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There are more than 30,000 "Oinari san", Inari Shrines in Japan. They have a red Torii gate as the entrance to the sacred area and statues of white foxes, which are messengers from "Inari", the shinto god of ...

Kyoto Shrines – FUSHIMI INARI TAISHA

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  My favourite TV program  "Tameshite Gatten" (on channel NHK in Japan) has made my life a bit better again!! The name roughly translates to "try and understand" and has been solving the answers to small life ...

A tip to cook pasta in 1 minute from Tameshite Gatten – a Japanese TV program

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Here comes the autumn leaves season. Enjoying the seasons is Japanese culture. I think it is incorporated into the genes of Japanese people. Especially when cherry blossom and autumn leaves season is close, we ...

SHOSENKYO – autumn leaves

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Typhoon season is on again in Japan.     photo from Digital Typhoon   When a storm's maximum wind speed is over 64 knots ( 33 metres per second), if it is east of the date line in Pacific ocean, or in ...

Typhoon in Japan

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Kinkaku-ji (金閣寺, temple of the Golden Pavilion) and the garden complex was built in Kyoto by the Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu (1358-1409) for his retirement in 1394. On Yoshimitsu's death, his son turned the building ...

Kyoto Temples – KINKAKUJI the Golden Pavilion

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This is the "cha mise" at "Kinkaku-ji", the Golden Temple in Kyoto.   And this is Mizutani chaya at the Nara Koen Park.      (photo from Wikipedia) Cha mise (Tea shop) is the combination of the word ...

Cha mise / Cha ya – Japanese tea shop

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There are lots of Temples in Kyoto but this is one of my favorites. The SANJUSANGENDO was originally built by the Emperor Goshirakawa (1126-91) in 1164. It burnt down and was rebuilt in 1266. It is located 15 ...

Kyoto Temples – SANJUSANGENDO

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Oden is one of common Japanese winter foods consisting of several ingredients stewed in a light, soy-flavoured dashi soup. Ingredients vary according to region and between each household. This is how you will find oden ...

Oden – Japanese winter food

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Japanese souvenirs are highly thought after by foreign travelers. "Ranking no Paradise" on TBS (a Japanese TV station) went to Ginza, one of the biggest citys in Tokyo today. They asked 210 Foreigners, "What souvenir did ...

Ginza – Top 10 Japanese Souvenirs

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  Located on the top floor of the Don Quijote building, @home cafe is one of the most popular maid cafes in Akihabara Tokyo. After seeing it on tv a couple of times, I thought that i too would venture out into ...

Maid cafe (@home cafe) – Akihabara

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  I woke up this morning and saw light snow flakes falling. It was the first real snow of the year, it covered my small garden in a thin blanket of snow. Seeing snow fall in Tokyo is always a treat for me, as ...

Snow in Tokyo

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  Came across a powerful looking tool / weapon in my local DIY store the other day. My first impression was that it was straight out of The Nightmare on Elm Street series. A few questions later, I found out that ...

Clamming – Shio hi gari

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