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Wasabi

Wasabi

Writer / Translator


I’m a freelance translator from Tokyo who likes to travel right in the middle of the unpredictables in life. Through the translation of articles I hope to create points of contact between Japan and the rest of the world. As a writer, I want to add information that isn’t in the guide book, from a “wasabi” perspective!

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注釈:The Tokyo Metro Subway Map and Route Planner
2015.12.06
Scared of Tokyo’s complicated subway system? Here’s a multilingual metro- planning App!
You no longer have to worry about getting lost in Tokyo! You might be overwhelmed when looking at this metro map of Tokyo. Tokyo’s subway system is
dogo onsen
2015.12.04
It’s like a world in a Japanese movie! Dogo Onsen in Ehime Prefecture is the best place for a winter visit in Japan!
It has a strong connection with the Japanese novelist, Soseki Natsume. Soseki Natsume is one of the most famous novelists in Japan. This hot spring
The Footbath at Arashiyama station
2015.11.23
The Japanese finally made a hot spring on a train platform! A Footbath at Arashiyama station in Kyoto.
A hot spring footbath on the station platform! Take a footbath while watching trains pass by! You will probably visit Kyoto to see the temples an
Banquet Hall
2015.11.22
It’s a must visit in Tokyo! The 7 extremely gorgeous halls of “Meguro Gajoen”!
Take a look at the 7 Banquet rooms, all of which inspire the worlds of novels and movies. Contrary to the gorgeous and colorful temples in other
2015.11.20
If you want to know more about festivals in Japan, The Machikado Exhbition Hall in Kabuto-cho/Kayabacho is for you!
You can take a closer look at traditional mikoshi, dashi and costumes! Tokyo is a very interesting city where modern and traditional culture mix to
Daffodils
2015.11.19
3 million daffodils nodding in a field! The Tsumekisaki Daffodil Festival starts December 20th! 【Shizuoka Prefecture】
The festival is held from Sunday, December 20th 2015 to Wednesday, February 10th 2016. There is a wide variety of nature in Shimoda city, Shizuok
Yushima Tenmangu
2015.11.12
The season for exams has come to Japan! Why not visit the “Yusima Tenmangu Shrine”, where the god of wisdom dwells?
Japan has a season for examinations! What kind of examinations do you have when entering high school or a university in your country? Entrance exam
The scramble crossing in Shibuya
2015.11.06
A typical day in the life of a Tokyoite in Shibuya
13:00: Meeting friends in front of the Hachiko statue or at TSUTAYA. The crazy scramble crossing is famous in Shibuya and is usually interesting to
Rice cake
2015.11.04
The very delicious and vegetarian-friendly "Demachi Futaba” rice cake, available only in Kyoto.
These fresh and tasty rice cakes are only available in Kyoto! There are many tasty foods in Kyoto; Kyoto Obanzai, Kyo-dsuke, famous Kyoto pickles,
Tokugawa Yoshinobu’s cemetery
2015.11.02
Take a walk in the Yanaka Cemetery, where the last Shogun, Tokugawa Yoshinobu rests in peace. (Tokyo)
Welcome to Edo and it’s old world nostalgia. What do you imagine when hearing the word Tokyo? Some might imagine cutting-edge technology, young peo
Kenrokuen
2015.10.21
【AUTUMN】The best season for autumn foliage comes in late November! ”The Kenrokuen garden” in Ishikawa Prefecture.
Ishikawa Prefecture is easily accessible from Tokyo, thanks to the Hokuriku Shinkansen! Ishikawa Prefecture can be accessed from Tokyo in just 2 an
A Koedo street.
2015.10.15
Strolling around Kawagoe’s retro “Koedo”, featured in the anime, “Kamisama Kiss”!
Kawagoe’s appeal is its warehouse style architecture! Many of you have heard the word “edo”. As you know it refers to a period between 1603〜1868
The Seven Deities of Good Luck
2015.09.26
Have you ever heard of Kannazuki? It’s the month when all Japanese gods go to one place in Japan!
What’s Kannazuki? Most Japanese people have heard about “Kannazuki”, but they seldom know what it actually means and what it’s derived from. Kannaz
Red spider lilies
2015.09.20
Ohigan, the little know tradition of visiting the graves
Read about this typical celebration for the dead, a unique mix of Buddhism and Japanese Shintosim.
The Edo period’s fast food
2015.09.17
You can eat the same kind of fast food that Samurai used to eat from the Edo period! The Japanese tavern, “Miyatogawa” is now open in Edogawa-bashi!
Have some freshly prepared cuisine that samurai used to love! As you already might know, Tokyo is famous for its wide variety of restaurants! There

