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…

Japanese drum lessons! try hard to catch up the rhythm

Japanese drum lessons! try hard to catch up the rhythm

  Overview   Japanese drums are originated to the Jomon period (the time in prehistoric Japan from about 12,000 BC) and it was used as information transmission means. They are often played on the occasions of traditional festivals, Kabuki, Noh (a major form of classical Japanese musical drama) and religious ceremonies at temples and shrines. Japanese traditional drums are played with such dynamic physical movements and it is very energetic and powerful. If you are interested in Japanese festivals or music, it will be definitely an enjoyable cultural experience for…

Learning SUMO from the pro!

Learning SUMO from the pro!

    Overview   Sumo is the Japanese traditional wrestling sport where wrestlers try to force each other out of a circular ring or to touch the ground with anything except the soles of the feet. Sumo has been associated with Shinto (the ethnic religion of Japanese people) ritual. In Shinto, Sumo is regarded as the expression of the respect and appreciation to the God (”kami” in the context of Shinto) by wrestling among two healthy men blessed their power by the God. Some certain shrines in Japan still carry…

meditation under waterfall: one of the experiences you must try in a life!

meditation under waterfall: one of the experiences you must try in a life!

      Overview   Takigyo(滝行), is the Japanese way of meditation under small water fall. It is a part of practices for Japanese marital arts groups and some religions such as Vajrayana, Shugendo and Shinto. Under the strong water pressure, it will make you concentrate in your meditation and you will be facing to the wild nature. It is also said as a good massage method from its water pressure and coldness to the muscle.       Information   【Name】Yuuhi no Taki (夕日の滝) 【Address】Yuuhi no Taki: 2230 Yagurazawa,…

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…

TEA CEREMONY KOTO

TEA CEREMONY KOTO

    Tea Ceremony Koto   In Tea Ceremony Koto, you can experience Japanese tea ceremony, you can learn the spirit of tea ceremony and make powdered green tea. The tea room is an old Japanese house with tatami (Japanese mats).                       Features The sweets and powdered green tea are made by a long standing shop in Kyoto. Only 1 minute walk from Kinkakuji-Temple. (Only 1 minute walk from Kinkakuji-michi bas stop, the nearest bus stop to Kinkakji-Temple.) You can…

DON’T BE CONFUSED ABOUT WHAT KIND OF SOUVENIRS SHOULD BUY ANYMORE: 5 RECOMMENDED SOUVENIRS IN KYOTO

DON’T BE CONFUSED ABOUT WHAT KIND OF SOUVENIRS SHOULD BUY ANYMORE: 5 RECOMMENDED SOUVENIRS IN KYOTO

      Are you at a loss as to choose souvenirs for your family, lover, friends end even for yourself? Here are some recommendations that we have made for you!       No.1 Stuffed Doll of Japanese Giant Salamander   Let’s make your way to Kyoto Aquarium for the spectacular fish swimming in a huge tank and the cute dolphin show. Don’t forget to take this lovely Japanese giant salamander doll with you. Japanese giant salamanders used to be seen throughout Japan, but they are currently endangered to…

THE SILVER PAVILION: 5 THINGS TO DO IN GINKAKUJI

THE SILVER PAVILION: 5 THINGS TO DO IN GINKAKUJI

  Ginkakuji Temple (Silver Pavilion) was a private villa owned by Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa. He stood at top position when he was just 14 years old. In his later year, there was a fierce dispute regarding his successor. Ginkakuji Temple was built based upon Yoshimasa’s great artistic sense of interest. Here we would like to introduce 5 interesting points about Ginkakuji that will help you enjoy Ginkakuji Temple even more!!       1.Know the cultural difference between Ginkakji and Kinkakuji   There are many differences between Ginkakuji and Kinkakuji,…

THE TEMPLE WHICH IS BUILT WITH LOVE: 5 RECOMMENDED THINGS IN KODAI TEMPLE

THE TEMPLE WHICH IS BUILT WITH LOVE: 5 RECOMMENDED THINGS IN KODAI TEMPLE

  Kodaiji Temple is generally associated with Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who rose to top due to his great accomplishment in the Warring States Period (Sengoku Period). After the dead of Hideyoshi, his wife Nene built the temple to mourn for him. With the support from Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu, the temple was gorgeously built. Hideyoshi have received support from Nene long before he rise to the top position, which is the proved of their long-relation. Thus, Kodaiji Temple is where you can feel the love of couple. Here we are going to…

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…