a perfect souvenir while visiting Fushimi Inari?InformationHōgyokudōAddress: 27 Fukakusa Ichinotsubo-chō, Fushimi ward, KyotoHours: 7:30-19:00Closed: Open all yearWi-fi: –Credit cards: Not availableOther Languages: Japanese onlyMenus in Other Languages: Japanese onlyNearest Station: Fushimi Inari Station (伏見稲荷駅) on the Keihan LineAccess: 8 minute walk to the east from exit 2.Price Range: 300 Yen – 500 YenReligious Considerations: –Phone Number: 075-641-1141Homepage: – Just like the name suggests, it is a rice cracker in the shape of the fox mask, which is the symbol of Fushimi Inari. Most of the customers come to purchase this iconic large rice cracker, which is only 500 yen for three large pieces. Apparently, it’s also a popular souvenir among visitors from overseas too.One of the most surprising things about this rice cracker is its size. Just like a real mask, it completely covers a person’s face! A Small Masterpiece! The Famous Inari Rice CrackerHōgyokudō is not just a retro looking rice cracker shop. Here, you will be able to try some special rice crackers you can only find at Fushimi Inari.Check out the Inari Rice Cracker (Big Fox).center_img A Historical Rice Cracker Shop – HōgyokudōWhen I got out of the Fushimi Inari Station on the Keihan line, I heard light rattling sounds from somewhere. I traced the source of the sounds until I spotted a rice cracker shop. Hōgyokudō is a famous rice cracker shop, where all the various types of crackers are baked by the shop owner in person. His experienced hands were so fast that they were hard to capture on camera. Each cracker is carefully baked, turned, and, after checking, they are quickly removed from the heat. Every time the freshly baked rice crackers touch each other, they make a rattling sound. This is a traditional method that can be rarely seen lately. Fushimi Inari Shrine, located in the Fushimi ward of Kyoto, is the main headquarters of all the Inari shrines in Japan. The Inari deity is the protector of crops, agriculture and business prosperity.This shrine is famous for it “one-thousand torii gates” that align the path going up to the main hall on Mt. Inari.last_img read more

Izakaya Tips Not Just Wine Smooth Japanese Fruit Liqueurs

first_img2. Yuzushu ゆず酒 – Japanese citrus liqueurHave you ever heard of a fruit called yuzu? Yuzu is a citrus fruit which smells sweet and fresh and tastes quite sour.Yuzu peel is mainly used in cooking to add color and lend its fresh smell to food. Sliced yuzu peel is often used as a decoration for traditional dishes and “yuzu koshō”, a fermented paste made from chill peppers, yuzu peel and salt, is used as a spice in Japanese cuisine.Yuzushu has also yuzu’s fresh smell and sourness to it. It is a smooth liqueur that you won’t regret trying.3. Mikanshu ミカン酒 – Mandarin orange liqueurThe mikan is similar to a typical orange in all respects save for its size – they are one size smaller than regular oranges.Mikanshu has more sweetness than yuzushu and tastes a bit like orange juice. If you don’t like the taste of alcohol very much, this would be the one for you.There are many other fruit liqueurs out there, those made from apricots, strawberries, blueberries, and even a few unusual ones, such as gōya (bitter melon) in Japan.You might even find liqueurs made with your favorite fruit at an izakaya. Next time you’re out for a drink, why not try some of the fruit liqueurs and different ways of enjoying them at an izakaya? What kinds of alcohol spring to mind when you think of alcohol made from fruit? For most people, the first thing they think of is wine. In Japan, more so than wine, there are various fruit liqueurs available, such as those made from plums, yuzu (a Japanese citrus fruit) and tangerines.Let’s take a closer look at some fruit liqueurs that have gained popularity among women because of their smooth taste and sweetness, and how to order them at izakaya or Japanese taverns.How do You Like Your Drinks?There are four ways of drinking fruit liqueurs: with ice cubes (“on the Rocks”), with soda (“soda wari”), with cold water (“mizu wari”) or straight (“sutorēto”). When you want to order a fruit liqueur at an izakaya, you’ll need to tell them which style you’d prefer, so please try these Japanese phrases to help you get the drink you want.The picture above shows a glass of umeshu (Japanese plum liqueur) with cold water. You can drink it with hot water in winter, or mixed with orange juice. There are plenty of other ways to enjoy umeshu too, like adding it to jellies and eating it for dessert.There are plenty of ways to enjoy fruit liqueurs, not only at izakaya but at home as well.The 3 Major Fruit Liqueurs in JapanHere are three major fruit liqueurs in Japan found at most of the izakayas. All three of these liqueurs are standards and well-loved by everyone, so there’s only a slim chance that you won’t enjoy them too.1. Umeshu 梅酒 – Japanese plum liqueurDo you know any Japanese food made with plums?Umeboshi 梅干し, Japanese salted plums, are the first ones that you might think of. Umeboshi are usually put on plain white rice or used as filling in onigiri (rice balls). They cause quite the impact when you first try them – they’re incredibly sour. But, ume by themselves have been used as an ingredient in dressings and as a flavor for snacks for a long time in Japan.Umeshu is a Japanese fruit liqueur made from ume soaked in a mixture of Japanese sake and sugar. Each product is aged for different lengths of time; usually for two or three years, but sometimes for up to 20 or even 30 years.  It is said that the longer umeshu sits, the more mellow and better it will taste.last_img read more

