Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday announced that she will not attend Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s swearing-in on Thursday, alleging the BJP was using the ceremony “to score political points”. “The oath-taking ceremony is an august occasion to celebrate democracy, not one that should be devalued by any political party which uses it as an opportunity to score political points,” Banerjee said in a social media post. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist The Trinamool Congress chief’s reaction came after media reports said at least 70 family members of slain Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) activists in West Bengal had been invited to the ceremony as “special guests”. This is being seen as a message to Banerjee ahead of Assembly elections scheduled in 2021. The Chief Minister took exception to the BJP’s claim that 54 people had been “murdered in political violence” in her state. Congratulating Modi for taking over as the Prime Minister again, Banerjee said she did plan “to accept the constitutional invitation” and attend the oath-taking ceremony. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France “However, in the past one hour, I am seeing media reports with the BJP claiming that 54 people have been murdered in political violence in Bengal,” she said. Calling the claim “completely untrue”, she said: “There have been no political murders in Bengal.” Banerjee said the deaths may have occurred due to “personal enmity, family quarrels and other disputes, nothing related to politics”. “There is no such record with us,” she added. Earlier, BJP state Secretary Tushar Kanti Ghosh told IANS: “The special guests — including the kin of Sishupal Sahish, Trilochan Mahato and Dulal Kumar, who were killed and hanged from trees in Bengal’s Purulia district — will be taken to New Delhi by Rajdhani Express.” He said they were scheduled to return on Friday. During the Lok Sabha election campaign, Modi and BJP President Amit Shah repeatedly highlighted the issue of violence directed at their party in West Bengal.
Along with the tea ceremony, events such as karaoke and getting to wear a kimono have also been held here. There also seem to be a number of fun events that’ll be held in the near future. So for those of you who plan on visiting Harajuku when in Tokyo, by all means stop by the Moshi Moshi Box! A poster for the Moshi Moshi Nippon Festival this year. Photo courtesy of: ASOBISYSTEMThe Moshi Moshi Nippon Festival is another event directed towards visitors to Japan. The event takes place annually and is also sponsored by ASOBISYSTEM. This year it took place on the 26th and 27th of November and Yuri also participated in it. For those of you in Japan, why not come down to Harajuku and experience some state-of-the-art Japanese culture?On this event:Moshi Moshi Nippon Festival 2016 Is Here, And It’s Free For Tourists!Free for Foreign Travellers! The MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVALRead also:The Past, Present And Future Of Japanese Pop Culture – An Interview with Yusuke Nakagawa (ASOBISYSTEM)Take Photos In Harajuku Exclusive Kimono At The Moshi Moshi Kimono Salon (Japanese)New School Cute: Inside The Kawaii Monster Cafe in HarajukuWhat Is Harajuku Fashion? A Brief Introduction Harajuku is the fashion center of Tokyo. Those of you who’ve visited it, you have surely walked through Takeshitadori, a street that young Japanese fashionistas love. When going past the variety of different clothing stores, did you happen to notice a strange building there? It might not have looked like it, but it’s actually a tourism information center designed for international travelers. Every week there are a number of events that take place there, so when looking to get the most up to date information about Tokyo, you can also experience Japanese kawaii, or cute, culture here too.This time we went along with model Yuri Suganuma to Takeshitadori and visited the Moshi Moshi Box!PROFILE Yuri SuganumaYuri Suganuma is a model who’s been featured in a number of magazines for having an amazing fashion sense. Not only are the pages that she has set up on social networking sites popular among teenagers, but Yuri is also gaining attention for her other work, like writing blogs for Drop Tokyo. This model has studied hair care and make-up extensively, which is why she’s so skilled at it. She also knows lots about the current fashion trends and, so it’s not surprising to see an increasing number of people who take after her.Date of Birth: September 3rd, 1995From: Chiba PrefectureHeight: 152 cmInterest and Talents: playing guitar, singingWhat is the Moshi Moshi Box?The Moshi Moshi Box is a tourist information center in the heart of Harajuku, at the intersection where Takeshitadori, Meijidori, and the back entrance to Harajuku meet. It is the building shown in the picture above. Doesn’t the exterior have a distinctive cute look?The distinctiveness doesn’t come just from this building’s outward appearance. The services offered at the Moshi Moshi Box are also quite unique! There are eight main services offered there.1. SouvenirsThere is the so-called kawaii culture, or cute culture, that’s unique to Japan. Harajuku is the holy land of this cute culture, and at the Moshi Moshi Box you can buy souvenirs unique to this area. Pictured above is their selection of halal foods.2. Sightseeing MapsAlong with a map of Harajuku, you can pick up maps of Shibuya, Daikanyama, and other areas of Tokyo. Of course, all of them are free.3. Delivering PackagesInside the Moshi Moshi Box, there’s a counter set up where you can send packages abroad. This means that you can send any souvenirs that you may have bought in Japan back to your country, instead of having to carry them in your suitcase.4. Free Wi-FiThe company KDDI has set up free Wi-Fi for tourists who are visiting Japan. It’s nice to be able to use the internet without having to worry about extra charges.5. Exchanging Foreign CurrencyHere you’ll find a machine set up by Travelex where you can exchange foreign currency for yen. You can exchange American dollars, Euros, English pounds, Chinese yuan, Korean won, Australian dollars, and Taiwanese dollars.6. Travel GuidesIt goes without saying, but there are also a number of top notch sightseeing guides available. As Harajuku is in the Shibuya ward of Tokyo, all of the friendly guides here are from the Shibuya Ward Sightseeing Association. These guides will tell you all you need to know in order to get the very most out of your trip to Tokyo. Not only that, they are also multilingual, meaning that you shouldn’t have any trouble finding out exactly what you need to know when you visit the Moshi Moshi Box.7. Hotel Reservations and Tips for Getting Around TownThe travel agency JTB has their own counter, where they offer a number of services. Don’t hesitate to talk with them if you’re looking to book a hotel or need help with public transportation.8. Free Computers and Power CablesThere are not only computers set up that you can use for free, but there are also plenty of power outlets and cables provided so that you can charge your smartphones, tablets and other devices here too.There is also an area set up with kimonos. The kimono here are slightly different than traditional ones, meaning that, at the Moshi Moshi Box, you can try on some very cute designs only available here!Events are Held Every Saturday! The Moshi Moshi Box is slightly different than your average tourist information center. Here, you can experience a number of Japanese culture related events. These events take place every Saturday.We experienced one of these events with Yuri Suganuma, a model managed by ASOBISYSTEM, the company that runs the Moshi Moshi Box. On the 26th and 27th of November, 2016 Yuri participated in the ‘Moshi Moshi Nippon Festival’, a large-scale event run by the same company.This time around we experienced a tea ceremony where they made matcha, a type of powdered green tea. Pictured above is what’s known as a chasen, an item that’s used to mix the tea. By using a chasen, the tea becomes frothy, and even tastier. Was Yuri able to mix the green tea until it frothed?First, a Japanese tea master showed us how it’s done. The tea master goes into great detail showing how to properly mix the tea, so even those who’ve never made matcha before can give it a go!Not let’s take on the challenge of making matcha for ourselves! You don’t just simply drink this tea, there are a number of steps that you must complete before drinking it. Steps including taking a stance that shows one’s appreciation for the tea. Once you’ve completed these steps you can finally drink it.Nowadays, one can enjoy matcha all over the world. However, Japan will always be the best place to enjoy a tea ceremony and drink the most delicious matcha. Moshi Moshi Box View Informationtravel_agency
Read also For something simple, another popular option is the Fried Soymeat Rice Bowl (980 yen for regular (pictured); 1,380 yen for large; prices include tax). The soy meat karaage (Japanese-style fried chicken), is crunchy, savory, and simply delicious. It comes on a bed of multigrain rice and greens and cherry tomatoes. The greens and soy meat are dressed with light vegan mayonnaise, adding a creamy, satisfying component to the dish. For drinks, you can choose from a selection of hot and cold beverages, including lattes, coffee, tea, and Japanese craft beer. Pictured above is a hot matcha soy latte (540 yen with tax). The lattes and drinks do not come sweetened, but you can ask for sweetener.How to Get to THE FARM CAFE A sample of the menu; ingredients and dishes vary by what is in-season.Guests can order from a large menu with both Japanese and Western-style dishes, like tempura rice bowls, falafel, sandwiches. The menu is written in Japanese and English, making it easy to order.As seasonal ingredients are key to the cafe’s menu, the vegetables, and dishes available change by time of year. The owner also experiments with different recipes and dishes, making each visit exciting. In cooperation with THE FARM CAFE Continue walking down the side street until you see the storefront.For those coming directly from public transportation, it is around one minute away on foot from Tobu Skytree Asakusa Station and exit A5 of Asakusa Station (Ginza Line Tokyo Metro). It is around a 4-minute walk from exit A3 of the Toei Subway Asakusa Station (Asakusa Line).Sora Vegan Dining – Enjoy Dinner and Drinks in AsakusaThe owner of THE FARM CAFE operates Sora Vegan Dining, another Asakusa restaurant on Friday and Saturday evenings. Sora Vegan Dining has a casual atmosphere where customers can enjoy dishes like soy meat, tempura, and the chef’s original creations. Drinks are also served, making it an ideal choice for a weekend evening of fun with friends.The owner will also open the restaurant on other nights depending on the number of people.Savor Nutritious and Flavorful Vegan Food in AsakusaTHE FARM CAFE is a special restaurant near Sensoji Temple and major sightseeing spots in Asakusa. Take a break from the bustle of the main area and stop by for lunch or teatime. From the carefully-prepared food to the adorable interior, you’ll feel right at home.InformationTHE FARM CAFEAddress: Tokyo, Taito, Hanakawado 1-3-3 Google MapBusiness Hours: Mondays through Fridays – 11:30 – 15:00 (last order at 14:00); Saturday, Sunday, public holidays – 10:00 – 15:00 (last order 14:00)Holidays: IrregularTelephone: 03-5830-8134Website: https://thefarmcafetokyo.business.site/Sora Vegan DiningAddress: Tokyo, Taito, Asakusa 4-38-7 Google MapBusiness Hours: from 18:30 – 22:30 (last order at 21:30) on Fridays and Saturdays (possibility of opening on other days with a reservation)Holidays: IrregularTelephone: 070-2287-1405 Experience a serene side of Asakusa at THE FARM CAFE, a restaurant on the banks of the Sumida River serving delicious, nutritious, and colorful dishes all diners can enjoy. The vegan menu full of flavorful dishes, desserts, and lattes, and the stylish atmosphere of the cozy cafe charm all who visit.Although it’s very close to bustling Sensoji Temple, THE FARM CAFE is on a quiet side street, which makes it ideal for taking a break from sightseeing in Asakusa. Continue reading to learn more about this cafe and its dedicated owner.Plant-Based Food For All, With Passion The cafe is a cozy space ideal for solo diners and small groups; if you have a larger group, be sure to call to make a reservation. The tables and interior are rustic and charming, and the counter seats by the window allow you to look out on the river and people watch.Choose from Vegan Japanese and Western Dishes For those wanting a little of everything, try a 3 or 4-dish plate where you can choose different sides and bread or rice. Pictured above is the 3-dish plate with avocado with mushroom, fried soy meat, and Japanese tempura (1,620 yen with tax).The vegetable tempura is crispy, light, and flavorful. The plate above contained vegetables like shiitake mushroom, sweet potato, Japanese pumpkin and other seasonal selections. Tempura at the cafe is prepared with chickpea flour instead of wheat, making it gluten-free (when eaten with salt). The crunchy, juicy fried soy meat has a great texture and flavor. Each dish is made-to-order using with local, high-quality ingredients. Seasonings and sauces are made from scratch, and no additives are used. Everything is cooked in coconut oil. THE FARM CAFE is just a few minutes away from Sensoji Temple and Asakusa stations. If coming directly from Sensoji Temple, head towards Sumida River and turn down Sukeroku Yumedori Street (above). You will be able to see Tokyo Skytree faintly in the background on the other side of the river. Ramen For All – Eat Local And Ethical At Noodle Stand Tokyo, Harajuku The avocado and mushroom are delicious, with the creamy avocado complemented by a savory mushroom paste. It takes great when mixed with the multigrain rice on the side. Vegan Snacks And Meals At Japanese Convenience Stores THE FARM CAFE – A Hidden, Riverside Gem in Asakusa PQ’s, Asakusa – Instagram-Worthy Vegan Curry At A Welcoming Cafe THE FARM CAFE was renewed from an older restaurant and opened officially on October 2018. Interested initially in vegetarianism, health, and fitness, the owner decided to offer plant-based food with a balance of nutrition and flavor. One of the few options for vegetarian and vegan food in the Asakusa area, the cafe receives many guests.The entirely vegan dishes here are also great those with allergies, those looking for halal-friendly food, and anyone wanting to enjoy eating deliciously-prepared vegetables.