Translations

Rice
2016.08.03
Japanese live on rice in a variety of ways according to the situation
Rice is the staple of food for the Japanese, and we eat it in different ways according to situations in our daily lives. There are different brands th
Curtain
2016.07.30
What are these curtains hanging at the entrances of shops in Japan?
“Noren”, or a store curtain, is often hung at the entrances of shops in Japan. Today, I’d like to introduce the role of this curtain and its origin.
Soba
2016.07.20
Umami and Dashi (soup stock) play important roles in Japanese food.
Japanese food was registered as a UNESCO intangible cultural asset in 2013. Japan has its own unique soup stock called “dashi”, which brings out the
Copper Rain Gutter
2016.07.16
Japanese architecture makes rain gutters aesthetic!
Rain gutters collect rain from rooftops and transport it to the sewer system. Japanese architecture has become more westernized and rain gutters are m
Horyuji Temple
2016.07.08
Horyuji Temple was built 1,300 years ago and is a mysterious wooden building
Horyuji temple is the oldest wooden building and was established by Prince Shotoku. It was designated as a UNESCO world heritage site in 1993. Nara’s
Weddings and Nodategasa
2016.07.06
Japanese umbrella scenery in Japan
During the rainy season, you’ll pass by people with umbrellas walking along the street. In Japan, we have Western umbrellas imported from England an
senja-fuda
2016.06.29
Have you ever wondered what these stickers are in Japanese temples and shrines?
During the Edo period (1603 to 1868), visiting temples and shrines to make a wish for their well-being was popular among the people at the time. Peopl
hitachi
2016.05.26
4.5 million flowers under the clear sky next to the ocean! Hitachi Seaside Park
Hitachi Seaside Park is located in Hitachinaka city in Ibaraki Prefecture. There are seasonal events where you can view beautiful seasonal flowers in
2016.05.26
A Flower park chosen as one of the top 10 dream destinations in the world!
Ashikaga Flower Park is suggested by CNN as being identical to the spiritual Tree of Souls in the movie, “Avatar”. There’s a large, 150-year-old wiste
Exterior of Marugoto Nippon
2016.05.06
Authentic specialties from all over Japan are in Asakusa! 【Marugoto Nippon】
The shopping mall, Marugoto Nippon is located by the famous Sensoji Temple. This mall specializes in selling hidden specialties from all over Japan, i
sumo
2016.04.27
Sumo: Japanese wrestling with a real fighting spirit.
Sumo wrestlers wear topknots and traditional loincloths on the tournament ring that follows customs dating back to the Edo period. Sumo is a real figh
Tulips
2016.04.25
Let’s go to the Tulip festival at Echigo Kyuryo Park and see two hundred thousand tulips in bloom!
Each city in Japan has its own designated flower that represents the city. Niigata Prefecture and Toyama Prefecture both have tulips as their designat
Ise Grand Shrine
2016.03.12
8 Things you Should Know about Correct Manners before Visiting Ise Grand Shrine
Hatsu, from Mie Prefecture, will present local information about the Ise-Shima area. The God of the Ise Grand Shrine shrine has been enshrined here fo
Hakata Kawabata Shopping Street
2016.03.03
The nostalgic, Hakata Kawabata Shopping Street in Fukuoka
Hello! It’s HIDE from “BURA BURA FUKUOKA”. Today, I’d like to introduce you to an area called Kawabata. Tenjin is famous for it’s many of malls and b