The Gate to the Old Capital Kyoto Station

first_imgInformationAddress: Kyoto, Shimogyo,, Higashishiokojitakakura-choHours (Ticket Counter): Central Entrance 5:25-23:30Hachijo Entrance 5:35~23:30East Hachijo Entrance 7:00~21:30Lost and Found 5:30~23:45*As of March 15, 2014Wi-Fi: KyotoWi-fiHomepage: KyotoStation Building This JR station serves as the gateway to sight seeing in Kyoto. At this rare terminal station, the shinkansen, subway, the Kintetsu railways (which connect Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Nagoya, Tsu, and Ise), and numerous buses headed for every tourist destination gather; an average of 630,000 people pass through KyotoStation daily.The modern glass and metal architecture may seem a surprising choice for the old capital, but it’s actually based on the a formula used since the Heian era, where cities were once laid out on a grid-pattern that resembled a Go board (the technique was known as jōbōsei). From the roof you can look across the whole of Kyoto. The modern atmosphere of the station building is an interesting match for the simple feel of KyotoTower.When you find yourself between destinations, why not stop and have a stroll around the station?last_img read more

Stay Cool Tokyo Disneyland Summer 2019 Shows Food And Shopping Guide

first_imgPlease be advised that you will get wetter the closer you stand to the stage. Be sure to wear a waterproof poncho or a change of clothing. The show lasts around 10 minutes.When to See the ShowJudy and Nick’s Jumpin’ Splash at Cinderella Castle is performed four times every day between July 9 and September 1. Entrance to some viewing areas is chosen by lottery, which you need to apply for in advance. Please inquire further at the park.Shop for Adorable Donald Duck Items and Summer-Inspired Goods Pictured above are special-edition Coconut Macaron Cookies (left – 800 yen with tax) and Baked Chocolate with Cookies (right – 850 yen with tax). In addition to the adorable Donald Duck outer wrapping, each has individually-wrapped cookies.For something savory, you will also find rice crackers, flavored potato snacks, and other snacks. All come beautifully packaged and filled with fun Disney spirit.Snack on Playful, Must-try Disney Meals and Treats A Beginner’s Guide To Tokyo Disneyland The Oh! Summer Banzai event at Tokyo DisneylandJapan’s summers are known for their hot temperatures and high humidity. This summer, however, Tokyo Disneyland is helping people cool down with seasonal events and special entertainment. One event, called Donald’s Hot Jungle Summer (ends September 1, 2019), includes water shows, special edition goods, and colorful, tasty food. It is an exciting time to join Donald Duck, Mickey, and other Disney characters for a day of fun with family and friends.Continue to read to learn about what you can see, eat, and do at Tokyo Disneyland in summer 2019!Cool Off in the Daytime with Water Zootopia Shows Fire is also part of the show–if it is a cooler summer night, the flames will warm you up a little bit. Judy and Nick’s Jumpin’ Splash is a water-filled event featuring Judy, the rabbit protagonist of “Zootopia,” and Nick, her fox friend. The event is right in front of Cinderella’s Castle and involves singing, dancing to some of the film’s most popular songs. The uplifting “Try Everything” by Shakira is one of these songs–hearing it will surely make you smile. Donald-related apparel is also for sale–it is colorful, comfortable, and great for wearing in the park. A breathable T-shirt (2,600 yen), shorts (pictured are men’s; 2,300 yen), and a cap (2,800 yen) complete this casual Disney look. The shorts are a light material that dries quickly–ideal for watching the water shows at the park. All prices include tax. At the end of your Tokyo Disneyland adventure, a must-do is seeing the Oh! Summer Banzai, a spectacular event with water, fireworks displays, and fire. Donald Duck is the lead character in the show, along with Daisy and other Disney friends. The event is held on the same stage as Judy and Nick’s Jumpin’ Splash, in front of Cinderella Castle.Another special part of this show is the projection mapping on Cinderella Castle. Patterns and lights change throughout the performance for a fun visual experience. The 20-minute long performance is in Japanese but includes elements of drama, comedy, and some romance, making it enjoyable for all. A large amount of water is used, so please be advised you will get wet no matter where you view the show. Summery, festive Mickey Mouse ear headbands are also for sale (2,000 yen with tax). These ears put on a finishing touch of fun to any Disneyland outfit! During the show, hoses and other props are used to shoot water out at the audience. This is one of