There is an exceedingly calm beach area located in the sea off Sado. With interconnecting stones surrounding it in the background, this traditional vermilion Taikobashi bridge stands over the peaceful waters here. It almost feels as though you have stepped into the world of an ukiyo-e painting when visiting this area.The landscape here is best when viewed from the island itself, or if you take the popular Sado Tarai boat (a washbasin shaped boat), and view it from the sea.Yashima and KyoshimaAddress: Niigata, Sado, OgiPhone: 0259-63-3111Website: http://www.niigata-kankou.or.jp/sys/data?page-id=99864. Enjoy Nature 900m Up: Tennen Sugi Promenade Niigata prefecture’s Sado Island is the second largest outlying island in Japan (save for the 4 islands in the north) and is a remote resort island full of beautiful scenery. But this island is still relatively unknown to both Japanese and international tourists.Today, via the magic of Google Street View, let’s travel to Sado and see some of the picturesque spots that await visitors here.1. Bearing a Close Resemblance to Northern Fjords: Senkaku Bay The natural cedar trees which have grown under severe weather conditions on Sado Island are quite different from those found elsewhere in Japan. Tanada are terraced rice paddies that fit into the natural landscape of an area. This idyllic terraced rice paddy is one of the highlights that blends itself into Japan’s naturally mountainous landscape.This tanada is called Iwakubi Shoryu Tanada, and is one of the representative terraced rice fields of Sadojima. As the shape of many of these paddies is unstructured, it is difficult to use standard machinery to work the land, which means that any rice cultivation done here is done entirely by hand. Sado’s mountainous tanada have thus been recognized as a World Agricultural Heritage, and the Sado Tanada Conference has been established in order to best preserve these fields and way of life.In addition to the Iwakubi Shoryu Tanada, there are also the Katano, Kitakatabe, Saruhachi, Tsukifuse, Ogura Senmaita, and other tanada, each of which has its own distinct charms. Sado Tanada Conference Address: Niigata, Sado, Chigusa 232Phone: 0259-63-3761Website: http://sadotanada.com/ (Japanese)In ConclusionWhat do you think? Sado is a charm-filled place, with natural wonders and sights too numerous to mention completely in a single article. There are many places here that cannot be seen by Google Street View, so if you have the chance to visit, please do so and enjoy these picturesque landscapes for yourself.** This article was translated from the Street View Media by LIFE STYLE article: Sado: The Charms Of An Outlying Island Resort Via Street View (Nature Section). This 167m tall monolith projecting out from the sea towers over the landscape. The magnificence of this scenery was awarded two stars by the Michelin Green Guide Japan.Around June vast swathes of daylilies blooms on Onogame, turning this monolith into a rich, yellow landscape as far as the eye can see, which makes for a jaw-dropping contrast with the blue of the sea around it.From Onogame it is also possible to see another monolith, known as Nitsugame. The swimming areas off the beaches of Nitsugame are known for their incredible transparent waters, which has seen them recognized among the Top 100 Swimming Areas of Japan. In this Street View panel, you can see that the daylilies are just about to bloom.OnogameAddress: Niigata, Sado, NegaiPhone: 0259-63-3111Website: http://www.niigata-kankou.or.jp/sys/data?page-id=89853. Scenery Straight from an Ukiyo-e: Yashima and Kyojima Unfortunately we can only guide you to the entrance of this promenade via Google Street View, so please refer to this short movie to see more of the Tennen Sugi Promenade (the Natural Cedar Promenade). You will be able to see this pathway at the 1:20 minute mark.This promenade can be easily reached by car and is very carefully maintained. It goes without saying though that the course isn’t an easy one, so visitors should make sure to dress appropriately and wear comfortable footwear when walking.Tennen Sugi PromenadeAddress: Niigata, Sado, IshinaPhone: 0259-27-5000Website: http://www.niigata-kankou.or.jp/sys/data?page-id=102185. The People of Sado’s Legacy: the Sado Tanada One of the most famous spots on Sado Island is Senkaku Bay, which gained popularity as an underwater park that makes the absolute most of its own natural beauty. Thanks to its scrupulous maintenance, this park is completely safe for even a Sado beginner to visit and enjoy.The 30m high cliff radiates an impressive power. While the 360 degree panoramic view available from the observation deck is stunning, the landscape when viewed from the pleasure cruise looking up from the sea is almost overwhelming. If you have the time in your schedule, by all means, please join the cruise and see it for yourself.Senkaku Bay Ageshima ParkAddress: Niigata, Sado, Kitaebisu 1561Phone: 0259-75-2311Website: http://ageshima.eek.jp/ (Japanese)2. Michelin Recognized Beauty: Onogame
Fresh wasabi (left) and sea crabs Wanmono refers to a clear soup with seafood and vegetables, served in a lidded bowl (called “wan”). Sometimes miso soup is also served.Yakimono The sakizuke is a light appetizer served together with some sake or beer. It is a delight to the senses.Hassun Kaiseki cuisine is undoubtedly Japan’s most exquisite culinary refinement. Consisting mainly of vegetables and fish with seasonings base of seaweed, these dishes are characterized by a very refined savor. The kaiseki dishes served at Ginza Sushi Ojima introduce the customers to a world of beauty and wonder. The menu is simple and elegant, beautifully reflecting the change in seasons. It draws out the natural flavor of the ingredients with a focus on simplicity, expressing beauty through its presentation. Each dish in the kaiseki course at this restaurant is a culmination of the culinary art. Preparing the whole course of kaiseki ryori requires a great deal of preparation and experience. Mr. Ojima never compromises in what he chooses for the day and goes to the Tsukiji Market to select the best fish, vegetables and seafood for his cuisine. The rice he uses is aged for more than a year and is brought from Yamagata prefecture, a region famous for its quality rice production. The edible flowers create an appealing display, and are used aesthetically, with the same care as if they were used in an ikebana arrangement.In Conclusion To experience authentic kaiseki ryori one should visit a place of tranquility which perfectly highlights the beauty of this cuisine. One such place is Ginza Sushi Ojima, a restaurant specialized in Japanese cuisine located in Tokyo’s Ginza area. This elegant restaurant takes in the taste, the appearance and the colors of the four seasons perfectly in both its select, multi-course meal, and in its ambience and interior.Let us get to know the owner and master chef of Ginza Sushi Ojima – Mr. Takuhiro Ojima, and his restaurant which specializes in kaiseki cuisine, sushi and even fugu dishes.Ginza Sushi Ojima – A Japanese Restaurant with a Special Atmosphere Nimono refers to simmered seafood and vegetables cooked in a pot. The chef decides the ingredients for this dish depending on the availability of fresh fish or seafood in that season.Hanmono or Shokuji This exclusive restaurant caters to only ten customers at a time. In this way, the customers get to enjoy their meals peacefully, with privacy. While preparing the dishes in front of the customers, the master chef also enjoys conversations with them. The customers learn the name of the dish, the ingredients it’s made of, as well as its importance within the Japanese tradition and its significance within the season. This simple introduction in the cultural background of the dish, is very informative and an enlightening experience for the customers.What makes this restaurant even more special is that Mr. Ojima can speak English and Italian, so international customers can hear the story of the dishes in Western languages!According to Mr. Ojima, what the customers appreciate at Ginza Sushi Ojima is both the high-quality kaiseki cuisine, and the fugu (*1) dishes, as he holds a license fugu preparation. The restaurant became popular by word of mouth and is frequented by politicians, businessmen, salary men and ladies, locals and foreigners alike.*1… Fugu is the Japanese name for pufferfish. Some of its organs contain lethally poisonous substances, that is why special care and proficiency is needed in order to remove the toxic parts before serving.A Kaiseki Multi-Course Meal That Will Purify Your SoulEnjoying kaiseki cuisine is more than a culinary experience, as it relates to experiencing aspects of the traditional Japanese lifestyle, characterized by seasonal ingredients, colors and motifs. This culinary art requires many years of expertise.There is no formula for kaiseki cuisine, as each course is the original creation of the master chef. The courses are categorized depending on the preparation method, and it is the master chef who decides in which order to serve the various dishes made with fresh produce of the season. The kaiseki meal course at Ginza Sushi Ojima consists of subtle flavors that makes one appreciate the cultural heritage of Japan.Let’s see what a kaiseki course consists of:Sakizuke This is the second dish in the course, which sets the “theme” of the meal. It consists of food made with fresh produce available in that season.Mukozuke Ginza Sushi Ojima, which opened in 2011, has a calm and serene atmosphere, similar to that of a Japanese garden. Cherishing the traditional Japanese arts, the hashi yasume (chopstick stands), plates and bowls used for the preparation of the meals and their serving are all customized and made at a temple in Odawara. The physical experience of touching these genuine ceramics and wood tableware makes the food even more appetizing. According to Mr. Ojima, owner and master chef of the restaurant, “the warmth that the diners feel when touching the plates and bowls is an essential part of experiencing the Japanese cuisine”. True indeed!Popular Among Both Locals and TravellersThe kaiseki menu at Ginza Sushi Ojima is the product of a very deep and rigorous period of training, combined with cooking proficiency, artistic sense and good knowledge of Japanese culture and history. Each dish is a piece of art in itself, being created with seasonal ingredients that please both the eye and the palate. It’s no wonder that the restaurant enjoys popularity among both locals and visitors from abroad who visit Ginza. When in Ginza, do try the sushi kaiseki cuisine at Ginza Sushi Ojima and let us know how was your experience discovering it! Sushi Ojima View Informationrestaurant Grilled Squid with lemon Japanese cuisine is one of the three national food traditions recognized by UNESCO as world cultural heritage. From the many various types of Japanese cuisine, international visitors to Japan should especially try kaiseki cuisine (or “kaiseki ryori”), which is the famous Japanese traditional multi-course dinner served at special, festive occasions. Yakimono is a grilled dish (usually fish), either coated with salt or glazed with teriyaki (a sweetened soy-based sauce).Nimono The Entrance to Ginza Sushi Ojima Eel tail and daikon (Japanese radish) From left to right – sanma fish with liver, sanma fish, fatty tuna and sea eel. The master chef enjoying a conversation with a diner. Miso Soup Mukozuke is a platter or individual arrangement of sashimi with dipping sauce.Feeling content and blissful already? Just wait till the next dish arrives!Wanmono In order to be able to create original kaiseki cuisne and sushi set meals, Mr. Ojima also studied Zen philosophy, Japanese tradition and culture, as well as Japanese arts such as ikebana (Japanese flower arrangement) and shodo(Japanese calligraphy). He believes that understanding the essence of these Japanese arts is one of the best ways to get to know the hearts of the Japanese people, their culture and their mindset.The display of the food should be a reflection of shapes found in nature, he says. He also takes care that his mind, body and soul are cleansed from any distractions or external energy before beginning the preparation of kaiseki food. This traditional Japanese practice helps him to direct all his energy toward creating a meal of the highest quality and flavor. Enjoying kaiseki cuisine means to experience the very best of Japanese cuisine. At Ginza Sushi Ojima, in addition to kaiseki cuisine, customers can enjoy various other deluxe sets, multi-course meals, eel bowls, fugu dishes, as well as sushi kaiseki courses. There is also a simplified kaiseki course available at a lower price. Beside, every meal at Ginza Sushi Ojima is served with a complimentary egg custard dessert, soup and a side dish. Egg Custard with Seafood and Mushrooms Mr. Takuhiro Ojima, the owner and master chef of Ginza Sushi Ojima, was kind enough to tell us the story of the restaurant he owns.Opening a sushi restaurant in Japan had been his dream since high school. As part of his apprenticeship, he studied in Florida, USA, and afterwards in Milan, Italy. In Italy, while studying at a local cooking school, he worked as a chef at a Japanese Restaurant. In order to pursue his dream of becoming a master chef and opening a restaurant in his own country, he went to graduate school in culinary arts at the Tsuji Institute in Tokyo. The closing dish is a combination of cooked rice and pickles. At Ginza Sushi Ojima, the chef may also add a special sushi dish, designed by himself. The fresh fish and the flavorings are simply delicious, and you won’t find them anywhere else.MizumonoThe kaiseki multi-course menu concludes with fruit or dessert. The chef may also suggest matcha green tea in the end. The kaiseki meal is fulfilling and wholesome, and the bowl of matcha has a replenishing effect, giving a serene feeling to the customer.Interview with Mr. Takuhiro Ojima, Owner of Ginza Sushi Ojima
