Do the Japanese Sleep too Much in Public

first_imgTokyo Dreams: A Film by Nicholas Barker・”In Japan people sleep a lot more in public than in America. Even if you’re sleeping, nothing will get stolen.”(America, 32 years old)・”People nap a lot in Korea too, but I think people would be surprised by hard working Japanese people taking naps.”(Korea, 26 years old)Tokyo Dreams: A Film by Nicholas Barker・”I honestly think that Japanese people work too hard, and they probably don’t get enough sleep. But managing to get their sleep like this is probably the reason they live long lives.”(France, 45 years old)・”I think that napping in public facilities symbolizes safety. I’d like to sleep on the Yamanote Line sometime. It’s something I admire.”(Indonesia, 19 years old)Tokyo Dreams: A Film by Nicholas Barker・”People sleeping in trains always manage to wake up just before their stop, right? How do they do it? I’ve always wondered.”(India, 28 years old)・”The trains keep perfect time, and never slam on the breaks. The rails are well maintained, too. Safe. The cushions and air conditioning is perfect. I’d take a nap myself.”(Peru, 44 years old)Tokyo Dreams: A Film by Nicholas BarkerIt’s reasonable to say that the reason behind the Japanese habit to nap arises from their diligent character, among other cultural and environmental factors. Have you noticed anything about their napping habits? How do you feel about it? Culture can be found in anything, even something as seemingly ordinary as “napping”.When even the most unceremonious of daily habits and phenomena can uncover cultural characteristics, it can be fun to take on an objective standpoint and take a stroll. There is a particular thing that surprises many people who visit Japan. Specifically, we’re talking about “napping”. People are shocked by the fact that the Japanese frequently nod off in public. What do you think? We asked travelers from far and wide about napping in Japan.last_img read more

Experience Japans Latest Boom With These Three Craft Beers

first_imgWhen discussing Japanese beer varieties, famous names like Asahi Super Dry, Kirin Ichiban Shibori and Suntory Malts spring to mind. However, Japan is currently experiencing a craft beer boom, with small-scale brewers producing increasingly popular beer products. Weizen (two bottles on the left), Amber Ale (in the center), White Ale (two bottles on the right)The most popular varieties are Weizen, Amber Ale and White Ale.Of the three, we particularly recommend the Amber Ale, a beer with a reddish-brown tint that makes great use of the bitterness of hops. With a perfect balance of malt aroma, hoppy bitterness and robust umami flavors, an Amber Ale goes perfectly with steaks, as well as yakitori, sukiyaki, gyudon and other well-seasoned Japanese dishes.People who don’t like bitter beers should try a smooth White Ale or a Weizen. Another option is the Saison du Japon, a very refreshing beer with a yuzu-accented aroma. If you find Hitachino Nest Beer on a store shelf, by all means, try one. Some major locations that stock Hitachino Nest Beer are Seijo Ishii, the liquor section at the Seibu Ikebukuro department store and Lecollier Marunouchi.2. Yoho BrewingYoho Brewing played a key role in kicking off the craft beer boom. Available at Lawson and suburban supermarkets, you can say that it is currently the easiest craft beer on the market to find.Yoho has a lineup of ales that emphasize finely tuned hops levels and aromas. Their unique designs and names – “Wednesday Cat,” “Indian Aooni (Blue Demon),” and “Tokyo Black” – are also eye-catching.The most popular beer in the lineup is the Yona Yona Ale.Pop the cap and you will be greeted with a refreshing, citrusy aroma reminiscent of grapefruit, As a pale ale, Yona Yona Ale has just the right amount of bitterness for drinkers to enjoy. Savor it along with a sauce-drenched croquette or some other rich, strongly flavored food.3.CoedoThe Coedo brewery is located in Kawagoe, Saitama. The brewery focuses on its staple five beer lineup, and also develops other beers with names connected to the colors of Japan. Coedo uses Kawagoe sweet potatoes in the beer brewing process, and offers a varied lineup of beers, from ales to lagers. These days, you may encounter Coedo’s name on restaurant menus and at other establishments that serve beer.Kyara is a linchpin of the Coedo lineup, appearing frequently on supermarket shelves. This reddish-gold Indian pale lager has a fruity aroma like white grape, the bitterness of hops, and a refreshing finish that goes down smooth. It pairs perfectly with a skewer of yakitori covered in sauce, and also goes well with liver and other strongly flavored foods. Coedo beer can be found at supermarkets and Natural Lawson convenience stores.The beers from Japan’s major manufacturers all go down smooth, and you’ll want to gulp yours down. However, craft beers have aromas to savor, and you’ll want to drink them slowly along with your meal. Japan is said to have more than 200 beer breweries, and we’ve only introduced a few here. When you come to Japan, try out everything the Japanese craft beer scene has to offer. Also read:What’s In That Can? A Guide To The Taste of Japanese BeersThe Qualities of Japanese Craft BeerMost beers from major manufacturers are of the refreshing pilsner variety. On the other hand, the craft beers from small breweries are quite diverse, with expanding lineups featuring richly aromatic ales and more. Another point in their favor is their compatibility with Japanese cuisine. In many instances, brewers with a history of producing Japanese alcoholic beverages like sake and shochu now have their own beers, making for high-quality products with deep flavors.Three Craft Beer Brands To Sample In JapanIn this article, we’ll introduce three craft beer brands you should definitely try when you visit Japan.1. Hitachino Nest BeerHitachino Nest Beer is produced and sold by the Kiuchi brewery, located in Naka City, Ibaraki Prefecture, and its trademark owl logo represents exceptional quality known even overseas. With over ten regularly available varieties, as well as seasonally exclusive brews, Hitachino Nest beers are richly aromatic with an invigorating taste.last_img read more

Isosaki Shrine A Wonderful Power Spot In Ibaraki

first_imgCompared to the main shrine, these smaller shrines are quite modest. Behind this shrine is Chagama Inari Shrine which is dedicated to Ukanomitama-no-mikoto.Mitake ShrineIf you go right out the main shrine, at the entrance of the road that takes you out of Oarai’s pine forest you will find Mitake Shrine, a place that is enshrouded in silence. The main guardian gods of Mitake Shrine are Kuninotokotachi-no-kami, Onamuchino-mikoto, and Sukunabiko-no-mikoto. All of them are deities whom the building of Japan and the world is attributed in Japanese mythology. It’s said that there were shrines here from the beginning when Isosaki Shrine was first built. They’re small modest shrines, but the air around them is special, and you are sure to feel yourself surrounded by a refreshing, spiritually charged atmosphere.In ConclusionIsosaki Shrine is a highly recommended sightseeing spot even out of the countless leisure spots within Oarai. You should be able to enjoy a fulfilling vacation by seeing this blessed scenic area and potent power spot. You’ll be able to enjoy the appeals of Isosaki shrine even more by preparing in advance. Please get a firm grasp on this article and the gods enshrined here, and go out on a trip to become wonderfully soothed and recharged. Oarai Isosaki Shrine View Information It is believed that the beach called “The Divine Gate” was built by Omunamuchi-no-mikoto and the other deities who descended upon this place. It’s a mysterious gate built on a rocky stretch washed by rough waves. The views made by the waves and the sky are a must see too.Praying to Okuninushi-mikoto, The God of Good LuckIt is believed that Omunamuchi-no-mikoto is a a powerful god that brings many blessings to human beings, such as fertile staple grains and recovery from sickness, match-making and giving children, as he is known as a god with many wives and children, as well as the blessings of fortune and business prosperity.If you have a great wish or a prayer, come to Isosaki Shrine. This large gate is right in front of Isosaki Shrine, and is referred to as Ichinotorii (The First Gate). It was once a wooden Meiji period-style gate but was rebuilt in 1963 due to corrosion from the sea breeze. The current gate is made with reinforced concrete. It’s 15.6 meters tall and 22.42 meters wide, making its sturdy standing sight a view worth seeing. After you pass through the two gates that protect the Oarai Sea you will come to where Okuninushi-mikoto is enshrined. The main shrine, front shrine, and Sui shrine gates have been recognized as Important Cultural Properties.The Setsumatsu Shrine – Protecting the Rites of Okuninushi-mikotoThere are instances in shrines where they worship several other gods along with the main god whose seen as the main guardian of the shrine. The small shrines that worship these other gods are Setsumatsu shrines and the other branch shrines. At Isosaki Shrine, there are twelve large and small Setsumatsu shrines with gods that have deep relations with Okuninushi-mikoto enshrined in each of them. The Setsumatsu shrines are filled with miracle making shrines. Since you’ve come all the way here, make sure to pray there as well.Yorisugi Shrine and Chagama Inari ShrineIf you make a left turn at one of the gates and keep going straight, a gate will appear on your right. This shrine is Yoriki shrine. It’s a shrine that worships Takeminakata-no-mikoto. Takeminakata-no-mikoto is a deity who is the son of Okuninushi-mikoto. Oarai is a town in Ibaraki prefecture blessed with a beautiful beach and delicious gourmet food, such as angler fish cuisine. It’s known as a popular and first-rate tourist town in northern Kanto region. More travelers have started to visit here since it became the stage for the popular anime “Girls and Panzer”. This time we’ll take a look at Isosaki Shrine, the place responsible for making Oarai popular. A venerable shrine with an amazing view, it’s known as one of the Kanto region’s many power spots (*1). By using Google Street View, you can experience the beauty of Isosaki Shrine no matter where you are. Please take your time and enjoy the scenery.*1 Power spot: a place said to have a mystical power to it, a spiritually strong place; places like the Great Pyramids and Stonehenge.The Mysterious Land Where a Deity Descended @JNTOAccording to a history book from the Heian Period, two deities, Omunamuchi-no-mikoto and Sukunabikona-no-mikoto, descended onto this land in 856. These two deities are the gods to whom the creation of Japan as a country is attributed. It has been passed down that Okuninushi-mikoto who had descended onto this land disappeared into the oceans in the east after creating the nation but returned to this land to save countless people.last_img read more

