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Japanese Woman Wearing Kimono = AdobeStock 1

Photos Traditional culture

2020/6/19

Photos: Enjoy Japanese Kimono!

Recently, in Kyoto and Tokyo, services for renting kimonos for tourists are increasing. Japanese kimono has various colors and fabrics according to the season. Summer kimono (Yukata) is relatively cheap, so many people buy it. What kimono do you want to wear? Photos of the Japanese Kimono Japanese Woman Wearing Kimono = AdobeStock   Japanese Woman Wearing Kimono = AdobeStock   Japanese Man Wearing Kimono = AdobeStock   Japanese Woman Wearing Kimono = AdobeStock   Japanese Woman Wearing Kimono = AdobeStock 7   Japanese Man and Woman Wearing Kimono = AdobeStock   Japanese Man Wearing Kimono = AdobeStock   Japanese Woman Wearing Kimono = AdobeStock   Tourists wearing Japanese kimono = AdobeStock   Tourists wearing Japanese kimono = Shutterstock     I appreciate you reading to the end.   Back to "Tradition"    

Children in Japan 1

Photos Japanese people

2020/6/18

Photos: May children live in peace!

Children are really cute no matter which country we travel. Japanese children are also cute. I hope that children will live happily without conflict and prejudice. All I can do is to keep you informed that we do not want to fight with anyone and we want our guests from abroad to enjoy Japanese living and culture. Photos of the Japanese Children Children in Japan   Children in Japan   Children in Japan   Children in Japan   Children in Japan   Children in Japan   Children in Japan   Children in Japan   Children in Japan     I appreciate you reading to the end.   Back to "Harmony with people"    

Charaben, a homemade bento 1

Photos Modern culture

2020/6/18

Photos: Have you ever eaten "Charaben"?

Japanese people like lunch boxes. Therefore, various bento are sold at convenience stores and supermarkets. In addition, in a family with small children, parents make "charaben" as shown on this page. A charaben is a handmade bento made by parents using side dishes and rice to draw characters such as anime. It's so cute that it's a waste to eat! Photos of the "Charaben" Charaben, a homemade bento   Charaben, a homemade bento   Charaben, a homemade bento   Charaben, a homemade bento   Charaben, a homemade bento   Charaben, a homemade bento   Charaben, a homemade bento   Charaben, a homemade bento   Charaben, a homemade bento     I appreciate you reading to the end.   Back to "modernity"    

Kai-Komagatake, which straddles Nagano and Gifu prefectures = Shutterstock

Photos Spring

2020/6/18

Photos: Spring Snow -The Amazing Contrast of Flowers and Mountain Snow

It is interesting to see the snow scene in winter, but it is not bad to see the distant snow mountains in spring. The contrast between the flowers that bloom one after another and the snow mountains in the distance is wonderful. In addition, in spring, you will be able to go to heavy snowfall areas, which were closed in winter due to too much snow. For example, Tateyama (Toyama Prefecture) introduced at the end of this page is crowded with many tourists from mid-April every year! Photos of the Spring Snow Along the Shiraishi River in Sendai City, 1,200 cherry trees bloom beautifully every year with snow-covered mountains in the background = Shutterstock   Cherry blossoms in full bloom in the mountain village against the backdrop of the Hakuba mountain range in Nagano Prefecture = Shutterstock   Koiwai Farm in Iwate Prefecture. The contrast between Mt. Iwaki and the giant cherry tree is beautiful = Shutterstock   Daisetsuzan seen from Asahikawa, Hokkaido = Shutterstock   Oze, which spans Gunma, Fukushima and Niigata prefectures = Shutterstock   A view of Mt. Fuji from the shores of Lake Kawaguchi in Yamanashi Prefecture = Shutterstock   Near Motosu Lake at the foot of Mount Fuji, many moss phlox bloom in April every year = Shutterstock   Fresh green tea fields with snow-capped Mt. Fuji, Shizuoka Prefecture = Shutterstock   In the Tateyama mountain range in Toyama Prefecture, roads that have been closed by snow for the winter reopen in late April = Shutterstock     I appreciate ...

Hydrangeas beautifully blooming during the rainy season = Shutterstock 1

Photos June

2020/6/17

Photos: Hydrangeas -They become more beautiful on rainy days!

