Cozy Experiences of One-house Inn in a Secluded Hot Spring (Part2)

Hello, welcome to the 2nd episode about staying at a cozy Japanese hot spring inn! I was planning to upload the episode soon after the 1st one, but summer has already come when I noticed! I would like to introduce “Hoshi Onsen, Chojukan” in Gunma prefecture this time. The inn is very historical and famous…

Does the Japanese National Anthem Sound Cool for Foreigners !?

The Winter Olympic Games in Beijing 2022 had just closed on February 20th after two weeks of fierce competitions. And we have opportunities to listen to the national songs of each country when we have international sports competitions such as the Olympic Games and the World Cups. The national anthems of most countries sound like…

Stressful Japanese Always Want to Be Healed by Animals

I can say that Japan is a unique country where has various kinds of animal cafes such as cats, owls, rabbits, and Shiba-dogs, etc. In rare cases, we can even find hedgehog and otter cafes in Tokyo, and they have become quite popular among people not only local Japanese but also foreign guests in recent…

Tokyo Housing Considerations from My Living History

I have spent more time at home since last year after COVID-19 emerged. I am currently living in a 2LDK (almost 55 sqm) apartment with my husband on the edge of Tokyo. 2LDK for two people is not too small, however, we feel a bit inconvenient when both have to work from home. Because we…

Japanese Way of Fortune Telling – Omikuji Culture

January in 2021 has already passed and I am always surprised how time flies by so quickly! So, how are you doing these days? Unfortunately, COVID-19 has shown no sign of weakening in Japan as well and we are forced to endure the severe situation for a while… By the way, I am going to…

Unique and Incredible Toilet Renovation Project in Shibuya, Tokyo

How are you doing these days? It is December and 2020 will be over soon. This year was very unusual worldwide and a year of patience. All of us had to face hard times all year round. I belong to a volunteer guide association for foreign tourists in Japan, however, we had almost no activities…

The Japanese who Love to Eat Eels are Weird !?

Hi, there! Now, October has come, and the great autumn season has just started here in Japan. I am extremely excited to spend my favorite season for a while from now on. I am going to talk about Japanese foods again this time. There are lots of unfamiliar foods in Japan among foreign visitors, and…

Bittersweet of Our Lifestyle Changing by COVID-19

I never imagined COVID-19 was widespread all over the world very quickly in a short time and infected and killed a large number of innocent people. When the cluster infections of passengers in a cruise ship at Yokohama port were discovered in February, I just wondered that we could manage to converge the case without…

Japanese Language Is So Mysterious and Fascinating for You?

Japanese language may be one of the mysterious things for foreign guests from the world. As you know, we, the Japanese are usually handling 3 different letters, “Hiragana”, “Katakana” and “Kanji (Chinese characters)” with not much difficulty, because we mastered these 3 letters unconsciously in a daily basis. Basically, this is almost the same logic…

The Most Impressive Islamic Mosque in Tokyo – Tokyo Camii

I feel that Tokyo has been gradually changing to a mosaic city year by year. Of course, not as much as New York, it no longer rare to see various kinds of people in terms of race, language, and religion in the city. Not only for increasing the number of foreign visitors but also residents…