SmallTown to Downtown Kuramae to Asakusa

first_imgJust a Little Bit More, Once You See ItAs you’re stopping here and there along the way, you can look up and see the “Tokyo Sky Tree” peeking out between the buildings.Stroll along for about 30 minutes from Kuramae station and you can start to see the “Sky Tree”. And once you do, that’s proof that you’re drawing closer to Asakusa. There’ll be a green bridge, called Umayabashi, to the right off of Edo street.The Sumida river flows underneath the green Umayabashi bridge. “Yakatabune”, or Japanese houseboats, have trafficked and supported this area for however many hundreds of years. Marching onward along the riverside road, once you go up a set of stairs, you will come out to the Asakusa crossing. You can feel the difference when you compare the Asakusa streets, bustling with men and women of all ages going about, with the relatively quiet streets of Kuramae. Same downtown, but you can start to see the difference in the tastes of the residents and visitors of these two adjacent neighborhoods.If you’re looking for a more natural, relaxed sort of downtown, Kuramae would be the place. On the other hand, if you’re looking to enjoy some entertainment, Asakusa’s where it’s at. Both are within walking distance of each other. So, if you have time to spare, definitely check out both Asakusa and Kuramae, taking in the different shades of this area known as downtown.InforamtionKuramae StationAccess: Toei Oedo Line and Toei Asakusa Line, Kuramae Station Here and there you can spot some shops and office buildings that haven’t changed their exterior from days long past.This store, “Kakimori”, specializes in stationary. You can peer into the workshop from the window facing the street. They can make original notebooks with paper and book covers using customized designs. You should check this store out when going to Kuramae station.If you get away from the main road, the atmosphere is more like a quiet residential area. Edo street is a main street, and therefore has quite a bit of traffic. But, if you dare to veer off into the road not (typically) taken, you might come across some interesting scenery. A yakatabune could be seen gently making its way on the river; and on it, there was someone reading, while on the inside, there were even some individuals practicing a staged sword fight. If you keep walking down the road, you’ll eventually arrive at Asakusa. The area known as “downtown” does not have very clear-cut boundaries. What’s known as downtown now, (which includes Sumida ward, Arakawa ward, Daito ward, and Katsushika ward) used to be the towns surrounding the castles the shoguns (Japanese generals) lived in.There are a lot of renown tourist spots in downtown, but simply going from one tourist spot to the next is, well, a little boring. You came all the way here, might as well walk around and explore a bit.From Kuramae, Brimming with Locals, to AsakusaFor starters, try walking from Kuramae station, where the Asakusa Line and the Toei Oedo Line meet, towards Asakusa on Edodoori (Edo street).After exiting the subway and coming out onto the surface, you can already hear ohayashi, which is music often played during Japanese festivals. The locals are walking around carrying the omikoshi, or portable Shinto shrine, on their shoulders. That’s not to say that there are non-stop festivals here, but if you’re lucky, you might just run into one.The majority of people walking along the designated route, stretching from Kuramae station to Asakusa, were locals.last_img read more

Sing Your Heart Out In Any Language How To Use Karaoke Boxes

first_imgEverywhere you look in Japan, you will see the word karaoke. It’s no wonder that there are roughly 10,000 karaoke establishments in the country. While you can see the counter from the entrance, it can be hard to step foot inside without knowing how the system works.Well, what is karaoke in the first place? Let’s answer that question, explain how to enjoy karaoke, and introduce some representative spots to try it!Read also:Karaoke – How To Enjoy The Services Of A Karaoke Facility In JapanWhat Is a Karaoke Box?Inside a karaoke box, you can sing along to the backing tracks of your favorite songs without worrying about the eyes of people around you. It can also serve as stress relief for solo singers, and it’s a lot of fun to get loud in a big group. Some karaoke places stay open until the early morning, so you can even spend all night doing karaoke.Any karaoke place, regardless of type, will have at least 100,000 songs available.How to Use a Karaoke BoxCheck InGo inside the karaoke place and tell the staff at reception how many hours you want to stay, and how many people are in your group. There are several plans that vary from place to place, such as a “free time” plan and a plan that counts time in 30-minute increments. Check in before you go inside your room.RentalsMore and more stores offer various items to borrow, like cosplay costumes and mike stands, at the reception desk. Most places will provide these free of charge, so we recommend borrowing some to make your karaoke experience more fun.The Karaoke RoomHead toward the room with the number you were given at reception. Some rooms even have massage chairs. Most places will call you on the room phone when your allotted time is up, so have fun singing karaoke until you hear the ring.Drinks and FoodMost places have drink bars and menus for ordering food. You can get your drinks from the drink bar, and place orders for food using the room phone.How to Use a Karaoke Machine1) Look for a song using the tablet device.2) Choose your language. English, Chinese and Korean are all supported.3) Find your song with the artist or song lookup function.4) Once your search results are displayed, choose the song you want to sing. There is a robust collection of non-Japanese songs, particularly Asian and Western tracks.5) Finally, hit the Reserve button on this screen to load your song.6) Soon after you reserve your song, the background music will start to play. Don’t worry if you don’t remember the lyrics! They are displayed onscreen, so feel free to sing your heart out.When Checking OutOnce the phone rings, get ready to leave. If the place is not busy, you can also request to extend your time. Return anything you rented to the counter and settle your bill to check out.Typical Karaoke SpotsWe’ll take a look at four typical major karaoke chains.Big EchoPicture from the official siteBig Echo has rooms created around various themes, and certain branches have rooms designed in collaboration with artists like Avril Lavigne.KaraokekanPicture from the official siteWith many branches located in cities, and it’s easy to find a Karaokekan, which is part of its appeal. Karaokekan has many karaoke machines available, so you can choose the one you like best.JoysoundPicture from the official siteJoysound locations are fully equipped with items for rent and drink bars. Branches with Joysound F1 machines allow visitors to choose from over 200,000 songs.Cote D’AzurPicture from the official siteCote D’Azur has large rooms that are perfect for karaoke parties with a group. Some locations also have entertainment options like virtual golf.Karaoke boxes have their own unique characteristics, so find the karaoke box that works best for you!You May Also LikeKaraoke – How To Enjoy The Services Of A Karaoke Facility In Japanlast_img read more

Kagawa Diary Guarding The Most Beautiful Sunset Spot In Japan

first_imgA Gorgeous Sunset! 5 Ways To Enjoy Chichibugahama Beach In Kagawa Read also The gathering in June, 2019Mr. Shiota, Mr. Kamoda, Mr. Suga, and other members decided to clean the beach as volunteers. They started to gather on the first Sunday of every month at six to seven o’clock, and pick up the garbage on the beach for a few hours.”The first time we gathered was in February. It was still dark and cold in the early morning. So some of us women brought sweet oshiruko soup for everyone to warm up,” reminisced Mrs. Mori, the wife of an initial member of Chichibu no Kai, with a gentle smile. Picture courtesy of Mitoyo Tourism and Exchange Authority”When we were in elementary school, we didn’t have a swimming pool at school. So we would often come to Chichibugahama to swim. I still remember the delicious taste of mizuame (water candy) we used to eat after a swim. It was in the 1950s”, told me Mr. Kenji Shiota with a smile.Mr. Shiota is a member of Chichibu no Kai (Chichibu Association), a group that has been cleaning Chichibugahama Beach once a month for the past 23 years. Mr. Shiota (right), Mrs. Mori (center), Mr. Kamoda (left)In 1994, there was a plan to landfill Chichibugahama. Apparently, some citizens thought that building factories on the beach would contribute to the economic development of the city.At that time, many seas in Japan were severely contaminated. There used to be garbage all around the beaches.”Chichibugahama was no exception. There was a lot of plastic garbage on the beach. We even saw the water near the sea become red with sludge.”Mr. Shiota was a staff of the local municipality at that time. He discussed the landfill project again and again with his coworkers. One of them was his classmate from the elementary school, Takashi Kamoda, who was now a fisherman, and Isoo Suga, who was a constructor.One day, as they were enjoying a drink together, they remembered their childhood days, which were full of precious memories of Chichibugahama.”Everyone was talking about economic profit around us. But Kamoda, Suga and I felt we needed to express our love for this beach by action, not with words,” said Mr. Shiota.Volunteering to Clean the Beach Chichibugahama Beach – The Most Beautiful Sunset Spot in Japan “The plastic garbage is a problem not only in Chichibugahama or Japan but in the whole world,” stressed Mr. Kamoda.”We are connected to other countries by sea. The garbage thrown away in other countries reaches Japan by sea. So I hope we can work to improve the environment together with people from around the world.”Everyone is welcome to participate in this volunteer activity. If you have a chance to come to Chichibugahama Beach on the first Sunday of the month in the morning, do join the Chichibu no Kai in their efforts to keep the beach clean.In the cool breeze of the morning, cleaning up the beach will be a pleasant experience. By talking to the local members, you’ll find out about all the hidden gems of Chichibugahama. Stunning Art! Setouchi Triennale 2019 – Highlights, Access, And Ticket Information Kagawa Diary – The Hidden Gems Of Setouchi As Seen By A MATCHA Editor Picture courtesy of Mitoyo Tourism and Exchange Authority”I suggest walking on the beach barefoot. The sand of Chichibugahama is really fine,” said Mrs. Mori. “Especially when the waves come in and ripple marks appear on the beach, the feeling is exquisite.”center_img Picture courtesy of Mitoyo Tourism and Exchange AuthorityChichibugahama is famous for its gorgeous sunset. After having been designated the most beautiful sunset spot in Japan by a tourism journal in 2018, the beach is now visited by many travelers from various countries. I couldn’t find razor clams, but there were many small shells in the tide pool.”At times of low tide, we can look for find razor clams on the beach. Just look at the sand carefully. If you find a small hole, that is might be the spot where a razor clam is hiding. Put salt around the hole and they will come out in a few minutes,” said Mr. Shiota.Everyone Is Welcome in Chichibugahama! Read also Mr. Shiota in the beach plant fieldTheir activity has continued ever since, for 23 years. They have been coming to the beach even on snowy days.I asked whether they thought of quitting the work. “Never,” they said. “Because we always enjoy gathering and talking after work.”As they continued the activity, the number of volunteers increased. Nowadays, there are 70 members in Chichibu no Kai, and about 50 people take part in the morning cleaning activity each time.The Hidden Charm of ChichibugahamaMany visitors come to Chichibugahama just to take pictures. “That’s nice. But there are so many other fun things to do on this beach,” said Mr. Shiota, Mr. Kamoda, and Mrs. Mori with a smile. A Gorgeous Sunset! 5 Ways To Enjoy Chichibugahama Beach In Kagawa Glehnia (left) and New Zealand spinach (right)Chichibugahama is a great place to cultivate beach plants such as glehnia (a plant in the carrot family) or New Zealand spinach.Chichibu no Kai holds workshops and events, teaching how to cultivate marine plants on the beach. You can see people taking photos, making sand mermaids on the beach, and just enjoying the soft breeze of the Setouchi Inland Sea.However, the beach was not thought of as a sightseeing spot before. At one time, there was even a plan of a landfill.Plans of Landfilling the Beach Accessing Kagawa From Major Cities And Takamatsu From The Airportlast_img read more