the best ways to cool off during the summer heat in Japan! For food items and snacks, go to the World Bazaar Confectionery. Many of these summer-limited sweets come packaged in reusable tins and bags, allowing you to hold onto the unique, colorful goods and be resourceful.One such option is Baumkuchen Cake (pictured above; 1,500 yen with tax), which comes in a cute reusable cloth bag featuring Donald. You can taste these rich, German-style cakes which are popular in Japan. They come individually packaged, sliced into bite-sized pieces. Another recommendation for using at the park are the glow-in-the-dark wristbands, which come in Donald Duck, Minnie Mouse (pictured above) and Mickey Mouse for 500 yen each (with tax). They are great for using during night events at Disneyland. Also, after the glow from the band fades, you can take out the character part of the bracelet and use it as a keychain.Summer-Themed Disney Snacks and Sweets Beat the Heat at Tokyo Disneyland! 2019 Summer Guide A number of restaurants and cafes throughout the park offer special meals, desserts, and beverage options for visitors. The bright colors and refreshing tastes will surely add to a prominent summer flair to your visit. Below are some of the special menu items you can find between July 9 and September 1, 2019. A Dream Family Trip! 9 Charming Features Of Tokyo Disneyland® Hotel For lunch, head to the Refreshment Corner for the Special Set, which comes with a hot dog in a red bun, French fries, and a drink (960 yen with tax). The red buns are inspired by the flames of summer, adding fun, visual interest to the meal. The hot dog is dressed with relish, cheese, and classic hot dog condiments.For 1,000 yen, you can purchase a souvenir to go with the set. The summer-patterned lunch bag (pictured above) is ideal for picnics and dining outside, as it will keep your food chilled. For visitors who have worked up a thirst or want to cool down in the heat, Troubador Tavern offers Cream Shave Ice (550 yen with tax), special shave ice in an aquamarine color, topped with a dollop of ice cream and tropical fruit. This sweet treat is refreshing and is great for refueling after exploring the park in the afternoon. If you are attending a summer show that uses water, consider purchasing an aqua-proof case for your phone! The charming Donald Duck case pictured above is perfect for Disney festivities (1,900 yen with tax). Upper-left: Towel (1,400 yen), lower-left: Donald Plush (3,900 yen); upper-right: Chip and Dale keychains (2,700 yen; comes in a pair); lower-right: Rice crackers (800 yen). All prices include tax.Numerous Donald Duck-related items for Donald’s Hot Jungle Summer and other character goods, including Mickey Mouse can be found at Tokyo Disneyland. For shoppers looking for a large selection, head to the Grand Emporium, the biggest souvenir and gift shop in the park.Inside, Donald Duck and Disney fans will find a plethora of cute and colorful items, from plush dolls to keychains and clothing. The combination of performance, water, lights, and fireworks is a great way to complete a full day at Disneyland.When to See the ShowOh! Summer Banzai is held twice a day between July 9 and September 1 in the evenings. A lottery system is used for admission to certain viewing areas. Apply for the show when you enter the park to learn details.Celebrate Summer in Japan at Tokyo Disneyland Read also The summer events at Tokyo Disneyland in 2019 provide fun and relief from the heat for all. In addition to Donald’s Hot Jungle Summer, visitors can enjoy Fun Times with Toy Story 4, an event with special goods and food, in celebration of the Japan release of “Toy Story 4.” Tokyo DisneySea next door is holding a Disney Pirates celebration with “Pirates of the Caribbean,” with water shows and other special things to experience.Make your summer vacation this year even better with a visit to Tokyo Disneyland! Chocolate and white chocolate almond crunch bars are inside this decorative Donald Duck bag. 28 pieces come inside (1,500 yen with tax); be sure to use the bag after sharing the sweets with family and friends. Plasma Ray’s Diner also offers a summer-limited dessert menu. Pictured above are the Pineapple Jelly and Yogurt Mousse (800 yen with tax) and Strawberry Cream Cake (850 yen with tax). The jelly and mousse come with an adorable Donald Duck souvenir mug you can take home. The strawberry cream cake comes with a plate shaped like Donald’s foot.End Your Disney Day with an Evening with Donald! Plush keychains of different Disney characters in their festive summer outfits are also for sale (Daisy and Donald plush doll keychains are 1,700 yen each; with tax). In cooperation with Oriental Land Co., Ltdlast_img read more

