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What's new in Japan?
Monday, 5 March 2018
Kawazu Cheery bllossoms
Mood:  happy
Topic: Sightseeing



Kawzu cherry blossoms


It is a season of long-awaited spring, but the cherry blossoms called Kawazu cherry blossoms are already in bloom.

It has become a beautiful contrast with rape flowers of typical spring flowers.

Now, you who are staying in Japan canenjoy another cherry blossoms a little bit earlier.

The place famous for Kawazu cherry blossoms is the town called Kawazu, the southernmost tip of the Izu peninsula in Shizuoka prefecture.

However, recently there are more towns that plant Kawazu cherry trees, so you may have a chance to see Kawazu cherry tree.

This photo is taken at Miura-kaigan, one hour train ride form Tokyo.

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Posted by kanaday at 12:42 PM JST
Updated: Monday, 5 March 2018 12:47 PM JST
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Sunday, 25 February 2018
Cherry Blossoms in Japan
Mood:  happy



The Sakura (Cherry Blossoms) season is coming!

 

If you are lucky, your trip meets Sakura blooms period.




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Posted by kanaday at 8:32 PM JST
Updated: Sunday, 25 February 2018 8:41 PM JST
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Thursday, 1 February 2018

Smartphone Free Lending Experiment to Foreign Tourists by Kanagawa prefecture.


Mood:  cool
Topic: Gadgets

Smartphone Free Lending Experiment to Foreign Tourists by Kanagawa prefecture.

 

Everyone knows that the Olympic and Paralympics will be held in Tokyo in two years. Kanagawa Prefecture has decided to conduct an experiment trial to lend a smartphone free of charge for foreign tourists to provide fulfilling information and to enjoy traveling in Kanagawa. This is the project with Handy Japan, a private company, that handles the scheme to lend Kanagawa Prefecture and smartphone free of charge.

Hnady Japan is the company to do the business to support free rental smart phones for the guest of hotels, Sheraton Hotels, Prince hotels, Mercure Hotels etc,..

In the demonstration experiment, 50 smartphones per day are lent out for free to foreign tourists at five tourist information centers in Yokohama City, Kamakura City and Hakone Town. Smartphones are compatible with over 10 languages ​​such as English and Chinese, and you can browse the Kanagawa-ken's homepage and get sightseeing information for foreigners. The Kanagawa Prefectural Tourism Bureau collects the GPS data of the rented smartphone, examines where the foreigner who used it visited, etc., finds the popular tourist spots, and wants to reflect it in future sightseeing measures about Kanagawa-ken. Governor Kuroiwa in Kanagawa prefecture said, "Japan has poor Wi-Fi environment and I am expecting to resolve the dissatisfaction, I want to expand to all prefectures as soon as possible". Demonstration experiments are held from the middle of February to the end of March, and Kanagawa prefecture is considering full-scale introduction after April based on the results

Free calls and free communication costs are isupplied, so why not to rent it?





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Posted by kanaday at 8:59 PM JST
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Sunday, 31 December 2017
Planing a visit to Japan
Mood:  cool
Topic: Sightseeing

When preparing a schedule for you to come to Japan, you ould be better to be aware of long holidays such as the Japanese golden week, Obon festival, New Year holiday.

In addition, recently there are quite a lot of travelers from China to Japan. Especially when you visit Japan in a period of China's long vacation, sightseeing spots are so crowded with quite many Chinese people.

 

If you can re-schedule your vacation and avoid such a period of the Chinese festival, you would be comfortable there.

This year (2018), the Chinese Spring Festival(New Year Celebration) starts on February 15 and ends on February 22. Actually, it is thought that it starts February 11th.

 

2/11 Sun

2/12 Mon

2/13 Tue

2/14 Wed

2/15 Thu Last Day of 2017

2/16 Fri  New Year Day 2018

2/17 Sat

2/18 Sun

2/19 Mon 

2/20 Tue 

2/21 Wed Holiday end

 


Posted by kanaday at 10:18 PM JST
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Friday, 29 December 2017

At various places in downtown, big cities like Tokyo, you can find stores offering foreign exchange service.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

It is a store of foreign exchange service found in Akihabara.