A Walking Guide To Chichijima An Island In The Ogasawara Archipelago

first_imgParallel to the main street lined with inns, you will find the white sandy beaches of Omura Kaigan shore. Isn’t it wonderful to have a lovely beach only walking distance from your inn? There are plenty of coral gardens as well, so it is recommended to go snorkeling and take a peek at them too. Around the shrine is a park and there are four observatories from which you can see the surrounding scenery. 大神山公園 View Informationpark Once you climb the mountain behind the town, you will find the Ogamiyama Shrine. It is a shrine where locals of the island go to worship the Goddess of the Sun, Amaterasu. At the Ogasawara Visitor’s Center, you can learn more about the wildlife of Ogasawara, along with the history and culture of the island. Discover unique displays of endemic species, models of plant and wildlife along with the history of Chichijima Island when it was still a base for whaling. Ogasawara Visitor Center View Informationtravel_agency On the main street of Chichijima Island, you will find a spot called B-Ship. It serves as the front desk of the Ogasawara Village Tourist Association and the Whale Watching Association. Not only is it the main hub for tourists, but you can also get information regarding whale or dolphin watching here. 小笠原村商工会 View Information At walking distance from the marine center, you will find the Tobiuo wharf where many small boats for marine activities park. At Futami Port, you will find the Ogasawamaru boat casting its anchor at the port where the iconic Ao Todai lighthouse can be seen. You will probably see this spot multiple times during your stay. A fun and unique activity that you should try is the Akaba. Here, you will be able to brush a fish’s teeth! Once you stick the toothbrush in the water, the fish begin to gather asking you to brush their teeth. It is fun to feel the brush going against the fish’s teeth. Read also:24 Hours By Boat: Reaching Chichijima And The Ogasawara Islands From TokyoTransportation On The World Heritage Site, Chichijima Island8 Beautiful Beaches Of Chichijima IslandSix Great Aerial Vantage Points From Atop Chichijima IslandMust Do Activities in Chichijima Island! Whale Watching, Snorkeling And MoreWorld Heritage Site Chichijima Island’s Unique Culture And WildlifeGet Information About the Island First You can say hello to the green sea turtle, Mannen, who was born in the Marine center in 2011! Chichijima Island is one of the islands in the Ogasawara archipelago. It is located nearly 1,000 km south of Tokyo and can be reached by ferry from the busy metropolis.Today, we would like to feature some of the sightseeing spots located within walkable distance from the Chichijima ferry port, the Futami port. After a 10 minute walk from town, you will find the Ogasawara Marine Center. It is a small aquarium that has displays of creatures from the surrounding seas of Ogasawara, rivers of Chichijima and Hahajima, and the reservoir lake. 小笠原水産センター View Informationaquarium Inside the building, you will find plenty of guidebooks, pamphlets, and information about tours. You will also find a replica of UNESCO’s World Natural Heritage Certificate.White Sandy Beaches Only Walking Distance from the Inn This is an ideal scenic spot to see the grand panorama of the mountains of Chichijima Island and the Futami port. The path leading there is quite rocky, so it is a good idea to wear shoes meant for walking or hiking in.A Spot to Meet Sea Turtles and See Colorful Coral The current structure of Ogasawara St. George Church was built when the island was under American rule after World War II. You can get the feel of the post-war period around that area.Viewing Spots to see the Mountain and the Sea On the beach, you can find rest spaces and bathrooms, so you can spend time playing in the sea without worry.Tourist Spots in the Middle of Town Underneath this wharf is where you find plenty of branched coral. You can clearly see the fish swim lively within the colorful coral from above. There are cars and boats at work in the area, so if you plan to take a peek in the water, be careful of your surroundings.In ConclusionHow did you like the points of interest around the Futami Port in Chichijima Island? You can easily find a wide variety of natural spots within walking distance of the port. On the days when the Ogasawara-maru ferry stops at the port, only a half-day is available for those wanting to tour around so these spots are highly recommended.You May Also Like:24 Hours By Boat: Reaching Chichijima And The Ogasawara Islands From TokyoHow to Travel in Chichijima Island 8 Beautiful Beaches of Chichijima IslandChichijima Island’s 6 Best Observatories for a Scenic ViewMust Do Activities in Chichijima Island! Whale Watching, SnorkelingWorld Heritage Site Chichijima Island’s Unique Culture and Wildlifelast_img read more

Minamiaizu The Beauty And Serenity Of A Secluded Farming Village

first_imgYou may notice a phallic structure hanging high in the interior roof. According to the museum guide, hanging such a structure from the roof was believed to prevent fires.Don’t forget to stop by the small thatched roof community center behind the museum to relax and enjoy a light snack with some tea and purchase locally produced folks goods and food.Mizuba – A Historical Water Supply MethodAs you walk around Maezawa you come across several interesting items such as the remaining small water reservoir known as mizuba. In the past, there were seven such mizuba scattered around the village. Prior to the installation of public water lines, mountain water that flowed through the village was collected inside of them.Each of these mizuba was designated for a specific purpose such as the water in the very first vat was used strictly for drinking water, the next vat for cooking purposes. As the water flowed progressively lower through the village each vat was used for a task requiring less and less clean water.  One purpose of the last vat was washing diapers.Barikishin – The Guardian Deity Caring for the Souls of Horses Treasured by Maezawa Farmers Minamiaizu is also referred to as “Okuaizu”, meaning the back-country of the Aizu area. This area is located about 200 kilometers from Tokyo. Surrounded by tall mountains, Minamiaizu was an almost inaccessible mountain region and until recently remained relatively secluded. The total population of this vast area is just over 16,000. Feel free to explore the whole interior or even climb to the loft area to see the complex roof structure.  The signs in the above photo indicated that the farming household had paid their taxes for the years 1965-1970. These appear at the entrance to the Maezawa Shuraku Museum. The L-shaped thatched farmhouses developed out of the need to protect horses from the harsh, long cold winters. Horses were a crucial part of Maezawa farming not only to transport goods and crops but also for plowing the fields. The unfloored stable for the horses was at a right angle to the main farmhouse that contained the living quarters as well as a working area. As a result, Minamiaizu’s scenery of untouched forests and rivers is still preserved. Traveling the about the area is a delightful and relaxing experience.You can soak in one of the rustic mountain onsen (hot springs) found throughout the area, try skiing or mountaineering at one of the most famous mountains of Japan, Mt. Aizukomagadake (2,132 meters high).Maezawa – A Village of Farmhouses Preserving 400 Years of Traditions Crossing the bridge spanning the Tateiwa River, look off to your left and you’ll notice a large stone inscribed with three Chinese characters that literally translate to “the horsepower God”. This monument represents the guardian deity of horses and is used to honor and pray for the souls of horses.Such stone monuments are not unique to Minamiaizu. They can also be found in Tochigi and Miyagi Prefectures. Sometimes you might come across smaller stones with the same inscription. They are a memorial offering to a horse that died in the middle of a journey.Observe the Simple Beauty of How Rice Was Milled Centuries Ago Immediately after entering the village you’ll hear the sounds of the water wheel and thuds coming from the small rice milling hut to your right. As water flows from the water wheel it fills the scoop on one end of large wooden pestle which rises and then empties lowering the pestle with a thud. This pounds or mills the rice contained in the large wooden vessel opposite to the water scoop. This thudding sound is even recognized as one of the thirty nostalgic sounds of old Japan.Magariya Soba Restaurant  – Locally Produced Soba Dishes in a Century-Old  Farmhouse One of the highlights of the Minamiaizu area has to be the charming, little village of Maezawa consisting of magariya, old L-shaped thatched farmhouses, still owned by successive generations of farmers. According to historical records, the village was founded between 1592 and 1595 by Aizu warriors. Originally situated near the Tateiwa River it took the name “Maezawa” which literally means “in front of the river”. Later it relocated to its present location. Maezawa has been designated as an “Important Preservation District for Traditional Buildings” by the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs. It is still a working farming village, unlike the extremely popular tourist destination Ojuku village located to the northeast of Maezawa.Magariya – Uniquely Designed Farmhouses To Protect Livestock This magariya building was constructed in 1917 as a private farmhouse but later remodeled as a restaurant. The restaurant is open daily from 10:30 am to 4:00 pm from late April to mid-November.Experience an Old Japanese Farming VillageVisiting Maezawa provides you with a unique experience. The landscape of the surrounding mountains and forest, fields of buckwheat and the rhythmic pounding of coming from the rice milling hut as well as the flowing water from the water wheel takes you back to a different time and place.Why not visit Maezawa in Fukushima for a unique time travel experience? 前沢曲家集落 View InformationYou May Also Like:Remnants of the Edo Era – Ouchi-juku in Minamiaizu, FukushimaKasamori, A Temple That Has Withstood Earthquakes For Over 1200 YearsWant To Adopt An 800 Year Old Rice Paddy? The Charm Of Oyama SenmaidaAbukuma Cave, Fukushima – Discover Stunning Natural Sculptures! Those wishing to travel the off the beaten path and discover a picturesque centuries-old farming village in a remote mountainous region, should journey north to Minamiaizu in the southwest Fukushima Prefecture. Escape the hectic, stressful urban life and enjoy the tranquility of the Maezawa village and its old magariya (L-shaped thatched farmhouses), fields of buckwheat and beautiful flowers.Minamiaizu – Sparkling Rivers and Lush Summer Rice Fields Near the entrance to the village is the Magariya Soba Restaurant serving a variety of soba dishes prepared from the buckwheat grown in the fields surrounding the restaurant.  The museum is an original magariya preserved to provide visitors the experience and feeling of what it was like living centuries ago in Maezawa. It displays is a variety of old farming implements, common items used in daily life of farming families. Maezawa’s current population consists of only about 30 people. Out of the twenty-three buildings, ten are magariya. Most of them are privately owned but one serves as the Maezawa Shuraku Museum. All these farmhouses were rebuilt in 1908 following a major fire.Maezawa Shuraku Museum – A Rare Opportunity to Explore a One Hundred Year Old Farmhouse You can see how years of burning charcoal and wood in the sunken hearth has turned the interior of the loft area a striking deep black.last_img read more

