Fukuoka – A Two Face City for a Break from the Busy Cities to the North


I have to agree that most of the beautiful and amazing cities in Japan are located on their largest island, which is Honshu Island, where Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka are located. However, it doesn’t mean that the cities located on smaller islands around Honshu Island are less appealing compared to the cities on the mainland. One of the proofs for my sentence could be found in Fukuoka, which is a city of 1.5 million citizen that was as one of the most liveable city on earth. Great views, relaxing atmosphere, and rich in culture, Fukuoka is the place for those who wants to take a break from the fast-paced cities to the north. Continue reading

Natsumikan: A Hagi Favorite


As you travel around Japan, you will find that many cities and towns have souvenir shops for the traveler looking to buy something to bring home to remind them of their time spent away from home. Most of the time, these souvenirs are gifts, and believe me when I say that these souvenirs are beyond the level of, “My neighbor went to ____, and all I got was this stupid T-shirt!”

Oh, no, the Japanese are much more thoughtful than that, and it shows in their gift shops. Often, food products are the favorites to go for when purchasing souvenirs for family and friends, and there’s always a theme: what is that city or town most famous for, or what are they the most proud of?

In Hagi, a city in the Yamaguchi prefecture, there are two food products boasted about in their souvenir shops: the natsumikan and the blowfish. Hagi is also famous for their pottery, which is something you can also find touted about in their shops, but for today, let’s focus on the natsumikan, or, literally, the summer tangerine. Continue reading

Kasajizou: A New Year’s Tale


Jizou, photo courtesy of a-racoon photo at http://a-racoon.com/

Jizou, photo courtesy of a-racoon photo at http://a-racoon.com/

Before we begin, I should explain what a jizou is. In short, a jizou is a Buddhist statue meant to guard children, especially children who died entirely too young. The proper way to refer to them is Ojizou-sama, and you can see these statues all across Japan, especially at temples and graveyards.

And now, our tale, which begins on a cold winter’s day, and as all Japanese folklore will have it, it begins with an old man and his wife.

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Why is Japan Famous?


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Have you ever wondered why Japanese cartoon, comics, fashion, food and culture are very well known in this world? Is it coincidence? Or are there some scholars who studied in Japan and spread their unique ways?  That’s one of the possibilities, but it’s not enough to make the whole world grows their attention to this country. This spurt begins around 2002, where a certain man wrote an article regarding Japan capability in promoting their “uniqueness” and producing a good result while at it. The article encircled around the government policy in tackling the economic problem through cultural means, where the phrase of “Cool Japan” was introduced. But then again, the kick start was long before that time, where a certain game was firstly arising to the world attentions that influence many youths. Why Japan, as one of the world leading economic superpower, feel the need to boost their economic capability through cultural aspects in 2002? Let’s take a look in a chronological manner.

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Winter Wonderland – the Enchanting Christmas Illuminations in Tokyo!


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Hello everyone! How’s your Christmas day? I hope it was great since today, still in the mood for Christmas, I’m going to present you some pictures of the Christmas Illuminations that we can find in Tokyo!  Just as what I said in some previous posts, that the Christmas and year-end time is the best time to go travel around Tokyo! The reason is because there are so many glittering and enchanting Christmas Illuminations in every famous areas in Tokyo, such as Roppongi, Shiodome, Omotesando, etc that are going to transform the bustling, crowded metropolitan Tokyo into an amazing “Winter Wonderland”. So, get ready to see the magical romantic year-end that you can have in Tokyo! Continue reading