Archive for January 2009

Regional Foods in Japan: Kyushu & Okinawa

Jan 30th, 2009 | By Tokyofoodcast | Category: Food

This is the final installment of the Regional Foods Series by Etsuko of Tokyofoodcast that started earlier this month at The Nihon Sun and today we’ll cover the regional foods specialties of Kyushu & Okinawa…
Kyushu
Karashi mentaiko – This is my favorite breakfast item to cut up and eat raw with rice or cooked as filling […]



On a Clear Night You Can See Stars in Japan

Jan 29th, 2009 | By Shane Sakata | Category: Events

If you have the opportunity to head out of the larger cities and into the more rural areas of Japan there is a good chance that you will be able to see the night sky in all of its glory.  But if you are in Tokyo, the city lights and the haze that engulfs […]



Bring on Baseball – Spring Training Starts Early in Japan

Jan 28th, 2009 | By Shane Sakata | Category: Events

Spring training for Major League Baseball starts in fourteen days and that makes it only two short week before before pitchers and catchers reports to various spring training sites in Arizona and Florida in the United States.   Position players follow somewhere from ten days to two weeks later. 
But, in Japan the teams assemble in […]



The Reward of Mountain Climbing in Japan

Jan 27th, 2009 | By Shane Sakata | Category: Photo Gallery

Guest photographer Chris shares this stunning image of Mt. Yari from Mt Washiba in Nagano, located in the Chubu Region of Japan.  He’s an avid hiker and mountain climber when he’s not working at a hedge fund in Tokyo.  Thanks Chris, it’s a beautiful shot that makes me want to pull out my dusty hiking […]



Japan:A Closer Look At Tokyo-Part 1

Jan 26th, 2009 | By UKTokyoite | Category: Regional Travel Resources

Today Honor (UKTokyoite) from Tokyotopia continues her series of guests posts on Tokyo in our Japan: A Closer Look Series. Last week she shared some advice on the practicalities of visiting Tokyo and today she will tells us about some of the great things to do and see in Japan’s capital city. Take it away […]



Get Your Way With Jan Ken Pon

Jan 24th, 2009 | By Shane Sakata | Category: Lifestyle

Better know as “Rock Paper Scissors” in English speaking countries, Jan Ken Pon originated in China and first came to Japan in the 17th century.  Today, Jan Ken Pon is a popular game with all ages in Japan and it is not uncommon to see school children, teenagers or young adults playing to settle […]



Regional Foods in Japan: Chugoku & Shikoku

Jan 23rd, 2009 | By Tokyofoodcast | Category: Food

The Regional Foods Series by Etsuko of Tokyofoodcast started earlier this month with will continue on Friday’s throughout the month of January at The Nihon Sun.
Today we’ll cover the regional foods specialties of Chugoku & Shikoku…
Chugoku
Okonomiyaki – What makes Okonomiyaki from Hiroshima special? Instead of pancake like batter cooked on the hot iron griddle, Hiroshima […]



Seven Gods of Good Fortune

Jan 22nd, 2009 | By Shane Sakata | Category: History & Culture

In Japan you will often hear about the Seven Gods of Good Fortune or Seven Lucky Gods which are commonly know in Japan as Shichi Fukujin (literally “seven happiness beings”). You may even see walking tours dedicated to the Seven Lucky Gods in the the city you are visiting – almost every city in Japan […]



No Napkins in Japan? Enter the Oshibori

Jan 21st, 2009 | By Shane Sakata | Category: History & Culture

It’s cold in Japan right now and anything that offers relief from the cool temperatures is most welcome.  Enter the oshibori, a heated damp hand towel, that many better restaurants present to their customers just after they are seated.

In the winter a steamy oshibori warms up frozen fingers so that diners can adroitly use hashi, […]



Kimonos Up Close at Meiji Jingu

Jan 20th, 2009 | By Shane Sakata | Category: Photo Gallery

Stunning Kimonos on young women celebrating Seiji no Hi, coming of age day, this past January 12th at Meiji Jingu Shrine in Tokyo, Japan – another beautiful additional to our gallery from my friend, Jason Collin.   Thanks, Jason!

In his own words:
“I had already been shooting at Meiji Jingu Shrine in Yoyogi for about two hours […]