Shaved Ice Specialty Shop yelo in Roppongi

first_imgShaved ice is one of Japan’s special summer features. In the summer, we can experience the real pleasure of shaved ice. But in this article, I’ll introduce to you a shaved ice shop were you can enjoy shaved ice throughout the year.A Fashionable Shaved Ice Shop in the Center of RoppongiThis shaved ice specialty shop just opened in April 2014 and is located near Roppongi Station. It’s only a 2-3 minute walk from the station. The name of the shop is “yelo”.In general, shaved ice shops is opened only during the summer, but this shop is opened everyday throughout the year. Moreover, it’s opened from 11 a.m. to 5:00 a.m.By the way, “yelo” means “ice” in Spanish.The entrance is under the left side of the board. This semi-basement construction is like a secret base, so you’ll be a litle pumped up before going in.The inside of the shop is like a bar. It’s very relaxing. The atmosphere here is different from other traditional shaved ice shops in Japan. There are 6 seats at the counter and 5 tables for 2 people each. Fortunately, it wasn’t crowded when I went.The interior design is a standard red color which is different from the image of shaved ice. The meaning behind it is to feel warm, even in winter, because this shaved ice shop is also opened in winter.Many Flavors and ArrangementsThere are many shaved ice photos on a fan shaped menu.TiramisuCaramelMango lassyStrawberry4 kinds of berryCarrot and mascarponeAvocado and mascarponeChaiMatchaCafe au laitThere are 10 kinds of shaved ice. And what’s more, you can choose various toppings, such as “Almond”,”Oreo”,”Milk jelly”,”Adzuki bean jelly”, and “Tapioca”. It’s a nice treat that you can decorate your own shaved ice.It takes about 5 minutes until your shaved ice is ready. It looks very colorful and rich with flavor.If you eat one scoop,you may be surprised by the texture, fluffiness, and milky taste.The shaved ice with matcha flavor tasted bittersweet but delicate and mild.Mango lassy is a mix of fresh mango juice and yogurt, giving it a light taste so you’ll want to eat it again some time soon.Chai is decorated jelly on the shaved ice. I ordered clear tapioca to decorate it more.After eating it, I enjoyed drinking the melted ice with tapioca.The caramel shaved ice tasted not only sweet, but bitter too. I ordered a 20% alcohol shot and poured it onto the caramel shaved ice. It was delicious. I recommend you to order the alcohol syrup if you feel like you haven’t had enough to drink at night.The Secret to this TasteI asked the shop staff what the secret to their tasty shaved ice was. The shop staff answered, “We pour our original syrup 5 times into the container while making the shaved ice to keep the rich flavor.”And they use pure ice to make it, so we can feel the fluffy and mild texture. Its texture is like more like ice cream than shaved ice.How about tasting a fluffy and cold shaved ice at “yelo” after eating and drinking in Roppongi?InformationyeloAddress:5-2-11 Roppongi,Minato-ku,TokyoTelephone:03-3423-2121Open:11:00a.m.-5:00a.m. /11:00a.m.-11p.m. on Sunday/No holidaysClosest Station:Roppongi StationAccess:4min. walk from Exit A3 in Roppongi StationPrice Range:Matcha 850 yen,Mango lassy 850 yen,Chai 750 yen,Caramel 800 yenOfficial Homepage: read more

Japanese Encyclopedia Sōmen and Nagashi Sōmen

first_imgSōmen are a type of thin noodles made with flour that is favored among east Asian countries including Japan. It is commonly sold as dried noodles in stores, so it can be eaten all year round.However, in Japan sōmen noodles are typically eaten cold, that is why they are enjoyed as a summer noodle dish.Sōmen Is A Must In The SummerAfter being cooked, the noodles are washed in running water to remove the grime, then chilled in cold or ice water before eating. There are times when they are served with warm broth soup or miso soup, but most people eat sōmen with cold men-tsuyu (dipping sauce). Not only is the dish easy to make, but the thin noodles are very light, which makes it a perfect meal for the times when people lose their appetite during the hot summer days.The appeal of sōmen noodles is also enhanced by the ice that is scattered around the noodles. By placing these ice cubes, the noodles are kept cold and not tangled. Due to this custom of putting ice in the noodles, sōmen has been classified as a dish that represents the summer season.The classic men-tsuyu dipping sauce is made with a soy sauce base. But lately one can find other variations such as sesame base, salt base, and even a spicy Asian soup base sauce to enjoy the noodles with.A Fun Summer Event! Nagashi SōmenThe popular summer game nagashi sōmen is frequently introduced as a summer specialty in Japan. A bamboo stalk that is cut in half is propped up at an angle with a stream of cold water running down it; in this water slide-like apparatus, freshly cooked sōmen noodles are sent sliding down. People stand on either side of the bamboo with chopsticks in hand, and as the sōmen noodles come sliding down you must reach out and try to catch them before they reach the bottom. Catching the noodles with your chopsticks can be a challenge, so you will frequently hear people shouting “Got it!” or “Missed it!” while playing and eating. Therefore, nagashi sōmen is considered to be a great outdoor camping activity.Usually, a long and thin bamboo slide is commonly used for nagashi sōmen. However, in parts of Kagoshima and Miyazaki prefectures, they mainly let the sōmen spin in a flat wash tub and call it “sōmen nagashi”. Unlike standard nagashi sōmen, the spinning type doesn’t take up space. That is why the house hold versions of nagashi sōmen machines are commonly the spinning type. Wouldn’t it be nice to spend a summer day casually at home while enjoying nagashi sōmen?Where Can You Try Sōmen?Throughout Japan, there are many types of sōmen with various degrees of firmness and thicknesses. For instance, the Handa sōmen, a specialty from Tokushima prefecture is slightly thicker than the average sōmen. You also can’t forget the firm texture of Shimabara sōmen from Nagasaki prefecture. Another is the somin champuru, a local favorite from the Okinawa prefecture, where the noodles are cooked firm to the bite, then fried. As you can see, you can try a variety of sōmen in various regions of Japan.There are facilities and shops where you can try nagashi sōmen as well. At Chichibu Furusato Mura in Saitama prefecture, you can enjoy nagashi sōmen while being surrounded by nature. You will also be able to experience nagashi sōmen as a “natural experience”, “farm experience” or a “home-town experience”. This activity operates with a minimum of ten people, so why not bring your friends and family along to try this great experience?Funayado, a kaiseki (highly refined Japanese cuisine) restaurant in Chōfu, Tokyo, is also famous for their nagashi sōmen. Within a retro-looking, country-style restaurant, you will be able to savor the nagashi sōmen. This seasonal event begins in mid-June and reservations must be made prior to going. It is recommended that you call to confirm availability. Wouldn’t it be nice to try nagashi sōmen during your next tour around Tokyo?Recommended articlesSummer Staple: 5 Best Places For Shaved Ice In TokyoStave Off The Summer Heat At Five Tokyo Beer Gardens!Enjoy The Japanese Summer Festivals From June To AugustFireworks Festivals Near Tokyo – Enjoy Summer To The Fullest!Japanese Encyclopedia: Umi no Ie (Beach House)last_img read more

