If you’re traveling to Kyoto in Japan and are in a tight budget, there’s a way to stay in a decent accommodation without having to spend a fortune. Simply check in a capsule hotel which is the latest trend in the country.
Called the Nine Hours Hotel, this establishment does not have the usual hotel rooms. Instead, it features state-of-the-art sleeping pods that are available only to accommodate a guest for nine hours. Each pod is just a box enough to fit one individual or simply-put, it is the size of a coffin.
Yes, accommodation is for nine hours only. The first hour is allowed for getting ready for bed, the seven hours is for sleeping and the other one hour is allowed for getting ready in the morning after waking up and before checking out.
Three people are behind this new sci-fi hotel concept and innovative sleeping technology. They are Fumie Shibata and his Design Studio S plus Masaaki Hiromura and Takaaki Nakamura. The three came up with this new type of establishment with the belief that travelers need to be spending more time in their desired destination and as little time in their hotel, thus the nine hours of stay only. Each stay is worth $49 or 4,800 yen.
Capsule hotels are actually no longer new in Japan. They’ve been in existence since the 1970s. Unfortunately, they gained a bad reputation at that time as the only choice of drunken workers who have failed to take the last train home. Continue reading »
Posted December 7th, 2013 by Teresa Te+ | Comment (0)
You may have heard this name only now or you may have heard about it many times in the past but did not bother to find out what it is. Persimmon is a fruit of Chinese origin that looks a lot like tomato and is a popular autumn and winter fruit.
Originally, it was cultivated in Japan and China for centuries. It is called shizi in Chinese and kaki in Japan. Its botanical name is diospyros kaki and considered one of the oldest plants in cultivation.
From China, its cultivation later spread to East Asia (Japan in particular) then much later to California in the U.S., southern Europe in the 19th century and then to Brazil in the 1890s. Today, it is also grown in Italy, in the Mediterranean regions as well as in the U.S. and the Middle East. Continue reading »
Posted November 30th, 2013 by Teresa Te+ | Comment (0)
Much like in the western world, foods in Japan are normally best eaten together with its appropriate partner. This is among the important Japanese traditions that some people may not be aware of.
It should be noted that food pairings in the land of the rising sun go beyond just tradition. They also provide real health benefits which people who love Japanese food should be happy about. These pairings do not just include all food but foods and seasonings as well.
Learn about them here so that the next time you order at a Japanese restaurant, you know what to ask for. Continue reading »
Posted November 24th, 2013 by Teresa Te+ | Comment (0)
When autumn comes, the changing colors of the leaves of trees are what many people eagerly await. While spring may be the time when colorful flowers are abloom, autumn boasts of its own color tones mostly orange, yellow and red. The koyo, or colorful leaves of autumn, are the equivalent of spring’s cherry blossoms.
Did you know that leaf watching during the latter part of the year is a popular activity in Japan? This has been going on for many long years and today, the tradition continues in many koyo spots that attract numerous tourists.
It is normally in mid September when the so-called koyo front begin moving southwards starting from the Hokkaido in the north up to the central and southern parts of Japan by the latter part of November. By early December, though, there are still some trees particularly in Tokyo and Kyoto that display their beautiful colors.
During the early part of autumn, the colorful leaves can be found in the mountains. While hiking is the best way to reach the place and see them up close, other means of getting there are by train, bus or ropeway. Continue reading »
Posted November 17th, 2013 by Teresa Te+ | Comment (0)
Japan never ceases to amaze people. From technology and fashion to entertainment spots and themed coffee shops, they’ve got it all.
You may have heard already about the numerous cat cafes spread out in Tokyo but wait till you hear about this new concept in a growing number of cafes and shops.
Animal lovers order viagra online now have more choices. Those who don’t like cats or are allergic to their fur can check out Takajo Chaya in Mitaka.