Japans Modern History At A Glance Museum Of The Meiji Restoration

first_img At the Museum of the Meiji Restoration, there are various displays, such as ship models and file films, not to mention documents. Visitors can learn about Kagoshima from the end of the Edo period to the Meiji Restoration, and also about its heroes, in detail. Let’s take a look. The title of this section is “Satsuma Watching the World”. It has a large model of a ship, and describes the progressive, modern industries that Satsuma province raised. The ship is Shōhei-maru, one of the first western-style warships in Japan. The Edo military government regarded Satsuma’s shipbuilding technology and this ship’s abilities highly. Shōhei-maru was later presented to the military government, and was actually used until the early Meiji Period. This is the “Meiji Restoration Learning Zone.” Visitors can gain comprehensive knowledge about Japan and Kagoshima during those times, by browsing documents and watching short films. The displays also show the sightseeing spots in Kagoshima during those times, so visitors can also gather information about sightseeing and historic sites.Meiji Restoration Experience Hall Japan has over 2000 years of history, and each major period has a name – for example, the Edo Period was the time when urban culture flourished, while the Meiji Period was the era when Western culture was introduced in Japan. History lovers from abroad may have heard about these eras. This article is about the Museum of the Meiji Restoration, located in one of the cities that played a major role in Japanese history, Kagoshima Prefecture. The museum shows in detail how Japan changed dramatically from the end of Edo Period to the early Meiji Period, and is a must-see spot for history lovers. Read also: Japanese Encylopedia: Edo Jidai (Edo Period) Japanese Encylopedia: Meiji PeriodKagoshima Prefecture – From the End of Edo to Early Meiji Period The museum is easy to access, as it takes about eight minutes on foot from the nearest station, JR Kagoshima Chūo Station. Kajiya-chō, Kagoshima city, where the museum is located, is famous as the birthplace of many dignitaries of Kagoshima. There is a monument nearby, within a few minutes walking distance from the museum. After enjoying the museum, take a walk, and you might be able to experience Kagoshima of the old days. If you’re interested in Japanese history, the Museum of the Meiji Restoration in Kagoshima is worth a visit.InformationMuseum of the Meiji Restoration Address: Kagoshima, Kajiya-chō 23-1Business Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.* *The entrance closes at 4:30 p.m.Fixed Holidays: The are no fixed holidays.Wi-Fi: AvailableCredit Cards: Not AcceptedLanguage: A voice guidance app for Japanese, English, Korean and Chinese can be downloaded from the official site.Menus/Pamphlets in Other Languages: English, Korean and ChineseNearest Stations: JR Kagoshima Chūo Station (鹿児島中央駅)Access: 8-minute walk from the JR Kagoshima Chūo Station.Admission: Adults (from High School Students and up)/ 300 yen Junior High and Elementary School Students/ 150 yenReligion: -Telephone: +81-99-239-7700Website/Homepage: Museum of the Meiji Restoration (Japanese text, with a link to English documents.)center_img At the end of the Edo period, also called Bakumatsu jidai (“the end of the military government”), Japan was in turmoil. In 1868, the shogunal government in Edo (present day Tokyo), which governed Japan at the time, was removed, and the Meiji Government took over. This revolution, from the demise of the military government to the rise of the Meiji government, is called the Meiji Restoration. Kagoshima Prefecture, which was called “Satsuma province” at the time, played a major role in the revolution. Japan was able to modernize itself ahead of other countries in Asia, and in that process, Kagoshima Prefecture (Satuma province) took an active role in the Restoration. This museum displays the reasons behind that transformation.Kagoshima Prefecture in the Modern Era Of all the various displays in this museum, visitors should take a look at the Meiji Restoration Experience Hall. In this hall visitors can watch a 25-minutes drama performed by robot models of the Kagoshima dignitaries. There are two episodes. “The Road to Restoration” describes the history of the Satsuma province, from the end of Edo period to the Meiji Restoration. “Satsuma Students, Go West” is about the young citizens of the Satsuma province who went to study abroad in England. The hall offers a great view, and the drama, supported by the sound, image and lighting, makes the visitors feel as if they are thrown back in history. This is a must-see exhibition.After The Visit, Go Sightseeing in Kagoshima Citylast_img read more

