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Anyone interested in Katana, the traditional Japanese sword? Even though Katana is no longer used as its original practical purpose, there are many enthusiastic fans all over the world, who are attracted by the beauty of Katana. Origin of Katana The…
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One exciting way to experience Japan is traveling via the bullet train or Shinkansen. You can cut travel time between cities and spend more time enjoying the tourist sites. The original Tokaido Shinkansen linking Tokyo and Osaka was launched in 1964 on…
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Say Kobe, what do you think of? When people hear the word Kobe, the first thing that comes to mind is professional basketball player Kobe Bryant who has won five NBA titles with the Los Angeles Lakers. But did you know that Kobe’s parents actually named…
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Do you know Geta? Before the Edo period (1603-1868), Japanese people wore traditional wooden clogs known as Geta or Zōri with their yukata or kimono. They are similar to the modern slippers we are familiar with today, except that their structure is…
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Have you ever seen this Japanese raccoon (Tanuki たぬき)figure? You may be spotted the raccoon figure in front of restaurants, Izakaya, inns, shops, etc. in Japan. This is “Shigarakiyaki”, a pottery made in Kōga city in Shiga prefecture. It is said that this…
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What is Daruma?     Daruma (ダルマ、達磨)is a lucky item in Japan. Anybody can buy it. Especially during New Year season, you’ll see some street stalls selling Daruma. 80% of Daruma sold in Japan is made in Takasaki-city, Gunma prefecture, which is about 1.7…
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Do you know Kusatsu Onsen? They said Kusatsu Onesen is one of the three best Japan’s hot spring, situated at 1200 meters above sea level in Gunma Prefecture. You can also enjoy this resort area for skiing during winter and hiking in the rest of season.…
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Hi everyone, I uploaded Japanese road sign video in YouTube. There are two parts, 1. Explaining Japanese road signs, and 2. Showing real signs on actual road. The video didn’t show all of the Japanese road signs, but covered fundamental ones. Here are…
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Hirosaki Sakura Festival (弘前桜まつり)2017. Sakura season has just over in Aomori prefecture. This video highlights the best shots of Hirosaki castle park’s sakura! Next year 2018, Hirosaki park’s 100th Sakura festival. So cannot miss it! Plan your trip to…
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神の子池 (Kaminoko-ike) ~ God’s child pond~ This beautiful pond locates near 摩周湖 -Lake Mashū in Hokkaido. This pond gets its name, literally meaning “Child of the gods,” from stories that it is fed by underground waters from Lake Mashuko, which is known by…
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