Known as the falconer’s cafe, this place is bird-friendly. It provides visitors with an opportunity to take a closer look and observe falcons. Continue reading »
Posted November 6th, 2013 by Teresa Te+ | Comment (0)
Japan may be known as a pioneer in technology and pop fashion but when it comes to housing, the country uses much simplicity unlike what is commonly seen in the western word these days. While there may be a lot of modern homes around Japan today, the traditional ones remain and are well maintained.
In a traditional Japanese house also called minka or kominka, space harmony is of utmost importance. And this is often achieved through the use of a very simple and straightforward architectural design. This means straight lines, less furniture and decors, sometimes no chairs or even beds. In some homes, a small ikebana arrangement or a simple decoration may be added.
Japanese homes built the traditional style are of two types. They are the town houses or machiya and the farmhouses or noka. Continue reading »
Posted October 31st, 2013 by Teresa Te+ | Comment (0)
Inter-racial marriage is so commonplace these days. As people travel to other countries, they fall in love with locals and the next thing you know, they’re already set to exchange I do’s.
An international marriage is no longer something to frown about today. Wherever you go, there’s bound to be some married couples of varied nationalities. While some are skeptical about this, this kind of marital relationship actually provides an opportunity for people to learn about another person’s culture on a deeper level.
The Japanese is one race that has embraced inter-racial marriage. A growing number of Japanese men and women living in Japan or those in staying other countries have married people not of their own race.
As with any marital bond or love relationship for that matter, marrying a foreigner takes a lot of adjustment. For a non-Japanese woman in a relationship with a man from the land of the rising sun, it should be to your advantage if you learn about the country’s culture first notably regarding the roles of a husband and wife and what society expects of them. Continue reading »
Posted October 25th, 2013 by Teresa Te+ | Comment (0)
It may occur to many of you that owing to their healthy diet, the Japanese don’t have time for some sweet treats. The truth is, they do love desserts and proof of this is the existence of quite a number of shops offering all sorts of desserts. Candies are also being manufactured in Japan and they’re not being consumed exclusively by kids because adults do love to savor them every now and then.
It is worth noting here as well that the Japanese actually create their desserts in a detailed and precise manner similar to how they prepare their meals? For them, it’s a work of art and they believe that the sweets are not only meant to be savored by the mouth but also by the eyes.
This famous Japanese dessert is made from rice flour stuffed with either jam, jelly, ice cream or red bean paste. Traditionally, they pound the rice using the hands to create the flour.
The mochi ice cream, in particular, is shaped like a golf ball and comes in different flavors such as vanilla and green tea among others. Continue reading »
Posted October 13th, 2013 by Teresa Te+ | Comment (0)
Women always value their crowning glory. To keep it healthy and looking good all the time, the hair needs to be combed or brushed depending on one’s preference. It is for this reason that women normally take the time to find a good comb or brush that won’t hurt their scalp and damage their hair.
Did you know that in Japan, the women there put great value on their combs (kushi) and hairpins (kanzashi)? Yes, this is true and the Japanese even have a festival for this known as the Kyoto Comb Festival held each year viagra free trial pack at the Yasui Konpiragu Shrine.
This event is being held annually to express the Japanese’s gratitude to their favorite used combs and ornate hairpins. First celebrated in September of 1961, the comb festival occurs at a comb grave mound called Kushizuka. It is where old combs are offered in the hope of bringing blessings to women in the form of a beautiful figure, hair and face. Continue reading »
Posted October 8th, 2013 by Teresa Te+ | Comment (0)
The Japanese are known to have a longer lifespan compared to other nationalities. In fact, the number of people in Japan who have reached the age of 100 or beyond has gone up through the years.
The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare revealed recently that Japan has set a record for having the most number of centenarians at 54,397. This figure is said to be higher than the 2012 figure.
Currently, the oldest Japanese woman is 115 buy cialis uk years old and she is Misao Ogawa. She has also been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s oldest woman. For the males, the oldest in Japan is 110 years old and he is Sakari Momoi who lives in Saitama. Continue reading »
Posted October 2nd, 2013 by Teresa Te+ | Comment (0)