Discover Rare Books At Book Marüte In Kagawa

first_imgAs books continue to go digital, people can read the latest novels and bestsellers on their tablet devices. However, there are still people who prefer the feel of paper, and people who want to find books that don’t exist online. If you are one of those people, the rare book seller Book Marüte is the perfect place for you.Located in Takamatsu city, Kagawa, Marüte is based in Kitahama Alley, a storehouse which has been converted into a shopping mall. The building retains the storehouse’s exterior while the inside has been redone, so you would never assume there was a bookstore inside. Muster up the courage to step inside the storehouse and you will see “Book Marüte” written on a blackboard. Head up to the second floor and you will see Marüte.This is Marüte. The decorative plants and distinguished-looking bookshelves will catch your attention.Marüte is said to stock many rare, valuable books and photo collections that are not found in major bookstores. Not limited to books from Japan, a large number of books from overseas are also ordered here.There are also books which have been individually hand-printed, and you will often see books which have only had print runs of 50 to 100 copies. Marüte has all the books you probably never would have encountered if you hadn’t come inside.Its unique interior, along with the books, will pique your interest as well. Apparently, Marüte originally served as a secondhand shop, and now the goods that were placed on the shelves of the secondhand shop are sold alongside books.There is an antique phone, something rarely seen in recent years. These unusual interior decorations are another aspect of Marüte’s charm.There is a cafe space towards the back, where you can read through your purchases while having a drink.There is a gallery space next to the bookstore, and photography exhibits by various photographers are held here. While Marüte used to be a secondhand store, the photographers who held their exhibitions next door asked if Marüte would stock photo collections, which is how it became a bookstore.Recently, the Guesthouse Madoka has been operating near Marüte, and it has a similar treasure trove of books in its common area. If you are traveling through Takamatsu, by all means, stop by.A book that exists nowhere else in the world is waiting for you at Marüte. Come and find it when you pass through Kagawa.InformationBook MarüteAddress: Kagawa, Takamatsu, Kitahama 3-2 Kitahama Alley-JHours: Weekdays 11:00 – 20:00, Weekends/Holidays 13:00 – 20:00Closed: Tues/WedWi-Fi: NoneNearest Station: Takamatsu-Chikko Station (Kotohira Railroad, or Kotoden)Access: Ten minute walk from Takamatsu-Chikko Station (via the Kotoden)Phone: 090-1322-5834Homepage: Book Marüte (Japanese)last_img read more

8 Stunningly Beautiful Beaches On Chichijima Island

first_imgRead also:24 Hours By Boat: Reaching The Ogasawara Islands From TokyoHow To Get Around Chichijima Island, A World Heritage SiteA Walking Guide To Chichijima, An Island In The Ogasawara ArchipelagoSix Great Aerial Vantage Points From Atop Chichijima IslandMust-Do Activities On Chichijima Island! Whale Watching, Snorkeling And MoreThe Unique Wildlife And Food Culture Of Chichijima Island, Ogasawara5 Beaches You Can Easily Reach Via Public Transportation1. Sakaiura Beach is a Ten Minute Walk from Town Chichijima is an island in the Ogasawara archipelago located roughly 1000 kilometers south of Tokyo. It takes an entire day by ferry to get to this remote island. Ogasawara is said to have subtropical weather and the slight difference in temperature through its areas preserves the clearness of the ocean waters and creates a beautiful blue see-through ocean.Of all the beaches found on this island, today we’ll look at eight that are known for their simply stunning views. We will also mention how to reach them and share other appealing points that they have. It’s a beach with calm waves, but offshore is the stranded Hinkomaru, which sank during the Pacific War. The path to the beach is rather a mountain path than a regular path! On your hike, you’ll hear bird cries and see plants that are unique to only Ogasawara. It makes it seem even more like a jungle. Corals and fish have taken over the ship, making it a recommended snorkeling spot.2. Ogiura Beach is Connected to a Bus Stop If you ride the village bus until the last stop, you’ll arrive at Kominata Beach. There’s a large tree at the bus stop and around it are dense thickets of beach bushes. If you walk past the bushes for two minutes, you’ll reach a spacious white sandy shore and a cobalt blue shallow beach. The waters of Kominata Beach are on sandy land, so there aren’t many fish around. The spacious sandy shores are perfect for enjoying the beach at your own pace. Kominato Beach View Information4. Kopepe Beach with its Splendid Coral Reefs All the previous beaches were facing the southwest or southern direction of the island, but Miyanohara Beach is on the northern part of the island. It’s a ten minute walk from the bus stop and you can see Anijima Island across from the beach. Miyanohama Chichijima View Information In the center of Chichijima Island is Ogiura Beach, a beach that’s right in front of the parking lot. This beach has a parking lot, a bathroom and shower facilities in the break room. It’s a beach where you’ll want to relax in the water or lay out and take an afternoon nap on the sand. Ogiura Beach View Information3. Kominata Beach is Appealing for its Wide Sandy Area The reason it’s so hard to get to is that you have to cross a mountain path.It’s best to have comfortable clothes and walking shoes on here because the beach is at the bottom of a sudden slope from the mountain path. The path is a protected ecosystem area, so you must wipe the dirt off from your shoes on the mat before entering the mountain. Additionally, put the same amount of rocks as there are hikers into the box, so they’ll know how many people you are traveling with.center_img There are a lot of corals growing at this beach, making it an ideal spot for snorkeling. There’s a promenade bridge over the shallow waters and you can feel like you’re walking on top of water.Fishing Spots Where Subtropical Fish Swim6. Suzaki Beach, Where the Islands Living Things Gather Tsurihama Beach is highly rated by advanced snorkelers and is a five-minute drive from town. Located in the northern part of the island, it has a high level of clarity to its waters, even for Chichijima Island. You can easily see the fishes’ shadows from the surface. The current becomes very strong even if you head just slightly beyond the beach, so don’t stray too far from shore and keep a close eye on everyone in your group as you enjoy the views here. Tsurihama View InformationA Secluded Beach the Locals Love8. Hatsuneura Beach – Paradise After Going Down a Sudden Cliff Even at a maintained beach, the sea itself is nature so don’t be careless with your actions or things.When going into the waters, go with at least two people and be careful not to be swept by the waves and tides when swimming. Areas with fast tides have a buoy. It’s dangerous to go further out than the buoy, so please don’t go there.Many coral reefs are growing out on Chichijima’s beaches and these can be sharp, plus the sun’s UV rays are strong year here round, so please be sure to have appropriate clothes, sunscreen and even shoes to wear in the water to protect yourself.In ConclusionWhat did you think of Chichijima’s surprisingly beautiful beaches? The waters here are really clear, which makes this a great place to both swim, snorkel, and more. Please enjoy what the beaches of Chichijima Island have to offer to your heart’s content.Read also:24 Hours By Boat: Reaching The Ogasawara Islands From TokyoHow To Get Around Chichijima Island, A World Heritage SiteA Walking Guide To Chichijima, An Island In The Ogasawara ArchipelagoSix Great Aerial Vantage Points From Atop Chichijima IslandMust-Do Activities On Chichijima Island! Whale Watching, Snorkeling And MoreThe Unique Wildlife And Food Culture Of Chichijima Island, Ogasawara I asked a local what’s a beautiful beach around here, and they replied Hatsuneura Beach, but said that it’s a hard place to get to!We challenged ourselves to get there in order to enjoy this breathtaking beach for ourselves. First is Sakaiura Beach. Out of the beaches you can get to using the village bus, this is an easy one to visit. It’s a six minute bus ride and a three minute walk from the bus stop. Sakaiura Beach View Information It takes 50 minutes to go down the suddenly steep slope. The pure white beach and the clear blue sea pop out at you, while you are still surrounded by steep mountains.Most people don’t bother coming through this steep path, so we were able to have this huge beach to ourselves. The awesomeness of this beach is worth the difficult route it takes to get here. Hatsuneura Beach View InformationHow to Have Fun at the Beach If you swim for about twenty minutes from Kominata Beach or walk along a promenade for twenty-five minutes, you’ll get to Kopepe Beach, a hidden out of the way beach. There are four different kinds of corals growing here and it’s a sight to see the fish that live in this area. コペペ海岸 View Information5. Walk on Top of the Water at Miyanohama Beach Suzaki Beach is located in the center of the island and takes fifteen minutes by car from town. This beach was used as an airport during the Pacific War. The rocky beach is geared towards surf (rock) fishing. Susaki Chichijima View InformationA Place for Advanced SnorkelersTsurihama Beach Has the Island’s Only Underwater Scenerylast_img read more