From June to the first half of July, the rainy season called "Tsuyu" continues in Japan, except in Hokkaido and Okinawa. There are many rainy days at this time, and honestly, it is not suitable for travel. But during this time, wonderful flowers welcome you. Those are the hydrangeas that I am introducing on this page. While cherry blossoms get wet and easily disperse, hydrangea flowers become even more beautiful when they are hit by the rain. These struck flowers have a completely different aesthetic than cherry blossoms. Would you like to see the flowers of Hydrangea? Photos of the Hydrangeas in Japan Hydrangeas beautifully blooming during the rainy season = Shutterstock   Hydrangeas beautifully blooming during the rainy season = Shutterstock   Hydrangeas beautifully blooming during the rainy season = Shutterstock   Hydrangeas beautifully blooming during the rainy season = Shutterstock   Hydrangeas beautifully blooming during the rainy season = Shutterstock   Hydrangeas beautifully blooming during the rainy season = Shutterstock   Hydrangeas beautifully blooming during the rainy season = Shutterstock   Hydrangeas beautifully blooming during the rainy season = Shutterstock   Hydrangeas beautifully blooming during the rainy season = Shutterstock     I appreciate you reading to the end.     Back to "June"    

Bamboo forest in Arashiyama, Kyoto city = Shutterstock 1

Photos Traditional culture

2020/6/15

Photos: Japanese Bamboo Culture -Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, etc.

There are many beautiful bamboo forests in Japan. For example, if you go to Arashiyama in Kyoto or Kamakura in Kanagawa prefecture, you can take a walk through the bamboo forest. You can see that bamboo is used everywhere in temples and tea rooms in Japanese gardens. Recently, there are bamboo forest roads illuminated at night, so please visit such tourist spots. Photos of the Japanese bamboo culture Bamboo forest in Arashiyama, Kyoto city = Shutterstock   Bamboo forest in Arashiyama, Kyoto city = Shutterstock   Bamboo is used in various ways in Japanese tea culture = Shutterstock   You can find various bamboo products in Japanese gardens, etc. = Shutterstock   In Arashiyama, bamboo forests are carefully managed by craftsmen = Shutterstock   There are various illuminations using bamboo = Shutterstock   People sitting in bamboo gazebo looking into bamboo garden of Hokokuji temple, Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture = Shutterstock   Bamboo grove lit up at night during Arashiyama Hanatouro festival in winter, Kyoto = Shutterstock   Bamboo grove lit up at night during Arashiyama Hanatouro festival in winter, Kyoto = Shutterstock     I appreciate you reading to the end.   Back to "Tradition"    

Japanese Landscapes in May 1

Photos May

2020/6/14

Photos: Japanese Landscapes in May - The Best Season for Spring

May is the best month for spring in Japan. Beautiful new greenery is shining everywhere. People are enjoying the spring fashions. Even in the snow-covered mountainous areas, the tourist season has begun. After the "Golden Week", or the early May holidays, the number of Japanese tourists at all tourist destinations will decrease and congestion will be alleviated. The number of tourists will dwindle. Come to Japan this time of year too! Photos of the Japanese Landscapes in May Japanese Landscapes in May   Japanese Landscapes in May   Japanese Landscapes in May   Japanese Landscapes in May   Japanese Landscapes in May   Japanese Landscapes in May   Japanese Landscapes in May   Japanese Landscapes in May   Japanese Landscapes in May     I appreciate you reading to the end.   Back to "may"    

Intersection of Shibuya, Tokyo

Photos Seasonal weather

2020/6/14

Photos: Rainy days in Japan -Rainy seasons are June, September and March

Japan has a rainy season in June, September and March. Rainy days continue in June in particular. If you are in Japan and the weather is not good please do not be disappointed. A lot of rainy scenery is drawn to Japanese art such as Ukiyo-e. There are many beautiful scenery even on rainy days. on this page, I will introduce the following places: Intersection of Shibuya (Photo above), Tokyo Station, Kyoto, Fushimi Inari, Nachi, Meigetsuin of Kamakura, Saihoji Temple of Kyoto, Yufuin. The last photo is Japan's Sunny doll. Japanese hang it to pray for good weather. Please cheer up and enjoy the beautiful Japanese rainy days! Photos of the Rainy days in Japan Tokyo Station in Tokyo   Near Kiyomizu Temple Temple in    Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine in Kyoto   Kumano Nachi Taisha Shrine in Wakayama Prefecture   Meigetsuin Temple in Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture   Saihoji Temple in Kyoto   Saihoji Temple in Kyoto   Yufuin in Oita Prefecture   Sunny doll in Japan     I appreciate you reading to the end.   Back to "Seasons of Japan"    

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Photos Modern culture

2020/6/13

Photos: Let's enjoy "Kei cars"!