Akihabara is famous all over the world for its otaku culture, and also as an area which boasts a number of electric appliance stores. But how did so many stores come to Akihabara in the first place?The reason lies in the Electric Town, which still remains in Akihabara.How Akihabara Became Famous for Electrical AppliancesIn 1945, Japan lost the war with the United States, and Tokyo was left in ruins. Food and daily necessities were scarce, so people started doing business on their own, and started roadside shops.Those unofficial market areas, where the shops gathered, were called Yami Ichi (black markets). It was no different in Akihabara, and black markets cropped up all over the area.At that time, one student sold a handmade radio at the market. It became very popular, and other shops started dealing electric appliances as well. That was the beginning of Akihabara’s Electric Town.Before long, the GHQ (*1) ordered all the street vendors in Akihabara to move to a certain spot. That spot became Electric Town. Afterwards, other shops came to Akihabara, and it became an area filled with electrical appliance stores.*1 GHQ stands for “General Headquarters of the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers,” which occupied Japan at the time.How to Reach Electric TownElectric Town is right near JR Akihabara Station. But, its entrance may be hard to find, so we will guide you with photographs.First, go out through JR Akihabara’s Electric Town Entrance.You will then find yourself at an open plaza.Don’t go through the plaza though, but turn left, and head for the red building with the “SEGA” logo.Keep walking, and you will find a number of small stores selling electrical appliances. This is Electric Town.Narrow alleys with electrical appliances on both sidesNarrow alleys run through the Town like a maze, and small shops line both sides of the alley.All the shops have their own specialty. This shop exclusively deals in surveillance cameras.This is a electronic tube, an item that audiophiles dream of getting their hands on. There are shops that deal rare items hard to find at large chain stores. On the second floor, shops also line both sides of the narrow alley. This shop deals in special conversion plugs for audio equipments. At first glance, it was hard to recognize exactly what they are selling.This is the first model of the Walkman, made by the Japanese company, Sony. This item was not for sale, but the beauty of the shops here, is that you might find other very rare items like this one. In the End…Akihabara, which started as a town full of electric appliance stores, also became famous as a place where anime and manga lovers gather.Visit the Electric Town, where it all started, and you will be able to understand Akihabara in a different sense.InformationAkihabara Electric TownStation: JR Akihabara StationAccess: 1-minute walk from the Akihabara Station Electric Town Exit
In Japan, each season becomes the incentive for the release of new flavors of popular snacks and drinks. Winter means strawberry season and suddenly the snack isles in the convenience stores turn pink and red.Let me introduce you to eleven strawberry flavored items you can easily find at the convenience store every winter.1. Strawberry Daifuku – A Cake Wrapped in Mochi Traditionally, dorayaki is a snack made with a filling of anko (red bean paste) sandwiched between two castella pancakes. It can actually be a very creative dessert that can be filled with whipped cream, custard, fruit and many other ingredients.Strawberry dorayaki has seen many variations. Dorayaki filled with anko, cream, and strawberries, or chocolate dorayaki filled with strawberry-flavored whipped cream and even green tea dorayaki stuffed with real strawberries are just some examples.The one featured in the picture is a strawberry-flavored dorayaki filled with whipped cream and strawberry jam. The strawberry in the castella dough has a refreshing taste and it goes nicely with the cream.Price: 150 yen and up5. Strawberry Flavored Ice Cream Kinoko no Yama (Mushroom Mountain) is another unique Japanese chocolate snack. It consists of small chocolate mushroom heads with cookies as stem. Kinoko no Yama releases special flavors every couple of weeks and they always have some kind of strawberry flavor in the winter season.In the past, they had strawberry milk and strawberry chocolate (the chocolate was strawberry flavored and the cookie was chocolate flavored).This year they released a green tea and strawberry flavor. It might sound like a very odd combination but the bitter matcha flavor and the tart strawberry flavor go together surprisingly well. Even if you can’t get this flavor, you should definitely try Kinoko no Yama which can be a great souvenir from Japan.Price: from 200 yen8. Melty Kiss – The Winter Limited Strawberry Chocolate Calpis is a popular milk-based beverage produced by lactic acid fermentation. Its flavor is comparable to the flavor of yogurt. If you stop by a Japanese supermarket, you will probably find strawberry flavored Calpis everywhere in the winter season.If you buy the regular type, you might want to mix it with water or soda to adjust its sweetness to your taste. The versions you will find in the convenience store are usually already mixed. In recent years, there was simple strawberry Calpis mixed with water and strawberry Calpis with soda.This year you can purchase Calpis mixed with extra milk and water. The taste is very rich and sweet. If you don’t mind sweet beverages, you should give this a try.Price: 150 yen and up11. Bonus! Strawberry Flavored Chu-Hi Melty Kiss itself is winter limited. It was first released a couple of years ago and it was such a big hit that it came back every winter since then. The flavors that come back every year are chocolate, strawberry and green tea.What makes Melty Kiss so special is the sensation it leaves in your mouth. It consists of a velvety chocolate melting in your mouth quickly, leaving a slight cooling feeling. Every piece is thinly covered in cocoa powder to enhance the flavor even more.If you want to try this unique chocolate, you should buy it as soon as you see it as it might get sold out quickly. Yuki Ichigo (snow strawberry) looks like a regular daifuku (a rice cake with sweet filling) but once you bite into it you are in for a surprise. A strawberry is bedded on a sponge cake, covered in whipped cream and wrapped in a mochi (rice cake). It is basically a strawberry shortcake disguised as daifuku.Yuki Ichigo is a returning favorite every year and mainly available in January. The last two years some convenience stores even carried a chocolate version in which the whipped cream, as well as the mochi, were chocolate flavored.If you are wondering what’s the difference between the white and the pink version, it’s only the color. The flavor is the same. So if you like cake or daifuku, you should give this a try.Price: from 210 yen2. Ichigo Mont Blanc – Strawberry Flavored Cake This strawberry ice cream has a chocolate covered cone and is topped with strawberry chocolate as well as strawberry flavored cookie crumbles. It has a delightful crunch to it and the dark chocolate pairs nicely with the strawberry flavor.Price: From 150 yen6. Giant Caplico – Strawberry Flavored Chocolate in an Ice Cream Cone Mont Blanc is a very popular dessert in Japan. While it’s traditionally made with chestnuts, there are many variations of it in Japan. This particular Mont Blanc is made with strawberry cream, whipped cream, and strawberry jelly in the center.The strawberries give it a nice tart flavor and it isn’t too heavy, even though it mainly consists of whipped cream. Although it might not be strawberry Mont Blanc every year, you will definitely be able to find some kind of cake in a strawberry variation around this time of the year.Price: from 250 yen3. Strawberry Choux Pastry Strawberry giant Caplico cut in halfIn the winter, you can get strawberry and chocolate flavored giant Caplico. But even without any crazy flavors, this chocolate snack is rather unique and is definitely worth a try.Price: from 100 yen7. Kinoko No Yama – Tiny Strawberry Mushrooms Another thing Melty Kiss is great for is making hot chocolate. Melt about half a pack with a cup of milk and it will result in a creamy cup of hot chocolate. If you use strawberry Melty Kiss, you can still taste the strawberry flavor in the hot chocolate. You should give it a try!Price: From 250 yen9. Strawberry Flavored Chocolate – Alfort Mini Chocolate Choux Pastry is a light pastry dough filled with flavored cream. It is one of the most popular pastries in Japan with many shops being specialized in it. The Choux showcased here has a filling made with custard and strawberry cream.This particular choux might not always be available, but you will definitely be able to find some kind of strawberry cream filled choux during winter.Price: from 130 yen４. Strawberry Dorayaki Chu-Hi is an alcoholic beverage made with shochu and carbonated water and it comes in a variety of different flavors. It is another recuring member in the strawberry line up every year. There was even a strawberries and cream version in the past.This year’s version is less sweet than its predecessors making it a refreshing change.Price: 150 yen and upEnjoy the Winter Strawberry Flavors!If you love strawberries, you should visit Japan in the winter. Most of the strawberry-flavored items will make great gifts for Valentine’s Day as well as they are all colored in pink and red. Besides, picking some of these up is as easy as dropping by the nearest convenience store!How about giving these strawberry treats a try?You May Also Like10 Unique Cafes In Tokyo – Where A Coffee Break Becomes An Experience!The Best 10 Onsen In Japan To Visit In The WinterThe 3 Major Convenience Store Chains In Japan – A ComparisonSpecial Edition Winter Sweets And Snacks Only Available In Japan! The chocolate types that get a strawberry makeover change every year but you will definitely be able to find a selection of strawberry chocolate during the winter season. One particular chocolate that releases a strawberry flavor every year is Alfort.The standard version of these mini chocolates comes with milk chocolate on top of small butter cookies. The strawberry version is a richly strawberry flavored chocolate on top of a chocolate flavored cookie. The strawberry flavor of this is really strong and tart. If you can pick this particular one up, I highly recommend it!Price: 100 yen and up10. Strawberry Flavored Calpis Drinks Even though it’s winter, strawberry ice cream is another staple in the strawberry-flavored items line up. While normal strawberry ice cream is available all year long, you might find strawberry shortcake or strawberry chocolate flavored ice cream variations in the winter. Giant Caplico is made to look like ice cream. It consists of air infused chocolate in an ice cream cone and it offers a unique flavor experience. The air pockets in the chocolate make it melt faster in your mouth giving you a sensation very similar to ice cream, minus the cold aspect of it.
