ocated in Saitama an hour away from Ikebukuro, Heirin-ji is a Rinzai temple of the Myoshin-ji Branch. The temple was originally founded in 1375 in Iwatsuki city by Sekishitsu Zenkyu , also in Saitama. The temple was destroyed in 1590 during the attack on Iwatsuki Castle by Toyotomi Hideyoshi and then later moved and rebuilt […]

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ere you are, another video coming straight from our new “Daily Life” project where we will upload videos of our daily life and commute in Japan. Today’s video will be a quick ride I made from Shibuya Station to Omotesando Station on the Ginza line on my way to meet some friends. Not much to […]

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riginally located in Tokyo and used as a residence for a branch of the Tokugawa family, and later used temporarily as the Imperial Palace, the Tomozawa Imperial Villa has been in Nikko since 1899. This gorgeous house that blends traditional Edo design and early model Meiji period architecture offers no less than 106 rooms, with […]

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ocated near Nikko, Kanmangafuchi Abyss was formed centuries ago by an eruption of the nearby Mount Nantai, and offers a few nice long trails alongside a pleasant river. Not only does Kanmangafuchi Abyss offer a stunning view of its nearby river, Kanmangafuchi is also known for its row of about 100 stone statues of Jizo, […]

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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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