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Amelie

Amelie

Writer / Translator


I’m French but I’ve been living in Tokyo for many years during which I had a lot of meaningful and thrilling experiences. I’m curious and I love learning new things. My hobbies are kick boxing, scuba diving, Japanese traditional painting, etc… As a writer, I’d like to share information about less touristic, more authentic places. I will also write about all the fun and cultural activities unique to Japan.

Articles

2019.03.07
Find your Perfect Hanami Spot ! 16 Places to See the Cherry Blossoms in the Tokyo Area
If you are in Tokyo during the cherry blossoms season, it may be hard to pick up a specific place to view the sakura trees as the metropolis has so mu
2019.02.13
Interview with a Rickshaw Driver: from Guiding People to Changing People’s Lives
For a long time, I ignored that the rickshaw was actually a Japanese invention! This old profession still subsists today in a newer form in Japan: the
2019.01.28
How to Celebrate Setsubun on February 3rd
Setsubun is a day when Japanese people cast evil away from their homes. Read on to know how to do it like a local!
2018.11.08
A Short Introduction to Jizo, a Japanese Bodhisattva
When traveling in the Japan, you may see statues dressed with a red cloth. They are representations of Jizo, the Buddhist divinity most loved by Japan
2018.08.30
The Secrets of the Tatami and Making them for 6 Generations
Meet Mr. Tsunekawa, a tatami craftsman in a small, 160 years old workshop in Tokyo.
2018.08.28
How to use Japanese chopsticks the right way
Here are the do's and don't of Japanese chopsticks! Learn how to avoid making cultural mistakes while eating with Japanese people.
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2018.07.20
4 things to do in Tokyo this week (July 23- July 30)
Are you a morning person or a night owl? Here are a few activities to enjoy at your favorite time of the day.
2018.07.18
Meet Chie, the Wandering Singer and Mangaka of Arakicho, Shinjuku
Chie is a 'Nagashi' artist: she wanders the streets of Arakicho and plays her traditional instrument in the local bars to entertain the customers. She
2018.07.02
Ringo no Hana: an Izakaya in Shinjuku Serving Aomori Soul Food
Aomori is the name of an area and its main city, in the Northern part of the Honshu island. It is not the kind of place usually visited by the first-
2018.06.22
What to do in Tokyo this Week? (June 25-July 1st)
Here is our little selection of cool things to do in Tokyo next week!
2018.05.28
A Quick Guide to 'Donabe', the Japanese Traditional Earth Cookware
The interest in the Japanese aesthetics is increasing worldwide, and it's no longer rare, for example, to see Japanese items in Western kitchens anymo
2018.05.25
What to do in Tokyo this week? May 28 - June 3
There are loads of festivals and dances this week... but maybe you would prefer to go admire the hydrangeas?
2018.05.17
A full guide to ‘Your name’ real-life locations in Yotsuya (Part 2)
After visiting Suga Shrine and other 'Your Name' locations,, how about a little rest in a nice old-fashioned coffee house? Garage coffee is a good pl
2018.05.17
A full guide to ‘Your name’ real-life locations in Yotsuya (Part 1)
Did you know that most Tokyo locations that can be seen in ‘You name’ are real places that you can visit and are easily covered by foot? In the firs
2018.04.26
VOWZ BAR, a Bar Managed by Real Buddhist Monks!
The editor-in-chief of the Japanese version of Tadaima Japan, Mr. Shigenobu, had invited me to discover two vegetarian friendly bars in Arakicho, his

Translations

2017.01.22
Visit Suga Shrine in Tokyo's Yotsuya: Ward off evil then see a real-life location for the hit anime film, “Your name”
In Tokyo’s Yotsuya area, at the heart of the city, Suga Shrine retains a peaceful atmosphere in an oasis of greenery. Originally an Inari Shrine - a
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2016.06.23
The Japanese custom “Teru Teru Bozu”, making a doll for good weather the next day
Have you ever seen this doll hanging in someone’s window in Japan? You may see them during the rainy season. This very old custom is called “Teru Teru
Komachi-dori
2015.10.18
3 food shops you should visit in Komachi-dori, the must-go shopping street in Kamakura!
The “Must-Go” place in Kamakura: Komachi Dori Street Great for shopping and eating with over 19 million visits each year!
2015.09.08
How to Enjoy the “Chrysanthemum Festival” on September 9th
The September 9th and the chrysanthemum flowers are said to bring good luck. Here is why.
Amanohashidate
2015.08.20
Swim and Have fun at Amanohashidate Beach, One of the Three Best Scenic Views in Japan!
Enjoy a rare setting in Japan Amanohashidate is said to be built by gods as a bridge to heaven. If you are in Kyoto, a little tired of the usual temp
2015.02.23
My experience of aizome, dying Japan Blue
Indigo, nicknamed Japan Blue, is an important color in Japanese culture. This is why I decided to visit Wanariya, a shop that allows visitors to make
2014.10.17
Weird Food from Japan: "Kawara Soba,” Tea Noodles Cooked on a Roof Tile!
This weird cooking technique was born in battle In the City of Shimonoseki, in Yamaguchi Prefecture, there is a local cuisine called kawara soba. It
2014.08.30
How to Use your Japanese Folding Fan the Right Way
The different uses of the folding fan in Japanese culture Many people may think of the folding fan as something to put on the wall for decoration or