In this way, since the exchange rate of foreign currency is displayed at the shop front, you can judge whether you can buy yen at this store by looking at the rate.


 

 

There are shops with good exchange rates and bad ones, so it is better to consider well.

 

As you can see you can exchange from major country's money. This store is offering the exchange service for 17 countries.

If your country is not listed in such a table, it is better to buy Yen in your country or think of other means.


Posted by kanaday at 10:10 PM JST
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Sunday, 22 October 2017
Nadai Fuji Soba
Mood:  happy
Topic: Foods


Nadai Fuji Soba



"Nadai Fuji Soba", a buckwheat noodle restaurant, is popular with overseas visitors to Japan. As people are saying they are friendly for foreigners, there is also a menu of English. Amazing!!! For buckwheat and of course, you must buy a ticket with a vending machine. The number is written on the English menu on shows which button of the vending machines for the meal. So just remember the number and press the number on the ticket vending machine.
 

The kindness of this restaurant is also shown in the following situation. For the set menu, you can choose one noodle from among hot Soba, cold Soba, hot Udon noodles, chilled Udon noodles. Sometimes foreigners are struggling without knowing the difference of these type of noodles, when a counter person shows a sheet of paper which explains the differences of the noodles with four types of photos, the customer can easily choose the one they like to have. The difference between buckwheat noodles, udon, cold noodles, and warm noodles is difficult to understand, but you can understand well when you are shown them in the picture. Seeing such behaviors of the counter person, foreigners can their order with ease with full of peaceful face. The customers are saved with such a kindness mind, "Omotenashi". The number may vary each restaurant. Please check the number on-site. Most attractive point is the price. The price is also very friendly for foreigners. Approximately with 500 yen, you can eat foods almost your stomach swells. They are handling Japanese Soba, Japanese Udon, Ramen, Curry rice, Rice Bowl etc. During lunch time, you can get a better deal for lunch special. For example, Soba in hot soup is 300 yen and mini Katsu-don is 360 ye, So mini katsu-don set menu becomes 660 Yen but actual price is 560 yen. Thanks Fiji-Soba.
 
 

 
 

http://fujisoba.co.jp/menu/
Other menu: Fuji soba special 450 yen Croquette Soba 410 Yen Hot Soba topping with Croquette Kitsune Udon 390 Yen Hot Soba topping with fried Tofu soaked well with sweet soup stock.



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Posted by kanaday at 12:10 AM KDT
Updated: Sunday, 22 October 2017 12:23 AM KDT
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Sunday, 9 April 2017
Cherry Blossoms in Tokyo and Kamakura
Mood:  bright
Topic: Sightseeing



Cherry Blossoms?

In Tokyo area, cherry blossoms are full bllom everywhere.

Tokyo, Kamakura etc.

Here are some pictures there.

Tokyo Tower


a picture of cherry blossoms. 2017



Tokyo Tower


a picture of Tokyo tower and cherry blossoms.



Kamakura


a picture of Kamakura, Tsurugaoka Hachimangu and cherry blossoms with Komainu





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Posted by kanaday at 11:41 PM KDT
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Sunday, 2 April 2017
You can withdraw Yen at AEON and Ministop ATMs.
Mood:  bright



UnionPay and Master/VISA ATM information

You can withdraw Japanese Yen at AEON bank and MiniStop
Ministop is one of convenience stores in Japan.
AEON bank is operated by AEON super market.
They can handle;
- MasterCard

- Maestro

- Cirrus
- VISA
- PLUS



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Posted by kanaday at 10:46 PM KDT
Updated: Wednesday, 5 April 2017 10:30 PM KDT
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Sunday, 19 March 2017
Visiting Asakusa? Why not to make a stop at nearby!
Mood:  bright



Visiting Asakusa?

