An Amazing Place to Reset Your Mind
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Hama-rikyu is a public garden located on the shore of Tokyo Bay in the Shiodome District in Central Tokyo. It is a massive complex, with saltwater ponds that rise and fall with the tides of Tokyo Bay. Various paths and … Read More

Experiencing “Omotenashi”
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When you first arrive in Japan there’s always a phrase that will almost immediately get stuck in your head, “Irrashaimase”. This Japanese word of “welcome” is one of the many features of the unique service you are guaranteed to experience … Read More

Do you know Japanese word “okeiko”?
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You can experience traditional Japanese culture at 「Tokujuji Temle」in the island of Miyajima that is  famous for “Itsukushima Shrine” floating on the sea. It is called okeiko Japan! Do you know おけいこ(okeiko)? To translate it directly, it means a lesson. … Read More

Exploring the Art of Karakami
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During my time in Tokyo, I was fortunate enough to visit a Karakami exhibit and store. For those who don’t know, Karakami is a traditional method of pattern printing. Located Ueno, Tokyo Matsuya is a 4 floor location that is … Read More

Wrapping up money?
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When looking at western style cultures, gift giving is done for many occasions. Holidays, anniversaries, graduations, birthdays, and weddings are just a few of the many. These gifts can be presented in various forms such as wrapped in paper to … Read More

MINO KOKUBUNJI TEMPLE
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Readers whom have been following my “Can a feudal era General and famed military strategist act as a modern-day Cupid?” series of articles know I have a fairly close tie to the town of Tarui. During my frequent visits there, … Read More

The Battle at Sekigahara
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(Writing the column article about Nangu Taisha in Tarui reminded me I had promised to write about why I considered General Hanbei TAKENAKA to be the person who brought victory to Lord Ieyasu TOKUGAWA at the Battle of Sekigahara, fought … Read More

NANGU TAISHA, Tarui city, Gifu Prefecture
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Readers whom have been following my “Can a feudal era General and famed military strategist act as a modern day Cupid?” know I have a close tie to the town of Tarui. During my frequent visits there, I kept on … Read More

Ohishi Shrine, Akou city, Hyogo Prefecture
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December 14th, 2017: As Yousuke’s car started climbing the mountain pass leading into Akou proper, Mrs. Terumi Kawatobi mentioned how she always cried whenever she saw any of the popular 47 Ronin/Akou Incident based TV show and movie reruns, so … Read More

OKAZAKI MISO FACTORY
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One of the stops we made in Okazaki was to the Kakukyu miso factory. You are probably used to miso being translated as “soy bean paste.” However, most of the brands you see arrayed in stores should actually be called … Read More

Touring the Hana no mai Sake Brewery
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Getting to tour a brewery while learning about not only the ancient process of brewing traditional Japanese Sake but the drinks importance throughout Japanese history. This factory was established in 1864 to produce traditional Japanese “sake” (Nihonshu) in the most … Read More

Exploring the Hamamatsu Hachimangu Shrine
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Exploring the Hachimangu Shrine: paying a visit to the incredible Hachimangu shrine to learn not only the shrines history but the important role it played in Japanese history. This shrine is located in Hamamatsu not too far from the castle … Read More

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