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

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
2018.04.10
Cozy and Vegetarian: 'Bar Botanical' in Shinjuku
Being vegetarian or vegan in Japan is not always easy. Cooking vegetarian food or vegan food at home is fine, but going out with friends, especially
2018.03.03
The Amazing Experience of Being Dressed by a Kimono Professional
Kimono is probably one of the most famous Japanese words, an emblem of the traditional Japanese culture worldwide. Consequently, it is very understand
2018.02.19
Making okonomiyaki is fun and easy!
A few days ago, I joined the okonomiyaki party at Tadaima Japan Shinjuku Ryokan with my friend David from Belgium. Okonomiyaki is a popular Japanese
2018.02.16
My stay at Tadaima Japan Shinjuku Ryokan
You’ve probably heard about it: Tadaima Japan has opened its own ryokan at the end of last year in the middle of Araki-cho (Shinjuku district, in Toky
2018.01.23
How to Bathe in Japanese Public Bathes and Onsen
‘Do you prefer taking a shower or a bath?’ If you have the opportunity to communicate with Japanese people, this question might pop up during the co
2016.07.18
A short introduction to Shinto, Japan's oldest religion.
To the rest of the world, Japan is often perceived as Buddhist country. The truth is Buddhism arrived in japan around the 6th Century. Before that, Ja
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2016.04.27
The secrets of Chanko Nabe, the main food of Sumo wrestlers (and where you can eat it)
After watching Sumo Wrestling in Ryogoku, you might question how the Sumo wrestlers maintain their large and powerful bodies. Are they eating unhealth
2016.02.03
The Dos and Don'ts of Bowing in Japan
In shops, in the streets, on the phone... You may have noticed that Japanese people bow all the time! Japan has a lot of hidden rules like where to st
2015.09.01
3 Different Ways to Look at Miyajima's Great Torii
Miyajima's great torii has become a famous picture on Japan guidebooks. Here are three different ways to enjoy its beauties and take your own stunning
2015.07.22
A beginner's guide to Kakigoori (Shaved Ice), a Japanese Summer Classic Food
In this article I'd like to introduce you to shaved Ice, called 'Kakigori' in Japanese, a beloved and refreshing treat of the Japanese summer.
Ema for praying for success at school
2015.07.02
How to send your wishes to the gods in a Shinto shrine
Sending your wishes to the spirits If you have ever visited a Shinto religion shrine, you may have noticed these small wooden boards hanging. They
2015.05.28
4 Important Colors in Japanese culture
Here is an easy introduction to 4 colors that have a special value and uses in Japanese culture.
2015.02.12
Valentine's Day in Japan: How and Why Do Japanese Women Give Chocolates to Men?
For Valentine’s Day, girls offer chocolate to the boys they love. If you like manga or Japanese animation series, it’s a scene you may have seen many
2015.02.10
What to Look for on Hina Matsuri Dolls Displays
Hina Matsuri, also called Dolls' Day or Girls' Day, takes place each year on March 3. Everywhere in Japan dolls are put on display to celebrate. But w

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