Katy Perry To Be Honored By Human Rights Campaign

first_imgThe Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, has announced that global pop icon and longtime equality advocate Katy Perry will be honored with HRC’s National Equality Award at the 2017 Los Angeles Gala Dinner on March 18.Ground-breaking actress and LGBTQ advocate America Ferrera will be also be recognized with HRC’s Ally for Equality Award. Lena Dunham, actor, writer, director, creator and star of HBO’s GIRLS and co-founder of LennyLetter.com, will present the award to Ferrera, her friend and fellow advocate.HRC also announced that U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, (D-VA), will be the featured speaker at the gala. And singer/songwriter Troye Sivan will perform. Special guests include Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.“We are thrilled to honor Katy Perry for using her powerful voice and international platform to speak out for LGBTQ equality,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “Her compelling advocacy, from the stage to the campaign trail, has had a profound effect on the lives of LGBTQ people — and, in particular, young people. Katy’s message of inclusion and equality continues to inspire us and the world.”“America Ferrera has shown an unwavering commitment to advancing equality for all people and sets a stirring example for others to follow,” Griffin said. “As we continue the fight for full equality during this very uncertain time for our country, we are constantly inspired by America and our friend, Lena Dunham — both fierce and outspoken champions of equality.”“Senator Tim Kaine is a true ally who has dedicated his career to fighting for the equal rights of all Americans,” Griffin said. “With Hillary Clinton, he was part of the most pro-equality presidential ticket in American history. We are honored to welcome him to our Los Angeles Gala, and heartened to know we have him fighting for us in the U.S. Senate to protect our progress and advance equality in this country and around the world.”“Troye Sivan is a visionary young artist who has been a committed and outspoken advocate for LGBTQ people,” Griffin said. “Through his music, Troye has paid tribute to the fight for LGBTQ equality, and we are thrilled he will be performing at HRC’s LA Gala.”Katy Perry is an international music superstar, and has emerged as one of the entertainment industry’s most powerful voices for LGBTQ equality. She was a tireless campaigner for equality champion Hillary Clinton during her historic 2016 presidential campaign, including performing at the Democratic National Convention, and has been recognized for using her global platform to inspire LGBTQ youth. In the 10 years since her Capitol Records debut, she has sold over 40 million adjusted albums worldwide, over 125 million tracks worldwide and her songs have been streamed over 18 billion times worldwide. Her new song, “Chained To The Rhythm,” broke the record for most streams by a female artist on Spotify in one day, and views on the accompanying video made her the most-viewed female artist on VEVO. Perry’s 2015 Super Bowl performance was the highest-rated in the event’s history.America Ferrera is an award-winning actress and producer best known for her breakthrough role as Betty Suarez on ABC’s hit comedy, Ugly Betty. She has received a Golden Globe®, Emmy® and Screen Actors Guild Award®, as well as ALMA and Imagen Awards, and produces and stars in the NBC comedy, Superstore. A strong advocate for LGBTQ, women’s and immigrants’ rights, Ferrera spoke