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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Articles

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.
taiyaki
2015.02.03
Hurry before they’re gone! The crispy skin and hot stewed adzuki bean jam is the specialty of “Nezu no Taiyaki”
How about dropping by on your way to the Yanaka Ginza shopping district? “Nezu no Taiyaki” is located within a 5 minute walk from Nezu stat
2015.01.31
Nostalgia in Tokyo: a walk around "Yanaka Ginza" shopping street
Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the town. Yanaka Ginza shopping district is located within 5 minutes from Nippori Station. The entrance to th
deer in Todaiji Temple
2015.01.23
Play hide-and-seek with a ”deer in Todaiji Temple”: A deer in Nara during the morning
Hello, as you can see, I’m deer. I live in Todaiji Temple in Nara. People recognize me as a sacred being because the God,“Takemikazuchi-no-mikoto”
tojotei
2015.01.16
Very easy access from Tokyo. ”Tojo-house,” a 19th century dwelling located in Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture.
Let’s take an easy walk to “Tojo-house” The last feudal lord of Mito province, Tokugawa Akitake, built tojo-house in 1884 during the Me
otaru
2015.01.15
It’s like a small European town in Japan, a day trip to ”Otaru” in Hokkaido 
Otaru has Hokkaido’s version of Wall street. Located close to Sapporo station, and easy to access, Otaru brings in many day trip travelers.
ouchijuku
2015.01.13
Time travel to the old postal town of “Ouchi-juku.” The best way to experience Japan’s older atmosphere!
Time warp to an old post town where Daimyo (feudal lords) had stayed. Ouchi-juku, nestled among soaring mountains, lies along the Aizu We
akagi
2015.01.12
The Holy “Akagi Shrine” is located at the top of Mt.Akagi
The faith from the Shrine is derived from the Mountain Akagi Shrine is located in Maebashi-city, Gunma Prefecture. It exists at the to
fukubukuro
2015.01.03
Don’t miss the New Year’s fun lucky bags “Fukubukuro”!
You don’t know what’s inside, but it’s also a part of fun. As you may notice that there are full of events on New Year in Japan as we have been i
hatsuyume
2015.01.01
”Hatsuyume,” the first dream you see on the night of New Year’s Day.
Dream about good luck symbols! Mt. Fuji, a Hawk, and an Eggplant! In Japan,“Hatsuyume” is literally the first dream you see after December 31st a
otoshidama
2014.12.27
“Otoshidama” is the New Year’s gift that kids can’t wait for!
It’s what kids receive on New Years day for pocket money! In Japan we have a custom called “Otoshidama,” when adults give kids money on New Years
toshikoshisoba
2014.12.19
Eating “Toshikoshi Soba Noodles” on December 31st will give you good fortune?
New years Eve (Omisoka) has arrived! In Japan we call the last day of the year, December 31st, Omisoka. This day is to rid oneself of negativity
2014.12.02
The Ginkgo Festival:Beautiful Autumn Colors in Tokyo's Jingu Gaien
The best place and time to admire Ginkgo trees like the locals.

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