ere you are, the second part of our “virtual tour” of Tokyo’s famous Imperial Palace. Known in Japanese as Kōkyo Higashi Gyoen (皇居東御苑), the Imperial Palace’s east gardens are part of the inner palace, open to the public all year long. Here you will find the remains of the former Edo Castle in the form […]

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ach year, the Tokyo branch of Yasaka Jinja from Kyoto, located in Hino-Machi, organizes a little matsuri where some of Tokyo’s most famous Iaido schools offer a very rare chance for local people to enjoy the beauty of this martial art. Among these famous schools, one, the Toudou-Renmei School, dominated the whole matsuri with impressive […]

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oday’s video marks the beginning of a new series of content about Japan where we will bring you along with us when we are walking around Tokyo and other areas. Unlike other videos we used to upload in the past, and that we will continue to upload in the future, these new “Everyday slice of […]

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ocated an hour or so up north of Tokyo, in Chichibu Saitama, Chichibu Distillery is Japan’s next generation of whisky distillery. It was founded in 2004 by Ichiro Akuto and the first new Japanese distillery opened since 1973! Ichiro Akuto and his team are, despite the small size of the distillery, winning rave reviews from […]

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oyasu Pier is an old fisherman’s pier located in Yokohama’s busy industrial complex. Despite looking like a “ghost town” with its many shipwrecks and what clearly seem to be heavily polluted waters, Koyasu Pier is in fact a thriving fishing spot with many fish swimming around. The pier is well-known as it is used for […]

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reated in the seventies, COEDO is a craft beer made in Saitama prefecture, and more precisely in Kawagoe, one hour north of Tokyo by train. The peculiarity of COEDO beers, is that they are made of Japanese sweet potatoes! COEDO was not always in the beer-brewing business, starting instead as an agricultural company specializing in […]

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ocated in the center of Tokyo in the Roppongi district, Tokyo Midtown is a huge complex opened in 2007 that includes offices and headquarters of major companies, such as Fujifilm and Konami. There are also shops, restaurants, museums, the Ritz Carlton Hotel as well as a gorgeous garden that is very popular at the weekend. […]

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hat used to be one of the most amazing matsuri in Tokyo, has now become one of the saddest. Mitama Matsuri, first held in 1947, takes place annually at Yasukuni Shrine, and features around 30,000 lanterns. The purpose of this festival is to pray for the fallen soldiers of the past and for a more […]

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do Kiriko is a 180 year old Japanese craft founded during the Edo period. It originated from the skillful hands of a Japanese craftman, Kyubei Kagaya, who started exploring a unique technique of cutting patterns into the glass surface of different objects. It was only during the Meiji period, or roughly 130 years ago, that […]

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With a strong, international reputation, Mansei-En is not only one of the best places to purchase and learn how to ‘raise’ Bonsai, but also a fantastic place to study the art of Bonsai care. One of the lucky few to have this chance is Adam Jones, who has been learning how to take nurture and […]

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The Omiya Bonsai Village is the general name for the area on the north side of Omiya Park enclosed within the Tobu Noda Line and JR Utsunomiya Line. Known as one of the most outstanding bonsai cultivating areas in Japan, visitors can take delight in the bonsai all year round, as they change from one […]

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Also known as Chichibu Yomatsuri, the Chichibu Night Festival in Saitama, is considered one of Japan’s top three festivals to feature floats, and it is the principal festival at Chichibu Shrine, the main shrine in Saitama’s Chichibu region. Taking place annually on the 3rd of December, the Chichibu Night Festival is an astonishing matsuri, with […]

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