Explore the natural riches in the most popular shrine in Japan for the first visit of the year.
Omotesando is not only about elegant shops, cafes and Japanese culture. That’s right! The street of Omotesando is like a catwalk for fashionable ladies and girls to show off the latest fashion trends. Get some inspirations from them for your own styling and makeup! Also, don’t miss out Nicolai [...]
A festival for preserving one’s health with chrysanthemum and sake rice wine, and an occasion to pray for everlasting youth and longevity. Originating in ancient China, the custom was introduced to Japan during the Heian period. As the old lunar calendar has come to be replaced by the solar cal[...]
Worshipped at by many entertainers With their quiet dignity the grounds of Hanazono Shrine are so peaceful that it is hard to believe that Kabukicho is right next door. As the guardian of the city, the shrine has been watching over Shinjuku from before the start of the Edo period (1603-1868). P[...]
People of the samurai society began setting up decorative carp streamers and samurai warrior dolls. From the correlation between the ayame, a woman who excels in weaving, and shobu, a man who excels in the martial arts, which are associated with the iris, the ritual came to be celebrated as an [...]
Japan’s largest restaurant search engine, Gurunavi, expands its contribution beyond its useful online search tool. In order to help the Japanese culinary culture to flourish, they now educate consumers about food, history and etiquette to develop the future of Japanese gourmet culture. Master t[...]
It's the spirit of service that goes beyond guest satisfaction. Muneyuki Joraku explains what goes into the heart of Japanese Hospitality.
Back in 2004, the “Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range” were designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stretches over Mie, Nara, and Wakayama Prefectures, the area consists of three sacred sites linked by pilgrimage routes. The first sacred site, Yoshino and Omine ([...]
You may not know there are quite a few natural hot spring baths in Tokyo, especially in Ota City. Check out Public Bath Association’s multilingual website for more info! http://www.ota1010.com/e_main.html Myojin-yuIf you want to try a traditional public bath, Myojin-yu is the place to go.[...]
As the days begin to shorten and the breezes get chillier, it almost feels as though everything is going to fade and die off…it’s not hard to imagine how our ancestors struggled to survive the season and longed for the arrival of the spring. Toji, literally meaning the deep[...]
There are five days across the year called “Sekku/Sechiku”. Each announces the change of the season in the traditional Japanese calendar. One of these is “Momo no Sekku (Girl’s Day)”. It is also called “Joushi” which is the Chinese name for this day. It is said that this event w[...]
Generally speaking, a kaiseki meal is served as follows: Appetizer >> Soup >> Sashimi >> Simmered items >> Deep-fried items >> Grilled items >> Steamed items >> Rice, Soup and Pickles >> Desserts Let’s begin by looking at the grilled item which i[...]
1. Bring your bento box Bringing your bento box will make Hanami more exciting. When the cherry blossoms begin to bloom, you can view them while walking around, or you can just enjoy the single blooming tree tree in your neighbourhood. Eating outside with the spring air makes food – including e[...]
1. Who said you can’t drink sake in a wine glass? Apart from using traditional Japanese tableware, you can enjoy sake in a wineglass. For Junmai, treat it as if it were red wine at room temperature to appreciate the aroma of rice. For Honjozo or a dry type of sake, drink it [...]
1. Take off your shoes When you stay at older ryokan buildings, you often need to take off your shoes at the main entrance and change into slippers. Nowadays there are some ryokans where guests don’t need to take off their shoes at the entrance. Though, when you enter your guest room, you al[...]