5 Most Interesting Activities to do in Kyoto

5 Most Interesting Activities to do in Kyoto

  As Kyoto is best known as the old capital, where Japanese traditions are most preserved, don’t you think this is a perfect place where you can immerse and experience a true Japanese culture? Here we would like to recommend you a 5 most interesting to do in Kyoto.         1.Kimono Walking Experience ~ A unique sightseeing experience   When speaking of Kyoto, people often have an image of a traditional city with people strolling around in Kimono, traditional Japanese dress. Though it is rare to spot…

Best 5 hotels you must stay in Kyoto

Best 5 hotels you must stay in Kyoto

    There are many selections of hotels and inns in Kyoto. Here we are going to introduce five recommendable hotels that would suit your luxury stay.             No.1 The Ritz-Carlton Kyoto   This newly built hotel is located in the center of Kyoto city. It received five stars rating in the Michelin Guide Kansai 2015. From the hotel, you can see beautiful views of Kamogawa River and Higashiyama mountains. In addition, you can also experience Japanese culture through various activities held by the hotel….

5 Best Things to do in Japan by Hugh Jackman

5 Best Things to do in Japan by Hugh Jackman

    Hugh Jackman is an Australian actor and producer, most notably well-known for his long-running role as Wolverine in the X-MEN series film. He has won international recognition through other superhero, period, and romance films such as Kate and& Leopold, Van Helsing, Les Misérables, and etc. Here we want to introduce five things Hugh Jackman likes to do in Japan.       Credit: http://movieweb.com/hugh-jackman-may-not-return-for-the-wolverine-sequel/           1. Sukiyabashi Jiro ~ Dreams of Jiro~   During his trip to Japan, Hugh Jackman often visits Sukibayashi Jiro,…

5 things to do in Japan by John Lennon

5 things to do in Japan by John Lennon

      No1.       Kyoto’s Yunohana Onsen Hot Spring Resort    SUMIYA KIHO-AN        Sumiya is a Japanese style hot spring resort. During the time when John Lennon halted his music activities, he and his wife visited Kameoka City in Kyoto and stayover in Sumiya Kiho-an. Lennon is said to especially enjoy the traditional hot spring in the scenic nature.       Kyoto Yunohana Onsen Hot Spring Resort SUMIYA KIHO-AN Reception Hours 9:00 A.M. ~ 10:00 P.M. Address KYOTO, Kameoka City, Hiedano-cho, Yunohana Onsen Tel. TEL…

5 Best Places for Green Tea Sweets in Kyoto

5 Best Places for Green Tea Sweets in Kyoto

     Ito Kyuemon      Ito Kyuemon is located in Uji, the home of green tea. Aside from its main business in selling high quality tea, it also operates a café and sells green tea sweets. Among those, the most recommendable one is ‘Matcha (Green Tea) Parfait’. It only cost JPY 630 (USD $5.5), which is not expensive for a parfait. The parfait is fully filled with Tea Jelly, Shiratama, Green Tea Ice Cream, and Red Beans!     Credit: http://sweets.nifty.com/cs/kuchikomi/sweets_spot/listtop/aid_sweets000000000049/img_1/1.htm?prefid=26        Recommand Parfait    JPY 980…

5 Best Spots for Ghibli Fan

5 Best Spots for Ghibli Fan

    Have you heard of Japanese anime film My Neighbor Totoro or Spirited Away before? These two most famous Japanese anime films are both produced by one of the best known animation production house in Japan called Studio Ghibli. The studio produced eight of the fifteen highest grossing anime films made in Japan namely Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, etc. Ghibli films are also well- recognized for its incredibly detailed, hand-drawn animation with an imaginative coming of age story. Here, we would like to recommend…

5 Things to do in Japan by Katy Perry

5 Things to do in Japan by Katy Perry

        Credit: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/25/cultural-appropriation-katy-perry_n_4337024.html?utm_hp_ref=japan&ir=Japan     Japan is the place I love most in this world! I always look forward coming to Tokyo! I love Japan! Kawaii!                       –Katy Perry- 2013/10/30 at Narita Airport            Robot Restaurant      Robot Restaurant is a sci-fi theme restaurant in Shinjuku, Tokyo. The restaurant is well-known for its spectacular performance by robots and dancers. Katy Perry went during her stay in Japan and gave her signed CD.  …

Be a Part of Tuna Auction in the World Largest Fish Market ~ Tsukiji Market

Be a Part of Tuna Auction in the World Largest Fish Market ~ Tsukiji Market

        Overview       Tsukiji Market is the world’s biggest market located in central Tokyo. The market is divided into three 3 sections: seafood, vegetable/fruits, and processed goods, which totaled up to more than 480 kinds of food. Among these three sections in the market, fish market is most famous and unique.   Early every morning, there is a famous tuna auction where tourists are can freely see it. In the market, you can see a unique way of aunction called “Teyari(手槍)”, where only hand gestures is…

Wanna Japanese comedy? Try Rakugo!

Wanna Japanese comedy? Try Rakugo!

    Overview   You may imagine that rakugo is just a comic storytelling which is similar to stand-up comedy in the Western world, but just that rakugo is perform while kneeling on a cushion. However, rakugo is much more sophisticated form of performing art because it needs performers to be apprenticed to a master and learn the skills and spirit of rakugo for several years. The rakugo originate from Otogisyu, people who serve their warlords to give the news around the world and also during a small talk in…

Noh ~ The charm of stillness, the story beyond the mask

Noh ~ The charm of stillness, the story beyond the mask

           Overview      Noh is the Japanese oldest stage performance which originates from Muromachi period. It derived from ancient music and dance dedicated to the Gods. Unlike Kabuki, Noh emphasizes ‘calmness’ and ‘stillness’ of the performance. You have to use your imagination to fully understand the meaning of performer’s subtle action and expression of the masks that they wear to immerse yourself into the world of noh.            Theaters      There are a lot of noh theaters all over Japan….