The Goryokaku fort area is famed for its beautiful sakura trees and flowers. The late blooming of the cherry blossoms is common in Hokkaido, enabling travelers to enjoy viewing the sakura outside the peak season in other Japanese regions. The Goryokaku star-shaped area will be filled with sakura trees all around it, so a trip to the observatory deck of the Goryokaku tower enables you to see and photograph the area in all its magnificence. If you want to enjoy the sakura blossoms from below, the illumination of the tower and the lights around the trees create a beautiful scenery that shouldn’t be missed.Enjoy Viewing the Goryokaku Tower from Below If you choose to view the tower from below, you can still enjoy its rich history. Inside the tower, on the first floor, there is a souvenir shop specializing in Goryokaku Tower and Hakodate souvenirs. It is a great place to look for items that will remind you of your trip.On the first floor, you will also find a cafe serving the popular Hakodate ice cream specialties, while the second-floor restaurant offers visitors delicious Hokkaido cuisine. There is no admission fee for the tower’s first floor and information center.Outside the tower, the Goryokaku area is a great place for walks, enabling you to view and photograph the tower from the outside. If you visit in the summer, you will be able to attend the Hakodate Goryokaku Festival, commemorating the Meiji Restoration (1868). During this festival, Hakodate city and the Goryokaku area go back to this historical period, with visitors and amateur actors dressing up to perform the city’s history.How to Get to the Goryokaku TowerGetting to the Goryokaku fort and tower is fairly easy, as two of the city’s tram lines take you there. Be sure to take the tram to the Goryokaku Tower stop, where you can easily spot the tower from.From the tram stop, a five to ten minutes walk will take you to the Goryokaku area. The tram stop is located eight stops away from Hakodate station, and the ride takes approximately 20 minutes. Around the Goryokaku area, you will find great shopping and dining places. They will all make a trip to this part of the town very enjoyable. Goryōkaku Tower View InformationmuseumstoreYou May Also Like:Hakodate Airport – How To Get To Hakodate City From The AirportViewing Exotic Plants in Winter?! Hakodate Tropical Botanical GardenSay Hello To The Happy Bathing Snow Monkeys of Hakodate!Hakodate Guide – 20 Sightseeing Spots, Access, Food, What To Wear One of the most popular sightseeing destinations in Hakodate is the famed Goryokaku area, with its tower that allows a beautiful view over the city. Going up to the observatory deck of the Goryokaku Tower also enables you to see the famous star-shaped fort area. In the spring, this area is particularly popular, when the cherry blossoms take over the fort area, creating a pink star-shaped view that just has to be experienced from atop.Popular not only as a sakura viewing destination in Hokkaido, the tower also gives a wonderful panoramic view over the city. In other words, it’s a great place to take photos of Hakodate city!Let’s Visit the Observatory! The star-shaped fort is a popular sakura viewing spot in spring time, when the cherry blossoms are at their peak. In Hakodate, that is in May, slightly later than in cities such as Kyoto, Osaka, and Tokyo. The view of the star-shaped fort can be enjoyed in any season. For example, during the colder seasons, there are beautiful winter illuminations around the star shape.The Goryokaku area served as a fort to the short-lived Republic of Ezo, a state that was established in 1869 by sustainers of the Tokugawa shogunate. The state was defeated by the imperial army in the Battle of Hakodate, that was fought right in the Goryokaku area. The island that used to be known as Ezo was then renamed “Hokkaido”. This was during the early days of the Meiji period (1868 – 1912), when imperial rule was restored in Japan under Emperor Meiji.The Goryokaku area has thus played a significant role in the history of Hokkaido and all the rest of Japan. Visiting the Goryokaku area will give you an idea of where the power of the state of Ezo once lied.A Popular Sakura Viewing Spot Winter view of the Goryokaku Fort Area If you want to enjoy the view over the famed star-shaped fort or the panoramic view of the city and the nearby mountains, including Mount Hakodate, then you should go to the observatory deck of the Goryokaku Tower.The tower is 107 meters high and will give you a great overview of the city. The facility also provides useful information about the Goryokaku historical area. You will be able to learn about the city’s history with the help of the small museum displays of figurines exhibiting the battles that were fought in the Goryokaku area at the end of the Edo period (1603 – 1868).The observatory actually consists of two decks, with the lowest one located 86 m above ground. A cafe and a souvenir shop are located here. The second one, located higher, 90 m above ground, is a small museum and exhibition place, showing the history of the fort. It is also a great viewing point.The entrance ticket for the observatory deck costs 850 yen and must be purchased at the information center on the first floor. There are discount tickets for students and groups, and the observatory is open all year round.View of the Star-Shaped Fort
“Ishinki” by Kan Yasuda”Myomu” at the Plaza entrance, and “Ishinki” at the B1 floor of the Plaza, were both created by Kan Yasuda. Mr. Yasuda studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, and is famous for works made from marble and bronze. The author stated that the Myomu (bronze) located aboveground resonates with the underground Ishinki (marble), so it may be interesting to view them in that context. “Myomu” by Kan Yasuda “Fragment No.5” by Florian ClaarThis was created by Florian Claar, a German artist. Its concept is said to be a pavillion on the Moon, and the visitors can enjoy an out-of-the-ordinary feeling, in contrast with the rest of Green and Park.There are many things to enjoy at Tokyo Midtown, and we hope that this article can help the readers find something unique during their own visits.Link: Four Things to Enjoy at Tokyo Midtown in Roppongi (Part 1)InformationTokyo MidtownAddress: Tokyo Minato-ku Akasaka 9-7-1Wi-Fi: AvailableCredit Cards: JCB、VISA、Master, Diner’s Club, American Express, UC, DC, UFJ, Nicos, Central, Orico, Jaccs, Life, Saison, Aeon Credit, OMC, Tokyu TOP, TS Cubic, Cedyna、DISCOVER、MUFG、Rakuten, UnionPay, Tokyo Midtown, and VJA Gift cards are accepted.Station: Roppongi Station (Toei Subway Oedo Line or Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line)Access:No. 8 exit of the Toei Subway Oedo Line is connected directly to Tokyo Midtown.Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line is connected to the Tokyo Midtown via an underground pass.Telephone: +81-3-3475-3100Official Website: Tokyo Midtown This article is the second part on Four Things to Enjoy at Tokyo Midtown in Roppongi. To catch up on Tokyo Midtown and its recommended restaurants, please read the first part.So without further ado, here are the three things left to enjoy at Tokyo Midtown.2. Shopping for Japanese SouvenirsAfter enjoying a nice meal, let’s go shopping for your friends and families.The second thing to enjoy at Tokyo Midtown is shopping for miscellaneous Japanese goods and traditional craftworks, at the third floor of the Galleria building. Situated at the B1 floor of the Plaza building is MUJI, a shop that is popular even overseas.This is Hashicho, a chopstick shop located on the third floor of the Galleria building. The chopsticks are hand-made from natural wood, covered in lacquer, and praised for their user-friendliness and beauty. Lacquer not only adds a beautiful lustre to the chopsticks, but it is also safe compared to chopsticks made using plastic or synthetic resin, and so the Japanese have used lacquer for a long time.There is a huge number of chopsticks in the shop. They are small and lightweight, making them ideal souvenirs. More than 2,000 types of chopsticks are available, all made with different types of woods and designs, so you should be able to find the perfect pair.This is the MUJI shop, which has a store network around the world. MUJI is full of items that adds something extra to everyday life, and this store also features kitchen items, stationary, and clothing.Unique items such as shirts made from organic cotton and clothing dyed indigo using a traditional Japanese technique (藍染, Aizome) utilizing the Persicaria tinctoria plant, are available.3. A Walk in “Green and Park”After shopping, the third thing to enjoy is recharging your body in the Green and Park.One of the things that Tokyo Midtown emphasizes is the harmony between humans and nature. Green and Park makes up 40 percent of the Midtown site, and is an oasis to many people.About 140 cherry, camphor, and other trees, all more than 15 meters tall, remained at this site before the Midtown construction, and were all transplanted. Free Wi-Fi is available in this area, so you can check your SNS and e-mails between shopping, while standing under the lush trees.There are benches everywhere, so it’s easy to take a break after shopping.There is also a Japanese garden, complete with a pond, trees, and rocks. This traditional garden incorporates some new ideas, such as making use of open spaces, using water to connect various places, as well as its various curved designs. The layout of the pavement, soil, space and greenery raises the concept of the Japanese garden to another level.4. Viewing ArtworksThe last thing to enjoy is the artworks. Roppongi is known as an art town, with museums such as the The National Art Center, Tokyo, in the area.There are 19 artworks created by renowned artists in Tokyo Midtown, and viewing them is one of the treats of visiting Midtown. The following is some of our recommended works.
