2018年

【For 3.11】 My short trip to Miyagi!  Kesennuma, where people gave me many smiles

March 11th 2011, seven years ago today, 東日本大震災(The Great East Japan Earthquake) occurred. It triggered powerful tsunami waves and caused immense damage to 東北(Tohoku) area, especially 岩手(Iwate), 宮城(Miyagi) and 福島(Fukushima) prefectures. 気仙沼(Kesennuma) in Miyagi is one of a place destroyed by the tsunami on the day. I was a senior student at a university student…

Limited in Japan? Many flavors for Häagen-Dazs ice cream

Häagen-Dazs is an American ice cream brand, established in The Bronx, New York in 1961. The founders are Reuben Mattus and Rose Mattus (née Vesel). “Häagen-Dazs” is not Danish and it doesn’t have any meaning in any language. Reuben Mattus felt that Denmark was known for its dairy products and had a positive image in…

Small Hawaii in Yokohama

One of the most popular sightseeing places for Japanese tourists is Hawaii, the USA.Apparently Japanese people like Hawaii very much. Hawaii is always one of the best three popular honeymoon-places for Japanese couples, and there are many Hawaiian restaurants in cities in Japan. There is even a resort and theme park called “Spa Resort Hawaiians”…

Photogenic? Colorful ramen!

Which flavor of ramen do you like the most? Sho-yu (soy sauce), Shio(salt), Miso, or *Tonkotsu? Those are popular flavors for ramen, but there are also other flavors! Today, I’d like to talk about unique and colorful ramen. (*豚骨Tonkotsu literally means “pork bone” in Japanese. Tonkotsu-soup is prepared by boiling pork bones and vegetables, and…

Daiso, the most famous 100-yen shop in Japan

Have you ever heard of a shop called “Daiso”? Daiso is a large franchise of 100-yen shop founded in Japan. You might have heard of the name even if you haven’t been to Japan since Daiso has locations in twenty-six countries and regions worldwide.   What kind of items Daiso sells? This is a difficult…

Happy New Year 2018 !

Every time I see the old year out and the new year in, I feel refreshed and I feel like I can start something new. New Year’s resolution Do you have a New Year’s resolution? Mine is to write blog posts as many as possible. I started this blog last June, but I couldn’t write…