Five Things to Enjoy at Roppongi Tokyo

first_imgTo the Japanese, Roppongi, Tokyo is the epitome of chic and sophisticated. Yet Roppongi has many faces. For instance, not only is it one of the prominent shopping areas in Tokyo, it is also a business district where many famous companies locate their offices. Various public art and museums accommodate its artistic side, and its many clubs offer a wealth of nightlife activity.Here are some things you can enjoy in Roppongi.1. Enjoy High-Grade, High-Quality Japanese CuisineMany famous restaurants in the Roppongi area, are spearheaded by well-known chefs. For instance, Gonpachi Nishi-Azabu is featured in the movie “Kill Bill,” and famous for former U.S. President George W. Bush’s and former Japanese prime minister Junichiro Koizumi’s dinner together. Inakaya, a Japanese-styled barbecue restaurant with many fans from overseas, is also located at Roppongi. There is a wide variety of restaurants offering Japanese cuisine such as sushi, tempura and shabu-shabu in this area.(Japanese Link) The Five Sushi Restaurants in Roppongi(Japanese Link) The Six Restaurants with English Menus in Roppongi2. Shopping at Stylish ShopsMany famous brand shops are located in Roppongi, most of them in the two large shopping malls, Roppongi Hills and Tokyo Midtown. You can spend a whole day at these two malls while having meals, viewing art, and enjoying the night view. There are stylish street-level shops as well, so you should be able to find your favorite shop.(Japanese Link) The Nightlife at Roppongi HillsFour Things to Enjoy at Tokyo Midtown in Roppongi (Part 1)Four Things to Enjoy at Tokyo Midtown in Roppongi (Part 2)3. Enjoying the NightlifeMany foreigners live in Roppongi, as branch offices of foreign affiliated companies and embassies are situated nearby. That may very well be the reason for the high number of foreigners in clubs at Roppongi or Azabu, which is right next door. There aren’t many clubs in other areas, so those who want to enjoy the nightlife should go to Roppongi.Experience Japan’s Nightlife in Three of Roppongi’s Clubs4. Abundant ArtworkRoppongi is famous for its business district, but it is also an art town, with three museums within a walking distance from the Roppongi station. Many artworks are displayed in the streets, especially near Roppongi Hills and Tokyo Midtown, so you can view them for free.(Japanese Link) Three Museums You Can Walk To From Roppongi Station(Japanese Link) Public Art in Roppongi5. Neon-Filled Night ViewRoppongi is surrounded by high-rise buildings, and you can also view the illuminated Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Skytree. We highly recommend the observatory at Roppongi Hills that is not only located 250 meters above sea level, but is also outfitted with an external “Sky Deck” above the observatory where visitors can enjoy the spectacular night scenery for an additional fee of 500 yen. Night scenery encompassing buildings illuminated by neon, the Tokyo Tower and the Tokyo Skytree; these things only seen in Tokyo can be viewed from here. When the weather is good, Mt. Fuji can also be seen in the daytime. Even in many restaurants without observation decks, you will still be able to enjoy viewing the night scenery.(Japanese Link) Four Restaurants in Roppongi With a Great Night ViewThere are plenty of activities to choose from in Roppongi, allowing you to customize your experience. The next time you’re in Tokyo, why not drop by Roppongi?last_img read more

Japanese Encyclopedia Yurukyara Mascot Characters

first_imgYurukyara is a compound word made from “yurui”, which means “loose” or “easygoing” and the English word “character” that is used by companies and regions to refer to their own local mascots; these often also take the form of costumed mascot characters at local or company events.Mascots Past and PresentThe word yurukyara first came into popular use in 2004 and but characters such as the Metropolitan Police Department’s Pipo-kun (lower picture) and Sato Pharmaceuticals’ Sato-chan (the orange elephant) have been used in place of human spokespersons to represent everything from traffic safety to company interests since the 1950s.Photo by: tamakisonoPresent-day yurukyara are mainly used to advertise regional tourist attractions and specialty goods in a bid to revitalize tourism in sometimes underpopulated areas; the hook of these characters being that they can’t be found anywhere else. Major company mascots often developed from these local yurukyara.Yurukyara may be animal or human, or even personifications of local goods or famous locations, and are often made into cartoon-character costumes. A second meaning of the word ‘yurui’ is ‘gentle’ or ‘kind’, which demonstrates a further quality of yurukyara: they must be friendly. Whether at festivals or ceremonies, these mascots are approached by both children and adults and as such must be adorably well-behaved at all times.Photo by: Norio.NAKAYAMA One such character that immediately springs to mind came from the 2011 opening of the Kyushu Shinkansen (bullet train) to Kumamoto prefecture, Kumamon (kuma meaning both bear and the first part of Kumamoto).Yurukyara Grand PrixIn order to spread awareness of the various yurukyara found across Japan, the first annual Yurukyara Grand Prix was held in 2011 (and of course featured Kumamon).From: Hot Springs, Sightseeing, Food: The 5 Senses Come Alive In Wakura, Ishikawa (Japanese)At the Yurukyara Grand Prix, characters such as Ishikawa prefecture’s Wakura Onsen character Wakutama-kun (the above photo) and other characters from all across Japan are entered, in the hopes that they too will become as popular as the top selling characters in Japan.last_img read more

Discover Nagasakis International History At Glover Garden

first_imgThe Former Glover Residence, A World Heritage Site, Rests Atop A HillAs part of “Japan’s Meiji Era Industrial Revolution,” (*1) the Glover Mansion was declared a World Heritage site in 2015. Built in 1863, it is currently the oldest Western-style wooden building in Japan. Its colonial English style, constructed with the bricks and packed mud walls of traditional Japanese architecture, make for a very unique mansion.*1: The group of modern-day “Japan’s Meiji Era Industrial Revolution” World Heritage sites comprises 23 properties across eleven cities in eight prefectures.At that time, Thomas Blake Glover, a trader, expanded his business in the area, and lived together with a Japanese woman named Tsuru in the Glover Mansion.The lifestyle of the times has been recreated inside the residence, and visitors can see the splendor of this foreign settlement, which was a hub for overseas trading.There is a secret room in the back of the attic, said to have been a hiding place for anti-government elements in the waning days of the Edo era. You can feel your pulse quicken as you imagine being one of the samurai in this cramped and dark space, trying to be as still as possible.Since the mansion sits on top of a hill, the landscape view of Nagasaki’s port, with ships busily traveling back and forth, spreads out before your eyes. On the opposite shore, the Mitsubishi Nagasaki Shipyard is home to four World Heritage sites. One of them, the Giant Cantilever Crane, can be seen from here.Two Magnificent Mansions Which Double as Important Cultural PropertiesThere are three buildings in Glover Garden which are important cultural properties in Japan. Naturally, Glover Mansion is one, but the other two are the Former Ringer Residence and the Former Alt Residence.The Former Ringer Residence was the home of an English trader, Frederick Ringer.Ringer was involved in the expansion of many industries, and had massive clout in Nagasaki financial circles of the day. It is said that the founders of “Ringer Hut,” a famous chain restaurant with branches across Japan, got the idea for the restaurant’s name from him.The Former Alt Residence, home of William John Alt, is a beautiful structure with an English-style water fountain and extravagant pillars.In addition to these residences, there are six other buildings where you can see early Western architecture in Japan, and get a taste of European residents’ lifestyles and the work they did. We will introduce a few more spots that we’d like you to visit.A Spot to Feel the Brilliant History of the Nagasaki Foreign SettlementsThe sailors who worked at the port of Nagasaki in those days lodged here, at the Mitsubishi #2 Dockhouse.From the second floor, you can look out over Nagasaki Port and see Inasayama Mountain, famous for its night views.Glover Garden has a strong connection to Madame Butterfly. The park contains a stone statue of the composer Puccini, as well as a bronze statue of Tamaki Miura, internationally famous for her great performance as Butterfly.After you stroll around the vast park grounds, have tea at a Western-style building: the restaurant Jiyūtei. Opened by Jōkichi Kusano, the first Japanese chef to handle Western cuisine, the original building was dismantled then restored here. The second floor is currently a coffee shop.In ClosingAs you walk around the extensive garden grounds, you can feel yourself becoming more familiar with the lifestyles of the Japanese and European people who lived here. What’s more, the remnants of culture and business influence are not just mere historical bits of trivia; they continue to be seen in Nagasaki today.How about visiting Glover Garden and experiencing the vibe of the East-West harmony for yourself?InformationGlover GardenAddress: Nagasaki, Nagasaki City, Minamiyamatemachi 8-1Hours: 08:00-18:00 *Last entry to the garden at 17:40Closed: Open all days of the weekWi-Fi: YesCredit Cards: Cash onlyOther Languages: NoPamphlets in Other Languages: English, Chinese, Taiwanese, KoreanNearest Station: Ōurashudō-shita or Ishibashi (City Trolley, Nagasaki Electric Rail)Access: From Nagasaki Station, take the trolley for 15 minutes and get off at Ōurashudō-shita or Ishibashi, then walk for seven minutesAdmission: 610 yen (adults), 300 yen (high school students), 180 yen (elementary and junior high school students)Phone number: 095-822-8223Website: Glover Garden Did you know that the world-famous opera with a Japanese theme “Madame Butterfly” was actually set in Nagasaki in the Kyushu region? Nagasaki has a long history of overseas trading. European merchants built mansion residences in the city, one after another, which led to various types of interaction between foreigners and Japanese people. It is said that the original story of “Madame Butterfly” was inspired by the background of Nagasaki. This time, we would like to primarily introduce the Former Glover Residence (popularly known as the Glover Mansion) and the Glover Garden, where other merchant residences of the time still remain, unchanged by time.Read also:Use the Convenient Trolley to Get Around the Slopes of Nagasaki City!Stroll Around Dejima for a Retro Fusion of Japanese and Dutch Vibeslast_img read more

