Rabbit Island: Okunoshima

Rabbit Island: Okunoshima

Posted by in Travel on 29. Jul, 2014 | Comments Off

If you’re near Hiroshima, or if you just love rabbits and want to make a trip to Japan to see more of them, consider going to Okunoshima! 大久野島 We made Okunoshima the destination for a two-family with kids trip and it was a good time. It’s basically an island rabbit petting zoo where the rabbits [...]

Earth Celebration on Sado Island 2013

Earth Celebration on Sado Island 2013

Posted by in Art, Culture, Music, Travel on 05. Nov, 2013 | Comments Off

This summer I went to the Earth Celebration on Sado Island, a three-day festival centered around the amazing taiko-drumming of Kodo. Sado Island (佐渡島 sadogashima) is the home of Kodo (鼓童), the most well-known taiko drumming group in Japan, and probably in the world. I had seen Kodo perform indoor concerts, once in Kobe and [...]

Japanese Olympic Vocabulary

Japanese Olympic Vocabulary

Posted by in Language, Media, Tokyo on 08. Sep, 2013 | Comments Off

Now that the 2020 Tokyo Olympics have been announced it’s time to beef up your Olympic vocabulary! Kanji Hiragana Romaji English 国際オリンピック委員会 こくさいオリンピックいいんかい kokusai orinpikku iinkai Tokyo Olympic Committee 開催地 かいさいち kaisaichi place where an event will be held 五輪 ごりん gorin Olympics (lit. 5 rings) 夏季五輪 かきごりん kaki gorin summer olympics 安定した財政 あんていしたざいせい anteishita [...]

Shingo Nishinari – Osaka Local Rap

Shingo Nishinari – Osaka Local Rap

Posted by in Media, Music, Osaka on 21. Oct, 2012 | 2 Comments

Looking for some fun Japanese music to listen to? OSAKA UP. The video features all the famous places in Osaka. Dotonbori Bridge, Tsutenkaku, Taiyou no Tou, and the entire video is in Kansai dialect. What more could you ask for? It also includes funny commentary on Osaka life, like Grandma’s who talk super fast and [...]

Japanese Tenugui in Tokyo

Japanese Tenugui in Tokyo

Posted by in Art, Culture, Tokyo, Travel on 05. Oct, 2012 | 1 Comment

One of the stops on my trip to Tokyo with @GuideYu a few months ago was to a Tenugui shop in Harajuku called Kamawanu. Tenugui are a traditional Japanese multipurpose cloth. To name just a few of the many uses for tenugui, back in the Edo period people would use tenugui as small towels, or [...]

Excellent Hamburg and Steak in Osaka

Excellent Hamburg and Steak in Osaka

Posted by in Food, Osaka on 01. Sep, 2012 | Comments Off

Had some delicous steak in the Kitashinchi area of Osaka a while ago after I saw it introduced on a Japanese TV show. If you’re looking for an awesome lunch in Osaka check it out. You can walk to Kitashichi from Umeda station (closest to Nishi-Umeda) in about 15 or 20 minutes, but there is [...]

Umeda Sky Building

Umeda Sky Building

Posted by in Osaka, Travel on 20. Aug, 2012 | Comments Off

Looking for something touristy to do in Osaka? Consider a visit to the observation deck on Umeda Sky Building! The views are pretty spectacular, and it’s conveniently located near Umeda station. Admission is not too expensive either! The Japanese name is 空中庭園 which means “sky garden,” but most people will understand if you say Sky [...]

Burning Characters into the Mountains – Daimonji

Burning Characters into the Mountains – Daimonji

Posted by in Culture, Kyoto, Travel on 17. Aug, 2012 | Comments Off

I had the opportunity to witness Daimonji yesterday with some friends. We all met on a friend’s balcony in Sanjyo. Pretty spectacular view! The wikipedia entry on Daimonji, officially called gozan no okuribito, does a better job of explaning the event than I could ever attempt. So read it. At the most basic level daimonji [...]

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