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17/07/2015 Culture  Seasonal

Let’s eat eel to survive the hot summer!“Doyo-no-ushi,” the day for eating eel.

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Doyo-ushi-no-hi is one of the seasonal customs of Japan. “Doyo” refers to the period of 18 days that Japan has 4 times a year. Japan used to count the dates by the twelve horary signs (ex. Rat, Ox, Tiger, ect. ). The Ox day is called “Doyo-no-ushi”, and because it overlaps the hottest summer season in Japan, the custom of eating eel to get stamina had begun.

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24/12/2015 Destinations  Travel Destinations

Grab an English map and have a look at the stylish, retro restaurants at the foot of Mt. Fuji!

Mt. Fuji

The hidden restaurants and bars that you don’t know about, are here! There are many great Japanese restaurants such as yakitori, sushi, soba, and even bars around the Fujisan station at the Fuji Express Line. These shops are popular among local people, but they are located hidden areas. Recently, new stylish cafés and restaurants have opened up and it creates a cool, new atmosphere in the town. You MUST eat Udon noodles in Yoshida! Enjoyed for over 500 years, Yoshida’s Udon is “The Dish” of Yoshida city. It is said that people used to eat the udon to purify their body before climbing the mountain. There are more than 70 […]

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31/07/2014 Destinations  Travel Destinations

Purify your mind at a Zen temple: A stay at Rokuo-in

Our temple offers accommodation exclusively for women, so you can feel comfortable staying even on your own. Rokuo-in is located near Togetsu-kyo Bridge in Arashiyama, which is a famous sightseeing spot in Kyoto. Our temple enjoys a fine reputation for its autumn foliage, and also offers accommodation, exclusively for women. Open the paper sliding screens of the reception hall to views of our beautiful, Arashiyama-inspired traditional dry landscape garden. We are sure you will enjoy a peaceful, quiet night, staying in our temple. Our curfew is at 7:30 p.m. The next morning, guests participate in zazen meditation in the reliquary hall from 6:50 a.m. Closing your eyes, listen only to […]

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12/08/2015 Culture  Seasonal

“Bon-odori”dance festival is held everywhere in Japan during the summer season.

Bon-odori

It originally started as an event to pray to your ancestor’s souls. It’s known as an event that everyone of all ages can enjoy. It is also commonly known as a festival held during Obon season. A turret is setup in a large park or square and people dance around it.

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02/05/2017 Festivals&Events  Travel Destinations

Be the first to know! Japan Fireworks Festival 2017 Schedule!! Japan’s Top 6 Fireworks Festival・Don’t miss it!

Which fireworks festival are you planning on going this year?
This time, I’d like to recommend Japan’s top 6 fireworks festivals. Follow us for the latest information!

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12/05/2017 Festivals&Events  Travel Destinations

New! 2017 Tokyo’s Top Fireworks Festivals!!

Have you made your summer plans yet? It’s never too early to start planning, especially if you want to attend a fireworks festival!
In this article, I will recommend the hottest festivals in Tokyo for 2017 along with their schedules.

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01/12/2014 Destinations  Travel Destinations

”Nata-tera Temple,” an ideal paradise for the ancient Japanese

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A fusion of ancient animism and Buddhism. Nata-tera Temple is one that values harmony with nature. You can get to Nata-tera Temple in 15 minutes by taxi from JR Kagaonsen Station in Ishikawa Prefecture, or 25 minutes by taking a bus called “CANBUS.” In 2017 the temple will celebrate its 1300 year anniversary and has a very long history. Mt. Haku rises beside Nata-tera Temple. Originally it has long been worshiped as a sacred mountain where a graceful goddess lives because of its beautiful shape. A monk called Taichō is said to be the first to have climbed Mt.Haku. He realized that the God of Mt. Haku was the same […]

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03/08/2015 Travel Destinations

A former Miko will guide you through the most popular destination among foreign visitors, “Fushimi Inari-taisha” !

Senbon-torii gate

It is said that there are about 30,000 Inari-jinja Shrines throughout Japan. Inari-taisha is commonly known as a God that enshrines rice, or is a shrine to pray for a large harvest of rice, for people of all ages. Fushimi Inari-taisha is the leading shrine of all Inari-jinja Shrines in Japan.

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23/04/2016 Travel Destinations

Let’s stroll around town in a Kimono! Ningyo Town and its traditional Japanese culture.

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The Tadaima Japan Editorial Team visited Ningyo-cho with K, who was visiting Japan for the very first time. From a healthy tofu lunch, a relaxing park to enjoy the cherry blossoms, to eating foods at Amazake Yokocho Street, I’ll show you a recommended route for Ningyo-cho.

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17/10/2014 Foods & Drinks

“Kawara Soba,” the regional cuisine you definitely want to try when you visit Yamaguchi Prefecture

A clue about the unique cooking method is that it stems from battle Let me introduce a unique regional cuisine that utilizes kawara tile, a material used traditionally for roofs in Japan. In the City of Shimonoseki, in Yamaguchi Prefecture, there is a local cuisine called “kawara soba” that consists of “cha-soba”, or noodles with tea kneaded into the dough and various toppings that are served on a heated kawara tile. Where did the idea of serving food on a kawara tile come from? In 1887 Japan experienced what would become its final civil war. There are stories from that time talking about the intervals between long field battles in […]

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