Omatour Toyama Explore Toyama with the Locals on a Bicycle Tour

first_imgYou head out once the preparations are done.First, Taste Delicious Toyama Fish at Himi Harbor Since you can drink tea at the store too, we drank tea together and took a nice photo.Enjoying a Traditional Performance at the Lion Dance Museum in Himi After visiting the shrine, we head to Jonichi Temple (Jonichi-ji). Jonichi is a temple known for its gigantic gingko tree. We of course got in depth commentary on this too. On this tour we will be accompanying Nick (second person from the right), Osasha (second person from the left) and Sarah (left) from America, who kindly let us to come along. They really like delicious seafood and came to Himi city in Toyama, as it is famous for its delicious yellow tail and white shrimp.They decided on using the services of Omatour because they wanted not only to enjoy delicious seafood, but also to have an authentic experience of the local culture, something that cannot be gained from a guidebook.First, we had a short introduction of the group members. Now, to the main shrine. Here you can look at a votive picture of a horse and at large pictures hanging on the walls, and get to feel the culture and tradition of ancient Japan. All the participants listened with great interest to the stories that can only be heard from a local in person and are not listed in guidebooks.Enjoying the Japanese snack called “Kintsuba” Passing through the town in Himi, we stopped at Ginnan Mochi Head Shop Ogaya, a famous local Japanese snack shop that was opened in 1872. Here you can buy the only rice cakes in Japan that use gingko as an ingredient. It’s such a rare opportunity to be able to purchase this kind of rice cakes! After the self introductions, we went to rent bicycles in Totoza. You can rent a bicycle for 100 yen per hour. After choosing the bicycles, let’s also rent helmets (free of charge) too! We’ll ride along the coast while heading to the next spot. Toyama Harbor is known as the world’s most beautiful harbor and is registered in the “World’s Most Beautiful Harbors” Club. Let’s enjoy often beautiful scenery while slowly pedaling our bicycles. After that we headed to the nearby Lion Dance Museum. The lion dance is a traditional Japanese performance that uses a decorative lion’s head during the dance. These dances can be seen at festivals and they are really entertaining as they look as if an actual lion were moving. At the museum, you can learn about the history of the lion dance passed on from long, long ago and actually touch the lion dance tools too!A Little Detour! Visiting a Hidden Local SpotAfter visiting the Lion Dance Museum, we headed to Totoza, the start point.However, we discovered something that drew our attention on the way. Someone asked “What is it?” so we decided to make a detour. Flexibility is one of this tour’s most appealing points. The appeal of a guided tour is that the tour guide can comment in depth about the land you’re traveling through. On the other hand, you won’t be able to see the sight from the perspective of the locals like you would by traveling alone.This time we’ll be introducing to you a cycling tour organized by Omatour Toyama, which allows you to receive in depth commentary while experiencing the trip like a local!Toyama prefecture is an area filled with nature, so let’s take a comfortable bike tour around some of its charming spots, such as the Tateyama Kurobe alpine route and the Kurobe Canyon track.What is Omatour Toyama?You won’t find information about this tour on the internet or in guidebooks. It’s information that people from Toyama know because they’re from Toyama. To bring this deep information to light, we’ll be taking part in the Omatour Toyama which offers a wonderful guided tour.Omatour Toyama currently offers two tours, cycling tours and a town walking tour. When applying for a tour, you can make your reservation using this reservation form (English).They plan to increase the number of tours. If you have experienced the tour once and would like to apply for another one, please check their official website for updates.=”http:>Now, let’s take a look at one of their tours!Starting the Trip from Totoza, Himi Ciy The gingko tree at Jonichi Temple is over a thousand years old and is said to be one of the largest trees in the country. In the autumn, the gingko fruits fall and are scattered around the area. Osasha was surprised at how delicious this rice cake is with its faint gingko aroma. Her image of Japanese snacks changed completely at this shop!Riding along the Coast with the World’s Most Beautiful Harborcenter_img But the tour itself continues also after getting off the bike. We took a tour of an exhibit about the fishing industry culture in Himi.In Closing There’s a spot near the large gingko tree where you can drink spring water. We all tasted the fresh spring water of Himi. After seeing the temple, we rode a short distance to go to a Japanese snack store called Jirobei to enjoy Kintsuba, a famous Japanese snack. We arrived safely at Totoza. The bicycle tour was complete after returning the bicycles and helmets. Next, we arrived at a shrine that the local fishermen come to visit. Here we took pictures and talked among everyone about religion in Japan.Jonichi Temple and the large gingko tree We first stopped by a harbor close to Totoza. Here the guides explain how fishing is performed in the area, and how it’s possible for a wide variety of fish to be caught. They also explain why Toyama is rich in varieties of delicious fish.A short break at a local Japanese snack store At the end of the tour, we shook hands with everyone. The three guests seemed completely satisfied! This time it was a bicycle tour around Himi city, but there are various other tours available. If you wish to see other tours, take a look at the homepage of Omatour Toyama.Sponsored by Omatour Toyama The “tsuba” in the word “Kintsuba” is the name of a part of the Japanese sword. It’s the part between the sword grip and the border of the handle. This snack was named Kintsuba because it’s similar to the shape of the “tsuba”.After hearing this explanation, they saw the Kintsuba as a sword’s tsuba and played with it mimicking samurai. On the stairways ahead there’s a large bell. Apparently there’s a festival here called “Gongon Festival”, where you can actually try your and at bell ringing. We looked at a video of the festival and chatted about it. This was actually a machine that cleans the rice made by farmers. The rice cleaning rate and how the rice is cleaned is something that only locals who have become familiar with the method can explain with ease.A Tour of Totozalast_img read more

Hirome Market Kochi Local Cuisine Bringing People Together

first_imgWho hasn’t thought when traveling, “I just ate but I’m still a little hungry?”In the center of Kochi Prefecture’s Kochi City, is Hirome Market, a village of food stalls and shops. With over 60 bars, eateries, and stores to choose from, both tourists and locals are in abundance. Visitors don’t just come here for the food, however, as Hirome Market also has its fair share of souvenir and clothing stores.Bringing Together People, Food, and Drinks! 4 Reasons Why We Love Hirome Market:1. Enjoy Dining In the Market! We highly recommend trying regional sake (Japanese rice wine) when in Japan. Hirome Market not only has sake from Kochi, but other prefectures’ sake too.Reference Article: Invitation for Japanese Traditional Rice Wine “Sake”How to Visit Hirome Market Kochi Prefecture is particularly famous for fish. In particular, their Katsuo Tataki (bonito grilled slightly over a flame) is known all over Japan. Hirome Market is filled with stores selling tataki. This method of grilling katsuo tuna over a straw-fueled fire originated in Kochi. Myoujinmaru is a restaurant famous for showcasing the grilling process behind glass.4. Endless Varieties of Japanese Sake! First, find an empty seat. Find a spot where you can ideally leave your belongings and keep an eye on them.center_img There is a chance that seats directly in front of a food stand are owned by that store. If you’re not sure, be sure to ask the owner. Once you put down your belongings and secure a seat, go buy your food. Depending on where you go, they will bring your food to your table. There are employees at the market who will collect your plates and glasses so you can leave them at your table. Just remember there are other people who will use your table, so if you can, keep it clean.As Hirome Market is open day and night, you can visit whenever you’re craving a snack. Make sure to enjoy the delicious fish and sake offered at this local market next time you visit Kochi.Hirome MarketAddress: Kochi, Kochi, Kome, Kuroya-cho 2-3-1Business Time: Weekdays, Saturdays, Public Holidays 8:00-23:00, Sundays 7:00-23:00*The opening hours and holidays of each store vary. Please check the information of each store on the “store introduction” page.Fixed Holidays: New Year’s Day, the 2nd or 3rd Wednesday of January, May, and September (for details please refer to the official website)WiFi: AvailableLanguages: JapaneseNearest Station: JR Kochi Station, tram stop Ohashi DoriAccess: 5 minutes by car from JR Kochi Station, 2 minutes on foot from the Ohashi Dori tram stop*The tram also leaves from JR Kochi StationPrice: Depends on each storeTelephone number: 088-822-5287Official Website: (Japanese) You are free to eat and drink anything you buy from the market at the seats and tables provided. Please be aware you are not allowed to bring in food and drinks.2. Socialize with Other CustomersUnlike other markets and eateries where you have your own seats and table, you can sit at any open spot in Hirome Market. Sit down, have a drink, and maybe make a friend or two!3. The Fish is Delicious!last_img read more

