My Little Gallery (expected 31/05)

My Little Manuscripts (30/04 expected)

My Little Treasure box (30/06 expected)

Kawadoko (川床) – A meal right at the riverbed in Kyoto

Nouryo Yuka (納涼床) is also regarded as Kawadoko (川床) which literally means river bed. While different places use different pronounciations or terms: Kawayuka (かわゆか) in Osaka Kitahama (大阪北浜); Yuka (ゆか) in Kyoto Kamogawa (京都鴨川); kawadoko (かわどこ) in Kibune (貴船) and Takao (高雄), but they all refer to dining at the river bed. It is a unique summer…

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The very first Awa Odori festival and dance group in France

Awa Odori (阿波おどり) or the “Dance of Fools” is a parade-style type of dance. As its style is casual and easy to learn, it can easily be adopted by different age groups. That’s why many people enjoy the Awa Odori Festival, where not only the professional “dance groups” (ren 連), but also the general public can enjoy the…

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Tarai-bune (Tub boat) riding and gold hunting on Sado Island

There are lots of big and small islands in Japan. Being in the Japan Sea and facing the Niigata (新潟) main land, Sado Island (佐渡島) is the 6th biggest island in Japan (excluding the main islands such as Hokkaido). It is part of the Niigata Prefecture which is known for the high amount of snow fall…

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Learn the “Dance of Fools” and dance wild during the Awa Odori Festival in Tokushima!

If you have ever met some Japanese ladies who are wearing their beautiful Yukata (浴衣) as well as the gyoza-like straw hats, just follow them and you will be in the best dancing festival in Japan! Awa Odori Dancing Festival (阿波踊り) is originated in Tokushima (徳島県) way back to 400 years ago. Each year from 12 to 15…

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Japan’s national bird – the endangered japanese cranes under the protection of an old lady

There are 15 different types of cranes all over the world. Nowadays, many of them have become endangered species and are facing extinction as their natural habitats have been largely destroyed by human being. The red-crowned crane (丹頂鶴), also known as japanese crane, is one of them. It is a special species which can be found in east asia…

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The alcoholic hot spring seal in Hakone

I know you may not be a big fan of visiting an aquarium when you are busy travelling in Hakone (箱根), deciding whether to go clockwise or anti-clockwise with the your one day Hakone transportation pass. I felt the same thing as you do until I have realised the seal show in the Hakone-en Aquarium (箱根園水族館)…

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Being visited by deers while camping in Miyajima

Together with Matsushima (松島) and Amanohashidate (天橋立), Miyajima (宮島) is one of the three scenic views (日本三景) in Japan. It is regarded as the Island of God. I believed that many of you might have already seen the famous Otorii (大鳥居) in Miyajima, either in photos or for real. It is the very red door-like structure which soaks…

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White strawberries picking – 4 hidden farms around Tokyo

White strawberries (白いちご) can be found in department stores and fruit stores in Japan. They appeared to be pure white or slightly pink in colour, giving us an impression that they are sour as they are not red as “usual”. Nonetheless, they are quite sweet with a sugar content of 12 to 15 degrees (The sugar content of common red strawberries…

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White strawberries in Japan – Sweeter and Softer!

The very first white strawberry in Japan – the “Fragrance of First Love” White strawberries’ popularity is gradually increasing in Japan since the very first one called “Fragrance of First Love” (Hatsukoi-no-kaori 初恋の香り) appeared in 2009. The name was given as this strawberry does not turn red even if it is ripe. The skin is ivory white with…

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From Valentine’s Day to Orange Day in Japan

14th February is the Valentine’s Day (バレンタインデー). In Japan, chocolate (チョコ) is almost the synonym of Valentine’s day. According to the Japanese culture, girls have to prepare chocolates for their favourite guy. If the guy would wish to start a relationship as well, he will have to regift chocolates to the girl on 14 March,…

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