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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

F, Food to eat, K, Places to go, S, Things to do

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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

Food to eat, P, T, Things to do

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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

A, Food to eat, Places to go, S, Things to do, Webcams

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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

Food to eat, T, Things to do

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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

C, Food to eat, Places to go, T, Things to do

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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

C, Places to go, Things to do

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Golden Week is here again. It is a Japanese term applied to the period containing the following public holidays. 29th April =Shouwa no hi (Birthday of Shouwa Emperor Hirohito) 3rd May = Kenpou Kinen bi (Constitution ...

Golden Week in Japan (flowers)

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Cherry Blossom season has come and gone for us in Tokyo, but as always it was a lovely time of year. Their season is usually from end of March to early April. And I believe it's the best time of the year to visit ...

Cherry Blossoms in Tokyo

C, Places to go, Things to do