Sip Japanese Kōshū Wine At Château Mercian In Kofu

first_imgDid you know there is an area in Japan famous for its wine? The “Kōshū wine”, produced in the Yamanashi prefecture, is particularly popular.The climate of Kofu, Yamanashi prefecture, allows for plenty of sunshine and little rainfall, making it an ideal place for growing grapes. That is why it became a center of wine production.One of Japan’s most famous wine brands “Mercian” and its winery “Château Mercian” are located in the Katsunuma area, in Kofu. This brand, started in 1949, won the gold medal in the 57th Annual Vino Ljubljana International Wine Competition. The wine produced in this area is not only famous in Japan, but it also has a good reputation worldwide.Mercian’s more notable wines include “Kōshū Kiiroka”, the tart and refreshing white wine that made the Kōshū wine famous, as well as the the full-bodied and complex “Kikyōgahara Merlot.” They are all made using grapes grown in Japan.Get The Japanese Winery Experience At “Château Mercian”Wine is not all you can find at Château Mercian.Wine connoisseurs from afar can experience a “Winery Observation” held by the staff. You’ll not only learn about how wine is made in Japan, but you will also learn about distilleries and more.There are 3 different courses. The time, price and contents are different for each course, so choose the one best for you.Basic CourseCourse: Basic Wine-Making and Lecture on How to Enjoy WineTime: 60 minutesPrice: 500 yen (tax incl.)Special CourseCourse: Making Château Mercian WineTime: 90 minutesPrice: 1,000 yen (tax incl.)Exclusive CourseCourse: Course Focused on Distilling and Tasting Château Mercian WineTime: 90 minutesPrice: 2,000 yen (tax incl.)You can sign up for a course on their website. If you would rather make a reservation by phone, the number is 0553-44-1011.You can also stop by Japan’s oldest wooden distillery at the “Wine Museum” and learn all about the history of wine in Japan.On the property there is also a cafe, which has a stunning view over the natural scenery of Katsunuma, and a wine shop. You can find a way to enjoy the winery no matter when you visit.Enjoy the sky, the mountains and the fields of grapes while sipping on genuine Japanese wine.Visiting The Land of the Rising Sun in Autumn? Don’t Miss Château Mercian’s Harvest Festival!Every year around October 10th, Château Mercian holds their Harvest Festival over the course of 3 days. You can enjoy Japan-made wine and food to go along with it for a reasonable price. The Wine Festival also features different events.First, you will need tickets. You will receive 5 tickets for 500 yen, or you can buy a set of 10 tickets for 1,000 yen, which also includes a free glass of wine. Buy 2 tickets to get wine glasses you can take home, then buy the appropriate amount of tickets to exchange for wine (the amount per glass changes depending on the wine).Would You Like Some Cheese With That Wine?Buying tickets also allows you access into the popular “World Tapas Corner.” The menu changes annually, but this year they had filling items like steak tips and pizza. One of Kofu’s famous dishes, torimotsuni (鳥もつ煮), goes perfectly with red wine. It’s made with chicken, soy sauce and sugar, which are fried together.The festival also includes wine seminars (extra charge), grape-picking and live music concerts.How to Get to Katsunuma in Kofu, the Home of Château MercianTo get to Katsunuma, we recommend going by train.If you’re coming from Shinjuku in Tokyo, you can hop on the Chūō Special Rapid train and get to JR Katsunuma Budōkyō Station in about 2 hours. If you want to get there a little faster, hop on the Kaiji or Azusa Express trains. They’ll get you there about 30 minutes faster.Whenever using a special rapid or rapid train, note that transfer points and times change depending on the day of the week and time of the year. On a weekday, you’ll have to get off at Otsuki Station and switch to a local train, but during peak seasons, you’ll be able to get there via a temporary express train.There’s also a special train called the Holiday Rapid View Yamanashi. It only makes one roundtrip per day on Saturdays and holidays. You can ride this two-story train without paying the express price; you just need good timing!The winery is 8 minutes by taxi from JR Katsunuma Budōkyō Station.Read also:Tailor-Made Holidays in Japan with Japan Rail PassBuying Paper Tickets with SuicaInformationChâteau MercianAddress: Yamanashi, Kofu, Katsunuma-chō Shimoiwasaki 1425-1Business hours: 9:30 – 16:30Closed: Tuesdays and New Year’s HolidaysWi-Fi: N/ACredit cards accepted: N/ALanguages offered: N/ANearest station: JR Katsunuma Budōkyō Station JR勝沼ぶどう郷駅Access: 8 minutes by taxi from JR Katsunuma Budōkyō Station(On days with special events) 10 minutes by free shuttle bus from JR Katsunuma Budōkyō StationPrice range: Winery Observation (500 yen, 1000 yen, 2000 yen)Phone: +81-0553-44-1011Official website: Château Mercian (Japanese only)last_img read more

ESqUISSE Bread 3 Ginza Shops That Will Make Ladies Happy

first_imgMs. hito is a model who also works at the vintage clothing shop “Grimoire” in Shibuya. Ginza, which is one of her favorite areas, attracts people because one is able to get a taste of the unique suit-and-tie atmosphere not found in other areas of Tokyo.We talked with her to find out more about Ginza. We will introduce a bakery section of a cake & chocolate shop brimming with luxury, a flower shop that makes your life colorful, and a bridal salon to admire and dream about.Read also: Ginza Special ContentsPROFILEhito (ひと)Ms. hito is active not only as a model but also as a staff member at the vintage clothing shop “Grimoire” in Shibuya. She creates her own fashion and lifestyle, receiving a lot of attention and reaching great popularity on SNS. SPOT 1.”Pain d’ESqUISSE for WAKO” at Cake & Chocolate Shop, WAKO AnnexESqUISSE, which is a famous French restaurant rated two stars by Michelin, is a trendy restaurant in Japan.You can eat bread produced by ESqUISSE at Cake & Chocolate Shop, WAKO Annex. This bakery is called “Pain d’ESqUISSE for WAKO.”The croissants, mini baguettes, loaves of bread and other items created by Mr. Kazutoshi Narita, who is the pastry chef of  “ESqUISSE,” are so tasty! Out of the many kinds of bread, the one recommended by Ms. hito is “Pain aux Raisins.” It has rum raisins and almond cream in it.The shop’s message to its customers is:  “An outstanding spot which makes you feel you must stop by during your exploration of the Ginza area”.SPOT 2. KAORUKO Florist Ginza”KAORUKO Florist Ginza” is a flower shop, which makes ideal flower bouquets matched to their receivers. They offer various concepts of flower bouquets which are beautiful, cute, elegant and fresh. If you are a visitor from another country, you can buy it as a gift or for your hotel room, in order to make your travel memories unique and colorful. Choose the best dress for yourself out of the manyYou can get advice for everything related to weddings at Ginza Mitsukoshi 7th Floor Bridal Salon. You can consult with them if you want to have your wedding in Japan, as well as a photo session. You will plan your ideal wedding while discussing with a stylist.You can tell that Ms. hito is already in the right mood as she tried on the wedding dress. She experienced the other services that were offered, which included deciding on a wedding hall, an engagement gift, arranging a meeting to get to know each other’s family, and so on.In ConclusionMs. hito told us that Ginza is the place where you can find things you cannot buy or experience in other places. She hopes that the atmosphere in Ginza won’t change even if the area itself continues developing.We introduced the spots that make you feel glamorous just by being there. These are places that you definitely can enjoy, not only with your friends, but also your significant other.※ This article is reprinted from FASHION HEADLINE (Japanese).Sponsored by Ginza MitsukoshiInformationWAKO Annex Cake & Chocolate ShopAddress: Tokyo Chūō-ku Ginza 4-4-8Hours: 10:30 – 19:30 (Sundays and public holidays 10:30 – 19:00)Closed: IrregularWi-Fi: -Credit Cards: -Languages: -Menu In Other Languages: -Nearest Station: Ginza Station (銀座駅) of Tokyo Metro Ginza Line (銀座線), Marunouchi Line (丸ノ内線), Hibiya Line (日比谷線). 1 minute walk from Ginza Station.Religion: -Phone Number: +81-3-6803-0502Official Website: WAKO※Some of the products will be changed from March 19, 2016 because of a new bread lineupKAORUKO Florist GinzaAddress: Tokyo Chūō-ku Ginza 5-8-3 Hours: 10:30 – 22:00Closed: Open all year around (except for year-end and New Year holidays)Wi-Fi: -Credit Cards: -Languages: -Menu In Other Languages: -Nearest Station: Ginza Station (銀座駅) of Tokyo Metro Ginza Line (銀座線), Marunouchi Line (丸ノ内線), and Hibiya Line (日比谷線). 30 second walk from Ginza station Exit A5.Religion: -Phone Number: +81-3-6274-6021Official Website: KAORUKO florist Ginza (Japanese)Ginza Mitsukoshi 7th Floor Bridal SalonAddress: Tokyo Chūō-ku Ginza 4-6-16Hours: 10:30 – 20:00Closed: IrregularWi-Fi: AvailableCredit Cards: Meitetsu MI card, DC, UFJ, NICOS, JCB, Mitsui Sumitomo, UC, APLUS, Rakuten, JACCS, Orico, Cedyna, life, Nissenren, TS cubic, AMEX, OMC, DISCOVER, VISA, MasterLanguages: -Menu In Other Languages: -Nearest Stations: Ginza Station (銀座駅) of Tokyo Metro Ginza Line (銀座線), Marunouchi Line (丸ノ内線) and Hibiya Line (日比谷線). JR Yurakucho Station (有楽町駅).5 minutes walk from Ginza Station of Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Marunouchi Line and Hibiya Line.5 minutes walk from Ginza-Itchōme Station (銀座一丁目駅) Exit 9 of Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line (有楽町線).2 minutes walk from Higashi-Ginza Station (東銀座駅) of Toei Asakusa Line (浅草線) and Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line by a underground path towards Ginza Station.9 minutes walk from JR Yurakucho Station (Central Exit and Ginza Exit).Religion: -Phone Number: +81-3-6803-0502Official Website: Ginza Mitsukoshi※ Advanced reservation is needed to try dresses on.center_img The colors of artificial flowers brought from all over the world are mellow and delicate.An original flower bouquet called “Swinging bouquet” and Ms. hito.SPOT 3. Ginza Mitsukoshi 7th Floor Bridal Salonlast_img read more

