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Road Trip Diaries #2: Nakaizu Hills Winery (In vino, veritas) images

Road Trip Diaries #2: Nakaizu Hills Winery (In vino, veritas)

Many people think of France, Spain, Italy, California or, more recently, Australia and Chile, when thinking about wine, and Japan is often thought of as a place where you make Japanese sake or beer. But, did you know that Japan has a winery in the Nakaizu area of Shizuoka prefecture? Nakaizu Wi…(907 words)

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jdlawrence

Tokyo Skytree Changing the City's Landscape images

Tokyo Skytree Changing the City's Landscape

Tokyo Skytree has changed the landscape of Tokyo. The tall tower is overlooking everything else in Tokyo. From the park along Sumida river in Asakusa you have a good view of Skytree and it is a popular spot for visitors to take pictures. Another spot for Skytree pictures is the Tourist Center in As…(299 words)

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David

Anime Genius in Japan: Sin-San images

Anime Genius in Japan: Sin-San

We call him “Master” and that honorific describes him to a “T”. The owner at a restaurant in Japan is often referred to as “Master” or in Japanese pronunciation “Masuta—“. Senpai Hint! When you are at a loss for how to address the guy in charge at a restaurant or bar in Japan, feel free to use …(803 words)

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Japan’s Farmers Markets images

Japan’s Farmers Markets

Since the onset of the notion of people bringing their consumable goods together in one area for others to sample, enjoy, and obtain, they were unknowingly creating the concept of markets as we know them today. What might come to mind when I say the word market are smartly lined shelves, refrigerat…(321 words)

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Alex

I opened a wine bar in Tokyo images

I opened a wine bar in Tokyo

I recently opened a wine bar in the Omotesando area of Tokyo, a very stylish area of the city. I'd like to post a brief outline of the process I went through in establishing the bar below. The property I sourced the property through a friend. It is a two storey building, built in the late…(833 words)

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Adstev73

5 recommendations to take your pictures wearing KIMONO in Asakusa images

5 recommendations to take your pictures wearing KIMONO in Asakusa

There are many good places to take pictures when you wear Kimono in Asakusa. Three gates to Sensoji, Kaminarimon, Hozomon and Nitenmon, are the best of course as well as Gojunotou (five-storied pagoda). However, I would like to recommend the places where is not in your guidebook.Izumiya is a sh…(236 words)

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Keiko, OTT

Find your inner zen in Kanazawa images

Find your inner zen in Kanazawa

Kanazawa is one of these romantic treasures that have survived time. If you visit the Higashi Chaya district, you will find old tea houses and dream of geishas. Kenrokuen, a Unesco world heritage place, looks great and precisely the typical Japanese garden that you fancy. It is beautiful and it fee…(516 words)

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Claire

One of the Most Ancient and Interesting Bridges in Japan images

One of the Most Ancient and Interesting Bridges in Japan

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IeL_cyyKVeMThis is a place steeped in history, pulsing with riveting stories of banished Samurai, castles and the Iwakuni Han. Home to Japan’s naval air force and the US Marines, Iwakuni is where the US and Japan work together to try and keep this part of the wor…(599 words)

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Home Sweet Home Revisted: Hotel Style images

Home Sweet Home Revisted: Hotel Style

Are you looking for a quaint yet classy place to stay in the middle of downtown, Tokyo? Do you want a touch of Japanese traditional with hints of Western modern? Look no further, Hotel & Residence Roppongi is the place for you.This was my second time to stay at H&R Roppongi. I wrote about my fi…(624 words)

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Former Deep Japan Writer

SKY HOP BUS images

SKY HOP BUS

SKY HOP BUS is a sightseeing bus you can freely hop on and hop off as much as you want within the validity period of your ticket. The ticket is available in 1 Day or 2 Day Pass. There are three tour routes; Asakusa-TOKYO SKYTREE course, Odaiba course, and Roppongi-Tokyo Tower course. You can hop on…(202 words)

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OH

Much Ado About and Much Surprise From Japan's Jungle Crows (Karasu) images

Much Ado About and Much Surprise From Japan's Jungle Crows (Karasu)

To me, the end of “Black Swan” with the maniacal red eyes and aggressive spins, did not remotely conjure an image of “swan”. After 29 years in Japan, that spinning, velvety spray of feather was nothing other than the huge black crows I see pondering my neighborhood garbage collection area each Satu…(1247 words)

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Kamakurabori Museum Encounter the world of Kamakurabori carving, a traditional handcraft images

Kamakurabori Museum Encounter the world of Kamakurabori carving, a traditional handcraft

Even if you have never heard the name “Kamakurabori”, I am sure that many people would say “oh, I have seen this before!” when they see the real thing. Some might incorporate Kamakurabori carvings in their daily lives, whether in a tray, incense container or tea canister. It is a traditional handcr…(1148 words)

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Kanagawa P.G.T.D.

