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Mieko’s Japan travel(Ueno Park, Tokyo)

The Greater Tokyo Area is the most populous metropolitan area in the world. Ueno Park Ueno Park is home to most of the attractions in the Ueno District, including the Ueno Zoo and many museums including Tokyo National Museum, National Museum

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Mieko’s Japan travel(Tokyo Station Area)

The Greater Tokyo Area is the most populous metropolitan area in the world.    Tokyo Station Tokyo Station is a railway station in the Marunouchi business district of Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan, near the Imperial Palace grounds and the Ginza commercial district.

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What is Tempura?

Tempura is one of the most popular Japanese dishes for both Japanese and foreigners. Various ingredients such as prawns, fish and vegetables are dipped in batter and deep fried in vegetable oil. Then they’re eaten after being dipped in a

Posted in Japanese Culture, Meals and Cooking

Everyday Home Cooking

Traditional Japanese home cooking includes rice(ご飯はん) and a couple of dishes such as grilled fish(焼やき魚ざかな) or cooked vegetables with miso soup (みそ汁しる)  and some pickles(漬物つけもの). Most people eat rice as a staple food(主食しゅしょく) at least twice a day and use

Posted in Meals and Cooking

New Year in Japan 日本のお正月

The New is one of the most important holidays for the Japanese. Most Japanese rest during the first three days of the New Year and many companies and schools are closed for one week or more during this season. しめ飾かざり   Shimekazari

Posted in Annual Events and Social Life, Basic Information About Japan, History and Traditional Culture, Japanese Culture

Japanese anime film “Kimi no Na wa”

Director Makoto Shinkai’s hit anime feature Your name (君きみの名なは) has become the third-highest-grossing Japanese film of all time, according to a report by the Hollywood Reporter. Produced by CoMix Wave, the film has earned a whopping $196 million at the domestic

Posted in Games and Entertainment

Ochazuke: rice with tea

Ochazuke is a simple and popular Japanese dish made by pouring hot green tea or dashi (fish stock soup) over boiled rice, with a variety of savory topping such as umeboshi (pickled Japanese apricot), nori (dried seaweed) and yakisake (grilled

Posted in Meals and Cooking

What is enka?

Enka is a type of singing that Particularly appeals to Japanese sentiments in its sentimental lyrics and plaintive music. It began spreading among the general public in the 1930s, and with the postwar appearance of Hibari Misora (1937-89) and others,

Posted in Japanese Culture, Sports and Arts

The National Anthem 日本の国歌

Toward the end of the 19th century, at the suggestion of the Irishman John Fenton, a national anthem was created with the lyrics taken from a 10th century poem and the melody from classical Japanese court music. The word Kimigayo

Posted in History and Traditional Culture, Japanese Culture

Customer Service in Japan

When buying a present for someone at a Japanese shop, several stores will provide free giftwrapping upon request. However, boxes and special wrapping may come at a free, so be sure to confirm this beforehand. Stores will also give multiple

Posted in History and Traditional Culture