Japanese Encyclopedia Mikoshi Portable Shrine

first_imgYou’re sure to see a lot of snapshot-like sights when you take part in a Japanese festival. This is a mikoshi (お神輿), or portable shrine. An important implement of festivals, it is believed that the deity of the local shrine rides inside the mikoshi.Essentially, Japanese deities are believed to reside within the shrine building that they are connected with. Thus, in order for the deity to be able to leave the shrine, mikoshi are used. In fact, mikoshi are made to approximate the shape of the main shrine building, so it can be said that they are miniature shrines.There are four long poles attached to the base of the mikoshi, projecting forward and backward. These poles are there so that the portable shrine can be carried on the shoulders by festival participants. The Japanese characters for mikoshi include the word koshi 輿, which in old Japanese refers to a palanquin or litter used by attendants to carry people when they needed to travel somewhere. As these vehicles needed a lot of people to carry them properly, they were primarily used by the nobility.During festivals the participants (local residents mainly) carry the mikoshi on their shoulders, much as palanquins were carried, and walk about the neighborhood with the shrine. While carrying the shrine, the carriers often shout out phrases of encouragement or words related to the festival. This varies by festival and region.If you happen to see a mikoshi being carried about during a festival, please keep a safe distance from it and enjoy the sight.last_img read more

All Aboard The Ninja Train The Uniquely Designed Iga Railway In Mie

first_img©Reiji MatsumotoThe Iga railway connects JR Iga-Ueno Station on the Kansai line to Kintetsu Iga-Kambe Station, covering a distance of 16.6 km. Let’s take a trip and learn how to best access this train line, by traveling from Osaka’s Kintetsu Osaka line to the Iga Railway Iga-Kambe Station. ©Reiji MatsumotoThis is the Ninja Train with designs featuring kunoichi (female ninjas) on its exterior. Designed by the renowned manga and anime creator Reiji Matsumoto, famous for ‘Galaxy Express 999’, this train has fascinated many ninja, train, manga, and anime fans. Known as the hometown of ninja, Iga in Mie prefecture, is where you will find the Iga Railway. This historic railway is over 100 years old, and, as you travel through classic Japanese mountain scenery, you can enjoy Ninja Trains with designs you will only find in this area.Not only is it a means of transportation, but the railway itself is one of the highlights of sightseeing in the area. Today let’s take a closer look at the charms of the Ninja Train.center_img ©Reiji MatsumotoLet’s take a look at it from the side. No matter what angle you view it from, the design overall has a great impact.last_img read more

The Organic Food Buffet at Kaemon Asakusa Delicious Vegan Cuisine

first_imgIn Japan, there is a type of cuisine that does not use animal products and follows the beliefs of Buddhism called shōjin ryōri, otherwise known as Buddhist cuisine.Lately, it has become widely popular not only among Buddhists, but also among vegetarians, Muslims and health conscious people.This time we will introduce you to the popular organic dishes offered by the restaurant Kaemon Asakusa Honten. Not only animal products, but they also don’t use any sugar, nor ingredients that enter the category of gokun (*1).(*1) Gokun: Five prohibited vegetables in Buddhism. Scallions, Chinese onions, onions, garlic and chives are part of this category.Read also: Japanese Classic Vegetarian Food at “Komaki Shokudo” in AkihabaraFood Buffet = No Waiting Time! At Kaemon, you can order in a buffet-style.First, pick a set menu at the entrance. The set menu contains either a rice set (1,500 yen) or pasta set (1,500 yen). The main dish is made on the spot by the staff, while the rest of the dishes are offered in buffet-style. The soup and salad is an all-you-can-eat and you can enjoy unlimited drinks, so you can adjust the amount you need on site. This is the rose hip tea. Its gentle scent and bright pink color are very soothing. This burger also doesn’t contain meat at all. To make this patty close to the consistency of meat, they mix sorghum grain, shiitake mushrooms and other ingredients to create a dense texture and flavor just like that of meat.The Drinks and Soup Are Also Organic There are English menus as well, so even first timers are welcome to try.After selecting your menu, go to the counter to pick-up your meal.Fresh Vegetable Buffet At Kaemon the drinks are also made of organic products as well. From coffee to herbal teas, there are plenty of types to select from. The buffet style is great, as you can pick up and taste as many types of vegetables as you like.They also make home made dressing, so do try it according to your preference.Modern Menu Incorporating Traditional Cuisine At Kaemon, you will be able to savor freshly picked organic vegetables every day.center_img The main dishes at Kaemon are standard dishes such as pasta, sandwiches and rice dishes.We especially recommend the enzyme enhanced whole grain rice plate set (1,600 yen). While keeping the traditional aspects of Buddhist cuisine, they incorporated modern ingredients in this dish. If you order the rice plate set, you can change your rice to the enzyme enhanced whole grain for an additional 100 yen.What’s so special about the enzyme enhanced whole grain rice is how the whole grain rice is cooked with red beans and kept in the cooker for two-days to bring the nutrients out. This step enhances the nutritional value of the dish.The chewy texture of the rice is another feature that makes this dish special! Choose from green leaf salads, pasta salads, potato salads, pickles and more! A wide variety of dishes line up on the counter for you to try. When people think of Buddhist cuisine, most may imagine it to be very healthy, but not quite filling.That is why at Kaemon, they flavor and prepare the meals in such a way that customers will feel full while staying healthy by eating fresh vegetables. The soup at Kaemon is also a specialty. Using organic vegetables and mixed grains, you can only savor this special miso soup here.Modern Buddhist Cuisine Kaemon Asakusa Branch is a Halal certified restaurant. In addition to that, the restaurant also has a prayer area for Muslims.While in Asakusa how about stopping by Kaemon Asakusa, which offers delicious organic cuisine to satisfy all preferences?InformationKaemon Asakusa HontenAddress: Tokyo, Taitō ward, Hanakawado 1-9-1 3FHours: Lunch 11:00-15:30Dinner 17:30-21:00 (Last order 20:00)Closed: Tuesday only during lunchWi-Fi: –Credit cards: VISA, MasterCard, UC, DinersClub, AMEX, JCB, China Union PayLanguages: Simple EnglishMenu in Other Languages: English and traditional ChineseNearest Station: Asakusa Station on the Toei Asakusa Line, Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Tōbu SKYTREE LineAccess: 5-minute walk from A5 Exit of the Asakusa Line, 2-minute walk from exit 7 on the Ginza line, 0-minute walk from the north exit of the Tōbu SKYTREE LinePrices: 1,500-2,000 yen (One plate buffet)Religion: Halal, vegan friendly. Muslim praying space available.Phone number: 03-6231-7920Website: Organic Vegan Restaurant Kaemon Asakusa A drink we would like to recommend is this tencha tea.It is also referred to as amacha (sweet tea) in Japanese, but its natural sweetness is very unique. It is caffeine free and very light.Once the hot water turns slightly yellow, that is the best timing to drink it!last_img read more

