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【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…

My short trip to Hokuriku! Kenroku-en, one of the three great gardens in Japan

There are three traditional gardens which are called “the three great gardens in Japan.” Kairaku-en in Ibaraki, Kouraku-en in Okayama, and Kenroku-en in Kanazawa. It’s a mystery that there’s no record why those three were chosen from many Japanese traditional gardens. However, there are some common things among the three gardens. (1) All of three…

Kanazawa city and gold leaf

金沢市(Kanazawa-city) is the capital city of Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan. 金 means gold, and 沢 means dale/marsh. It is said that the name, 金沢(Kanazawa), came from the legend of the peasant 芋掘り藤五郎(Potato-digger,Togoto) found small flakes of gold when he was washing yam-potatoes in a dale. After that, the place was called the dale of washing gold,…

My short trip to Hokuriku! Eihei-ji, a famous Buddhist temple for severe training

永平寺(Eihei-ji) is one of two main temples of Soto school of Zen Buddhism, the largest single religious denomination in Japan. The name literally means “temple of eternal peace” in English. In Japanese, 永(Ei) means “eternal”, 平(Hei) means “peaceful”, and 寺(Ji) means “Buddhist temple”. It named after the designation of an era “永平(Eihei)”, when Buddhism came…

My recommendation; five things you should do in Asakusa

5. Ride on a 人力車(jinrikisha=rickshaw) You would notice that there are many rickshaws parked on the street around Asakusa station. If you don’t want to walk too much for sightseeing in Asakusa, I would recommend riding on a rickshaw. The tour cost is not cheap, it would be a nice experience for you. My friend…

Takoyaki museum in Odaiba

I have already written a little bit about Odaiba in my article “Bye bye Gumdam(RX-78-2)”. Odaiba is one of the famous shopping areas in Tokyo. There are four shopping malls, and each mall has different characters. I would like to write about the shopping malls in Odaiba someday, but let me tell you about a…

Bye bye Gundam (RX-78-2)

What is Gundam? Gundam is a fictional manned robot, introduced in a Japanese scientific fiction anime called Mobile Suit Gundam in 1979. There were many robot anime before Gundam, but we can say Gundam is the 1st successful robot anime that became a popular robot anime series. If you recognize RX-78-2, I assume you’re a…

Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum

What is Ramen Museum? Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum is a place you can try ramen for nine famous restaurants from various regions in Japan. The name is “museum”, but it is rather a food court than a museum. It’s a good place if you want to try several types of ramen in one day. The museum’s…

Maricar, cool street go-kart!

What is Maricar? Marikar is a nick name of Nintendo’s Mario Kart commonly used in Japan. I hadn’t known there’s a real place we can do Mario Kart in Japan until one of my friends in the US told me. Maricar is a company that provides a driving tour in go-karts in Japan. You can…