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Monthly Archive:2014/07

Jyuuni-shi : Chinese Zodiac in Japan -Part 2- (For hour)

Japansese old hour system and “Jyuuni-shi” In the old times, “Jyuuni-shi” was more commonly used, for directions, dates and hours. In addition, Japanese hour system was totally different from the present one. Now those customs are gone, but you can find the traces of them in some words.…

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Going Green: Maishima Incineration Plant

Maishima Incineration Plant’ scaled model Can you guess what this building is? I guess most people would guess that it’s a theme park being so closely located to Universal Studios Japan. Don’t worry you’re not the only one deceived by how it looks.…

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Jyuuni-shi : Chinese Zodiac in Japan -Part 1- (For age and year)

Jyuuni-shi : Chinese Zodiac in Japan -Jyuuni-shi-Some animals are different from the original Chinese version. The word “Eto” means a combination of the ten Celestial and the Chinese Zodiac, but in Japan it is quite often used to refer only to Zodiac.…

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I Love Konbini: No Coffee in Japanese Konbini, No Life

As I wrote in my previous post, I love konbini (convenience store) in Japan. I often use it, especially after work. And, I usually drink canned coffee when taking breaks.   This time, I’ll be introducing about coffee of konbini that every Japanese businessman cannot live without.  …

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Visiting Hokuei – The Birthplace of Detective Conan

One of the longest running manga and anime today is Meitantei Conan (lit. Great Detective Conan) or known as Case Closed in the West. To date, the manga has more than 80 volumes and the anime has more than 700 episodes.…

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Takoyaki Quest:Kōga-ryu Takoyaki in Amerikamura,Osaka

Takoyaki – literal translation is “Baked Octopus”. Tako means octopus in Japanese.Actually, takoyaki is not what you might imagine from its name. It looks like a dumpling, with a piece of octopus inside. Note: While “Ikayaki”, a similar name to “Takoyaki” is what you imagine it would be.…

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The Bridge to Heaven: Amanohashidate

Almost everything in Japan is ranked. From top gardens to top temples.  Even celebrities and manga/anime characters are ranked too. They can be based on popularity or something more particular. Nihon Sankei(日本三景) or Japan’s Three Most Scenic Views is one of those list when it comes to tourist spots and sightseeing.…

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Oyatsu: Japanese snacks between meals (Life is sweet version)

Oyatsu (2) [My oyatsu on another day] -"Takenoko no sato" (Strawberry milk flavour version), and milk tea with a Japan national football team package- “Takenoko no sato” (Land of bamboo shoots) -Close look of "Takenoko"- About 150 yen. This one is a sister product of “Kinoko no yama”.…

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Amazing Rice Paddy Art in Inakadate

People make art almost everywhere: canvasses, walls, streets, and rice fields. Wait, rice fields? Yes, you read it right. Rice paddy art or known as Tanbo art (田んぼアート) in Japan is the best thing to happen to rice fields before the rice are harvested and served on our plates.…

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Oyatsu: Japanese snacks between meals

2014/07/18 | Food ,

Oyatsu In Japanese, snacks between meals are called “oyatsu”, usually eaten around three o’clock. Personally, I believe Japanese snacks and confectionery have the best taste and the largest selections in the world, although I sometimes miss Walkers crisps cheese and onion flavour.…

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