at the 2016 Democratic National Convention as well as at the historic Women’s March in January. She has been featured in roles on television, stage and screen, and is executive producer of Refinery 29’s Behind the Headlines, a multimedia project dedicated to humanizing the conversations around issues that matter to women.Senator Tim Kaine has a strong commitment to LGBTQ equality. In addition to supporting marriage equality, Kaine is an original co-sponsor of the Equality Act — federal legislation that would finally guarantee explicit, permanent protections for LGBTQ people under our existing civil rights laws. One of Kaine’s first actions as Virginia Governor in 2006 was to sign an executive order adding sexual orientation protections to the non-discrimination policy for state workers. Kaine also recently signed onto an amicus brief in the 2nd Circuit case, Christiansen v. Omnicom Group Inc., arguing that sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination are prohibited under the Civil Rights Act of 1964. He has voted in favor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) and co-sponsored the Student Non-Discrimination Act (SNDA).Troye Sivan’s debut album, Blue Neighbourhood (Capitol Records) topped over 50 iTunes charts around the world. Billboard praised Troye as “the voice of a new more tolerant generation”, while The New York Times dubbed him the “prototype for tomorrow’s global pop star”. Blue Neighbourhood is RIAA Certified Gold in the U.S. and contains hits “Youth,” which is certified Platinum, and “Wild,” which is certified Gold. Troye has 20 million combined online followers and over one billion streams to date.Troye relentlessly supports LGBTQ causes and the fight against discrimination through education, awareness and advocacy. The recently released video for “Heaven” has over 8 million views and was wildly commended for celebrating LGBT history.The HRC Ally for Equality Award and National Equality Award recognize the outstanding efforts of those who use their voice and publicly stand up for the LGBTQ community. These allies commit time, energy and spirit to improve the lives of LGBTQ people and advance equality for all Americans.The HRC Los Angeles Gala Dinner, which is expected to draw more than 1,000 guests, will be held on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at the JW Marriott LA Live. Tickets and more information are available here.last_img read more

TORONTO BACH FESTIVAL A LABOUR OF LOVE FOR MUSICIAN AWESTRUCK BY COMPOSERS

first_imgToronto Bach Festival founder-director, oboist John Abberger at one of the venues, St. Barnabas Church, 361 Danforth Avenue. (STEVE RUSSELL / TORONTO STAR) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement John Eliot Gardiner begins his magisterial book on the great 18th-century composer (subtitled Music in the Castle of Heaven) by writing: “Bach the musician is an unfathomable genius.” John Abberger agrees.Does this make Tafelmusik’s principal oboist reluctant to perform the master’s music? Quite the contrary.In fact, May 24-26 marks the fourth time in as many years that he has presided over the Toronto Bach Festival, a three-day event he founded at St. Barnabas Church on the Danforth, bravely devoted to fathoming the unfathomable. “I’ve spent years trying to answer the question of what makes his music so moving,” the veteran oboist admits. “It’s universal. He crosses cultures and economic groups. People can be moved without knowing anything about music.center_img Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

