5 pottery shops you should definitely visit!

5 pottery shops you should definitely visit!

Kyoto has been the center of the art of tea ceremony. Therefore pottery making has also been a big interest of people in Kyoto. Kiyomizuyaki is probably the most well-known one, so you may recognize all the Kyoto pottery as Kiyomizuyaki. However, the truth is there are several kinds of pottery that were born in Kyoto. They are all called Kyoyaki. Since everything is hand-made, there is no single work that is same as others. Let’s go and find your one and only!       No1 Kusaboshi (草星)  …

Become Gordon Ramsay with the use of Japanese ktichen tools!

Become Gordon Ramsay with the use of Japanese ktichen tools!

 Are you fond of cooking? Just like Japan is famous for washoku and its unique taste, Japan also has developed its original kitchen tools. And, many groups of handcraft men used to do business in Kyoto in Muromachi period, therefore Kyoto is like a treasure house of kitchen tools. Let’s embark on an exploration!       No 1 Kaikado     This is a store that specializes in tea caddies. Their tea caddies are famous for its stylish, graceful design. The price is a little expensive but it is…

How about renewing yourself by trying beauty salons in JAPAN?

How about renewing yourself by trying beauty salons in JAPAN?

Are you interested in Japanese girls’ fashion and magazine and curious about secrets behind their beauty? Here are our recommendations for famous beauty salons based on through search on the internet!       1.Skin Check   1.Shiseido Ginza     【Tel】03-3571-7735 【Reservation (Japanese)】 【URL】English / Chinese http://www.shiseido.co.jp/netclub/reservation/stg/reserv1.asp?svc=70133 【Opening Hours】11:00 – 20:00 【Address】7-8-10 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 1040061 (GOOGLE MAP)       2.SK-Ⅱ- “Magic Ring”     【Tel】036-3289-5321 【URL】Japanese 【Opening Hours】10:00 – 22:00 【Address】Matsumoto Kiyoshi Ginza Branch: 5-5-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 1040061 (GOOGLE MAP)       3.POLA 【Tel】0120-375-355 【URL】Japanese…

TO CREATE YOUR PERSONAL LITTLE LITTLE GARDEN: BONSAI

TO CREATE YOUR PERSONAL LITTLE LITTLE GARDEN: BONSAI

      Overview   Bonsai is a Japanese art form using miniature trees grown in containers. Nowadays, the word of “Bonsai” is well known in worldwide, however the chance of experiencing Bonsai is very limited and often it is difficult to find a professional instructor. At the Shunkaen, a Bonsai museum, not only you can see a lot of Bonsai art works, but also you can learn the details of Bonsai, such as several techniques, the care and what defines the beauty of Bonsai art.       Information…

HARUKI MURAKAMI’s world come into reality! 5 places MURAKA’s fan must go!

HARUKI MURAKAMI’s world come into reality! 5 places MURAKA’s fan must go!

Are you a Murakami geek? We call them ‘Harukist’ in Japan. He has become one of the most renowned authors in the world despite of (because of?) his unfortunate of losing Nobel Prize in Literature many times. Here are some ideas we would like to introduce to overseas Harukists!       No.1 Strolling in Kobe City   As he spent his high school years at Kobe High School, Kobe, his high school itself appears in some of his books, and so do some restaurants and cafes in Kobe. If…

Be a early bird! Kyoto specialties in the morning

Be a early bird! Kyoto specialties in the morning

Are you a morning person? If yes, we highly recommend you these things below and we are sure you enjoy them. And if not, let’s change your habit while you are abroad and have more fun!       No1 Zazen, Japanese Meditation Zazen is a well-known Japanese meditation method which started in Kamakura period. By being concentrated and ‘empty’, with sitting still, you can achieve calmness and peace of your mind. The priests occasionally hit you on your shoulders when you move or seem not to very focus on…

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 things to do in Japan by Milla Jovovich

5 things to do in Japan by Milla Jovovich

    Milla Jovovich has visited Japan several times and is familiar with Tokyo. She likes Japanese fashion and loves Japanese food. Here we are going to introduce 5 places that Milla Jovovich had visited.              No.1 SHIBUYA 109      109(Ichi-maru-kyu) is a famous fashion mall located in Shibuya, Tokyo. It is a popular, trendy shopping place, especially for young women. Milla Jovovich said, “Shibuya is where I want to come every day.” She visited SHIBUYA 109 and really enjoyed shopping there.   Operating…

5 things to do in Japan by Tim Burton

5 things to do in Japan by Tim Burton

  Tim Burton has come to Japan several times. He loves Japanese culture, especially Godzilla and the monsters in Ultraman. He likes to buy monster figures in Japan. Here we are going to introduce 5 places that Tim Burton had visited.            No.1 NAKANO BROADWAY      Nakano Broadway is a big shopping center in Nakano, Tokyo. Nakano Broadway is often said “sacred place of subculture (anime, game, otaku)”. Tim Burton visited here and bought monster figures he liked.     NAKANO BROADWAY   Operating Hours…

5 place Tom Cruise visited in Japan where you shouldn’t miss

5 place Tom Cruise visited in Japan where you shouldn’t miss

  Tom Cruise has been to Japan for 21 times and is known as a Japanese culture lover! Do you visit Japan more than him? Do you want to try the place that even appeal huge star like him? Below we are going to introduce 5 places that attract this attractive celebrity!                NO1.   The Soba restaurant that Tom Cruise and Steve Jobs  visited!      It is said that not only Tom Cruise but also Steve Jobs and other celebrities like Robert…