Poppo-yaki is a snack that is favored by the people of Niigata, mainly in Shibata and Murakami in the Kaetsu district. It is a baked confectionery that has the light sweetness of brown sugar and a chewy texture.The name Poppo-yaki comes from the sounds of the steam coming out of the baking oven, which sound like the toots coming out of a steam locomotive. In Japan, there are places that refer the steam locomotive as a poppo, or a ‘shu-shu poppo’, for the sounds that a steam train makes when in motion. Some also say that the name comes from the sounds of the steam escaping the oven, which attracted attention from customers.It is commonly sold during the ennichi (*1) celebrations at shrines and cannot be found in stores. In outdoor stalls, you can purchase around three sticks for about 100 yen. Sometimes it is sold in quantities of nine or fifteen.Poppo-yaki can only be found at an ennichi, but the bread company Yamazaki has created their own Poppo-yaki Style Steamed Bread that can be enjoyed year round. It is a limited product only sold around the Niigata and Yamagata areas, so try and look for it in supermarkets or convenience stores there. *1: Ennichi: Celebrations or festivals held in temples or shrines.2. Sasa Dango from the Sengoku Period For over 40 years, a local Popsicle that has been loved by the locals is the Momotaro. It is a popular product made by Seihyo, a Niigata-based company.The ”momo” in the name Momotaro means peach in Japanese, however, this frozen treat is actually strawberry flavored. It has an icy texture almost like a shaved ice and a refreshing sweetness.The origin of this product comes from an ennichi as well. It was first served when ice was crushed and formed into a shape of a peach and strawberry syrup was poured on top. Aside from the Momotaro, there is the Kintaro type that is red bean flavored and Momoe-chan that is pineapple flavored, both of which are just as good.4. A Snack That Represents Niigata, the Kaki no Tane Niigata is a prefecture in Japan that is a major producer of rice and has an active fishing industry. Therefore, when people think of specialties of Niigata, many would think of rice, sake and fresh seafood.However, Niigata is not only limited to those three specialties! Niigata has plenty of tasty snacks as well.In this article, we would like to introduce some simple snacks that have been loved by the locals for generations.1. Taste of Outdoor Stands: Poppo-yaki Sasa dango is a type of Japanese confectionery called yomogi dango (*2). It is a steamed or boiled rice cake with a bean paste center that is wrapped in a bamboo leaf. With one bite, you can taste the flavors of the yomogi grass and bamboo in an instant.According to documents recording the history of Niigata called the Hokuetsu Fuudoki, the sasa dango was originally a portable preserved food during the Sengoku period, and is still wrapped in bamboo leaf even today.The sasa dango became known as a ”rice cake confectionery with bean paste inside” after the Meiji Period when sugar became easier to get.It is now a Japanese confectionery that represents Niigata and can be found in souvenir shops around stations and sold inside the shinkansen cars as well. They make great gifts too, however, their shelf life is quite short and should be eaten in 4-5 days at most. *2 Yomogi dango: A rice cake with a grass called yomogi kneaded inside.3. Local Ice Cream: Momotaro When people think of snacks from Niigata, the first one that comes to mind is the kaki no tane. Kneaded sweet rice is cut out into its distinctive shape, flavored with soy sauce and then baked. It is a favored snack to accompany alcoholic drinks among the Japanese. The secret to its flavor is the delicious sticky rice from Niigata.Many rice snack companies such as Kameda Seika sell it nationwide in supermarkets, but it is said that the true kaki no tane originates from a company called Naniwaya Seika.This snack got its distinctive shape originally from an accident. At first, they were making oval coin shaped snacks using metallic cutters. But one day the metallic cutter got crushed and the snack had to be made using the deformed cutter. The rice snack that was produced looked like the pit of a persimmon, and that gave the snack its name, ”kaki no tane” (persimmon pit).The kaki no tane has become a popular snack with alcohol in Japan. It comes in various flavors such as the classic soy sauce and chili pepper, unique ones such as the wasabi and pepper, or even a chocolate coated classic kaki no tane. There are even some seasonal flavors as well.With a fairly long shelf life, this snack is also a very popular souvenir.In ConclusionPerhaps there were some snacks you’ve never heard before. By knowing the names and origins, you might even have found something that you would like to try while in Niigata too. In Niigata, there are plenty of local specialties that are loved along with rice and sake. All these products listed in this article can be found easily in local supermarkets, souvenir shops, and shops in stations for under 1000 yen.On your next visit to Niigata, why not try some of these wonderful Niigata snacks out?You May Also LikeFive Great Things To Enjoy in Niigata CityHow To Travel To Niigata, A Port City With A Rich HistoryGetting To Know The No.1 Italian Dish In Niigata
©JNTOThe area just beyond the town is called Shirogane Park (Platinum Silver Park). Photographers and hikers can decide how deep into the woods they care to venture. The foliage and range of outdoor interests change according to the time of year and time of day. Included are the evocative sounds of frogs and cicadas, fireflies on hot summer nights, and even diving kingfishers (kawasemi). A 22-meter waterfall gushes from the rocks by the park.Highly Recommended! Hot Spring Baths”Onsen” means natural “hot spring”. Onsen bathing is a form of relaxation and has nothing to do with soaping up and personal care. That part takes place beforehand. A shower area, amply furnished with soap, shampoo, small bathing stools and buckets is provided for actually cleaning the body. It is required etiquette to wash carefully before entering a bath shared by others.For visitors not staying at the ryokans, there are two public baths open between 8:00 AM and 17:00 PM. (They can be used for a fee of 500 yen or 300 yen respectively.) A few of the hotels also permit the use of their baths between 10:00 AM and 14:00 PM. There is an outdoor public footbath (ashiyu) by the river where you can people-watch while warming your feet and absorbing the atmosphere.The Takimikan rotemburo has a view of the waterfall and the ryokan offers a day-visitor schedule whereby you can book times for the onsen plus a soba lunch. Two of the ryokans (Kosekiya and Ginzansou) allow guests to use both onsen baths freely until 8:30 PM.Hotel guests wander about in yukata and geta to cool down after hot baths and browse the souvenir shops.Local Food and Souvenirs ©JNTOThe narrow streets are barely wide enough for cars, so after parking at the entrance to Ginzan you stroll down the hillside to the village. The Ginzan River flows through a narrow gorge and, in winter, steam rising through the snow looks especially dramatic.The contrast created between the Taisho period wooden ryokan buildings with their promise of relaxing hot baths, delicious food and warm sake and the harsh winter outside is striking, particularly at night. During the summer months, it is possible to explore the trail to a park past the waterfall and the disused silver mine that gives the town its name.Elegant Ryokans in Ginzan Onsen These days, a visit to Ginzan Onsen is hardly an excursion off the beaten path, but it is a delightful trip into the past. Located in a remote valley, the town looks like a historic movie set and a visit at any time of the year will be unforgettable.Ginzan Onsen – Especially Picturesque in WinterIn winter, the scenery is at its most impressive. This area of Japan gets over two meters of heavy snow during the season and you can enjoy the experience driving through the snow-covered countryside before finally arriving at Ginzan, located at the end of route 188 from Obanazawa, Yamagata prefecture. ©JNTOIt’s hard to pick among the hotels. Notoya (pictured above) is a culturally listed building and was featured in the very popular 1983 NHK drama “Oshin” as the place where Oshin’s mother went to earn a living.Ginzansou offers outdoor baths (rotemburo) and hot stone baths, Itoya has beautifully presented meals and Fujiya radiates serenity from its delicately modern renovation. These ryokans offer various arrangements for bathing: baths shared with other hotel guests, baths that can be reserved for private use (nice for a family), and baths in your own room where you can soak to your heart’s content. Kokeshi dolls are a representative souvenir from Ginzan. They are distinguished by their big, open eyes. There is no industry apart from the hotel business, so the whole town is oriented to relaxation and the restoration of body and mind.Foods sourced locally in Yamagata prefecture are excellent. Apart from the sashimi and other dishes customary in ryokans across Japan, seasonal wild vegetables and mushrooms, fruits, freshwater fish, soba and tender Yamagata beef are served.From 8:30 PM to 9:00 PM on Saturday evenings in the summer, intimate performances of the Hanagasa Ondo take place on the bridge over the river. This folk song (min’yo) has become identified with Yamagata prefecture. Performers make full use of their straw hats in a lively traditional dance accompanied by drum music, and visitors are encouraged to join in. The wide-brimmed farmers’ hats are decorated with red safflower-shaped blossoms and the theme is related to building irrigation works for rice fields 100 years ago.The Charm of Ginzan Onsen at Night ©JNTOSince Taisho times, this village has been a hidden getaway. At night, the romantic, old-fashioned street lamps are lit and many people can be seen outside with their cameras. The hotels provide visitors with hooded winter coats, boots and umbrellas so you can feel cared for and comfortable when outside too. Ginzan is a wonderful setting for soaking in warm baths, walking, eating well, sleeping well, meditating and replenishing the spirit. Sometimes that’s just what we need.According to the season and weather, there is skiing or snowboarding at the Hanagasa and Akakura ski slopes, and hiking or fruit picking among other activities and places to visit that will make a trip to this part of Yamagata prefecture even more memorable.