ISIS Executes Imprisons 75 Moroccan Dutch Defectors

Rabat – A group of approximately 75 fighters of Dutch and Moroccan origin was punished by the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) for being defectors, according to Akhbar Al Yaoum.The newspaper’s Wednesday issue said that ISIS considered the members of the group to be collaborating with “kuffar,” or unbelievers. In order to intimidate other fighters considering desertion, ISIS executed eight members of the group and imprisoned 65 others for treason.The group of defectors was created by the initiative of 75 Dutch soldiers – some of Moroccan origin – who had been in disagreement with the terrorist group’s Iraqi commander for over a month. The tension between the two sides escalated into gunfire, according to Akhbar Al Yaoum. ISIS sent over a delegate named Rikka to the rebel group in order to defuse the conflict. However, the Dutchmen killed him as revenge for the murder of one of their comrades. After the incident, ISIS ordered the execution and imprisonment of the remaining members of the group.“ISIS has been experiencing a major wave of breakouts – all battalions are concerned,” Abderrahmane Mekkaoui, an expert on military and strategic affairs, told the newspaper. “The fighters who came from Western Europe and Morocco are the first to leave.”The aborted escape attempts often become sanctioned executions, he added.When ISIS does not conduct the executions with guns or heavy weaponry, they beat the prisoners to death. The goal, the newspaper said, is to set an example for those who are considering leaving the terrorist organization.Former ISIS fighters who manage to escape are intercepted by international intelligence services on the other side of the borders of the so-called Islamic State. The fighters are then returned to their home countries where the local law enforcement investigates them.The Dutch intelligence services, known an AIVD, estimate that two hundred Dutch citizens, including fifty women, have joined ISIS in Syria and Iraq. read more

Myanmar UN reports worrisome rise in opium cultivation

Opium hectares now total 31,700 and while this is still just a quarter of the amount grown in Afghanistan and a far cry from the early 1990s when Myanmar was the world’s biggest opium producer, “the trend is going in the wrong direction,” a UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa said.More than 1 million people are now involved in opium cultivation in Myanmar, most of them in Shan state where 95 per cent of Myanmar’s poppies are grown, according to the report – Opium Poppy Cultivation in South-East Asia ¬– produced in coordination with the governments of Laos and Myanmar.“Increased instability in north-eastern Myanmar is affecting the opium market. Ceasefire groups – autonomous ethnic militias like the Wa and Kachin – are selling drugs to buy weapons, and moving stocks to avoid detection,” Mr. Costa said. Despite the increase in cultivation, the overall value of Myanmar’s opium crop is falling since yields were down 28 per cent to 10.4 kilograms per hectare, production fell 20 per cent to 330 tons, and prices are more or less stable at just over $300 per kilogram. In total, the potential value of opium production in Myanmar fell by 15 per cent from $123 million in 2008 to $104 million in 2009.In Laos, cultivation was up 19 per cent, although the overall total is low at 1,900 hectares, as is the yield at 6 kilograms per hectare. Nevertheless, with a kilogram of opium fetching $1,327 due to stable demand and scarce supply, the illicit crop remains attractive to farmers, especially as prices for other locally produced commodities are falling.“Governments and donors need to stay the course and ensure sufficient duration of commitment and funding for all aspects of the drug issue – security, development, and health,” Mr. Costa said.In September, UNODC reported that poppy cultivation in Afghanistan, by far the world’s largest supplier of the raw material for heroin, had slumped by 22 per cent due to more robust counter-narcotics operations by Afghan and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) forces.While South-East Asia has managed to contain a problem that once made it notorious as the Golden Triangle of opium, the Greater Mekong region is becoming a major producer and consumer of synthetic drugs. “It would be a pyrrhic victory for drug control if South-East Asia’s opium was simply replaced by amphetamine-type stimulants,” Mr. Costa warned. 14 December 2009Opium cultivation in Myanmar has increased for the third year in a row, with the number of hectares rising by 11 per cent – a total of almost 50 per cent since 2006 – although production was down due to a fall in yield per hectare, the United Nations anti-drug agency reported today. read more

