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Go west : Dazaifu Tenman-guu – To the main shrine

Dazaifu Tenman-guu : To the main shrine On the way to the shrine from the station Like “Konpira-guu” in Kagawa, there are many shops and restaurants on either side of the street to the shrine. - Starbucks with a peculiar appearance - – “Ume ga e mochi” or “Ume ga ya mochi” – One of Dazaifu specialties.…

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Nabana no Sato Winter Illumination – Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Yes, march is already ending today and the winter chill has slowly abated making way for spring, but if you still can’t get enough of winter and  you want to prolong that winter holiday feeling, head over to Mie Prefecture and visit Nabana no Sato on the island of Nagashima in Kuwana City.…

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Go west : Dazaifu in Fukuoka – General Info

- The gate to the main shrine - Dazaifu is very popular place for its shrine among Japanese people, especially students taking an exams. (I’ll tell you the reason in another post.) Historically, it’s also known as a government organisation to control Kyushu area in the old times.…

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Go west : Kushida shrine and others in Hakata, Fukuoka

I didn’t do “sight-seeing” in Hakata, because there aren’t many things to see as I wrote in my first post of this series. However, according to one of the official websites of Fukuoka city government (Japanese page), there seems to be many historical locations.…

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Go west : Moomin Cafe in Hakata, Fukuoka

There are several famous things with the name of Hakata: Hakata Dontaku (a big festival), Hakata ningyou (“ningyou” means “doll”), Hakata ramen (ramen noodle with pork bone broth) and Hakata mentai (“mentai” is a short version of “mentai-ko”, “seasoned cod roe”).…

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Go west : Hakata in Fukuoka – General Info

Many native English speakers laughs when they see the name of the prefecture, Fukuoka. (The common Japanese name “Takeshita” also makes them laugh.) The name “Hakata” “Hakata” is actually not the official name of the present city. The city’s name is the same as the prefecture’s: “Fukuoka”.…

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North by northwest: Adachi Museum of Art, Shimane

Adachi Museum of Art - A dog near the museum - Lovely! General Information The entrance fee is quite expensive to compare with other museums. Almost the same (or higher) price as Vatican Museums. It’s 2300 yen (about 20 US dollars!) for an adult as of February 2015.…

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North by northwest: Sakaiminato, Tottori

Sakaiminato in Tottori Sakaiminato is a port city in Tottori prefecture. “Sakai” means “border” in Japanese, and “Minato” is “port”. It is famous for a Japanese cartoonist called “Shigeru Mizuki”. (“Shigeru” is his first name.) He grew up there. His best known work is “Ge ge ge no Kitaro”, and the city has a street called “The Mizuki Shigeru Road”, which is dedicated to the work with more than hundred statues of its characters.…

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To visit Japan in a typhoon season (Part 2): Intercontinental Osaka

As I wrote in my previous post a little bit, my friend and I stayed “most of the time” in the hotel “Intercontinental Osaka”. In the rest of the time, we went to cafes / restaurants in shopping centres. We also went to “Yodobashi Camera” just beside the JR Osaka station to buy a USB cable for my iPad Air, and it was the only time we needed to use our umbrellas.…

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To visit Japan in a typhoon season – Part 1 –

In August of 2014, my friend and I planned to visit an ancient burial mound called “Imashiro-zuka kofun” in Osaka. We booked a hotel called “Intercontinental Osaka” for two nights, where it is accessible directly from the JR Osaka station through a skybridge.…

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