The Highlights Of Western Tottori Museums Temples And Travel Tips

first_imgPhoto courtesy of: Tottori PrefectureBefore visiting Tottori Hanakairo Flower Park, prepare to be amazed! Apart from spectacular Mt. Daisen in the background, Japan’s largest flower park has much more to offer; throughout the whole year, you can rest your eyes upon 400 various species (and over 2 million sprouts) of beautiful flowers! Since different flowers grow during each season, no matter how often you visit this glorious park, you will never get enough of its scenery – and it takes only 25 minutes from Yonago Station by a free shuttle bus.Tottori Hanakairo Flower ParkAddress: Tottori, Saihaku, Nanbu, Tsuruda 110Website: Onsen Today, let us explore Yonago City, in the western part of Tottori prefecture, to show you the breathtaking nature of this area, with its sturdy mountains and the beautiful, vast sea.The mountain in the photo above is not “the” Mt. Fuji, but its “eastern” counterpart, the ”western” Mt. Daisen. Because of its extraordinary resemblance to the Japan’s tallest mountain, the two are often compared. This area is Tottori’s prominent highland resort, where you can indulge in various outdoor adventures and activities. If you head to the west from Yonago, you’ll find Sakaminato City, which holds the record for the most generous red snow crab and tuna catches in Japan. Here you can also explore the world of manga and anime, by visiting the so-called yokai world, or the world of spirit-monsters, portrayed in the well-known manga and anime series GeGeGe no Kitaro. It is a superb chance to witness and experience the amazing Japanese manga universe firsthand, and it is a recommendation for anyone who is interested in manga, anime, or Japanese yokai stories.Also, since this part of Tottori prefecture is quite close to the “land of Japanese myths and legends”, Shimane prefecture, it would be a great pity not to explore the two prefectures at one go.Take This Route to Get to Western Tottori Photo courtesy of: Tottori PrefectureMt. Daisen is one of Japan’s famous highland resorts, visited by many during each season – in spring and summer you can have picnics or tour around on a bicycle, in autumn Mt. Daisen will fill you with awe at its wondrous autumn foliage, and during winter you should certainly bring your ski equipment (or just ski-talent will do), for a thrilling round of skiing down its slopes.Of course, you can reach it by bus departing from Yonago Station, and it’ll take you about 50 minutes to get there, but for those who cherish a more adventurous spirit, we suggest renting a car for a delightful and “your-pace” trip to Daisen. You might get to witness spectacular sights should you choose driving (and stopping) of your free will.Furthermore, if you get to be in charge of the voyage-timing, you can even drop by the ancient Buddhist temple, Daisenji, built in the 8th century, or even taste some of the highland vegetables, fruits, and other specialties, at one of the local cafes spotted around. It sure does sound alluring and free, doesn’t it?Daisen Tourist Information OfficeAddress: Tottori, Saihaku, Daisen, DaisenWebsite: Ueda Museum of Photography Let us first tell you how you can get to your exciting destination in western part of Tottori, Yonago, in the most efficient way.For those who wish to travel from Hong Kong and South Korea, one direct flight to Yonago’s Kitaro Airport is all that it takes to find yourself in Western Tottori. As for visitors from other countries, you can get to Yonago via Narita or Haneda Airports in Tokyo, or Kansai International Airport in Osaka.If, however, your starting point is Tokyo, Osaka, Hiroshima, Fukuoka, or some other city in Japan, you can choose your means of transportation – by plane, by train, or by bus.From Tokyo to YonagoAlthough we’ve laid out the possible traveling choices if going from Tokyo, our recommendation would certainly be to go by plane.If you take our advice and picked the fastest (airplane) route, book a flight from Narita Airport, Tokyo, to Yonago Kitaro Airport, Tottori. The flight lasts for an hour and twenty minutes, and it’ll take you additional 25 minutes by bus to get to Yonago Station from the airport. If you’d like to visit Sakaiminato first, it won’t take any longer than that either – approximately 25 minutes by bus.Here’s an extra piece of information: you can use the ANA Experience Japan Fare, a special discount fare to any destination in Japan. With this discount, the one-way ticket from Narita Airport will cost only 10,800 yen.If you chose to go by shinkansen (the bullet train), first head to Okayama, where you should change trains to Limited Express (Super) Yakumo, and get off at Yonago Station. It should take about six hours and 30 minutes, and cost around 20,000 yen for the ticket. You could also pick the exciting direct-bound limited express sleeping car train Sunrise Izumo, and make the traveling part all the more fun.From Osaka to YonagoIf you head to Yonago City from Osaka, ride the shinkansen to Okayama Station, and then switch to Limited Express Yakumo. It ought to take from three to three and a half hours, and will cost you about 10,000 yen.From Fukuoka to YonagoIf you are to go to Yonago from the south, say Fukuoka, again, ride the Okayama-bound shinkansen and change trains to Limited Express Yakumo upon arriving at Okayama Station. The time needed to get to Yonago is from four to four and a half hours from Fukuoka, and the fare is around 16,000 yen.From Hiroshima to YonagoIf you’re traveling from Hiroshima to Yonago, take the shinkansen to Okayama, and then switch to the Super Yakumo Limited Express train; it will take about three hours, and cost roughly 10,000 yen.Take the Bus for a Cheaper TicketIf you decide to prioritize the fare, our recommendation is to go by bus.Ride the intercity bus from Osaka to Yonago, and you can expect to arrive after approximately three hours and 30 minutes. The fare is significantly cheaper – only 4800 yen.From Fukuoka to Yonago the travel time by bus is slightly longer, around seven hours and 30 minutes, but the fare is not as pricey – 8700 yen.Or, if you are traveling from Hiroshima to Yonago, you can take the highway bus for three and a half hours, and if you show your passport (non-Japanese only) at the ticket sales counter, you can get your ticket for half price – 1950 yen (discount available until March 2018).Transportation in West TottoriTransportation in YonagoYou’ll find the circular-route Dandan Bus to be quite useful transportation when making your rounds through Yonago City, with a bus fare of 150 yen each time you ride it.Transportation Outside Yonago CityAs for the means of transportation outside Yonago, if you’ve got some interesting-looking places you’d like to check out, you can organize your traveling itinerary with Yonago Station as your starting point – there are plenty of buses going in all directions, for you to choose from.From late April to the beginning of June, as well as in August and October, there is a special circulating bus that can take you to Kaike Onsen and Daisen from Yonago Station – the so-called Daisen Loop Bus. You can ride all you want for one day, by paying only 1000 yen for a ticket! That’s a very reasonable price for bringing you to all those different sights and experiences at your preferred pace, don’t you think?5 Recommended Spots in West TottoriMt. Daisen Photo courtesy of: Tottori PrefectureAt the base of Mt. Daisen, you’ll discover a spectacular world of photographs made by internationally-renowned photographer Shoji Ueda. He was born in nearby Sakaiminato but became famous around the world thanks to his superb photography skills. You can admire his work displayed at Shoji Ueda Museum of Photography, and even get an unforgettable look at the upside-down Mt. Daisen reflecting in the museum’s artificial lake.It is a not-to-missed opportunity for any photography-lover to admire a well-known professional’s work while gazing at the astounding Mt. Daisen – you can even test your own photography skills since there is plenty of wonderful scenery in the vicinity of the museum.Shoji Ueda Museum of PhotographyAddress: Tottori, Saihaku, Hoki, Sumura 353-3Website: (Japanese)Tottori Hanakairo Flower Park Photo courtesy of: Tottori PrefectureTottori’s reputable Kaike Onsen (Kaike spa) is located near Yumigahama, a peninsula connecting Yonago and Sakaiminato cities. If you are in the search of a place to put your feet up and admire your surroundings, you should definitely consider visiting Kaike spa – although the vicinity of Mt. Daisen and Miho Port is already a big plus when it comes to taking in the nature, the fact that this area is listed in Japan’s 100 Most Beautiful Sunset and Sunrise Views ought to give you some idea of the amazing sightings you will experience here.Kaike OnsenAddress: Tottori, Yonago, Kaike Onsen areaWebsite: Shigeru Road and Mizuki Shigeru Museum Photo courtesy of ©Tottori PrefectureThe one thing you just have to try when it comes to West Tottori’s food definitely is the gourmet seafood.You can come by delicious seafood products at Sakaiminato Marine Products Direct Sales Center, where they sell seafood the very same day they’ve caught it. You might want to take a look at Sakaiminato Fish Center too, to get your seafood cut and prepared in front you of at the very spot you bought it. Finally, you can also pay a visit to Nakaura Tairyo Market, for some interesting and delicious seafood souvenirs and other processed marine products.Also, take this opportunity to try out some exquisite kaisen-don (seafood and rice bowl dish), or sushi at the facilities’ restaurants, or the ones nearby.Address (Sakaiminato Marine Products Direct Sales Center): Tottori, Sakaiminato, Showa 9-5Address (Sakaiminato Fish Center): Tottori, Sakaiminato, Takenouchi-danchi 259-2Address (Nakaura Tairyo Market): Tottori, Sakaiminato, Takenouchi-danchi 209In ConclusionIt would be no exaggeration to say that the very charm of Japanese tradition and culture is concentrated in the western part of Tottori, where you’ll find both mountains and the sea, and on top of that – the mystical world of spirits and myths. Since Yonago and Sakaiminato are quite close and very well connected, you should certainly give this area a chance to awe you with the alluring nature and its rich and impressive cultural heritage!For more information please check the official website of Tottori Prefecture: also check out our articles in the Tottori section.Sponsored by Tottori Prefecture Photo courtesy of: Mizuki ProductionsOne of the widely known and much-adored manga artists, who was also an expert on spiritual beings from traditional folk literature, Mr. Shigeru Mizuki, was born in 1922 in Sakaiminato, where he spent his childhood days. He based his immensely popular GeGeGe no Kitaro manga on the stories he used to listen to from the neighborhood auntie, which later on caused the unprecedented spirit-monsters boom to Japan. His manga series has been turned into numerous anime movies over the years.In the vicinity of JR Sakaiminato Station, there is a spirit-monsters’ world laid out along the Mizuki Shigeru Road, with over 170 bronze statues depicting different characters from Mizuki’s manga and anime series. You’ll also find plenty of monster-lookalikes sold at the souvenir shops – some of them are super tasty, and the non-edible, adorable ones, are perfect for gifts to your loved ones.And, at the Mizuki Shigeru Museum, you can see the origins and works of GeGeGe no Kitaro, plus original animation items and other parts of this classic anime’s history.It will take about 45 minutes to get to JR Sakaiminato Station from Yonago. But there is one more wondrous surprise waiting at Sakaiminato Station – should you decide to visit this unique street, you’ll be likely to encounter the charming Spirited Train, with GeGeGe no Kitaro characters drawn all over its cars. Let the monster-train lead your way into this spirited land!Mizuki Shigeru Road and Mizuki Shigeru MuseumAddress: Tottori, Sakaiminato, Honmachi 5Website: Cuisine in West Tottori Western Tottori – General Features and Attractionslast_img read more

