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

2019.10.15
Experience the “Slow Life” of the Japanese Countryside in Kamiyama
In my previous article I introduced the village of Kamiyama in Tokushima prefecture and one of my favorite waking tours there. This time, I would like
2019.10.09
Watch the Tadaima Japan Shinjuku Ryokan on BS Fuji TV on October 15th!
The Tadaima Japan Shinjuku Ryokan will be featured in a two-parts documentary broadcasted on Japanese TV.
2019.10.01
A Walk in a Magical Forest in Kamiyama
The small village of Kamiyama, located on Shikoku island, is not only one of the rare villages in Japan where young people come back to, but also offe
2019.08.02
10 Japanese Language Tips that Will Make You Sound Fluent
Here you are: you’ve been studying the Japanese language for some time and you’re ready to have conversations with Japanese people. However, the Japan
2019.07.26
‘Becoming Like the Sky’: an Encounter with a Street Monk in Ginza
In Tokyo, Buddhist priests chanting sutras in the streets, with their traditional robes and straw hats, have become an exotic sight not only to foreig
2019.06.26
Going to an Izakaya: 10 Words You Won’t Learn in Japanese Class
Gathering around food and drinks in an izakaya (a Japanese-style pub is an important part of Japanese culture, and you may have heard about nomunicati
2019.06.10
The Joys and Challenges of Japanese Traditional Painting: an Interview with Allan West
You may have seen his elegant kimono-clad figure on television, in newspapers, or in your Tokyo guidebook. After almost 40 years of career in Japan, A
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.
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-

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
Teru Teru Bozu
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