“The restaurants for vegetarian and vegan are expensive and look exclusive.”Don’t you have a image like this?In these days,this vegan and vegetarian life style is draw increasing attention in Japan.In this article,I introduce you 5 vegan restaurants and cafes in Tokyo.I selected the restaurants and cafes to eat fresh vegetable if you are vegetarian or not.（１）meu nota/KoenjiRestaurant cafe “meu nota” is located near Koenji Station.The inside of a restaurant is cozy and like lodge in the wood.Water is available at self-service counter.Menu of photo is Taco-rice and Vegetable mixed curry and rice, you can order them as half size.This restaurant is cozy like my private room.You can stay at ease and enjoy having vegetable cuisine.There are miso soup and set meals that change from day to day.It’s also plenty of variety beverage menu; teas, organic juice,wine and beer ,so would you like to select beverage which is match dessert menu.（２）Rejuve /Kagurazaka2-3 min. walk from Kagurazaka,”Rejuve” is located.There is an abundant vegan food menu whose main is raw food*1. This restaurant is arranged like the west coast of the US.You can feel warmth of wood.This “Salad-lunch” (with smoothie,dessert and beverage) is consisted of all raw food. The taste of the high-quality ingredients is what makes these dishes work.Appetizer of lunch and dinner is daily special smoothie.Wine ,champagne and organic beer are also prepared so you can enjoy alcohol and vegetable together at dinner time.You can take smoothie out and choose 3 kinds of them.(*1)A raw foods consists of unprocessed vegan foods that have not been heated above 117 degrees Fahrenheit (48 degrees Celsius).（３）KOBACHIYA/AkasakaMacrobiotic vegan restaurant “KOBACHIYA” is located underground of Scenario Hall near Akasaka Station. Atmosphere of this restaurant is like hiding place. There are counter seats,table for 4 people and big table for 8 people.This photo is one of the dinner menu, vegan sweet‐and‐sour pork which uses soy bean meat.It contains many big cut vegetables.In addition to this,there are set menu,noodles and soy bean meat menu.You can eat salad as much as you like in daily lunch set!And more,you need to reserve by the day before if you want to eat five pungent roots*2.(*2)Five pungent roots are onions, garlic, scallions, leeks, and chives.Vegetarian without these five pungent roots is called “Oriental vegetarian”.（４）Vege Cafe Tao /DaikanyamaOrganic cafe is located at part of the corner in Daikanyama “Vege Cafe Tao”.It is established together with beauty parlor. Inside of the cafe has bright atmosphere which is designed with white color.You can eat and drink while seeing outside and also take smoothie and vegetable juice out.Daily lunch menu is organic vegetable,unmilled rice,miso soup and side-dish.Here photo is grilled vegetable and tofu.Of course,they are vegan food so baked without eggs.Graincereals (dandelion,chicory and so on) coffee is prepared after cuisine. It is a decaffeinated coffee so good for the person who want to avoid drinking caffein.（５）Island Veggie /HirooLike in hawaii, “Island Veggie” is located at the place where 2 min. walk from Hiroo Station.This is restaurant and cafe which is collaborated with Sambazon (American famous company which deal with Açaí berry).You can enjoy not only Açaí bawl but also vegan burger.There are many seats on 1st floor and 2nd floor.There are many kinds of Açaí in”Island Veggie”. This is Matcha Açaí bawl.Drink Açaí paste with fruits. The bitter taste of matcha powder is match the sweetness of banana and the coldness of Açaí paste spreads in your mouth.How about visiting here as spending fruits morning because it opens on 8 o’clock in the morning.What do you think?There are ever so many more vegan restaurants and cafe.Enjoy having vegetable cuisine more if you are vegetarian or not.Informationmeu notaAddress：2nd floor,3-45-11,Koenji-minami,Suginami-ku,TokyoHours：6:00pm～11:30pm(L.O.10:30pm) on Wednesday/Lunch 12:00～3:00pm/cafe 3:00pm～11:30pm(L.O.10:30pm) on Monday to ThursdayHolidays：Monday,TuesdayWi-Fi：NACredit card：NALanguage：There is English menuAccess：5 min. walk from South exit of Koenji Station, JRChuo-Sobu Line and Tokyo metro Tozai LinePrice range：1000～3000 yenTelephone：03-5929-9422Official Homepage：http://meunota.com/RejuveAddress：7-3 Iwatocho,Shinjuku-ku,TokyoHours：Lunch 11:30am~2:30pm(L.O.2:00pm)／Dinner 6:30pm~10:00pm(L.O.9:00pm)／Smoothie(to go)10:00am～9:00pmHolidays：ThursdayWi-Fi：NACredit cards：VISA、MASTERLanguage：EnglishAccess：1min.walk from A3 exit of Toei Oedo Line”Ushigome-kagurazaka Station”／6min. walk from exit1 of Tokyo metro Tozai Line”Kagurazaka Station”Price range：1000～4000 yenTelephone：03-6280-8310Official Homepage：Restaurant RejuveKOBACHIYAAddress：Akasaka5-4-16,Minato-ku,TokyoHours：Lunch 11:30am～2:00pm／Dinner 5:30pm～10:30pm(L.O.9:30pm)Holidays：Sunday,national holidaysWi-Fi：NACredit card：VISA、MASTER、JCB、AMEXLanguage：EnglishAccess：1min. walk from Exit7 of Tokyo metro Chiyoda Line “Akasaka Station”Price range：1000～3000 yenReligious information：Available in five pungent roots.Telephone：03-3584-0002Official Homepage：KOBACHIYAVege cafe TaoAddress：1-33-36 Daikanyama MB 2nd floor,Ebisu nishi,Shibuya-ku,TokyoHours：11:30am～7:00pmHolidays：Tuesday,1st and 3rd MondayWi-Fi：NACredit card：NALanguage：only JapaneseAccess：1min. walk from East Exit of Tokyu dentetsu Daikanyama Station.Price range：1000～2000 yenTelephone：03-3584-0002Official Homepage：Vege cafe TaoIsland VeggieAddress：5-3-9 CAS building 1st floor,Hiroo,Shibuya-ku,TokyoHours：8:00am~7:00pmHolidays：No fixed holidaysWi-Fi：NACredit cards：JCB、AMEXLanguage：EnglishAccess：2in.walk from Exit2 of Tokyo metro Hibiya “Hiroo Station”Price range：1000～2000 yenTelephone：03-6277-0962Official Homepahge：Island Veggie
Asakusa, a town prospering as the center of politics and commerce during the Edo period, is now well known as a Tokyo tourism hub. Out of Tokyo’s 23 wards, Taito ward (housing Asakusa) has the smallest land area. Despite this, Asakusa manages to attract 20 million travelers yearly (according to a Taito Ward 2012 statistical survey). Why is it that people, commerce, and tourism resources are all concentrated in this small area of downtown? Taking a look back at Asakusa’s history, the hint to solve this riddle may lie in the topography of the land. To figure this riddle out, first let’s take a look around the town.A Hidden Shutter Spot! Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center’s Observation TerraceThis is a little-known spot which you can take in a view of all of Asakusa. Located in front of the Kaminarimon Gate is the Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center. This tourism information center features an information counter and exhibition space to help you enjoy Asakusa more efficiently.Once you go up to the 8th floor on the elevator, you’ll have the observation terrace right before your very eyes. The appeal here is that you can get your fill of Asakusa’s scenery for the astonishing price of, free.Get a Bird’s-Eye View of AsakusaIf you look north, you can get a clear picture of Sensoji, the shrine with upwards of 3 million yearly visitors. What would usually be a desperate battle against the crowds to get the perfect shot, will be a non-issue when taking a picture from the terrace, where you can take a picture without having anybody obstruct your view.You unknowingly let out a sigh as you take in the grandeur of nearly 250 meters of Nakamise-dori, along with the leisurely standing 5 story pagoda.Over to the east side you can see the “Tokyo Skytree”, built in 2012, as well as the “Flamme d’Or” or, more commonly known as, the Asahi Beer Hall. Next to the skyscrapers, upwards of 23 kilometers in height, runs the Sumida River, which sends some refreshing wind to cool off the steaming-hot offices.It might not be such a bad idea to take in a view of Sensoji, its overwhelming presence, sticking out boldly from Asakusa’s flat surface, from the terrace.Good to Know: Taito Ward, Asakusa’s TerrainHere we’ll explain about Taito Ward, Asakusa’s topography. Places like Taito Ward, which are lowlands and there’s little elevation difference, are typically thought of as susceptible to inundation. Taking this into consideration, the people of Asakusa long past built shrines such as Sensoji on slightly higher land. Craftsmen colonized this area, which was more resistant to disaster than others, and around the same time Monzenmachi was formed. Also, due to the development of water transport on the Sumida River, commerce blossomed, and during the Edo Period merchantsssfrom all over town gathered at the Wholesale District (wholesale shops).It might be thanks to the work of those Asakusa residents of the past that made use of the land’s unique features to build the Asakusa that even now is a prosperous tourist area. Next you time you stop by Asakusa, take a good look at the land’s features as you go around the town!Information Asakusa Culture Information Tourist CenterAddress:ss2-18-9 Kaminarimon, Taito-ku, Tokyo-toBusiness Hours: 9:00-20:00（Miharashi Cafe is from 10:00、Observation Terrace is until 22:00）Holidays: Open Year RoundAccess: 3-minute walk from Toei Asakusa Line Asakusa Station A4 Exit3-minute walk from TOBU Isesaki Line Asakusa Station10-minute walk from Tsukuba Express Asakusa StationOfficial Homepage: Asakusa Travel Tourism Information CenterTelephone: 03-3842-5566
Photo courtesy of Tottori PrefectureIn the middle of the 1900s, a folk art movement aiming to discover the beauty of various handicrafts occurred in Tottori. The movement influenced the production of pottery and Japanese paper in the prefecture.Tottori Takumi Craft Store, located near JR Tottori Station and easy to access, handles a wide variety of handicrafts created by local artisans. These items are sure to make a wonderful souvenir of your trip to Tottori.Staple Items: Tottori SweetsInaba no Shiro Usagi Photo courtesy of Mizuki ProductionThere are many souvenir shops handling GeGeGe no Kitaro items at Mizuki Shigeru Road in Sakaiminato.Medama no Baum is a Baumkuchen (German cake) sold only at Yokado. The design is based on Medama Oyaji (“Eyeball Father”), one of the characters from GeGeGe no Kitaro.The hollow circle at the center is like an eyeball, surrounded by raspberry and plain flavored cake. A small cake is priced at 993 yen, and the large is 1296 yen. Both prices include tax.Yokai Manju (small cakes with sweet bean jam filling), designed in the likenesses of various characters from GeGeGe no Kitaro, are also sold at the shops in Tottori.Read also:Mizuki Shigeru Road In Tottori – The Door To GeGeGe No Kitaro’s World!Detective Conan T-shirt – A Special Camel Version Photo courtesy of ©Gosho Aoyama／ShogakukanHokuei-cho in central Tottori is the birthplace of Mr. Gosho Aoyama, author of Detective Conan. Gosho Aoyama Manga Factory is located at Hokuei-cho, and Conan Tanteisha (detective agency), a souvenir shop inside the museum, handles various Conan-related items.An original T-shirt with Conan riding a camel in the Tottori Sand Dunes is especially popular with visitors from abroad. It is priced at 2592 yen, including tax. There are Conan cookies and stationery items as well.Conan Hyakkaten (department store), another souvenir shop, is also located near the museum.Read also:Meet Detective Conan In Tottori! Explore The World Of Manga And AnimeTraditional Handicrafts of TottoriTottori Takumi Craft Store Photo courtesy of Takara Seika Co.Matsuba crab is the quintessential winter food of Tottori, known for its sweet, delicate taste. Crab meat is kneaded into the Yakikani Senbei (rice cracker), adding a deep flavor to this crispy rice cracker. The fourteen-piece set is priced at 540 yen, and the thirty-piece set is 1080 yen. Both prices include tax.Nijisseiki Nashi Sweet Sandwich – An Acerbic yet Sweet Taste Utsubuki Koen Dango (dumpling) is made from locally produced glutinous rice flour, which is kneaded after adding sugar and malt syrup.This confectionery is renowned worldwide, as it was served at the tea ceremony of the Japan Festival held in USA and France. The price of the five-piece set is 520 yen, including tax.Preservatives are not used, and it keeps well for only three days, so the dumplings should be eaten as soon as possible.Oburoshiki – Sweets Made with Nijisseiki Nashi Syrup Inaba no Shiro Usagi is a hare-shaped manju (small cakes with sweet bean jam filling), based on a legend called “The Hare of Inaba” (*1) It is a popular confectionery, produced in Tottori for more than forty years.The dough made from Tottori milk-based butter has a soft texture, and the jam made from egg yolk tastes elegant. The six-piece set is 810 yen including tax.