Slip 70 Years Back in Time at Shinjukus Memory Lane

first_imgOnly a short five-minute walk from Shinjuku Station’s West Entrance you will find men in suits wandering around with their neckties loosened after a hard day at work. That street is known as Shinjuku’s Omoide Yokocho, or Shinjuku’s Memory Lane. One step into Memory Lane instantly brings the smells of delicious food and alcohol to tickle your nose, accompanied by the lively sounds of people enjoying lighthearted conversation.Memory Lane is an incredibly popular spot for tourists who want to “enjoy a place that feels like the Japanese underground”. Today we will be introducing you to the charm of this shopping street that overflows with remnants of the past, as though time has been halted there for the last seventy years.History Behind the Little-Known Shinjuku Memory LaneNot only is Shinjuku’s Memory Lane filled with bars, it is also lined with a variety of street stalls and restaurants selling tasty treats ranging from Yakitori, kushiyaki (grilled food on skewers), sushi, ramen, yakiniku (grilled meat), and other mouth-watering foods. It has remained this way since it was first established in 1946, directly after World War II. During that time, the street stall owners set up shop with only a wooden panel separating their doors. They mostly sold household goods that helped residents having a hard time securing supplies due to the war.With over 70 street stalls and restaurants lining Memory Lane today, it is hard to believe that the street is only 30 meters (98.4 feet) wide and just barely 80 meters (262.5 feet) long. Although the area has reduced in size with the continuous construction around it, this shopping district marked by street stalls separated by wooden panels is still holding its own today.The street is dyed crimson by the flickering light of nearby Japanese lanterns. The flow of people is endless into the late hours of the night, because the majority of the stalls are open from 4pm until late.What is the Source of the Mouth-Watering Scents Wafting Through the Streets?Seventeen of the seventy shops that line Memory Lane are Yakitori (grilled chicken) restaurants. The juicy smells of yakitori waft through the narrow street, enticing any passersby.There is a surprisingly large variety of yakitori, which is the perfect snack to go with your alcoholic beverage of choice. Tourists can relax and easily order their food, as a number of shops include English menus.Memory Lane’s charm lies in being able to enjoy delicious food, while being entertained by the casual conversations between the regular customers and the shop owners. The cozy environment warmly welcomes any first-time customers and puts them at ease.A modern city landscape checkered by skyscrapers unfolds before you the moment you make your way out of this reminiscent old town street. Being a hotpot of cultures, Shinjuku is brimming with charming discoveries with every visit. Why not take a side detour while you shop and sightsee to have a taste of one of Shinjuku’s many facets, surrounded by the casual ambiance that flows through Memory Lane?InformationShinjuku Nishiguchi Omoide Yokocho (Shinjuku’s Memory Lane)Address: Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Nishi Shinjuku, 1-chome 2Business Hours: Depends on the RestaurantClosing Days: NoneWi-Fi Spots: NoneCredit Card Acceptance: Depends on the RestaurantUseable Languages: Japanese and English (for some of the shops)Multiple Language Menus:Depends on the RestaurantNearest Station: Shinjuku Station (JR Yamanote Line, JR Chuo Line, JR Sobu Line, JR Saikyo Line, JR Shonan-Shinjuku Line, Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line, Toei Shinjuku Line, Toei Oedo Line, Keio, Odakyu line)Access: 5 minute walk from JR Shinjuku Station West EntrancePrice Range: Depends on the RestaurantPhone Number: +81-3-3364-3235Official Website: Shinjuku Memory Lane Official Websitelast_img read more

Soledad OBrien And Rosario Dawson To Speak At Womens Leadership Summit

first_imgWomen and men from across the country will be gathering in Baltimore on May 1-3 for Its Time 2015: The Partnership Summit to Elevate Women’s Leadership.Summit host, It’s Time Network, is excited to announce that Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, Broadcast Journalist Soledad O’Brien, and Actress Rosario Dawson will be among the featured speakers.Rosalynn Carter, the Former First Lady of the United States, has maintained a life-long dedication to issues affecting women and children. In 2001 she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame. She is one of America’s leading advocates for mental health, caregiving, early childhood immunization, human rights and conflict resolution. In 1988, Carter convened the “Women and the Constitution” conference to assess that document’s impact on women. Now, more than 20 years later, the former First Lady again leads the way for women seeking answers on how to be more effective leaders.Rosario Dawson has risen to fame for her work in hit films including Rent, Sin City and Men in Black II. In addition to starring in numerous leading roles, Dawson also lends her time to a range of influential organizations, including The Lower Eastside Girls Club, the Environmental Media Association and Voto Latino, a non-partisan organization, which she co-founded in 2004, that empowers Latino millennials to build a better future for themselves and their community. Dawson was recently awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award for her valuable contributions to the community and encouragement in getting others involved.Soledad O’Brien will be giving the address ‘Investing in girls is the solution to global poverty’ at the summit, as well as facilitating the panel discussion, “Empowering Girls and Women: Backing Research with Resources.” O’Brien has been an example of excellence in women’s leadership both on camera and off. She has been a tireless advocate of creating opportunities for Americans of all backgrounds, especially girls. This has infused her work as a multiple Emmy and Peabody award-winning broadcast journalist, as an executive producer, and as CEO of Starfish Foundation where she works to help disadvantaged young women have access to educational opportunities. Soledad O’Brien has been recognized by the NAACP, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and the National Association of Black Journalists, among others. In 2009, she received the Medallion of Excellence for Leadership and Community Service Award.Carter, Dawson, and O’Brien will be joined by 53 other speakers and panelists at the summit to explore issues relevant to women leaders of all levels, including sessions on “partnership between men and women,” “building a fair economy,” why it makes both business and social sense to “invest in girls,” the complexities of “fair pay,” environmental issues, how to use political influence, and the increasing global presence of women leaders.Some of the most influential organizations advocating on behalf of women and girls are Convening Partners of the summit, including The Carter Center, Women Donors Network, Global Fund for Women, Women Moving Millions, Women’s Funding Network, Let Girls Lead and Girls Inc.“At the summit, women and men will discuss collective action to ensure women’s voices and leadership are included in the most pressing issues of our time,” says Betsy Hall McKinney, founder of It’s Time Network, the summit’s organizer.The summit will begin an inclusive dialogue about women’s leadership across social, economic, gender and racial lines. Says former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, “Times of upheaval require not just more leadership but more leaders. People at all organizational levels, whether anointed or self-appointed, must be empowered to share leadership responsibilities.”The summit organizers are taking the former First Lady’s advice and striving to make the summit accessible for leaders at any stage. Students can attend the full conference $59 dollars, a subsidized community ticket price of $99 for all three days or $39 for one day, and even scholarships are available. To register for the summit or for more information, go to’s Time Network is a growing community of people, organizations and visionary leaders working to advance the full empowerment of women and girls to achieve gender equity, evolve democracy, build fair economies and regenerate the earth. Register for It’s Time 2015 or sign up to join the network in your city at read more

Chinas largest ridehailing firm launches research lab in Toronto

first_imgTORONTO — China’s largest ride-hailing firm has launched a research facility in Toronto, its second in North America.Didi Chuxing says it officially launched DiDi Labs, which follows the establishment of a lab in Mountain View, Calif. in March 2017.The California facility has worked on product development and safety technology for DiDi’s international operations in Brazil, Mexico, Australia, Japan and Greater China.The new DiDi Labs in Toronto will focus on research into intelligent driving and artificial intelligence.It will be led by Jun Yu, who the company describes as a pioneer of China’s consumer app industry and who has been responsible for creating many of China’s leading internet products.The company, which acquired Uber China, offers app-based transportation options for 550 million users, including taxi, bus, bike-sharing, car-sharing and foot delivery. More than 31 million driver use its platform.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