Experience Japanese Hospitality at Dormy Inn Ueno

first_imgWith easy access from Narita Airport and countless tourist attractions, Ueno is no doubt high on the list of places tourists consider staying. In this article, we will introduce the Dormy Inn in Ueno-Okachimachi, which is a great place to stay in this popular area.Only a minute from Ameyoko!Photo provided by: Dormy Inn Ueno OkachimachiDormy Inn is 35 minutes from Haneda Airport, and 45 minutes from Narita. Ameyoko, the best shopping district in Ueno, is only a minute away. But that’s not all.Also see: Join the discount sale at Ame-yoko, where you can feel the spirit of old shopping streetThe top-floor soft water bathPhoto provided by: Dormy Inn Ueno OkachimachiOn the twelfth, and highest floor, has a large bath area, called “Kachinoyu”.  The water used in the tub is their “super-“soft water (water has a very low calcium and magnesium). It has moisturizing, skin-healing effects, and helps prevent you from getting chills when you get out.You can see the Tokyo Sky Tree from the men’s bath.Photo provided by: Dormy Inn Ueno OkachimachiThe services offered differ between the men’s and women’s baths. In the women’s, there is the “fruit bath” (5am-10am from Thursday to Sunday), where seasonal fruits are placed in the tub. In the men’s bath, there are blocks of Japanese cypress(*1), which fill the room with their aroma.*1…Japanese cypress is known for the quality of its aromaBy the way, you can only enter the men’s bath with a card key, and the women’s bathroom requires a password. Security is tight; you can’t get in without swiping your card on the reader.The cards can also be used in the elevators; only guests can access any of the hotel’s services.The popular yonaki soba and onigiri smorgasbordPerfect for a late-night snack – yonaki sobaPhoto provided by: Dormy Inn Ueno OkachimachiThe yonaki soba service is one of the things that Dormy Inn is famous for. Between 21:30-23:00, one free serving of soy sauce ramen is offered to each customer.The onigiri smorgasbordPhoto provided by: Dormy Inn Ueno OkachimachiTheir breakfast menu is unique as well. With tons of fillings, and a new miso soup every day, as well as Japanese sides, breads, salads, and desserts, the breakfast smorgasbord is fantastic.Not only do you get your dose of “Japan”, in the morning, but it’s also a great way to stock up on energy for the day.The RoomsPhoto provided by: Dormy Inn Ueno OkachimachiFirst, the double rooms. The hotel is packed with surprises that fulfill all the little needs you may have, like: lending phone chargers and plug adapters at the front desk, having multi-lingual support, and free wifi.Photo provided by: Dormy Inn Ueno OkachimachiThis is a single room. The beds have comfortable, Serta-made mattresses.No need for JapaneseThe Dormy Inn employs staff that can help you in English, Chinese, and Korean. They wear badges on their left breast to display which languages they can speak. You can tell who speaks what, at a glance.Inside, everything is written in English, so no Japanese skill is necessary.At Dormy Inn, you can enjoy your stay with the same level of comfort as your own home. Come and experience Japanese hospitality.InformationDormy Inn Ueno-OkachimachiAddress: 6-7-22, Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo-toTelephone: 03-5807-5489Nearest Station: Okachimachi Station, Naka-Okachimachi, all Ueno StationsAccess: 5-minute walk from Okachimachi Station North Exit7-minute walk from the Hirokoji exit of JR Ueno Station1-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Ginza Line Hirokoji Station, Exit A81-minute from Toei Oedo Line Ueno-Okachimachi Station, Exit A81-minute from Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line Naka-Okachimachi Station, Exit A8Parking Lot: None AvailablePricing: ¥7,990-13,000 for a Single (only one customer )¥10,990-20,000 for a Semi-Double (for two)¥15,990-22,000 for a Double (for two)*Prices are subject to change depending on the time of the yearCheck-in: 15:00Checkout: 11:00Accepted Credit Cards: Major cards accepted (Ginren is not accepted)Official Website: Dormy Inn Ueno-Okachimachi (Japanese)last_img read more

The Glass Tea House – On Display In Kyoto Until September 2017

first_imgTea ceremony is an art born out of the appreciation of nature and its cycles. In the summer, the sound of the clear water used to prepare the tea, the water patterns on the tea containers, and the fresh leaves and flowers placed in a vase in the tea room help make the heat of the season bearable. KOAN doesn’t have walls to hang scrolls suggesting the season on, nor does it have a space for placing freshly cut flowers. Instead, through its glass walls, the entire surrounding environment can be seen and enjoyed. The floor of the tea room is made of thick glass with a design that reminds one of flowing water, the essential ingredient and element in tea ceremony.The glass tea room is an ambitious endeavor to remove the boundaries between the space inhabited by humans and the natural environment. It also makes possible a direct experience of “time” – of the times of the day, and of the changing seasons.Moreover, the glass structure works as a prism for light. At a certain time of the day, when a ray of sunlight passes through the glass prism on top, the light fills the room with the colors of the rainbow. This is when the “space” of the tea room transforms into “time”.KOAN has been born out of a meditation on the functions of space in a tea room through the perspective of contemporary design for whom time is just another dimension in which architecture can expand.From Kyoto to the World In April 2015, KOAN was displayed publicly in Kyoto at Seiryuden, a hall belonging to Shoren-in Temple.The choice of place was not aleatory. Seiryuden in located on top of a hill called Shogunzuka. It is on this hill that the history of Kyoto as the ancient capital of Japan began.According to a legend, around the year 794, when Emperor Kanmu who was ruling the Japanese state of that time, was looking for a new location for the state’s capital, he happened to reach this hill on one of his excursions. Enchanted by the view from atop the hill, he decided to move the capital from Nagaoka to this area. This was the beginning of Kyoto as the capital of Japan.It is said that the emperor ordered for a statue of a military general to be built and buried under this hill so that it should protect the capital from invaders and evil forces. It is for this reason that the hill bears the name Shogunzuka (“The Mound of the General”).The glass tea house itself was conceived from an inquiry about the origins of Japanese culture. That is why there was no other place more appropriate than the Shogunzuka Hill to display this work of exquisite glass architecture.Why Did It Have to Be a Tea Room out of Glass? In the winter, a small branch of plum tree placed in the tea room and the sound of boiling water make the guests’ feelings unite in the expectation of spring. A poignant awareness of the seasons permeates every gesture and every thought of those gathered in the tea room. WiFi Not Available Accepted Credit Cards You May Also LikeView the Exquisite Glass Tea Room KOAN in KyotoKyoto Complete Guide: Travel Tips, Sightseeing, Festivals and More!Enjoy Kyoto To The Fullest! A Two-Day Sightseeing Itinerary Website Glass Tea House KOAN Not Available The Glass Tea House KOAN – SeiryudenView Map Nearest station Keage Station (Tozai Line) The glass tea house KOAN, a project by designer Tokujin Yoshioka, has been on display on the grounds of Kyoto’s Shoren-in Temple since April 2015.The exhibition will end on September 10th, 2017. If you’d like to see this exquisite artwork with your own eyes, do visit Shoren-in this summer.What Is the Glass Tea House?The concept of the glass tea house KOAN (“The Shelter of Light”) has been made public for the first time at the art exhibition Glasstress 2011 during the 54th edition of the Venezia Biennale. It took almost five years for the tea house to be built according to the initial design. View InformationThe Glass Tea House KOAN – Seiryuden {“map_code”:{“pin”:[{“title”:”\u4eac\u90fd\u5e9c\u4eac\u90fd\u5e02\u5c71\u79d1\u533a\u53a8\u5b50\u5965\u82b1\u9ce5\u753a28″,”code”:”35.0022318, 135.78744159999997″}],”center”:”35.0017984, 135.7876361″,”zoom”:”14″,”latitude”:”35.0022318″,”longitude”:”135.78744159999997″}} Address Kyoto, Yamashina ward, Zushi okukacho 28 (Shoren-in Temple, Shogunzuka, Seiryuden Hall) Access 5 minutes by taxi from Keage Station; 20 minutes by taxi from Kyoto Station; 30 minutes on foot from the Gate Ruins of Shoren-in Temple (mountain path) Business Time 9:00 – 17:00 (last entry at 16:30) The glass tea house KOAN can be viewed on display on the grounds of Seiryuden only until September 10th, 2017. Afterward, it will be displayed in various places around the world.If you visit Kyoto this summer, do make a trip to the top of Shogunzaka Hill and see KOAN with your own eyes. Seeing this very special work of architecture in the natural environment that has inspired the culture of tea ceremony and the glass room itself is an experience that you shouldn’t miss out in Kyoto, the birthplace of Japanese culture.last_img read more