Hotels around Fukuoka images

Hotels around Fukuoka

About Fukuoka Toei HotelFrom the Fukuoka Toei Hotel, guests can get to the Hakata area which is located in the heart of Fukuoka, in 10 minutes by bus, and Tenjin, a popular sightseeing area in Fukuoka, in about 10 minutes on foot.Guests can also get to both the Fukuoka Port and Hakata Inter…(92 words)

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OH

View from my office, abandoned castle ruin of 11th century images

View from my office, abandoned castle ruin of 11th century

There is a small hill in front of my office and at the base of the hill, I can see old monument by the road that nobody notices. Writing in the monument is hard to read due to wear and tear except the name of the place that says "Ruin of Shidu Castle". There used to be a small castle on top o…(143 words)

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kazmcqueen

Prefectural “Antenna shops” in Tokyo images

Prefectural “Antenna shops” in Tokyo

Specialties shops called “Antenna shops” in Japanese sell local foods and goods of different prefectures or cities in Japan in order to introduce their special products and promote tourism. The variety of items at the shops include seasonings, fresh vegetables and fruits, sake, rice, noodles, hand…(181 words)

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Takae

Two Thumbs Up for Thumbs Up Live House in Yokohama images

Two Thumbs Up for Thumbs Up Live House in Yokohama

Thumbs Up live house in the Sotetsu Movil Building near Yokohama Station (the same building that houses a 109 Cinema) is quite possibly the best live house in Yokohama. Thumbs Up provides energetic musical entertainment as well as some really good American-style food. The genres of music played the…(360 words)

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Former Deep Japan Writer

Futsal in Shibuya images

Futsal in Shibuya

There are several good futsal courts in Tokyo. Due to lack of land in the city center the ones with best access are often found on rooftops. One of the more spectacular options is Adidas' court on top of the Tokyu building right at Shibuya station, perfect for a breezy late night summer activity. S…(105 words)

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iensu

TOFU is the way to go! images

TOFU is the way to go!

As a person who hardly eats any meat, I always look for restaurants with meals for vegetarians. Some of my favorite restaurants are tofu-specific restaurants. Tofu is an excellent source of protein for vegetarians. My favorite restaurant is "Ume-no-hana" in Sky Building in Yokohama Station. I love …(155 words)

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RieS

Once a year images

Once a year

There is an "open market" (late October?) for those interested in purchasing a Japanese sword at a building right near the Atago Police Station {across from Japanese Red Cross headquarters}; I don't recall the exact building name [Nihon Token Club Building? Token means "sword & stuff" in Japanese, …(117 words)

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Mike's

Hakuhinkan ginza shop, vstone robot shop are good places to collect souvenirs for kids images

Hakuhinkan ginza shop, vstone robot shop are good places to collect souvenirs for kids

Hakuhinkan Ginza - http://www.hakuhinkan.co.jp/guide_en.html is a place to visit for sure. Here you can find lots of toys, puzzles, gadgets from Japan that will surely be liked by kids from any country. Its an awesome place. Vstone - kids robots building place - http://www.vstone.co.jp/english/…(121 words)

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suku

Parking overview images

Parking overview

#1 is do not park on the street unless it's a clearly marked spot.It's important to know that parking violations mean points on one's driver's license like a speeding ticket, etc. The fine is typically around 15,000 yen also. There are probably arcane ways to fight this ("It wasn't me driving."),…(735 words)

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Bones

Tokyo Station images

Tokyo Station

You can find a wide variety of souvenirs, mostly foods and lifestyle goods, at shops and department stores inside or near Tokyo Station. If you don't have time to go outside of the station, try "e-cute". They have nicely designed boxes of snacks and foods. http://www.ecute.jp/tokyo/For some…(106 words)

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Natchan

rent a bicycle to cover the wider yokohama images

rent a bicycle to cover the wider yokohama

I have tried both, walk or cycle, and found that cycling is fun in Yokohama. One can cover all the lanes/streets by bicycle easily within a day, enjoying the elegant building structure and discover the old and new Yokohama. If you stay at Balian resorts, they have bicycles (free) standby for their…(57 words)

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lucaslim

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Rent prices

If leasing commercial space in Tokyo the most expensive areas are Marunouchi for office space - Marunouchi Building is approximately JPY60,000/tsubo per month. Retail space is Ginza and Omotesando - prime 1st floor space in these areas is up to JPY250,000/tsubo per month.* 1 tsubo = 3.301 sq…(50 words)

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Adstev73

Have a trip of Tokyo. images

Have a trip of Tokyo.

I suggest you to go to the Tokyo Tower. It is the sign of Tokyo. And the building of Plice Station Of Tokyo, because it is always come out in lots of Japanese program.(34 words)

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PatY

Here are 3 very important risk reduction advices when Tornado occure images

Here are 3 very important risk reduction advices when Tornado occure

* On September 2, 2013, a tornado caused extensive damage in a total 19km area from Saitama, Chiba and Ibaragi Prefecture just north of Tokyo. To be honest, I had no idea a tornado could be powerful enough to blow off a house….I cannot help but call for your attention after I went to the damaged re…(281 words)

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totowatanabe

Music games are hot images

Music games are hot

Music game is one of the newest otaku hobbies. Every game centers install music game machines usually called Oto-ge. It is popular widely among all ages. You can play not only in game centers but also at home. A lot of people play it with their phone.Actually old otaku hobbies are also still po…(67 words)

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Kim-san

mosquito repellent incense images

mosquito repellent incense

The Japanese name is KATORI-SENKOI am living on the 39th floor of a building and there is not much mosquito there up my place. I think it is because there is no tree so high. The only one we found climbed up with the elevators.But the smell of katori senko is so nice and so reminiscent …(115 words)

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Claire

Maruzen in Marunouchi images

Maruzen in Marunouchi

Maruzen is one of the big bookstore chain with Kinokuniya.The one in Marunouchi is in Oazo building, 20 meters away from Tokyo station Marunouchi North exit. They have everything you would want: all kind of literature, and also a huge collection of art and science, including economics and b…(103 words)

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Claire