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Street performers in Yoyogi Park images

Street performers in Yoyogi Park

I visited Yoyogi Park in Tokyo near Harajuku station recently on a Sunday. As I walked through the park, there were numerous street performers. One of my favorites are the street rockers. They dress in black jeans and 50's style with Elvis style hair and ducktail haircuts. They dance to rockabi…(73 words)

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Kevin

Tokyo Park Music Harajuku Hair Yoyogi Park
You can bake Osenbei yourself ! images

You can bake Osenbei yourself !

Japanese people love “mono-zukuri”. (making things by hand) There are a variety of Shoku-nins (craftsman) as well as craft centers or facilities where you can experience “mono-zukuri” yourself. If you join such an activity, you can sometime enjoy conversations with such craftsman directly and feel …(86 words)

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OKAKI-sun

Tokyo Saitama Conversations
bowing is showing your respects at a temple or shrine images

bowing is showing your respects at a temple or shrine

I was asked my friend from Europe what are manners at Shrine and Temple. Shrine is Shinto(Japanese original religion) and temple is Buddhist.I was taught from my grandmother when I go to Shinto shrine, crap my hands and call god , bow and you pray your wishes.When I go to Temple, I don't cra…(65 words)

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yukorose

Etiquette Tera (Temple) Jinjya (Shrine) Bowing
As far as I know, there isn’t really a place! images

As far as I know, there isn’t really a place!

As far as I know, there isn’t really a place where beginners can go just to experience Kendo for an afternoon of fun. The All Japan Kendo Federation puts on a group event where you can go and experience holding the Kendo swords and trying on the armor. The event is once a month between 6 and 7pm, a…(141 words)

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SEIJAN

Tokyo Event
There are some sumo stables. images

There are some sumo stables.

There are some sumo stables that are off limits to normal citizens. Also, at some places, the sumo may be on patrol around town, or the stable may be in quite a remote area. These stables here are apparently open for viewing, but you may need help inquiring with the site:http://www.kokonoe-beya.c…(68 words)

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SEIJAN

Tokyo Sumo
Saying "No" images

Saying "No"

Refusing an offer isn't always easy, especially if the offer is for a fun night out at an izakaya. However, if you can't make it, here are some techniques I use to bow out gracefully. Usually, I go for the easy let-down. I feel a too-direct, "Thanks, but I'm not interested," may be too straight-…(165 words)

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jdlawrence

Izakaya Zone
Go to Hotel New Otani for a quick session images

Go to Hotel New Otani for a quick session

Seisei-an Tea room in Hotel New Otani offers a quick an casual tea ceremony experience program. It is nothing too strict or stiff. The tea master is very frank and talkative. Since it is organized per request, usually very small group, maybe just for yourselves. It costs only 1000 yen plus tax and …(69 words)

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taro

Tokyo Hotel Tea New Otani
You really need an invite from the Stable. images

You really need an invite from the Stable.

Sumo stables are certainly an experience. One stable, which has now closed down, used to have chanko events around the time of the tournaments, where the wrestlers in the evening after fighting would serve chanko to the guests. In addition, it is permissible for men to view the training area. Women…(54 words)

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Steve

Tokyo Sumo
The Musical Toilets of Japan images

The Musical Toilets of Japan

I have a friend who always used the euphemism, “going to the Toto,” whenever he was headed for the men’s room. He called it that because Toto is one of the most famous toilet and urinal makers in Japan. (Toto is the abbreviation of Tōyō Tōki which means oriental ceramics.)First time visitors to…(631 words)

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Joe Peters

Toilet Washlet Toto
How long does it take to be accepted in a Japanese community? images

How long does it take to be accepted in a Japanese community?

Have you had the experience where you felt like you where not completely connected with a Japanese friend.I live near a port and every July the locals take their fishing boats out to Kanzanji park to watch fireworks from the sea.It's an experience that normally you wouldn't have.Lots of l…(293 words)

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Yuuki I

Park Sea Live
A Gentleman's Kimono Completes the Outfit in Japan images

A Gentleman's Kimono Completes the Outfit in Japan

Simple and clean, small Kobachi dishes contain lightly grilled fish, healthy Hijiki seaweed and a few other bites to complement an ochoko cup of dry rice wine. In the photo, the gentleman is taking his first sip of Sake after what may have been a long, stressful day. He may have come home around 8 …(281 words)

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~ Picasso and Henry Moore ~ Inside and Out ~ Outside In ~ images

~ Picasso and Henry Moore ~ Inside and Out ~ Outside In ~

Turn left when you get off the train and with a little walking you'll see the Ticket Office. Different priced tickets for the members of your family, depending on how many days and years you have been wandering around this planet where sometimes you can get a sense of normality. You're not going to…(561 words)

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Andrew Grimes

Train Park Shinjuku Building Ticket Museum Art Souvenir Nature English
How to cook edamame at home images

How to cook edamame at home

Edamame is a delightful vegetable commonly served at Japanese Izakaya and sushi restaurants as a meal starter. Also, we can also cook them easily at home when you want some finger food to dinner during summer. Although it's very easy and simple, how to cook edamame is very important since it makes …(191 words)

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EmiOnishi

Edamame (Green soybeans) Summer Sushi Izakaya Salt Dinner Food summer food
Sushi Lesson with a professional Sushi Chef in his Sushi Restaurant ! images

Sushi Lesson with a professional Sushi Chef in his Sushi Restaurant !

Sushi Lessons with our Sushi Chef at Satsumaya Sushi Restaurant in Fujisawa, Japan.Satsumaya Sushi Restaurant is a well-established sushi restaurantthat has been in business since 1955.Sushi lessons are taught by our 30-year experiencedI tachō (Sushi Chef).Our lessons range from introductor…(262 words)

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sushiyanotsuma

Sushi Japanese Culture Japanese cuisine
Banking in Japan: Where to Go, What to Do images

Banking in Japan: Where to Go, What to Do

So you’ve just made the big move to Japan and now you’re working on acquiring the basic necessities needed to survive, which are—in no particular order—finding work, obtaining a phone plan, seeking a roof over your head and setting up a bank account.As you’ll soon find out, one crucial differen…(738 words)

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Japanista

Japan Bank account
Tama Sushi – What made the experience so much fun – despite the language barrier images

Tama Sushi – What made the experience so much fun – despite the language barrier

When expressing himself, Shimizu-San talks with his entire body – with his hands and fingers, even with his eyes. That's why booking a Sushi class with Tama Sushi close to Tsukiji Fish Market will make you understand a lot about the history and art of sushi, even if your Japanese language skills ar…(458 words)

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Katharina

Sushi Restaurant Tsukiji Japan Art History Eat Fish Yen Japanese