Tsurugajo Castle In Fukushima Access And Highlights

first_imgThe tenshu of Tsurugajo is five stories high. The red roofing against the white walls makes this castle very distinctive. The red roofing was made using a glaze on the surface before baking. It was specially made in order to bear the harsh winters of Fukushima.The inside is a local museum and displays of documents recording the history of the castle and Fukushima can be seen here all year round.Seasonal Events at Tsurugajo (2017)April-May: Tsurugajo Cherry Blossom Festival On the castle grounds, you can see performances with Japanese drums and children carrying a mikoshi or portable shrine. During this time, you can also enjoy the wonderful scenery at night when the castle and cherry blossoms are illuminated.Read also:Cherry Blossom Viewing At Two Castles In FukushimaSeptember: Aizu Festival What is Tsurugajo (Wakamatsujo)?Tsurugajo is a castle located in Wakamatsu city, Fukushima in the Tohoku region of Japan. It is also known as the Aizu Wakamatsujo or the Wakamatsujo from its location. After many reconstructions since the fourteenth century, the castle came to a completion around the seventeenth century.After its completion, it managed to survive the Tohoku earthquake in 1611 and the Boshin War that broke out from 1868-1869. The Boshin War was a battle between the emperor who wished to make a new world and the forces of the Edo shogunate who wished to keep the samurai world. Tsurugajo managed to survive the attacks of the shogunate and was then referred as the indestructible castle.Time passed and the castle was torn down during the Meiji Restoration (*1) but was then rebuilt to its original state from the seventeenth century after 1965. The tenshu (*2) with its red roofing became its highlight and the castle along with the surrounding areas has become the nation’s historical spot.In this article, we would like to feature Tsurugajo, its highlights and access methods.*1 Meiji Restoration: after the Edo shogunate was defeated, the revolutions that occurred until the birth of the Meiji government.*2 Tenshu: the highest castle tower built in the castle grounds. Also known as the symbol of the castle.Basic Information on TsurugajoTsurugajo is open from 8:30-17:00 every day. Entry is until 16:30 and is open all year.Entry fee is 410 yen for adults, 150 yen for elementary and middle school students.Joint tickets that also includes entry to the castle and the cultural asset, the Chashitsu Rinkaku (tea ceremony space) is 510 yen for adults in high school and above. Entry to the Chashitsu Rinkaku is free for students in elementary and middle school.Access to TsurugajoIn order to get to Tsurugajo from Tokyo, get on the Yamabiko shinkansen from Tokyo Station bound for Sendai and get off at Kunsan Station. At Kunsan Station, get on the Limited Express Banetsu West Line bound for Aizu Wakamatsu and get off at Aizu Wakamatsu Station. It takes approximately three hours including transfers and waiting time. For an unreserved seat, it costs 8760 yen one way. From Aizu Wakamatsu Station, take the city loop bus, Haikara-san, and get off at the Tsurugajo Iriguchi stop. The bus costs 210 yen and from the bus stop to the castle it is about a five minute walk.Highlights of TsurugajoTenshucenter_img Around the end of September, in the surrounding areas of Tsurugajo, you can see a parade of local dancers performing with flutes and drums called the Aizu Bandai Yama Odori. The main highlight is the Aizu Bandai Gyoretsu where nearly 500 people parade around wearing outfits from the Edo period. It is an impressing sight to see crowds of people parading out of Tsurugajo to the city.last_img read more

Enjoy Tottoris Crafts And Fruit 7 Charming Places Reachable By Bus

first_imgThe first floor houses the owner’s personal collection of European pottery and furniture. On the second floor there is a pottery collection on display. View InformationMikaen Farm {“map_code”:{“pin”:[{“title”:”1206 Fukubech\u014d Yuyama Tottori-shi, Tottori-ken 689-0105″,”code”:”35.5404946, 134.2506611″}],”center”:”35.5404946, 134.2506611″,”zoom”:”11″,”latitude”:”35.5404946″,”longitude”:”134.2506611″}} Tottori – The City of Traditional Crafts and Fruit Business Time 9:00 – 17:00 Tottori Toshogu Shrine was established by Ikeda Mitsunaka, lord of Tottori province and great-grandson of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the ruler who founded the Tokugawa shogunate, which brought peace to the country after centuries of internal conflicts.The shrine enshrines the soul of lord Tokugawa Ieyasu, being a branch of the Nikko Toshogu Shrine. Tottori is famous for its high-quality pears and persimmons. The Japanese pears are round in shape and very juicy.If you visit Tottori at the beginning of fall, we strongly recommend visiting a local orchard and taste some fresh pears. Discover The Irresistible Charm Of Tottori City! A Two-Day Itinerary From Osaka Let’s Explore Tottori with the 3-Day Unlimited Bus Ride Ticket!To make to most out of your Tottori trip and visit all the beautiful places in the city, we recommend moving around by car or by bus.If you opt for the bus, consider using the very convenient Tottori-han Noriai Bus Norihodai Tegata. This three-day bus ticket is priced at only 1,800 yen (tax included) and allows users to ride the Tottori City buses how many times they want. You can choose between a wooden ticket or card ticket. We highly recommend the wooden ticket as it becomes a great keepsake from your trip.The Tottori-han Noriai Bus Norihodai Tegata is available in three versions for each of the three regions of Tottori Prefecture. In Tottori City, it can be purchased from Tottori Station Bus Terminal, the Tourist Information Center (Tottori Station), Hinomaru Bus Tottori Office and Tottori Airport.For bus routes and timetables, please refer to this page about the Tottori-han Noriai Bus Norihodai Tegata and this page on the Tottori City buses (Japanese only).Now let’s explore Tottori’s charming sightseeing spots by area.Tottori City Center1. Toshogu Shrine and Ochidani Park Address Tottori Prefecture, Tottori City, Fukubecho, Yuyama 1206 Website (Japanese) Tottori Travel Guide: From Sand Dunes To Local Cuisine And More! This museum will surely put a smile on your face. Make sure to plan in some extra playtime when you visit. Warabekan Toy and Children’s Songs Museum View Informationmuseum3. Jinpukaku and the Ruins of Tottori Castle Price Adults 1000 yen, Children 400 – 800 yen (depending on age) If you go to Tottori, get your fill of juicy Japanese pears! The exhibits on the first floor include traditional Japanese children’s songs, an old playground and even a classroom from one hundred years ago. Feel free to sit down at one of the classroom tables and enjoy the atmosphere of the old days. Mikaen Farm is one of the most popular places for pear picking in Tottori. The best timing to pick pears is between August and September but some types of pears are still available for picking until mid-November.Instead of using harsh chemicals, Mikaen Farm grows their pears in small paper bags to protect them from dust and keep them bug-free. Nakaigama is one of the longest existing pottery studios in Tottori. The items are still prepared with the utmost care as they were many centuries ago. WiFi Not Available Washi is traditional Japanese paper. The Aoya Washi Studio specializes in Inshu Washi, one of the oldest types of Japanese paper. They offer exhibitions showcasing many different figurines made of washi, even small people and animals. Mikaen FarmView Map Tottori’s traditional folk craft pottery uses three colors in its craft: black, green and white. Using these three colors, a great variety of patterns and combinations are created. The third floor features an exhibition of vintage and modern toys. Toys from all over the world can be found here. Most of these toys are encased behind glass but there are a couple of toys on display on the tables to play with as well. The Tottori Castle was constructed in a way to allow its lord to oversee the province. At the moment, only the ruins of it have remained on the hill in the city. Accepted Credit Cards If you have some extra time, we highly recommend trying the papermaking workshop. Depending on the size of the paper you want to make, taking part in this workshop costs between 300 and 500 yen (including tax). One of the options available is to make an original lampshade out of the washi you’ve made yourself. Nearest station Tottori Station The second floor is a playroom. You can play freely with most of the toys on display. A play corner for children is also provided.Adults might find here toys that they used to play with when they were younger. You will probably find yourself playing with the toys and teaching childhood games to your friends and family in no time. Aoya Area5. Aoya Washi Studio – Make your Own Traditional Japanese Paper Making your own Japanese paper from start to finish is a fun and unique experience and will surely make for a very special souvenir from your trip! Aoya Japanese Paper Workshop View InformationmuseumstoreKawahara Area6. Nakaigama Pottery Studio – Traditional Tottori Folk Crafts If you are hungry, make sure to visit Tea Room Hana, the cafe named after the cute dog that guards the Iwaigama store. At the cafe, they serve home-cooked meals and delicious drinks using Iwaigama pottery items. The studio and shop are located in the adjacent building and here you can purchase handmade Iwaigama pottery items.Iwaigama pottery has a stylish, contemporary design and it can be used in daily life. You can find unique items such as small milk pots alongside more traditional Japanese items like chopstick holders. The Aoya Washi Studio is located further up in the mountains. Telephone number 0857-75-2175 The shrine is surrounded by the lush green forest of Ochidani Park. The sight of plum blossoms can be enjoyed in the park in spring while in the summer, many people visit here to watch the fireflies. This wonderful power spot will surely enchant you with its beauty and tranquility. Tottori Toshogu Shrine View Information2. Warabekan Toy and Children’s Songs Museum – Fun for the Whole Family If you decide to visit Iwaigama, don’t forget to greet adorable Hana herself. She is an Akita dog, the same breed as the famous loyal dog Hachiko. Iwaigama Craft Hall View InformationPlay, Create and Explore in Tottori!There are so many things and areas to explore in Tottori City. If you visit for the sand dunes, how about spending a few leisurely days in Tottori City exploring the area’s famous spots and hidden gems? It will surely become a memorable trip.You can find other exciting destinations on the official homepage of Tottori Prefecture:, don’t forget to check MATCHA’s special feature on Tottori Prefecture!Read also Tottori is a prefecture full of charming sightseeing destinations located in western Japan. Stretching over a vast area along the coast of the Sea of Japan, Tottori is especially famous for its unique landscape including sand dunes, crystal clear waters, and outstanding rock formations.While destinations such as Mt. Daisen, Kurayoshi, which is famous for its traditional streets, and Misasa Onsen are all-time favorites of domestic and international visitors, Tottori City itself has very much to offer when it comes to sightseeing.After you’ve visited the Sand Dunes and Uradome Beach, how about exploring the lesser known beautiful places in Tottori City? In and around the city, there are places where you can see the beautiful local traditional crafts, historical buildings, as well as farms where visitors can enjoy fruit picking!In this article, we introduce must-visit spots and fun activities that can be enjoyed in various areas of Tottori City. All these areas can be reached using the local bus network.Read also Nakaigama Pottery Studio is the place you should visit if you want to see more traditional Tottori pottery. Iwaigama is a pottery studio located in Iwami, an area neighbouring Tottori City. This is another type of pottery that Tottori takes pride in. The owner of Iwaigama has been making pottery for fifty years. You can’t purchase the pieces on display, but you can have a look around in their gift shop instead. Here you can find ready-made items such as washi postcards or earrings as well as do-it-yourself items such as lampshades. Most of the items on display here are on sale and even visitors from all over Japan come to Nakaigama to buy truly traditional pieces. Why not take a traditional piece of pottery as a keepsake from Tottori that you can enjoy daily? Nakaigama Pottery Studio View InformationIwami Area7. Iwaigama – Stylish Tottori Pottery Once you reach the shrine grounds, first pay your respects at the main hall. After paying the entry fee, enter the orchard and you’ll be given a plate and a small knife. All you have to do is to pick your favorite pear and start eating. For one hour you can eat as many pears as you want. It is possible to take some pears home with you as well for a small extra charge. The Charms Of Eastern Tottori – Beautiful Places, Cuisine, Access And More! Access About 21 minutes by bus from Tottori Station. Take a bus on the Iwai Line and get off at Hamayuyama bus stop. Not Available Written by Chiara MischkeSponsored by Tottori Prefecture Tottori Prefecture: Access From Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka And Hiroshima At the Warabekan Toy and Children’s Songs Museum you can let your inner child have some fun. This museum is charming archive of children’s songs, toys and playgrounds. It is a great place for both young and old. On the grounds of the castle’s ruins, you can also find Jinpukaku. A French Renaissance style building constructed in 1907, Jinpukaku was the first residence in Tottori to have full electricity which was seen as very progressive at the time.Jinpukaku used to be the venue for diplomatic meetings and local gatherings. It is a part of Tottori’s history and a very popular sightseeing spot. Tottori Castle Ruins View InformationFukube Area4. Mikaen Farm – Eat as Many Fresh Pears as You Want!last_img read more