If you come to Japan, you will find that there are a lot of very small cars. These are called "Kei cars(軽自動車, K-cars)". Japanese cars are exported to all over the world, but Kei cars are hardly exported. When buying Kei cars, you pay less tax than ordinary cars. So, in Japan, people often buy Kei cars as the second and third cars. Today, one third of all cars in Japan are Kei cars. Kei cars are regulated by law to have a total length of 3.4 m or less, a total width of 1.48 m or less, and a total height of 2 m or less. So it's small, but some cars are more than 1.7m high. The cabins of these cars are longer and taller than Toyota's premium cars. You can use Kei cars at a rental car. Want to enjoy the various Kei cars? Photos of the Kei cars Kei cars in Japan   Kei cars in Japan   Kei cars in Japan   Kei cars in Japan   Kei cars in Japan   Kei cars in Japan   Kei cars in Japan   Kei cars in Japan   Kei cars in Japan     I appreciate you reading to the end.   Back to "modernity"    

cosplayers driving mario karts at tokyo streets = Shutterstock

Photos Modern culture

2020/6/11

Photos: MariCAR -Super Mario appear in Tokyo!

Recently, go karts like those on this page are often seen in Tokyo. This is a new car rental service that started mainly for foreign guests. Foreign tourists dressed up as characters in the game "Super Mario Bros." run on public roads such as Shibuya and Akihabara. We Japanese are very surprised. Please refer to the following article about this go-kart. Photos of the MariCAR cosplayers driving mario karts at tokyo streets = Shutterstock   Street karting at Akihabara in Tokyo = Shutterstock   Super Mario and friends from Mario Kart, Go-Kart-Style racing VDO game developed by Nintendo = Shutterstock   MariCAR can legally drive on public roads = Adobe Stock   A man and his car costumed as Luigi and Mario Kart on the street in Sapporo = Shutterstock   A tourist drives a Maricar rental go-cart through shibuya junction in central Tokyo = Shutterstock   Mario Kart with costumes around Osaka Station in winter night with light illumination event in downtown Osaka = Shutterstock   Marikart tour ,dress up the character of mario and drive gokart decor with lighting around tokyo city and famous place such as shibuya,shinjuku,odaiba,ikebukuro= Shutterstock   People Go-Karting as a tour in the middle of Tokyo City Center = Shutterstock     I appreciate you reading to the end.   Back to "modernity"    

The number has fallen considerably, but in some rural areas, brides may still ride on small boats to wedding venues = Shutterstock

Photos Traditional culture

2020/6/10

Photos: Japanese wedding ceremony at the shrines

When you travel in Japan, you may see the scenery like these photos at the shrines. For example, at Meiji Jingu Shrine in Tokyo, we sometimes see these Japanese-style brides. Recently, Western-style bridals are increasing. However, the popularity of Japanese-style weddings is still strong. Please refer to the following articles for famous Japanese shrines. Photos of the Japanese wedding ceremony at the shrines Wedding parties and family members parade through the inner ground of the Meiji Jingu Shrine, Tokyo = Shutterstock   Celebration of a typical Shinto wedding at Meiji Jingu Shrine in Tokyo = Shutterstock   Traditional Wedding Ceremony Shinto style at Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu shrine = Shutterstock   Japanese Shinto wedding = AdobeStock   Japanese Shinto wedding = AdobeStock   Celebration of a typical wedding ceremony in Meiji Jingu Shrine, Tokyo = Shutterstock   A couple at their traditional Japanese wedding ceremony at Meiji Jingu shrine in Tokyo = Shutterstock   Japanese bride and groom = Shutterstock     I appreciate you reading to the end.   Back to "Tradition"    

Winter Wear in Hokkaido, Japan

Photos Winter

2020/6/12

Winter Wear in Hokkaido! What should you wear?

Hokkaido has a long winter and is very cold compared to Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka. When traveling to Hokkaido in winter, please prepare thick winter clothes. I also recommend using disposable heat packs and similar products. The best shoes are snow boots or snow trekking shoes (Sunotore), but if you just walk around the city you may be able to attach anti-slip devices to ordinary sneakers. In this article, I will detail what kind of clothes you should wear in winter in Hokkaido and provide pictures of various clothes. I will also give some ideas on how to buy or rent winter clothes. Clothes to wear in winter in Hokkaido At the Asahikawa Winter Festival, very large snow statues are displayed, Hokkaido, Japan It snows from November to the beginning of April In Hokkaido, snow begins to fall in November, and begins to collect substantially from the middle of December. The largest amount of snowfall is from late January to mid-February. In Hakodate, located in the southern part of Hokkaido, the snow disappears in early April. Even in Sapporo and Asahikawa, the snow will hardly fall in the middle of April. It is not uncommon for the morning and evening low temperatures to fall below -10 ° C in Hokkaido during the winter. The road surface can be frozen and very slippery. Because of this, please do not forget to prepare winter clothes before you travel to Hokkaido. Indoors are warm The weather varies depending on the area, even in different parts of Hokkaido. If ...

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