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Another rainy day in Nagasaki…mysterious Turkish rice is a must meal!

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When you visit a Nagasaki city, you cannot go around the rainy weather and Turkish rice, not to mention the marvelous night view. (Mr. Blue Sky)

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Visit Fujinomiya-city to enjoy the king of B-graded gourmet!

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Do you know Japan is a country with full of local character (Yuru-Kyara) and local B-graded gourmet? (Mr. Blue Sky)

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Let the salt rule!

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The salty Yokan (azuki-bean jelly) from Shintsuru Honten (Shimosuwa Town, Nagano prefecture, near the Lake Suwa) proves that the salt rules all whenever it is. In the place like the Shinshu district (Nagano prefecture) having no ocean, the salt was absolutely precious in the wartime (around 16th century). The military commander of Samurai clan even banned the trade of the salt as one means of the starvation tactics. This happened actually when Imagawa family (on the ocean side) was on the touch-and-go status with Takeda family (on the mountain side) in 16th century. Near the entrance to the Shimosuwa Taisha (shrine), you will find the confectioner, “Shintsuru Honten” (the head…

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Noto-Tetsudo, (Noto Railway) combines the scenic pleasure and pilgrimage to the Holy Land of “Hanasaku Iroha = Iroha in full bloom” (animation film).

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  After JNR (Japanese National Railways) was dismantled in 1987 along the flow of privatization, JR was established to take over the railroad network throughout Japan. At the same time, many local lines (mostly fell into deficit operation) were either abolished or switched to the third-sector company. The Noto-Testudo (Noto Railway) is one of those examples. In its heyday in late 80’ through 90’s, the routes in operation amounted to more than 100 km (approximately 60 miles), it currently operates between Nanao and Anamizu merely for the span of 33 km (21 miles). Even though the operational section was largely reduced, you can still enjoy the scenic view of the…

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Rural area in Tokyo

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This may sound strange but you can find rural areas in the western part of Tokyo metropolitan. In this post, I would like to introduce Sawai Station, a station of the Ome Line. To get Sawai Station, ride trains about 2 hours from Tokyo Station. It costs around 10 USD for one way. You can enjoy the calm atmosphere or take part in outdoor activities such as rafting, bungee jumping, BBQ, etc. Here are photographs I took around  Sawai Station. Can you imagine these photographs were taken in Tokyo metropolitan? In addition, you can visit one of the famous Japanese sake breweries in this region. It is Ozawa Brewery, which…

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Zoho Sites recommended

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In the previous article, we mentioned Zoho Sites as a website building service. We recommend Zoho Sites if you want to reduce cost because you can specify your custom domain to your website at free of charge. In contrast, you cannot specify your custom domain if you use Jimdo free, for example; in other words,  you have to subscribe paid version of Jimdo in order to assign your favorite domain. In addition, you can use your e-mail address of the same domain as your website at free of charge using Zoho Mail. Zoho provides tens of services for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), all of which provides free plan. Zoho Mail…

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Advantage to use “japan-inbound.net” domain

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There are a lot of free website building services available on the net, such as Jimdo, Zoho Sites, Google Site, Wix. These services offer free domain. As an example, a website build on Jimdo free service can use sitename.jimdo.domain as its fully qualified domain name (FQDN). Many website owners choose free domains because they do not want to reduce costs to build and maintain websites. However, you should notice that websites using free domains cannot get high scores in search engine result pages because search engines exclude or give low scores to contents provided through free domains. This behavior comes from the fact that free domains tend to host websites that provide malicious contents. Needless…

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Site announcement

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  We are happy to announce this site, www.japan-inbound.net. This site is intended for establishing a network of individuals and small enterprises doing inbound business in Japan. This site provides Japanese pages as well as English pages. For now, we provide website building and maintenance services for Japanese guide-interpreters and thus main contents are written in Japanese.  If you are interested in our services, please refer to pages written in Japanese.

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