GardenTerrace Cafe Enjoy Drinks And A Foot Bath In Yokohama

first_imgWelcome to Yokohama’s Chinatown, to the hustle and bustle of Chinese restaurants and souvenir shops. It is a well-known and widely loved tourist spot for discovering the Chinese spirit and delicacies while in Japan, and it is easily accessible especially if visited from Tokyo.And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better (considering the special atmosphere and the gourmet food), here we are to introduce a very peculiar and wonderful place – a café, where you can enjoy some ashiyu (foot baths) while sipping your favorite drink. The name of this unique café is Garden-Terrace Café, and it is located on the 3rd floor of Yokohama Hakurankan. It takes only 100 yen apart from one’s meal or drink charges, and anyone can take their time to relax at this café while soaking their feet.Read Also:Chinatown In Yokohama: The Biggest In JapanJapanese Encyclopedia: Ashiyu (Foot Bath)Momi No Yu Cafe, Ueno – Enjoy The Blessings Of A Hot Spring!You can find Yokohama Hakurankan on Yokohama Chinatown’s Main Street. Other than enjoying your time at Garden-Terrace Café on the 3rd floor, you can also pay a visit to the 1st floor and perhaps find some interesting and memorable souvenirs at the Yokohama Hakurankan Market. Also, you can witness the manufacturing process of the famous Japanese sweets Baby-Star Ramen at Baby-Star Land situated on the 2nd floor of Yokohama Hakurankan.But first, let us lead you to the café – ride the elevator located at the left side of the front entrance of the building.Remember – our destination is located on the 3rd floor!Payment Comes First! Head to the CounterAs soon as you set foot on the 3rd floor, you’ll probably notice the entrance to the Garden-Terrace Café. First, head to the counter to place your order and pay for it on the spot. You might notice the variety of Chinese teas and a lavish assortment of sweets you can choose from. Some of the no.1 products, loved and relished by many visitors, are the tapioca milk tea (480 yen after tax), and the Cremia soft serve (540 yen after tax).Visitors who would like to take this remarkable opportunity to bring joy to their feet by using the ashiyu, should ask the café staff about it and pay the additional 100 yen (towel fee included) beforehand.Also, if you’re not in the mood for drinking or eating, you can choose the ashiyu service only, and spend some quality time hot-water bathing your feet.Chinese Ambiance Combined With Yokohama’s Japanese SweetsThe first thing to capture your attention ought to be a gigantic picture of a bright red goldfish on the wall facing the door. The sunlight making its way through the windows and into this magical Chinese ambiance makes this cafe a truly liberating space to spend your time in.This time, we picked Keemun, a well-known Chinese tea brand, and one of the sweet delicacies Yokohama is famous for – Ariake’s Harbour. Harbour is a type of Yokohama confectionery, distinguished by the illustration by the respected illustrator Mr. Ryohei Yanagihara, depicted on its packaging. You can treat yourself (or your beloved ones) to this exclusive, sweet little treasure at the souvenir corner on the 1st floor.So, don’t hesitate and head to this lovely café on a bright, sunny day, to enjoy some peaceful moments drinking tea in a greenery-rich garden.If the ashiyu is what you’re searching for, you’ll find it at the right corner of the garden. But, make sure you take good care of your personal belongings while soaking! Also, it is important to remember your manners, especially if there are many people waiting their turn to enjoy the foot bath. And, one more thing – the towel you used while soaking your feet, you get to bring home with you!Just imagine how relaxing it must be to feel the warmth overflowing your body while gazing at the tranquilizing greenery filling in the terrace. Both the garden and the café ought to bring a bit of the marvelous Chinese traditional atmosphere into your day – just what you might have expected of the reputable Yokohama Chinatown.Grab this one-of-a-kind opportunity to relish some delicious tea while giving your feet the best treatment for only an additional 100 yen. It ought to be a blissful holiday for your feet (which may be tired from all that walking), and your other senses, to enjoy the delicacies and the greenery of Garden-Terrace Café.InformationGarden-Terrace CaféAddress: Yokohama, Naka, Yamashita 145 Yokohama Hakurankan 3FHours: Mon-Fri 10:30-17:30, weekends/holidays 10:30-18:30Closed: NoneWiFi: NoneCredit Cards: NoneLanguage: JapaneseMenus/Pamphlets in Other Languages: NoneNearest Station: Ishikawacho Station (JR Keihin-Tohoku and JR Negishi lines; Chukagai Station (Tokyu Toyoko and  Yokohama Minatomirai Motomachi lines)Access: 8-minute walk from Chukagai Exit of Ishikawacho Station; 5-minute walk from Exit 2 of Chukagai StationPrice: up to 999 yenPhone: 045-640-0081 (Yokohama Hakurankan)Website: Yokohama Hakurankanlast_img read more

Japanese Encyclopedia Nerimono Fish Paste Products

first_imgNerimono (練り物) are foods that have been made from the minced and pressed meat of oceanic white-fleshed fish (such as snapper, pollock, flounder). These foods have a distinctive, slightly springy texture to them.From: Wandering Around with MATCHA Editorial BoardWhat’s a Good Example of a Nerimono? The white item on the back of this dish is the nerimono hanpen.From: Explore with Osōzai: The Yanaka Sendagi AreaThough the ingredients and soup base may differ region to region, almost everyone can agree that oden just isn’t oden without hanpen and chikuwa steeped in the flavors of the broth. Chikuwa is a great side dish to Japanese sake, where it is often served in thin slices with soy sauce and wasabi to dip it in. It’s also loved by children especially when the central hole of the chikuwa is filled with cheese. There are many types of sasa kamaboko and satsuma-age made from premium ingredients, making these two forms of nerimono quite popular as souvenirs.There are places all across Japan that are well-known for their unique types of nerimono. From Odawara in Kanagawa prefecture, to Kagoshima prefecture, the majority of these places are port cities or sites with large fishing harbors. Because these cities have access to good quality ingredients, the nerimono available there are considered to be impeccable souvenirs, not to mention delicious.Please try some of the great nerimono dishes when you visit Japan.Recommended articlesHow to See the Tuna Auctions at Tokyo’s Tsukiji Fish MarketJapanese Encyclopedia: Katsuobushi (Dried Sliced Bonito)Udon Shin In Shinjuku: Fresh Udon Noodles Make A Perfect DishEnjoy Superb Meat and Craft Beer at Yona Yona Beer Works9 Common Condiments Used In Japanese Cuisine Chikuwa is one example of a nerimono.An assortment of nerimono.It’s hard to summarize nerimono products in one word as each manufacturer has their own process, not to mention the various cooking or preparation techniques each one has. White-fish meat that has been minced, pressed flat and cooked is referred to as sasa kamaboko while this meat that has been rolled around a skewer before cooking, then had the skewer removed before being sold are called chikuwa. There are also steamed kamaboko and kanikama, which is perhaps best known overseas as “surimi” or imitation crab-meat.From: Explore with Osōzai: The Yanaka Sendagi AreaWhite-fish meat that has been minced and boiled is standard in Japanese stews or hot pots, and include hanpen (a pounded fish cake), tsumire (fish balls), and naruto-maki, the thinly sliced pieces of white fish cake with a red swirl pattern, typically found in rāmen. Fried or deep-fried nerimono include Kagoshima prefecture’s specialty, satsuma-age, or fried kamaboko.How do you Use and Eat Nerimono?The best example of a dish involving nerimono is the cold weather favorite: oden.last_img read more

