Blogs from Japan, Asia


Asia » Japan » Kanagawa July 6th 2021

During the past year I have been taking live stream virtual trips around the world, usually these have been sightseeing or walking tours but this tour sounded very interesting as the Japanese guide took us into her home to explain about the world of Kimono. Eriko demonstrated three different type of Kimono and how they are represented to show respect for different occasions, whether for doing the dishes, house chores or taking a bath, to visiting friends or for more formal occasions. Eriko’s great grandfather was a Kimono Master Craftsman, the kimonos he made for family members have now been passed down the generations and Eriko was very proud to have worn a very beautiful purple one for her brothers wedding. Formal kimonos are worn on special occasions and celebrations - even numbers are considered lucky ... read more

Asia » Japan » Kanagawa June 17th 2021

Japan has 30,000 Inari Shrines across the country that is famous for their picturesque vermilion torii gates. Inari shrines are dedicated to the spirit of Inari which represents rice, the essential element of Japanese food. To express gratitude to the deity of the shrine, visitors traditionally donate a torii gate whenever their wish comes true or when making a prayer for prosperity. This tradition has been carried out over several centuries now, and as a result the shrine has accumulated countless gates, giving them the name senbondorii (“a thousand gates”). Legend has it that Minamoto Yoritomo, the first Shogun of Kamakura was visited in a dream by an Inari, (a white fox) who advised him when to attack his enemies, thus ensuring a victory. Out of gratitude, Sasuke Inari Shrine was built in the 12th century ... read more

Asia » Japan » Tokyo May 28th 2021

This blog is a record of my memories of travel for myself, family and my friends. It is mainly in pictorial form but I will add some stories and text as time goes on. 2015 - September My family from Australia, Roz and Jim, visited in Tokyo before leaving Yokohama on the Diamond Princess Cruise ship. I went to Yokohama with them and waved goodbye as the ship left the wharf. It was a very good visit because both of the mothers - my Mum and Roz - had their birthday on the same day - 4 September. We celebrated at Maison Barsac.... read more
A good night out
Maison Barsac
Hello Australia !!

Asia » Japan » Kyoto March 28th 2021

25th March Night time Cherry Blossom - Kyoto #heygo Gion Shirakawa is in the entertainment district with traditional wooden houses, restaurants and teahouses. The true magic of Kyoto comes out when dusk falls, transition into a magical nighttime town illuminated with paper lanterns mixed with argon lights. The illuminated cherry blossoms give off an ethereal glow, are called yozakura—cherry blossoms at night. Kinya our virtual guide took us for a night stroll along Shirakawa Street in Kyoto's Higashiyama Neighbourhood. Kinya explained how the cherry blossom was highly regarded by Japanese people from old times & shared the philosophical connotations behind the scenes of the Japanese cherry blossoms. We learnt about Geisha The profession of a geisha was officially recognized in the second half of the eighteen... read more

Asia » Japan » Tokyo March 26th 2021

Cherry Blossom - A walk along Meguro River #heygo Meguro River is one of the most popular places to see cherry blossoms in Tokyo. It’s located in Nakameguro area which is near Shibuya, central of Tokyo. The best highlight of Meguro River Cherry Blossoms is over 800 cherry trees lined for about 4 km along the river which displays the spectacular view. During the main season for cherry blossoms, a cherry blossom festival is held near the river and there will be a lot of stalls selling food and drinks. There are also many cafes and restaurants along the river and some of them have terrace seats where you can enjoy delicious food with the cherry blossoms views. Cherry blossoms are a symbolic flower of the spring, a time of renewal, and the fleeting nature ... read more

Asia » Japan » Tokyo March 26th 2021

25th March Cherry Blossom Tokyo #heygo Cherry blossom – or sakura - season in Tokyo is truly a magical experience. Thousands of trees burst into bloom, dousing the streets with stunning shades of pink. The flowers are a national obsession and people flock to parks to hold hanami parties and picnics to view and photograph them. Stores will stock their shelves with sakura-themed or flavored items, such as sakura bento lunch boxes and even serve pink sakura drinks. As if shaking off the winter, a bright and optimistic atmosphere fills the city. Starbucks Japan likes to keep their customers on their toes with a constant stream of seasonal items and Japan's celebrated cherry blossom season is perhaps one of the highlights of the year in that regard. After taking a brief break to release their ... read more

Asia » Japan » Okinawa February 25th 2021 25th February- Shuri Castle: Legacy of the Ryukyu Kings Today our virtual guides were James & Becka, both from the U.K. living in Okinawa for some years teaching Karate. Situated on top of a gentle hill in Shuri, Shurijo Castle was surrounded by curving castle walls, and within these walls were numerous structures. Built in 1879 the castle was the central administrative body of the Shuri Royal Government of the Ryukyu Kingdom. It flourished as the center of politics, diplomacy, and culture in the Kingdom, and it was also the royal residence of the king and his family. Shuri Castle was destroyed by fire three times during the Ryukyu Kingdom period, and the fourth time in World War II. Each time, the Castle was restored. In 1992, the Seiden of the Castle was reconstructed, modeled ... read more

Asia » Japan » Tokyo February 22nd 2021 21st February- Early Spring Plum Blossom It was 11pm Sunday in U.K. & 8am Monday in Tokyo when we visited Koganei Park close to where our virtual guide lived in a Western suburb of Tokyo. The park covers 200 acres & through the seasons and abundance of plum blossom, cherry blossom, hydrangeas, wisteria & rhododendron. Volunteers help with the upkeep of the park. Originally introduced from China, the Japanese plum has played an important role in Japanese culture for many centuries. The plum is associated with the start of spring, because plum blossoms are some of the first blossoms to open during the year. In most areas of Japan they typically flower in February and March. Plum blossom came to symbolize perseverance and hope, as well as beauty & purity. Most plum blossoms have five ... read more

Asia » Japan » Tokyo » Shinjuku February 16th 2021

I enjoy a version of this soup from time to time, primarily for lunch, on a cold day. Feel free to add or subtract ingredients. I regard tofu as the main ingredient. The seasoning with kombu (seaweed) is a key factor in the overall taste. If you need help, please let me know. Vegetarian Japanese hot pot recipe (nabemono) Ingredients 1 piece dashi kombu (roughly 3x3") piece (very important) 4-5 cups water (or vegetable stock) 3 Tbsp (gluten free) soy sauce, more to taste Sake... read more
Tofu soup
Use soft (kinogoshi) tofu

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