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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inside the shop
2015.06.15
Take a break at a 120-year-old house. “Chadokoro-China” is where you can taste Okinawan cuisine.
A 120-year-old one-storied house that has been renovated and changed to a restaurant. “Chadokoro-China” is in Itomanshi, located in the south
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Sea
2015.06.09
50 min from Naha by speedboat! Let’s go to Zamami Island and enjoy many different types of water sports!
It’s easily accessible and has a beautiful beach! To get to Zamami Island, you can take either the speedboat called Kosokusen-Zamami for 50 minutes
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Cape hedo rocky area
2015.06.05
The northernmost cape in Okinawa, Cape Hedo. The rough waves will make you feel the power of nature.
Cape Hedo is located in the northernmost part of mainland Okinawa. The rough waves and grave-like rocks take form. You might imagine a relaxed Is
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Chinuman entrance
2015.05.29
Good Okinawan food comes with great sake and a show! Chinuman, the Okinawan restaurant is a must visit.
Taste fresh seafood and Okinawa’s best sake! Okinawan restaurant, Chinuman is a chain restaurant that is open at 8 locations in Okinawa. The entran
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market entrance
2015.05.28
Featured article: Visiting the entertaining market of “Makishi-Kosetsu-Ichiba,” where so many rare Okinawan foods are sold!
It used to be a black market. Makishi-Kosetsu-Ichiba is a 10 min walk from Naha-city’s Miebashi station. Local people have cherished it as their ‘k
Yuki no Otani
2015.05.27
Take a walk at “Yuki-no-Otani” in Toyama Prefecture and experience the awesome size of the walls of snow that are over 10 meters tall!
Huge walls of snow are created after removing the snow! Have you heard of Yuki-no-Otani? It might be familiar to those who like to ski, because
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cat walking the street
2015.05.26
A pilgrimage to “Kudakajima Island” in Okinawa, said to be the closest to Niraikanai, a paradise across the ocean.
20 minutes away from mainland Okinawa by ferry, it’s where Okinawa starts. Kudakajima Island is a 7.75 km long flat Island floating 5km from Ch
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2015.05.25
Featured articles on Okinawa: Exploring the Valley of Gangala! Let’s enjoy some time in a large cave and experience the vast and ancient nature of Okinawa.
What is the Valley of Gangala? The valley of Gangala is located 30 min from the city of Naha and Naha Airport by car. There are other great pla
2015.05.01
Goboten Udon is a root vegetable cuisine that is loved by the people in Fukuoka Prefecture! Its crispy and crunchy texture is worth giving it a try!
What’s Goboten Udon? It’s Fukuoka people’s soul food. Guess what these finely shredded things are! It’s a Tempura made of the shredded root vegetable
2015.04.09
It’s a work of art created by wind and waves! The mysterious heart-shaped sea cave ”Ryugu Sea Cave” has a skylight that allows natural sunlight to shine in.
You can hear the sounds of the waves. Does it look like Porco’s hideout from the Japanese anime film, “Porco Rosso?” “Ryugu Sea Cave” is a natura
2015.03.20
Petting Beetles: The Strange Love of Japanese People for Insects
How people perceive things differ greatly depending on your culture. In Japan, people adore some insects just as any other pet. Read on to know which
2015.03.16
What is this yellow plastic wash tub called “Kerorin,” often seen in Japanese public baths?
What’s the interesting story behind Kerorin, the hidden big name in public baths? If you have ever been in a sento before, you might have seen th
2015.03.06
Must see things when you visit Ise Jingu (Ise Grand Shrine)! Strolling from Ise Jingu Gekū to Okage-yokocho street is so much fun!
Strolling to Okage-yokocho starts at Iseshi station. In Mie prefecture, Ise Jingu Shrine is too famous to ignore because it’s the grand head
2015.02.09
Have a relaxing tea time at the zen temple, “Houkokuji” with a beautiful bamboo garden.
Houkokuji Temple’s silent atmosphere is popular among visitors. Houkokuji Temple is located in Kamakura city, Kanagawa Prefecture. Fr
2015.02.07
The Japanese seasoning, “Furikake” is secretly becoming popular outside of Japan and used in unexpected ways!
It goes so well with freshly steamed rice! “Furikake” is literally named after its meaning, “to sprinkle over” and is made to sprinkle over rice.

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