UN weapons inspector Blix to meet Security Council for first time since

In his last address to the Council on 19 March, Mr. Blix, Executive Chairman of the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC), made clear he would have liked his inspections to continue and he regretted that it appeared war was “imminent.”Since then he has stressed that UNMOVIC never asserted that Iraq did or did not have weapons of mass destruction, one of the main reasons cited by the United States for its war to oust Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. The US has not yet announced having found any such weapons since the conflict began.In an interview with UN Radio at the height of the war, Mr. Blix said the best chance of finding them, if they existed, would emerge from interviews with scientists, the military and managers freed from fear of retribution. Some Iraqi scientists are now in the custody of US forces.Mr. Blix will address one of two informal sessions the Council is scheduled to hold tomorrow. The second, on the UN Oil-for-Food programme, will hear from Benon Sevan, Executive Director of the UN Office of the Iraq Programme (OIP). Under the humanitarian programme, Baghdad was allowed to use a portion of its oil revenues to buy food and other relief supplies, while the rest was used for reparation claims against Iraq.US President George W. Bush said last week he would ask the Council to lift the sanctions imposed on Iraq after its 1990 invasion of Kuwait and the subsequent 1991 Persian Gulf War. With sanctions in force, the UN administered Oil-for-Food programme is the only legal way of selling Iraq’s oil. read more

AG seeks arrest of suspects in AvantGarde case

The Attorney General (AG) has instructed the Acting Inspector General of Police to arrest the suspects linked to the Avant-Garde case.Accordingly, the AG has called for the arrest of Avant-Garde Chairman Nissanka Senadhipathi and seven others.

Trump reiterates commitment to relations with Sri Lanka

He welcomed Sri Lanka’s commitments to promoting reconciliation, accountability, and justice in pursuit of lasting peace following the civil conflict.Ambassador Perera presented to President Trump, who has been involved in construction projects as an entrepreneur, images of the Lovamahapaya and Jetavanaramaya, two monumental structures that speak volumes of Sri Lanka’s cultural, architectural and engineering heritage in the ancient world.President Trump concluded that he looks forward to working with Ambassador Perera to advance the common bilateral agenda and deepen the bonds between the US and Sri Lanka. He further stated that a robust multi-dimensional relationship with the United States remains an important objective for the Government and people of Sri Lanka which includes strengthening trade and economic ties, widening people-to-people contacts and promoting international and regional peace and security. Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the United States, E. Rodney M. Perera, presented his credentials to the President of the United States of America, Donald J. Trump, at the Oval Office of the White House.Ambassador Perera conveyed to President Trump the greetings and best wishes of the President, the Government and the people of Sri Lanka. He explained Sri Lanka’s continuing efforts to build relationships of confidence and trust, and to strengthen institutions essential for the sustainable progress of the multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, multi-lingual and multi-religious nation. President Trump welcomed Ambassador Perera to Washington DC and reiterated his commitment that the US would stand with Sri Lanka in the aftermath of the Easter Sunday terror attacks and expand counterterrorism, maritime, and border security cooperation with the island nation.The US President also stressed the importance of working together to strengthen the ties between the two countries, which are rooted in a shared commitment to democracy, human rights, and the rule of law. read more

Ali Roshan granted bail in elephant racketeering case

When the case was heard today the court granted them bail. Samarappulige Niraj Roshan alias ‘Ali Roshan’ and seven others who were in remand over the alleged illegal possession of elephants, were today granted bail.The Attorney General had filed charges against ‘Ali Roshan’ and the other accused under the Offences against Public Property Act, with regard to the possession of four elephants without licenses and racketeering.