*1 Hare of Inaba: A mythical tale of a white hare who was skinned by a shark, and rescued by Okuninushi no Okami, a deity enshrined at Izumo Taisha. This story, which is found in Kojiki, the oldest extant Japanese chronicle edited in the eighth century, is said to have taken place in what is now the eastern part of Tottori prefecture.Utsubuki Koen Dango – World-Renowned Confectionery Nijisseiki nashi, an Asian pear which has a slightly acerbic taste with a crispy texture, is a special product of Tottori prefecture, along with the Matsuba crab.Nijisseiki Nashi Sweet Sandwich (wafers with cream made from Nijisseiki nashi) has a fresh, sweet taste. The fourteen-piece set is priced at 648 yen, and the 24-piece set is 1080 yen. Both prices include tax.There are other great sweets too, such as the Nijisseiki Nashi Jelly, sold at souvenir shops in Tottori.The Perfect Souvenirs for Fans of GeGeGe no Kitaro and Detective ConanMedama no Baum – Sold Only on the Mizuki Shigeru Road There are various souvenir shops in Tottori Prefecture, such as the airport shops at Tottori Sakyu Conan Airport and Yonago Kitaro Airport, along with shops located near famous sightseeing spots like Akagawara 1 in the Shirakabe Storehouses at Kurayoshi City, and Sakyu Kaikan in the area of the Tottori Sand Dunes.Unique souvenirs can be purchased at Gosho Aoyama Manga Factory, where visitors can enjoy the world of Detective Conan, and Mizuki Shigeru Road, which is filled with characters from the anime GeGeGe no Kitaro.Read on to learn more about the best souvenirs of Tottori Prefecture.Contents:1. Perfect Souvenirs for Family and Groups of Friends2. Souvenirs for the Fans of GeGeGe no Kitaro and Detective Conan3. Traditional Handicrafts of Tottori4. Staple Items: Tottori SweetsSouvenirs for Your Family and Group of FriendsYakikani Senbei – Made from Tottori’s Delicious Crab Oburoshiki, a rice cake sprinkled with soybean flour, comes with a syrup made from Nijisseiki nashi, a special product of Tottori. This confectionery comes in separate packages, covered in a furoshiki (*2) decorated with an arabesque design, so it can be handed out to friends easily. The six-piece set is priced at 648 yen, including tax.*2 Furoshiki: A wrapping cloth used in Japan to carry various items.For more information please check the official website of Tottori Prefecture: https://www.tottori-tour.jp/en/Please also check out our articles in the Tottori section.You May Also LikeTottori Travel Guide: From Sand Dunes To Local Cuisine And More!The Charms Of Eastern Tottori – Beautiful Places, Cuisine, Access And More!Central Tottori Sightseeing Guide – Historical Sites, Local Food And More!The Highlights Of Western Tottori: Museums, Temples, And Travel Tips!The Tottori Daisen Tour – From Fine Cuisine To Museums** All the prices listed in the article are as of 2017.Sponsored by Tottori Prefecture
Atsukan is one of the ways to enjoy Japanese sake. It’s a way of drinking sake that’s thought of very fondly. In most instances when you go to an izakaya, you can order an atsukan (hot sake) or a hiya (cold sake). This time we’ll introduce to you the features of atsukan, which tastes great during the colder seasons.The Way of Drinking called “Atsukan” Atsukan refers to a way of drinking where you pour the Japanese sake into a ceramic container called tokkuri and heat the tokkuri from the outside.The action of heating sake is called “kan wo tsukeru” or “okan” in Japanese.Generally, Japanese sake is the alcohol of choice for atsukan, but there at times also shochu (distilled liquor) can be chosen. The tokkuri becomes hot too, that is why we use ceramic containers. The cup is called ochoko, and is also made of ceramic. You generally don’t water it down with cold or hot water when heating it up.The Beginnings of Atsukan Making sake into atsukan is a drinking practice in Japan that’s surprisingly old. It goes as far back as the Jomon period (before the 3rd century BC).The sake is poured into a pointy earthenware, and stuck into hot ash to heat up. Atsukan broke through to commoners during the Edo period when it was mentioned in a book by a popular writer. From there it began to spread.The Name of the Okan Chnages Depending on its Temperature? The name of the type of okan changes depending on its temperature. The taste and aroma of the various types of okan are different, so let’s try as many as we can.*HinatakanIts temperature is around 30 degrees Celsius and you don’t feel it as hot. One can feel slightly the aroma of the Japanese sake.*HitohadakanIt’s 35 degrees Celsius and you can feel that it’s warm when you touch it. A pleasant aroma of rice or malted rice is coming out.*NurukanIt’s 40 degrees Celsius and at a point where it’s not hot. Its aroma is flowing out.*JokanIt’s 45 degrees Celsius and steam comes out when poured. You can feel its aroma as intense.*AtsukanIt’s 50 degrees Celsius and the steam coming out of the tokkuri feels hot. The aroma becomes sharp and has a nice spicy taste.*TobikirikanIt’s 55 degrees Celsius and feels hot when you hold the tokkuri. It has a sharp aroma and even a stronger, spicier taste.How to Make Delicious AtsukanAtsukan can be made at home. It’ll take time to master the technique, but it is a very pleasant way to enjoy mellow scented, hot Japanese sake. You will be able to make the okan with a good aroma, without breaking the sake’s original flavor. Do try making this.1. Pour the sake into the tokkuri until it becomes almost full. If you wrap up the mouth of the tokkuri in this instance, the aromatic components from the sake won’t escape.2. Prepare a pot and put in water. Put in the tokkuri in the pot and adjust the amount of water, so that half the tokkuri is soaking in water.3. After taking out the tokkuri, bring the water in the pot to boil. Stop the fire after it begins boiling.4. Put the tokkuri into the pot with the stopped fire. Heat it up there for around 2-3 minutes.5. When the sake comes up to the mouth of the tokkuri, the atsukan is complete.For those who want to drink atsukan immediately, you can heat it up in a microwave. Wrap the tokkuri, heat it up for around 40 seconds and it becomes an atsukan. However, in the microwave heater, the sake will heat up unevenly, so you should take it out after 20 seconds and shake the atsukan. After that, you heat it up again for 20 seconds. You can of course adjust the temperature of the atsukan to your liking.Some people like to drink atsukan during the extremely hot summer days, but atsukan tastes best in winter, so the season for atsukan is coming up. When drinking Japanese sake, do try atsukan!
From Sakaiminato Station, it takes about 10 minutes by taxi to reach Tairyo Fish Market Nakaura, a souvenir shop which mainly handles marine products. A huge statue of Gaina Kitaro, standing 7.7 meters tall, welcomes the visitors at the entrance. This has also become a popular spot to take photographs. Nakaura handles processed marine products, along with various local snacks. Their most popular products are the seafood chips, which are manufactured on site.Made from prawns and sardines, these chips contain no artificial additives, and can keep for a month, which makes them a great souvenir for those who are on a long vacation to bring back home.Kani Toro Don – A Delicious Local Treat Tsukiji is a market where fish from various Japanese ports are gathered, and sent to consumers all over Japan. On the other hand, Sakaiminato Fish Market is directly connected to a fishing ground, so the visitors can watch the fishing boats unloading their catch.The catch is transferred from the boat in a huge net to the trucks standing by, which is truly an impressive sight. At Sakai Fishing Port, an “osakana” (fish) guide conducts the Sakaiminato Fish Market Tour, in which the participants can actually watch the fish auctions.Some of the readers may have heard about the Tsukiji Fish Market (*1) in Tokyo, which is said to be the largest wholesale fish market in the world. Visitors can watch the fish auctions, and it has become a popular spot for tourists from abroad.At Sakai Fishing Port, visitors are also allowed to see the daily routine of a fish market.*1: The fish auction at Tsukiji Market is scheduled to move to Toyosu, Tokyo, in 2018.A Bustling Fishing Port Just like Tsukiji, the brokers come to this market to participate in the auction. Freshness is key when it comes to marine products, so they rush to load their own trucks after they make their purchases.Forklifts filled with various marine products race around in the port, which also adds to the bustling atmosphere. From the port, it takes only a minute to walk to Sakaiminato Seafood Direct. Fresh Matsuba crab and voluminous red queen crab, brought straight from the port, can be purchased at reasonable prices. It might be fun to stay at a guesthouse and make some seafood dishes.At Seafood Direct there are tanks filled with live crab and fish, so visitors can also enjoy watching them swimming around.Try the Special Kaisendon (Rice with Seafood Topping) Kaiyotei is a restaurant inside the Seafood Direct, and their recommended menu is the special kaisendon (a large bowl of rice topped with fresh seafood). It is a gorgeous dish filled with prawn, tuna, crab and squid, the fresh colors of which look almost like jewels.Those who aren’t used to raw seafood should try the Ebi Fry Teishoku, a set meal with fried prawns as the main dish. Sakaiminato Seafood Direct View InformationSouvenirs and Seafood 2: Tairyo Fish Market NakauraSeafood Chips: The Perfect Souvenir Dried food made from various types of shellfish is also popular at the Sakana Center.Tempura Kani Teishoku – A Tasty Crab Set Meal Sakai Fishing Port, located in Sakaiminato in the western area of Tottori prefecture, is one of the most prominent fishing ports in Japan, as it boasts the biggest catches of wild tuna and red queen crab.But some people may wonder, what is there to see at a fishing port?This port has many appealing points of its own, such as the restaurants serving exquisite seafood dishes and shops handling marine product souvenirs located nearby. Also, visitors can participate in a unique tour.Contents:1. Sakaiminato Fish Market Tour2. Souvenirs and Seafood 1: Sakaiminato Seafood Direct3. Souvenirs and Seafood 2: Tairyo Fish Market Nakaura4. Souvenirs and Seafood 3: Sakaiminato Sakana CenterSakaiminato Fish Market TourWatch the Fish Auction Up Close! This fish market tour has become popular with visitors from abroad. It is especially popular with those who come here after seeing the urban areas; many have expressed awe at the sight of live fish and crab being packed into the crates.To participate in this tour, send an e-mail to Sakaiminato Association for Promotion of Fisheries (firstname.lastname@example.org). For further details, please check the information below. The tour will be held early in the morning, so staying at a hotel in Sakaiminato overnight is strongly recommended.The guide will speak simple English, but it might be better if the visitors participate with someone who can translate the commentary. （一社）境港水産振興協会(流通會館) View InformationSouvenirs