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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dogo onsen
2015.12.04
Dogo Onsen in Ehime Prefecture: a Place that Seems out of a Japanese Movie
Dogo Onsen has a strong connection with the Japanese novelist Soseki Natsume. Soseki Natsume is one of the most famous novelists in Japan. You may
The Footbath at Arashiyama station
2015.11.23
At Kyoto's Arashiyama Station, you Can Take a Hot Spring Footbath on the Train Platform
# Take a footbath while watching trains pass by! If you visit Kyoto to see the temples and shrines, chances are you'll get tired from walking all da
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
Yushima Tenmangu
2015.11.12
A Quick Look at Yushima Tenmangu Shrine, where Japanese Students Pray for their Exams
Exam season in Japan In Japan, to enter high school or university, students have to go through tough exams, and entrance exams are usually a very i
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
Kyoto's Vegan Friendly Traditional Cake: Demachi Futaba
A traditional delicacy only available in Kyoto There are many tasty foods in Kyoto originating from Kyoto, but the rice cake from Demachi Futaba wa
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
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.
Respect for the Elderly Day
2015.09.15
What is “Respect for the elderly Day“? It’s literally a day to show respect to all elderly people!
September 21st is the day for it in 2015! Respect your elders! National holidays are always a big part of history and culture in any country. Respe
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The stair case at saiho-ji temple.
2015.09.04
Let’s go to “Saiho-ji Temple”in Hiroshima where the movie, “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time” is based!
Let’s go up the stair case that appeared in the movie “The girl who leapt through time”! Have you heard of the movie, “The girl who leapt through t
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The famous signboard, moving crab
2015.07.20
Neon signs that reflect Osaka’s flashy culture are a must see in “Doutonbori”!
Being “Ha-de”, is OSAKA! Osaka is getting popular among tourists in Japan. Generally speaking, people in Osaka are extraverted, straight forward,
Single malt whisky, Yamazaki.
2015.07.17
Let’s go on a ‘tipsy’ factory tour at the “SUNTORY YAMAZAKI DISTILLERY”, where Japanese whisky was born!
Beloved Japanese whisky Suntory Yamazaki Distillery is a 10 min walk from JR Yamazaki and Hankyu Oyamazaki stations. It’s easily accessible and i
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Hozenji-Yokocho
2015.07.15
Osaka’s MUST visit! Experience culture with a walk through the nostalgic narrow street, “Hozenji-Yokocho”.
Grab a drink after visiting Hozenji Temple. Hozenji-Yokocho is a narrow bar street located next to the Hozenji Temple to the north. It started ar
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Instant Ramens
2015.07.14
Fun and Tasty! Learn about the history behind Instant Ramen at "The Instant Ramen Museum"!
Osaka is where instant ramen started. August 25th, 1958 is the day when instant ramen was born and is now eaten all over the world. It’s creator,

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