Doll in a doll! Be careful, it is not ham in a can. Matryoshka is a popular souvenir which can be bought in Russia. It is nesting doll and it usually consists of 5 or more dolls in total. Like Matryoshka, each country has its representative souvenirs. For example, I bought a maple shape key chain in Canada. So does Japan. There are a lot of souvenirs you can buy in Japan from traditional to modern things. In this article, we will look for what kind of souvenirs we can find in Japan except for sweets.
Sumo is Japanese traditional wrestling where wrestlers try to force their opponents out of small circular ring or make opponents touch the ground with any part of their body. Sumo is not just a sport to Japanese people since it has ritual and religious background. It is usually said that sumo is somehow related to Shinto, which is Japanese traditional religion.
Sumo has some aspects which cannot be understood well in modern society; women cannot even enter the ring. It is famous that sumo was criticized by people all over the world recently due to the fact that they barred one woman who was giving first aid to a man who collapsed in a sumo ring. They say women cannot enter here because sumo ring is considered to be sacred. Well… I cannot agree, though.
Karaoke is a form of entertaining place derived from Japan where you can sing songs with background music. If you are from a country where does not have enough Karaoke, I strongly recommend visiting Karaoke while your visit to Japan. You can find Karaoke, which uses whole building only for this entertaining room, anywhere in Japan. In particular, if you are traveling to urban side of Japan such as Tokyo and Osaka, it is very easy to find a place where you can enjoy Karaoke for a long time.
What images come to your mind when hearing about the word fast food? In my case, I can think of things like hamburger, pizza, and fried chicken. Probably these are the most popular and famous fast food menus in the world. In Japan, there are many different types of fast food menus you can enjoy with cheap price. Fast foods usually have an image of harming health and getting fat; however, fast food in Japan is different. It is sometimes even considered to be healthy, somehow. In this article, we will look for Japanese fast food brands and what they sell.
Many people, regardless of their nationalities and backgrounds, love Costco. My first time to visit Costco in life was in Canada, and I still don’t forget that feeling of buying bunch of foods and stuff with reasonable price. It is probably because knowing the existence of Costco was not very common in my home country and we hadn’t heard of a ‘supermarket’ where only ‘members’ can use.
As I described just above, Costco is a membership-only warehouse club where you can buy nearly everything you need in your daily life from foods to electronics. It may not be applied to other countries such as Canada and the U.S; however, the only disadvantage of using Costco in Japan is its location. Costco in Japan are usually located in a place where you need to go by a car. It simply means you will have hard time visiting there unless you have a car or live just next to Costco. In this article, we will look for recommended products you may buy at Costco in Japan.
[source : https://www.timeout.com/tokyo/health-and-beauty]
Honestly, it is true that you can enjoy better conditioned hot spring resort with reasonable price in rural areas in Japan. However, not everyone has plans to visit Japan several times in a life. Some people do not have enough time to visit many places in Japan. In this case, people try to find the best way to enjoy Japan at once.
If you are traveling to Osaka, you may visit Kyoto to try Japanese traditional hot spring. What if you are traveling to Tokyo only? Is all thing you need to do is just giving up visiting hot spring? No worries! There are some places where you can enjoy Japanese ryokan and hot spring within one day. In this article, we will look for several places near Tokyo where you can try Japanese hotspring.
[source : https://visitjapan2019.com/venues/interest/oita/oita-city-guide/]
Calm down. There is nothing burning in this picture. As I mentioned in my previous article, Beppu, which is located in Oita, is famous for hot spring. Having hot spring in a town naturally means there exists a source which makes hot water. This hot water makes a steam all over this town and that’s why now we can see a picture like this. In this article, we will look for famous hot spring that many tourists visit every year.
[source : https://www.shoreexcursions.asia]
There are 7 hell hot springs only in Beppu. If you wish to look around all 7 hells the entrance fee becomes JPY 2,000 per person. It costs JPY 400 if you visit only one hell. The most famous hell is the one called ‘Kamado’ and some tourists who do not have enough time to spend in Beppu choose to visit Kamado only.
[source : https://www.japancentre.com/en/recipes]
Fukuoka is usually considered to be a Ramen city to local Japanese people. Everywhere in Japan you will have a chance to find ramen shops but each region has its own characteristics. However, it doesn’t mean that you can try only Fukuoka style ramen if you are traveling to Fukuoka area. For example, there are a lot of Hokkaido style ramen shops in Tokyo and vice versa.
Noodles in ramen are usually thin in Fukuoka. There are tons of ramen shops in Fukuoka city including mobile food stalls on the street. The cost totally depends on where you are going to visit; however, at the same time it is actually true that you can have very cheap ramen in Fukuoka. If you are a ramen-lover, I recommend visiting several ramen shops in Fukuoka and find which one is the best for you. In this article, we will look for some ramen shops(restaurants) in Fukuoka.
Though there are always exceptions, many people, especially Asians, want to have smaller face. Well… I would like to say smaller “head” instead. Personally I do not really agree about the strange beauty standard of some Asian countries like Japan and South Korea, which usually applies to female only. However, I also have experience of trying Japanese Kogao(小顔, small face) massage, since muscle in my jaw was troubling me. In my home country I used to take some medical treatments to reduce the pain; however, the situation was not very good here in Japan. Therefore I chose to get small face massage and it actually worked somehow, well, it didn’t make my face smaller though.
Rishiri Island, which is part of Hokkaido Prefecture, means “tall island” in Ainu language. Ainu people, which can be also called an Anyu, are indigenous people of Japan, especially Hokkaido Prefecture and Sakhalin area in Russia. Historically Ainu people are not Yamato clan but from a clan in northern Mongolia. Ainu people had their own language, which is Ainu language, and had a feature of phratry. It is said that Ainu people their own traditional system to make human name; however, nowadays most of them use Japanese or Russian names.
Meiji government and society thought traditions and cultures of Ainu were not modern so they banned them to keep their traditions. In addition to this, Ainu people used to live in the wide regions of Japan but government forced them to move to Hokkaido area. Their own cultures were destroyed and Ainu people had been discriminated for a long time. Nowadays, some Ainu people live in an Ainu village and keep their lives by selling crafts.