UNsponsored talks on future of Kosovo off to a good beginning –

21 February 2007Discussions regarding proposals for the future of Kosovo have gotten off to a “good beginning” in Vienna today, the United Nations envoy for the future status of the Albanian-majority Serbian province said after starting consultations with representatives from Belgrade and Pristina. “We have opened the discussion on the general principles of the comprehensive plan,” the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Kosovo’s future status process, Martti Ahtisaari, told reporters following today’s initial meeting. Earlier this month, Mr. Ahtisaari unveiled a provisional plan under which the province would have the right to govern itself and conclude international agreements, including membership in international bodies, with an international civilian and military presence supervising the new arrangements and helping to ensure peace and stability.“There are very important elements in this comprehensive plan because it tries to create a society which is more sustainable than the present Kosovo is and gives a better future for all in Kosovo, particularly in the economic area,” Mr. Ahtisaari said of the province, where unemployment is close to 60 per cent.A major point of contention between the delegations is whether Kosovo should attain independence. Serbia categorically rejects independence for Kosovo, a goal sought by many of Kosovo’s ethnic Albanians, who outnumber Serbs and others by 9 to 1.The draft of Mr. Ahtisaari’s Comprehensive Proposal for the Kosovo Status Settlement, however, does not specifically mention independence for the province, which has been administered by the UN since North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) forces drove out Yugoslav troops amid brutal ethnic fighting in 1999.Mr. Ahtisaari acknowledged that he did not expect that “what one party is putting on the table will be accepted by the other side.”But following the meeting where the two parties took advantage of the opportunity to air their opinions on all aspects of the plan, he voiced optimism that there will be some areas on which negotiators from both sides will ultimately agree.“I hope that in some areas there are proposals that might meet the acceptance of both parties,” the Special Envoy said of the discussions which he believes will conclude by early next month. “I think also that both parties are very realistic.”In another development, the UN peacekeeping mission in Kosovo, known as UNMIK, announced today that a special task force has been created to investigate the injuries and two deaths when police used rubber bullets against pro-independence demonstrators, the ethnic Albanian Vetëvendosja, in violent protests which rocked Pristina on 10 February.The newly-established task force comprises 24 investigators from Kosovo’s local police service and from around the world. The team will be headed by an independent special prosecutor from the United States, according to the Secretary-General’s spokesperson.The UN police commissioner for UNMIK, Stephen Curtis, resigned following the incident and was replaced by his deputy Commissioner of Crime Trygve Kalleberg until the formal appointment of a new chief by the Secretary-General. read more

UN tribunal quashes most convictions of former Bosnian Croat general

Tihomir Blaskic, who had been convicted in March 2000 by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), will leave jail on Monday after the ICTY’s Appeals Chamber upheld his application for early release.Earlier, the judges had reduced his sentence from 45 years to nine years after overturning all but three of his 19 convictions for war crimes and crimes against humanity. Mr. Blaskic has been in the ICTY’s custody since 1996 and was eligible to apply for early release.The judges said “an enormous amount of additional evidence” had emerged during Mr. Blaskic’s appeal because Croatia had not cooperated previously and had not opened its archives until after the death of former President Franjo Tudjman in December 1999.Mr. Blaskic, who served as an army commander in central Bosnia during the early 1990s, was convicted of war crimes for ordering the massacre of about 100 Muslims in the Bosnian village of Ahmici in April 1993. The villagers, who had been hiding in the cellars of several houses, were discovered and shot dead. The houses were then set on fire.But the ICTY ruled that, once the additional evidence was taken into account, it was not reasonable to find that Mr. Blaskic had control of some of the forces that participated in the massacre, or that his order to attack Ahmici was issued “with the clear intention that the massacre would be committed.”The judges also said the extra evidence showed there was a Muslim military presence in Ahmici and that it was reasonable for Mr. Blaskic to believe they could launch an attack.The ICTY also overturned several convictions relating to the bombing of a truck and attacks on several Bosnian towns between April and September 1993.But the judges upheld the trial court’s finding that Mr. Blaskic was guilty of illegal detainment and the inhumane treatment of prisoners. He forced Muslim prisoners to dig trenches and build fortifications to use in operations by Bosnian Croats against Bosnian Muslims. The former general also used prisoners as human shields to protect his temporary military headquarters during fighting at Vitez in April 1993. read more

Top administrative sciences scholars headed to Brock

Scholars from around the world are headed to Brock University as Canada’s largest business and management conference is set to be held on campus this weekend.Hosted by Brock’s Goodman School of Business, the annual Administrative Sciences Association of Canada (ASAC) conference will welcome more than 400 academics to the University from Friday, May 24 to Monday, May 27.“We are excited to welcome our colleagues from across Canada and internationally to Goodman,” said Dean Andrew Gaudes. “Conferences like ASAC play an important role in fostering the strong research and innovation culture Canada is developing in this field.”The conference has 20 divisions focusing discussion across traditional business disciplines as well as areas such as social responsibility, tourism and sport management.Goodman Associate Professor of Marketing Eric Dolansky is the University liaison for the conference and says the theme of this year’s gathering is “Harvest.”“The theme was chosen because of the event’s location in Niagara and the importance of agribusiness in Canada, but also because the word harvest can be used in in different contexts,” he said.Conference details:Who: More than 400 business scholars from across Canada and around the worldWhat: Administrative Sciences Association of Canada Annual ConferenceWhen: Friday, May 24 to Monday, May 27Where: Goodman School of Business, Brock UniversityMore details, including the conference schedule, can be found on read more

Six players to watch out for in CPL 2017

Rahkeem Cornwall (St Lucia Stars)Rahkeem CornwallAt 6 feet, 5 inches, Cornwall towers imposingly over most team-mates and opponents alike. His frame may have attracted the inevitable comments, but he has mighty shots to match. Ask the visiting English side against whom he hit 59 off 61 balls, including six fours and three sixes, in a practice match in February 2017.His offspin is more decent than deadly. He topped the wickets charts in West Indies A’s unofficial Tests in Sri Lanka last year, grabbing 23 wickets in three matches at 19.82. He was also consistent in West Indies’ domestic 50-over competition, the Regional Super50, scoring 252 runs at 50.40 to add to 10 wickets at an economy rate of 3.63. His all-round consistency hasn’t missed the eyes of chief selector Courtney Browne but he conceded Cornwall’s “conditioning” was a hindrance to higher honours.Shadab Khan (Trinbago Knight Riders)Shadab KhanAll of 18, Shadab already boats an enviable CV: Champions Trophy winner, the toast of the PSL, and the backing of captain Sarfraz Ahmed and former captain Wasim Akram, who had worked with him in the PSL. He has a deceptive wrong’un, and his unorthodox bowling action – he shapes up somewhat like an offspinner – only makes it tougher for batsmen to pick it. He has already had a taste of the Caribbean pitches, having taken 10 wickets for 75 runs in his first four T20Is this year. His partnership with Sunil Narine in the Trinbago line-up forms an engaging subplot in the tournament. Good luck to the batsmen.Jesse Ryder (St Lucia Stars ) By Deivarayan MuthuKesrick Williams celebrates after taking a wicket CPL/SportsfileKesrick Williams (Jamaica Tallawahs)A member of the Coast Guard in St Vincent, Williams has kept batsmen wary for the past two years. His tally of 17 wickets last season, including an incredible triple-wicket maiden for Jamaica Tallawahs against St Kitts & Nevis Patriots, earned him a call-up to the West Indies T20 squad. He impressed immediately, claiming 2 for 15 on debut against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi in September 2016. Later that year, he was part of the Rajshahi Kings side that finished runners-up in the Bangladesh Premier League.More recently, in his second ODI, Williams denied MS Dhoni at the death and helped West Indies defend 189 with his assortment of variations. He is currently the second-highest wicket-taker in T20Is this year with 14 wickets in eight matches at an economy rate of 6.69. His celebratory antics – the selfiebration run and the page flipper – have made him a popular character, too.Ronsford Beaton (Trinbago Knight Riders)Ronsford BeatonA tall quick with a smooth action, Beaton can consistently hit speeds north of 140kph and bowl accurate yorkers in the slog overs. He was called up to the West Indies squad for the T20Is against Afghanistan at home, but did not get a game. While sheer pace is his calling card, he also has a cool head. In 2014, two nights after conceding a last-ball six in a heartbreaking loss against Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel, he bowled a nerveless last over to stun centurion Dwayne Smith and Barbados Tridents. A strong showing in this CPL could put him on the radar for West Indies’ limited-overs series against England in September. Steven Taylor (Guyana Amazon Warriors) Steven TaylorBorn to Jamaican immigrants and raised in South Florida, Taylor is a bruising opening batsman who lays claim to USA’s two centuries in T20 cricket. In 2015, he became the first player from America to secure a CPL deal when he was signed up Barbados Tridents, coached by his former USA coach Robin Singh. Chances have been limited for Taylor in the CPL, but an injury to Chris Lynn might brighten up his prospects this season and push him closer in his pursuit of representing West Indies. He comes into the tournament, having scored 264 runs at a strike-rate of 93.61 in the Regional Super50 for Jamaica. That he has another string in his bow – offspin – makes him a valuable asset in T20s. (Espncricinfo) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAfter Rashid, another Afghan leggie at the CPLAugust 8, 2018Similar postCPL 2019: Smith seeking redemption with ball for GAWMay 25, 2019In “Local News”Early wickets fail to stop Jamaica Tallawahs romping home against St Kitts PatriotsJuly 17, 2016In “Sports” Jesse RyderRemember New Zealand’s wild child, whose international career has been blighted by a spate of off-field problems? He last played for the country in January 2014. His chances of playing for New Zealand again look grim, but a CPL gig, which follows a stint in the Hong Kong Twenty20 Blitz, gives him an opportunity to show the rest of the T20 world that he still has those powerful short-arm jabs and wristy pick-up shots. Ryder has also been named in New Zealand’s squad for the Indoor Cricket World Cup, which begins in September this year in Dubai. read more