Tag: japan

The Serene Splendor of Lake Shinji and Yomegashima

Nestled in the heart of Shimane prefecture, Lake Shinji stands as a tranquil masterpiece, inviting travelers to unwind amidst its serene waters and captivating vistas. We are going on a journey into the peculiarities of Lake Shinji, from its thriving fishing culture to the scenic spots that offer a glimpse into Japan’s natural…

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The 6 best places to see roses in and around Tokyo

I spent October and May visiting gardens in and around Tokyo looking for roses: Japanese roses are unique in that they mostly look like peonies at times, while the ones you’ll find in flower shops are the same we’re used to in Europe. Kyuu Furukawa Teien Kyuu Furukawa Teien hosts two events dedicated…

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7 apps you should install if you’re visiting Japan

After living here for a while, here are the apps I suggest you install on your smartphone if you’re planning to visit Tokyo or live here for a while. Yurekuru Call Yurekuru Callwill alert you in case of an earthquake. You can customise the setting depending on the area you’re staying in and…

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Suica and Pasmo: most popular questions about Japanese metro cards

There are so many questions lately about the new metro card system, after sales of regular Pasmo and Suica stopped in August. This was apparently caused by scarcity of semiconductors used in the card chip. I would like to address some of these questions and will update if more come to mind. Can…

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Starting 2023 in Tokyo

Realising I’m one month late, but so many things happen in January! And I finally want to write again; making virtual walks videos is nice – not to mention a great exercise! – but my blogs need some love too. So here we go. Metro didn’t run after midnight on New Year’s day…

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How I moved to Tokyo

One year ago I quit my job and moved back to Italy. I didn’t give myself much time to rest, but it was nice to be in a familiar place with familiar faces. I mostly tried to organize my blogs and take care of myself. When news that Japan was opening to foreign…

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The 12 original castles of Japan

There are only 12 castles in Japan that have the original structure – meaning the main building wasn’t rebuilt through time. Si-take., CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons  Hirosaki Castle, Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture Hirosaki Castle, built in 1611, is one of the most famous among tourists for the many events hosted here. The…

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All You Need To Know About Kokeshi Dolls

I started to get interested in kokeshi dolls through Kimmidol, which are modern versions designed for a more Western market. As it always happens to me, I am passionate about the stories behind the traditions and search until I know more! What are kokeshi dolls? Kokeshi dolls are Japanese handicraft products that were…

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Why strawberries are popular in Japan – Ichigo No Hi

Strawberries are the most beloved fruit in Japan, so much that you can find them in parfaits, daifuku mochi, and super kawaii and photogenic Christmas cakes. And they also have a dedicated day! A brief history of Japanese strawberries Strawberries were imported to Japan from Europe in the mid 1800s, but were still…

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Shikifukujin Meguri: Visiting the seven Japanese gods of luck

If you want to start the new year with a good supply of luck, take a few hours to visit the temples of the seven gods of luck (Shichifukujin Meguri – 七福神巡り). When to do shichifukujin meguri? The first seven days of the year are considered particularly lucky, however it is not unusual…

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