Category Archives: About Japan

Phiten – a Titanium Necklace saves my daily life

Phiten Yuzuru hanyu

The PyeongChang 2018 Olympics’ gold medalist, Yuzuru Hanyu, the Men single figure skating winner wore the Phiten titan choker when he won the gold medal. But years before that, I have been wearing their necklace and the round stickers all over my arms, legs, and neck to ease my pains. Phiten uses their own special technology to turn some effective metals into water-soluble material then impregnate it into a fiber to make products that we can closely wear such as necklace, rings, tapes, apparel, and almost everything! I had a terrible pain in my right forearm because of the years of using a mouse at work. For a long time, […]

A Block Memo turns into a famous architecture!

omoshiroi

Isn’t it amazing if a block memo that we use day to day will transform into something valuable at the end of its intended use? OMOSHIROI BLOCK is not just a very expensive blank paper cube but it will turn into an art as you use and you may want to keep the remaining in your display cabinet. A Japanese design company, TRIAD Inc. based in Osaka, created this unique stationery. OMOSHIROI BLOCK swiftly became famous and popular via twitter. From the famous historical buildings to a classic camera, these 3D die cut models are so real and detailed.These memo blocks are so popular that they get sold out as […]

A brand new Giant Buddha revealed, Rokuya Daibutsu

kamakuradaibutsu

The Buddha seated in Kamakura is one of the most popular sightseeing spots in the Kanto region. Today, a brand new Buddha, who is even bigger than Kamakura Daibutsu was unveiled to public. Rokuya Daibutsu will certainly be a popular tourist spot for this holiday season. It is a part of HOUKOUJI, which is located in Hirai, Hinode-Machi, Nishi-Tamagun, Tokyo. Its height is 12m but if includes the base, the total height is 18m. The chief priest of Houkouji temple revealed that they particularly wanted the face of Buddha to look very beautiful from all the angles and the expression on the face to be welcoming and merciful. So why […]

Hattendo Ultimate Custard Cream Buns

Hattendo Hiroshima

Do you like Japanese Sweets? If so, we highly recommend to try Hattendo’s custard cream buns! They are our all time favourite! Theses buns with special creamy custard are very soft and light, and best served cold! Each bun is stuffed with a variety of flavoured custard, e.g. Macha, Azuki, chocolate, and seasonal fruits, etc. and these custard creams are sooooo gooooood!! Hattendo is based in Hiroshima but has direct shops all over Japan. They expanded to overseas such as Korea, Taiwan and the Philippines.Hattendo has launched many other sweets but the most famous one is Cream Custard buns. They have launched skin care products in 2017 as a brand […]

Tokyo Shibuya Hotel EN – a Funky Boutique Hotel

Shibuya Hotel EN

Are you a fan of modern side of Tokyo and Japan? If so, why not stay at “SHIBUYA HOTEL EN”? This hotel is located in the midst of Tokyo, Shibuya near Tokyu Department store and looks very funky and special!! This hotel is very unique as a modern side and a traditional side of Japan coexist and both are blended perfectly having Manga and Ukiyoe decorated on the walls. Each room looks also super stylish and has excellent modern facilities. EN means a circle but also has many more meanings to it. You should be able to find a lot of different EN’s at this hotel. from the official webiste:- […]

The DORAEMON Exhibition Tokyo 2017

domaemon 2017

Doraemon must be one of the most popular cat in Japan. He is a robot traveled from our future. Doraemon and his special gadgets from his “4th dimensional pocket” have saved Nobi Nobita and company and have always made us feel “if Doraemon is here with me…” every time we face a difficulty! Every Japanese child has grown up with Doraemon since ’70s but Doraemon is missed after we grow up. A number of famous modern artists therefore gathered for an act to “Create Your Own Original Doraemon” and will hold a unique exhibition at Roppongi Hills this autumn. From the official site: Organized under this concept, 28 artists and […]

Do you miss Takoyaki? You can make it at home!

delish kitchen

Takoyaki is one of unique and popular Japanese savory snacks. It does not look possible to cook at home especially outside of Japan without proper tools. Fear not! You can! Our recommending Japanese recipe site, DELISH KITCHEN will tell you how to make one easily! Takoyaki is a flour based snack in the shape of balls containing pieces of octopus, red pickled ginger, Agedama, which is a kind of couton, eggs and served with brown sauce. It tastes similar to Okonomiyaki. Both Takoyaki and Okonomiyaki came from Kansai such as Osaka. Takoyaki is traditionally served at a stall during a festival. However, due to its popularity, Takoyaki has become available […]

Where to stay in Japan more than a year. Why not rent a Social Apartment?

social apartment

There seem to be a lot of different long term accommodations to choose from in Japan these days. If you are looking for something unique and different and wishing to make friends or socialize with other tenants at the same time, a new style of apartment, “Social Apartment” may be the answer. The rooms are rather small with private bath/toilet and a compact kitchen but they look modern and sophisticated. The rent may not be super cheap but reasonable and conveniently located. Some are in the mid-centre, some attached with a laundry and a fashionable cafe, but all has a community lounge to socialize with others. If you need to […]

Hokusai – Ukiyo-e artist Special Exhibition at ABENO HARUKAS Art Museum

Hokusai Katsushika

One of the most popular Ukiyo-e airtists, HOKUSAI KATSUSHIKA is best known with “The Great Wave of kanagawa”. A special exhibition is held at the tallest building of Japan, ABENO HARUKAS, Osaka from October 6 to November 19 2017. Hokusai was an Ukiyo-e artist of rare talent who influenced Van Gough and Monet. The “Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji” will be used for the new passport, and Hokusai is becoming a symbol of Japan. The exhibition will focus on his original drawings from the last 30 years of his life, after reaching the age of 60, and investigate the world he sought and depicted until he was 90. (Abeno Harukas […]

KINKOKAKU – a secret hideout Ryokan in TOKYO

Japanese Ryokan

Do you prefer to stay in a Western style hotel or in a very unique place that you can never experience other than Japan? please give a thought for staying at a “Ryokan”, a Japanese classic and traditional style accommodation. You can in fact stay at a Ryokan even in a big city like Tokyo. Our recommendation is KINKOKAKU, in Akiruno-Shi. What is special about this place is that all their rooms are detached individual rooms like small houses. They have 5 different rooms/houses accommodating minimum 2 people maximum 8 people in one room. 3 of these rooms are location in front of River Akikawa. You would not believe this […]