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One of the most prestigious sweets in Japan, “made-in-Ginza” sweets! How much is that?

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Any idea about the price tag of the Japanese sweets made at the place where the land prices are the highest in Japan? KUUYA-Monaka is the gem of the Japanese sweets at an affordable price, but reservation in advance is absolutely mandatory, no matter how rich you are! (Mr. Blue Sky)

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Tanabata

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Tanabata, also known as the Star Festival is held on July 7. People write their wishes on small strips of papers and hang them on bamboo branches. It’s said that Tanabata’s origin dates back to more than 2,000 years ago with a Chinese story. Once there were two lovers, a weaver named Shukujo and a cowherd named Kengyu living in space. They were forced to separate and live on opposite sides of the Milky Way and meet only once a year on Tanabata. Tsurugaoka Hachimangu holds the Tanabata festival every year. During Tanabata week, shrine buildings are decorated with colorful streamers and traditional ornaments. On the evening of 7th July,…

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Bridge Over Troubled Economy, the Rainbow Bridge.

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The bridge saw the “before and after” of Bubble economy, and the Godzilla? There are millions of reasons why you visit the Odaiba area (waterfront area of Tokyo). Trade show held at Tokyo Big Sight, the shopping or dining at Venus Fort in Aomi. Or you feel the sky high by riding on the Ferris wheel. The official name of the Rainbow Bridge, is simply “Connection Bridge of Tokyo Bay”, which is nothing intriguing and romantic. The construction of the bridge was started in 1987 and completed in 1993. In those 6 years, the Japanese economy went through the rise and collapse of Bubble economy. As is often the case…

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Odawara, the castle and 600 years old confectionery

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Say you are in Tokyo and wondering where you should go to see the real castle in the neighborhood of Tokyo. The answer is easy, Odawara! It is only 84 km (about 53 miles) from the Tokyo terminal and takes only 1hour and 20 minutes, even by a local train (Tokaido line) with the fare of 1,500 yen one way. You have an option to take a Tokaido Shinkansen that cuts the journey time to 30 minutes, but I recommend you take a local train to see the part of the commoners’ daily life. The Odawara castle is located nearby the Odawara station (10 to 15 minutes’ walk). The castle…

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Shaved ice saves the hottest day of the year!

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On the day the highest temperature in Tokyo in 2017 was recorded, (it was 33.7 degrees C =92.6 F!), I spent a day in Mejiro (one of the swanky town in Tokyo and it is near Shinjuku) on a mission to explore the magical touch of Ukiyoe art (traditional Japanese engraved painting). Though the Ukiyoe was fascinating enough to make me concentrated to look back the amazing preciseness of the craftsmanship and meditate how it was crafted back in the Edo period, my humble medication blew away as soon as I was under the scorching heat! Then, my immediate interest went toward the shaved ice! I typically have not paid…

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