and Seafood 1: Sakaiminato Seafood DirectSeafood Sold at Moderate Prices The recommended menu item at the restaurant Minatotei, located inside the Sakana Center, is the tempura kani teishoku (a set meal with tempura and crab). It comes with rice, miso soup, fresh seafood tempura and red queen crab.Red queen crab fishing is prohibited in July and August, so during that period, voluminous servings of rock oysters are available instead of crab.From Minatotei, visitors can also enjoy the great view of the Yumigahama Beach, along with the fine food. Sakaiminato Sakana Center View InformationstoreMizuki Shigeru Road and Yumeminato TowerAt Mizuki Shigeru Road, located near Seafood Direct, visitors can wander into the animation world of Ge Ge Ge no Kitaro. Yumigahama Beach can also be viewed from the Yumeminato Tower, which is located near Nakaura and the Sakana Center.From JR Yonago Station, it is a forty minute train ride to Sakaiminato Station. Inside the Sakaiminato area, it’s a good idea to use either a taxi or buses to get around. For information regarding transportation, please check the Sakaiminato Sightseeing Guide.For more information, check out MATCHA’s Tottori prefecture section here.You May Also LikeTottori Travel Guide: From Sand Dunes To Local Cuisine And More!The Charms Of Eastern Tottori – Beautiful Places, Cuisine, Access And More!Central Tottori Sightseeing Guide – Historical Sites, Local Food And More!The Highlights Of Western Tottori: Museums, Temples, And Travel Tips!Sponsored by Tottori Prefecture Sakaiminato Sakana Center is connected to the Yumeminato Tower, a landmark located a ten minute walk from Nakaura. Fishmonger shops are lined up inside the center.At the Sakana Center, visitors can purchase seafood and have it prepared on the spot. The fish will be sliced into perfect sashimi sets, and the crab shells will be opened to make them easier to eat. There is a dining area inside the center, where visitors can enjoy a seafood barbecue in some seasons. Restaurant Yumigahama is located inside Nakaura, and kani toro don (a large bowl of rice topped with crab and ground Chinese yam), its original menu item, has become very popular.Kani (crab) meat is placed on top of rice, and served with tororo (ground Chinese yam) and soy sauce. The delicate taste of this dish is a hit with many visitors to Japan.Nakaura also sells kani toro shumai, a steamed dumpling made with tororo and crab meat. It has to be kept in a refrigerator, so the shumai should be eaten right after the purchase. Tairyo Fish Market Nakaura View InformationstoreSouvenirs and Seafood 3: Sakaiminato Sakana CenterEnjoy Eating on Site
Shabu-shabu is a dish that allows you to enjoy entirely different flavors depending on where you dine. We encourage you to find a restaurant with a version of this Japanese dish that is to your liking! Read also 2. Matsugen Ebisu – A Soba Shop Serving Shabu-Shabu 3. Seryna Roppongi – Kobe Beef and Crab Shabu-Shabu “MatsuGen Ebisu”: Soba & Japanese Cuisine from Selected Ingredients Picture from “MatsuGen Ebisu”: Soba & Japanese Cuisine from Selected IngredientsMatsugen is a soba restaurant with branches in both Ebisu and Azabu Juban. However, the Ebisu branch also offers shabu-shabu on its evening menu.The Kinkaton Pork Shabu-Shabu Course (4,250 yen including tax) is a luxurious course allowing diners to try kinkaton pork, a rare and tasty variety of pork.The set comes with extras including sashimi, udon, and even dessert, so you can enjoy trying many different kinds of Japanese food.There is also the Zabuton Shabu-Shabu Course (6,000 yen including tax) that uses beef from the chuck rib eye (zabuton). This option also comes with sashimi, udon, and dessert. Orders can be placed starting with groups of at least two customers.MATSUGEN EBISUAddress: Tokyo, Shibuya, Hiro 1-3, Hagiwara Building 1-1F Google MapAccess: 5 minutes on foot from Ebisu Station (Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line, JR Yamanote Line)Official Homepage: http://www.matsugen.net (Japanese) Picture from The First Halal Hot Pot Restaurant, “Hanasaka Jī-san” In ShibuyaHanasaka Ji-san is a halal-certified restaurant where you can enjoy shabu-shabu with beef from Miyazaki prefecture.We suggest the Halal Wagyu Shabu-Shabu Course (4,000 yen and up, including tax). All the ingredients, including the spices, seasonings, and variety of alcohol, are all used in accordance with halal regulations, so Muslim visitors can enjoy shabu-shabu.The large menu also includes Halal Washoku with Halal Shabu-Shabu (4,500 yen and up, including tax), and The Superior Halal Welcome Dinner (18,500 yen and up, including tax), a set that offers steak, sushi, and six kinds of tempura.HANASAKA JI-SANAddress: Tokyo, Shibuya, Sakuragaokacho 3-22, Sakura Building B1F Google MapAccess: 1 minute on foot from Shibuya Station (Toyoko Line, Hanzomon Line, Denentoshi Line, Fukutoshin Line, Inokashira Line, Ginza Line, JR Line).Official Homepage: http://hanasakaji-san.jp/halal/ Read also Picture from Enjoy Shabu-Shabu and Red Bean Rice Porridge at Ginza ShabusenShabusen, in Ginza, Tokyo, is a popular restaurant specializing in shabu-shabu. It is known for its exquisite goma (sesame seed) sauce.This unique sauce includes more than ten different kinds of spices. There’s also a light and refreshing ponzu sauce (made from citrus fruit and vinegar) you can try.Also, Shabusen has a reasonably-priced menu. We recommend two items available during lunch: the Shabu-Shabu Service Lunch (1,728 yen with tax) at the Ginza B2 shop, and the Kirifuri Kogen Pork Premium (120 grams, 1,620 yen with tax) at the Ginza 2F shop.There are Shabusen locations on both the second basement floor and the second floor of the Ginza Core building.The basement location has counter seating and the second-floor shop has table seating. Each counter seat is equipped with an individual hot pot.Please note that the Ginza second basement floor (B2F) location and the second floor (2F) shop have different menus.SHABUSENAddress: Tokyo, Chuo, Ginza 5-8-20, Ginza Core B2F, 2F Google MapAccess: 5 minutes on foot from exit A3 & A5 of Ginza Station (Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Marunouchi Line, Hibiya Line)Official Homepage: https://www.zakuro.co.jp/syabusen/index.html (Japanese) Picture from Six Japanese Restaurants in Roppongi With English MenusSeryna is a restaurant where you can indulge in both Kobe beef shabu-shabu and crab shabu-shabu. The shop has a relaxing atmosphere with modern Japanese-style interior.The Kobe Beef Shabu-Shabu costs 21,600 yen including tax. Only about 0.9% (*1) of Japan’s wagyu beef production is suitable to become Kobe beef. Only the highest-quality selections of meat from this rare beef are used for this shabu-shabu.The Crab Shabu-Shabu (10,800 yen including tax) uses crab with thick meat.For those who’d like to enjoy shabu-shabu at lower prices, we recommend the Beef and Crab Shabu-Shabu Lunch (6,480 yen including tax) and the Beef Shabu-Shabu Lunch (5,400 yen including tax) on the lunch menu.The shabu-shabu courses come with four different sauces: a thick and rich goma sauce, a spicy sauce, a salt-based sauce, and a refreshing ponzu sauce.*1 Statistic from Hyogo Prefectural Livestock Technology Center documents, 2013.SERYNAAddress: Tokyo, Minato, Roppongi 3-12-2 Google MapAccess: 3 minutes on foot from Roppongi Station (Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line, Oedo Line)Official Homepage: https://www.seryna.co.jp/seryna/roppongi/ 4. Hanasaka Ji-San – Halal Certified Shabu-Shabu Six Japanese Restaurants in Roppongi With English Menus Shabu-Shabu – A Classic Japanese DishHave you heard of shabu-shabu? For this dish, diners briefly cook sliced pieces of meat and other ingredients by swishing them back and forth in a simmering hot pot. After the ingredient is cooked just enough, it is then dipped in a goma (sesame seed) sauce or ponzu sauce, and then eaten.The broth in the hot pot differs depending on the restaurant. There are many types you can try, including konbu seaweed stock, soy milk stock, a sukiyaki-flavored broth and even spicy kimchi (chige) stock.Other ingredients, such as vegetables and seafood, are also part of typical shabu-shabu. You can customize this dish by adding whatever amount you’d like to the hot pot.In this article we introduce four shops in Tokyo where you can enjoy shabu-shabu!1. Shabusen Ginza – Try the Delicious Sesame Sauce Enjoy Shabu-Shabu and Red Bean Rice Porridge at Ginza Shabusen 4 Muslim-Friendly Halal Restaurants In Shibuya The First Halal Hot Pot Restaurant, “Hanasaka Jī-san” In Shibuya Read also Read also
Rabat – In collaboration with Jordanian Businessmen Association (JBA), the Jordanian Chamber of Industry, the Association of Banks in Jordan, Morocco’s Employers Association (CGEM) and, Professional Group of Banks of Morocco (GPBM) are organizing a Morocco-Jordan economic forum on June 10-11 in Amman.The economic forum will see the participation of an important delegation of both Moroccan and Jordanian businessmen with an aim to promote economic and trade ties between Morocco and Jordan.The two-day work visit includes an economic forum, a plenary session, and workshops in different sectors including, tourism and transport, agriculture and agro-industry, banking and financial services, ICT, renewable energies and water resources, construction and real estate, health and pharmaceutical industry, in addition to Business-to-Business meeting, tours of industrial sites and a trip to the Dead Sea site. This follows Jordanian King Abdullah II visit to Morocco on March 27-28, said CGEM in a statement.During his visit to Morocco, King Abdullah II and King Mohammed VI discussed a variety of challenges facing the Middle-East, including Palestine and growing worry about Israel’spolicies in Jerusalem. The two kings accuse Israeli authorities of undermining Jerusalem’s legal and historical status.The discussions resulted in plans to collaborate in several sectors, including energy, agriculture, and tourism.
Ambassador Stefan Tafrov of Bulgaria, Council President for December, told the summit in New York yesterday that UN staff security was a priority for the Security Council, especially after the 19 August bombing of UN headquarters in Baghdad, which killed 22 people, including the top envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello.Representing Secretary-General Kofi Annan, UN Security Coordinator and Under-Secretary-General for Management Catherine Bertini said “in more and more crises the UN flag has become a target rather than a shield.”Ms. Bertini said Mr. Annan had called for a strategic reorganization of UN security following Baghdad, adding plans were already being developed to heighten and improve security measures, including placing anti-shatter film on UN buildings in New York.General Assembly President Julian R. Hunte of St. Lucia said that although the attack in Baghdad had been a shocking one for the UN, it was not the first for the organization. He said some 2,000 UN workers had been killed or had disappeared since 1945.While UN operations would have to change as a result of the attack, Mr. Hunte added, host countries still bore the main responsibility for the safety of UN staff in the field. He said the UN should treat each dangerous situation individually, tailoring the security model accordingly.UN Staff Union President Rosemarie Waters, urging Member States to ratify the Convention on the Protection of UN Staff, said all reports on facts on the Baghdad attack should be made public.She said “those who actions and faulty decisions had led to the Baghdad tragedy should be identified, rather than sacrificing lower-level employees to satisfy public opinion.”Ms. Waters also called for greater investment in staff security and for staff to be allowed to become involved in security processes. Video of security summit