Introducing Japanese Proverbs, Kotowaza vol.2

ishi no ue nimo sannen

Minasan konnichiwa! saikin kyuu ni samuku narimashita. mō aki desu ne. 最近急に寒くなりました。もう秋ですね。 Suddenly it’s getting cold lately. It seems already autumn here. Kinou, “awaji hana sajiki” to iu ohanabatake e ikimashita yo. kosumosu ga totemo kiree deshita yo. 昨日、あわじ花さじきというお花畑へ行きましたよ。コスモスがとてもきれいでした。 I went to a flower field called Awaji hana sajiki. Cosmos flowers were so beautiful. Ok, let’s learn Japanese Proverbs, Kotowaza!  … Read More

Introducing Japanese Proverbs, Kotowaza vol.1

ishibashii o tataite wataru

Following from the previous “10 Famous Japanese Proverbs”, I’ll continue to introduce 5 Japanese proverbs each time 🙂 This time, I’ll show you these five. All are very popular for us Japanese. 😉

Travel Guide to Kisoji, Nakasendo ~Visiting post towns

magome-juku post town

Have you ever traveled to Nakasendō road or any of the post town stations along the way? There are beautiful, ancient, and picturesque trails in Nakasendo中山道 where you will feel nostalgic, especially in the Kisoji area (Gifu & Nagano). These trekking routes between the post towns are where you can enjoy scenic mountain hikes. In this blog, I visited and … Read More

WISH I MAY, WISH I MIGHT: Tanabata Festival in Japan

Wishes, dreams and hopes- almost every people around the globe share this universal idea that we all have dreams to fulfill. In this sense, Japan has a festival solely for making wishes come true! Let us find out more about this lovely Summer festival.

10 Best Rose Gardens in Japan

nakanoshima rose garden

Do you like rose? Rose in Japanese is バラ 薔薇 bara 🌹If you plan to visit Japan during rose season (May-June or Oct-Nov), please check the below rose viewing spots in Japan in advance!  The Language of Flower: Rose〜バラの花言葉 bara no hanakotoba The language of the rose flower is “Love” and “Beauty”.Especially…The red rose is affection, beauty, passion and passionate … Read More

3 Reasons Why You Should Have Geta

Do you know Geta? Before the Edo period (1603-1868), Japanese people wore traditional wooden clogs known as Geta or Zōri with their yukata or kimono. They are similar to the modern slippers we are familiar with today, except that their structure is slightly different and they are made from different materials.

What are the Different Japanese Household Shrines and Altars?

If you’ve ever been to Japan, then you may have marveled at its numerous shrines and national temples like the Meiji Jingu Shrine in Tokyo, and the Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine in Kyoto. The Japanese give utmost importance and respect to these shrines for they are considered places of worship and the dwellings of the kami, or the Shinto “gods”. … Read More