Interact With Robots At ROBOSQUARE in Fukuoka

first_imgFukuoka city is famous for its gourmet specialties – mentaiko (seasoned cod roe) and rāmen. However, Fukuoka is not only about gourmet foods but is also well-known for its fast-paced IT industry, especially when it comes to things like robotics and gaming.ROBOSQUARE, located on the second floor of TNC TV Building in Sawara ward delivers the attraction of robots from Fukuoka to the world. Established in 2002 based on a concept by the Japanese scientist Hiroaki Kitano, ROBOSQUARE is shaping the future through the study and creation of robots.250 Robots, 100 Different TypesROBOSQUARE has 100 different types of robots, and 250 of these mechanical wonders in total. They aren’t on constant display though; they take turns in the spotlight.The robot seen on the left here is SR-01, a rescue robot. It goes into places where humans cannot reach to save people.The one on the right is Miuro, a robot that can dance along to music.This is the therapeutic robot seal, PARO, which is designed to be a companion creature for humans. If you pet its head, PARO will blink and react as though it were alive, which is very calming and reassuring. After the Great East Japan Earthquake, PARO played a part in helping relieve the mental anguish experienced by those affected by the disaster.Here is another adorable robot, “Unazuki Kabo-chan” or Nodding Kabo-chan. This robot works as a communication partner at care homes for the elderly.In a historical city like Hakata, you must have robots like these. In collaboration with Hakata’s traditional handicrafts industry, these are Kurodabushi Robot (left, based on the historical ruler of Hakata) and Fuyo, a Hakata kenban (right, *1)These robots are dressed in kimono made from Hakata-ori, which is a traditional woven textile of Fukuoka, and sometimes they perform traditional dances along with Hakata folk songs such as “Kuroda-bushi” or “Iwai Medeta”. You can watch a video of this at ROBOSQUARE.*1 Kenban (券番): an office that manages performance fees and programs of geiko (芸妓), traditional Japanese female entertainers.The famous AIBO dog robot, which was a huge hit in Japan, can also be found here.AIBOs from different generations are showcased in this area.And here you can actually play with AIBO. But please be gentle!Your Friend, PepperPepper is one of the most popular robots in ROBOSQUARE, attracting many visitors daily. You can interact with this humanoid robot.When you get closer, Pepper looks into your eyes.If you give some commands to Pepper via the monitor, you can play games together. Pepper can say tongue twisters, try to guess your age or dance with you. Pepper’s movements are very natural, not at all what you would expect of a robot.Robot Performance ShowThey have robot performance shows everyday: from 11:00, 14:00 and 16:00 on weekdays and from 11:00, 13:00, 15:00 and 16:30 on weekends and holidays.ROBONOVA-1 was dancing and turning cartwheels along to the music.You won’t really know just what sort of performance you’ll be in for until you get there. Isn’t that exciting?Robot GoodsYou can buy robot goods at ROBOSQUARE too.You can easily make these robots called ASOBLOCK, which start from ¥1620.They have workshops and events on Saturdays and Sundays. You can check their website for details, scheduling and reservations.Please note that ROBOSQUARE has moved to The Fukuoka City Science Museum in October 2017 Fukuoka City Science Museum View InformationmuseumRecommended articlesWays to Travel From Tokyo To Fukuoka! A Thorough ComparisonEnter the World of Gundam at “Dining Bar SOLOMON” in FukuokaHow To Get Around Fukuoka City! 4 Means of Transportation +14 Festivals You Should Experience in Kyushu and OkinawaKyushu Tourist Information Center: Find Out What You Need To Know!last_img read more

Izakaya Nomihōdai All You Can Drink For A Fixed Price

first_img“Nomihōdai” 飲み放題 is a service often seen at izakaya (Japanese style bars) and other dining establishments.By paying a fixed price, you can drink as much as you like from a preestablished menu. No matter how many pints you order, the charge is the same, so big drinkers can get their money’s worth! While there are all-you-can-drink places overseas, the Japanese “nomihōdai” system has some unique rules. These rules don’t necessarily apply at all izakayas, but you should be aware of them so you can freely enjoy the pleasures of “nomihōdai”.Rule 1. The Time Limit And The Price Are FixedMost “nomihōdai” plans have a time limit. For example, an izakaya may charge a single customer 1000 yen for two hours, or 1500 yen for three hours. The time limit will vary according to the establishment.In addition, most izakayas will have a “nomihōdai” menu that is separate from the regular menu, and customers who want to avail of the all-you-can-drink option should order from this menu. The menu offerings will vary from one izakaya to another, and there may be different levels of courses available. For example, there are 1900 yen “nomihōdai” course menus which consist of beer and cocktails, and 2900 yen courses which also include sake. More expensive courses offer more variety.Most “nomihōdai” courses will also include soft drinks, as well as non-alcoholic beverages. For this reason, an all-you-can-drink course is a convenient option even for customers who aren’t strong drinkers.Some izakayas also have a soft drink “nomihōdai” option for minors. While the menu is restricted to soft drinks, it will cost less than the normal course with alcohol.Rule 2. The “Glass Exchange” SystemThere are izakaya which have adopted a glass exchange system as part of their “nomihōdai” option. This simply means that when ordering your next drink, you must return your empty glass. In other words, “please finish your drink before ordering another.”Rule 3. The Two-Order SystemA Cheap Izakaya in Kabaya-cho, The Japanese Wall Street! Get a Drink at New Kayaba (MATCHAarticle, Japanese)When availing of the “nomihōdai” option, you may be informed about a two-order system by the wait staff. Under this system, you must order at least two items from the food menu. The number of orders and the specifics of the system will vary from place to place.”Nomihōdai” options are a great bargain compared to regular drink prices, so izakayas have to recoup profits through food orders. That is why some izakayas employ this system. Systems like these aren’t necessarily in place at every bar, but people visiting an izakaya for the first time should definitely be aware of them.What do you think? Nomihōdai options are a great deal, but can come with strings attached. If you can deal with these rules, though, it’s a wonderful thing to take advantage of this system when you visit an izakaya, so keep the points of this article in mind, and enjoy the bounty of the Japanese drinking culture!last_img read more

Announcing the Cast of SHAKESPEARE IN HIGH PARK

first_imgOther returning alumni include Richard Lee (Comedy of Errors-06.07/Dream-02.03), Michael Man (As You Like It/Titus Andronicus-14.15) and Naomi Wright (Julius Caesar/Comedy of Errors-15.16), alongside fresh faces Jenni Burke, Jason Cadieux, Brett Dahl, Peter Fernandes, Amelia Sargisson and newcomers Kristiaan Hansen and Hannah Wayne-Phillips, recent graduates of the York University Theatre Program. Sharing a total of 26 roles, the multitalented ensemble will perform King Lear and Twelfth Night in repertory on alternating evenings from Tuesdays to Sundays.A beloved seasonal event, Canadian Stage’s Shakespeare in High Park is Canada’s largest and longest-running professional outdoor theatre experience, attracting over 30,000 people each year. Founded as Dream in High Park in 1983, the series evolved into Shakespeare in High Park in 2013, presenting two alternating productions throughout the summer – one comedy, one tragedy – in bold and innovative takes on Bard classics.Canadian Stage continues its unique partnership with the School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design at York University to integrate undergraduate and graduate talent and alumni into the Shakespeare in High Park creative team. Directors Alistair Newton and Tanja Jacobs, 2017 graduating candidates of the York/Canadian Stage MFA in Stage Direction, take the helm under the mentorship of Peter Hinton, lead Canadian Stage mentor for the MFA program.King Lear runs from June 29 to September 2 with performances on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 8 pm. Opening night will be July 13 with previews June 29, July 1, 4, 6, 8 and 11. Twelfth Night runs from June 30 to September 3 with performances on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 8 pm. Opening night will be July 14 with previews June 30, July 2, 5, 7, 9, and 12. Both performances run at the High Park Amphitheatre (1873 Bloor St. W). Gates open at 6 pm. Each performance is pay-what-you can (suggested $25 contribution) and premium seats can be reserved by donation online in advance for $25.SHAKESPEARE IN HIGH PARK:KING LEAR & TWELFTH NIGHTA Canadian Stage production in collaboration with the School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design at York UniversityCREATIVE TEAMDirector (King Lear) Alistair NewtonDirector (Twelfth Night) Tanja JacobsAssistant Directors Sadie Epstein-Fine (King Lear), Adam Bromley (Twelfth Night)Set Designer Claire HillCostume Designers Carolyn Smith (King Lear), Victoria Wallace (Twelfth Night)Lighting Designer Rebecca PicherakSound Designer Lyon SmithProduction Stage Manager Elizabeth McDermottStage Manager Krista MacIsaac BarclayAssistant Stage Manager Sandi BeckerCASTJenni Burke Countess of Kent (King Lear) / Feste (Twelfth Night)Jason Cadieux Earl of Gloucester (King Lear) / Sir Toby (Twelfth Night)Brett Dahl Edmund (King Lear) / Sebastian (Twelfth Night)Diane D’Aquila Lear (King Lear) / Fabiana (Twelfth Night)Peter Fernandes Oswald, Duke of Burgundy (King Lear) / Sir Andrew (Twelfth Night)Kristiaan Hansen Duke of Cornwall (King Lear) / Antonio, Captain (Twelfth Night)Richard Lee Duke of Albany (King Lear) / Orsino (Twelfth Night)Michael Man Edgar (King Lear) / Valentine (Twelfth Night)Robert Persichini The Fool (King Lear) / Malvolio (Twelfth Night)Amelia Sargisson Cordelia (King Lear) / Viola (Twelfth Night)Naomi Wright Goneril (King Lear) / Olivia (Twelfth Night)Hannah Wayne-Phillips Regan (King Lear) / Maria (Twelfth Night) Facebook Twitter Canadian Stage is proud to announce the casting details for the 35th season of Shakespeare in High Park, which will be returning to the High Park Amphitheatre from June 29 to September 3 with bold contemporary takes on King Lear and Twelfth Night, or What You Will under the stars.Multiple award-winning actor and stage veteran Diane D’Aquila will take on one of the most monumental roles in the history of English drama as Queen Lear in director Alistair Newton’s production of King Lear – the first staging of Shakespeare’s towering family drama in the history of the popular open-air theatre event. On this anniversary year, D’Aquila revisits Canadian Stage’s outdoor amphitheatre after starring as Titania in the inaugural production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 1983.She is joined by Stratford and Shaw veteran actor Robert Persichini as Lear’s Fool and Malvolio in the topsy-turvy comedy of mistaken identity and role reversal Twelfth Night, directed by Tanja Jacobs. No stranger to High Park, Persichini gave memorable performances in A Midsummer Night’s Dream on two occasions: in 1996 and again in 2002’s 20th anniversary production directed by Richard Greenblatt. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more