(Through May 8 (Monday) 2017)
If you have a chance to visit Asakusa Sensoji Temple, you should look at the Garden next to the five-storied pagoda just beside. For a limited period, you can see Giant Ema and Garden. The five-storied pagoda can't be seen now for repair, but instead you should look at the garden.

Sensoji Temple " Exhibition of Giant Ema* and Denboin Garden"

- Restoration project for Kumamoto and the Great East Japan Earthquake.
(*Giant Ema: Framed pictures to dedicate to shrine or temple for the wishes or for an appreciation for wish fulfillment. )

Date and time: March 10 (Fri) - May 8 (Monday) 2017
10 am - 4 pm (closed at 4:30 pm)
Place: Asakusa Special Exhibition Hall • Garden (Law Enforcement Center)
Admission fee: 300 yen (Free up to 2 accompanying children below junior high school students)

Pass through the crowd of Nakamise , visit Sensoji Temple, and then go around the garden of 10,000 m2 (100,000 sq. ft), your heart feels comfortable and relax. You can feel the beauty of the Japanese garden.

a picture of Denboin garden.Through May 8 (Monday) 2017 You can see the garden of Asakusa Sensoji Temple. Especialy it opens now.







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Posted by kanaday at 11:38 PM KDT
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Sunday, 12 March 2017
New Taxi fare in Tokyo
Mood:  bright
Topic: Transportation



The Taxi fare in Tokyo becomes afforadable now!

The taxi fare in Tokyo is 410 yen now. The rate is reduced from the former price, 730 yen to 410 yen and a significant reduction of 320 yen.The lower-priced taxis are running in 23 wards of Tokyo, Musashino city and Mitaka city. Instead, the distance you can go with this fare is shorter. It was 2 kilometers for the first ride but it was 1.052 kilometers now.The addition step of the taxi meter also is changed from 90 yen to 80 yen.By this, it is thought that the hurdle oversea travelers get on a taxi became lower If your hotel locates a little bit far from a station, you can catch a taxi easily. This priced taxi service is available only in Tokyo.

a picture that Taxi fare in Tokyo becomes affordable now! It becomes much affordable for travelers in Japan







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Posted by kanaday at 10:49 PM KDT
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Thursday, 9 March 2017
Cherry blossoms in 2017
Mood:  bright
Topic: Sightseeing



The Sakura (Cherry Blossoms) season is coming!!

If you are lucky, your trip meets Sakura blooms period.

Here is 5th forecast announcement by Nihon Kishou corporation.

a picture of free wifi tool. This is very helpful for visitors to Japan







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Posted by kanaday at 2:59 PM JST
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Saturday, 18 February 2017
Free Wifi Finder
Mood:  cool
Topic: Gadgets

Free Wifi Finder


If you are looking for free Wifi in Japan, here is a good site.

This is an official site of Japan.
Supported by Japan Tourism Agency.

Access:  Click the next figure.

a picture of free wifi tool. This is very helpful for visitors to Japan

Just type your location and press Search.

image of input form your location  Tokyo or Yokoham or Osaka

You can see the result  like following.

image of the result sample. Visitor can find the freewifi spots very easily.

Very good tool!! Easy to use!
You should try!!

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Posted by kanaday at 10:44 PM JST
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Saturday, 3 September 2016
Who is Ninja?
Mood:  happy
Topic: Culture
Who is Ninja?

Special Exhibition for Ninja.


If you love "Ninja", you should go to the special Exhibition of The "Ninja"

Ninja is not just for Ninja Turtle.  There is a scientific approach by National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation.

Who are they?
Welcome to the Ninja World.
It was clear about these questions.
This event shows the accademic research result by Mie Univercity, Japan.
Mie is the famous Ninja prefecture.


Period:  July 2(Sat), 2016 through October 10(Mon), 2016


Place: National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation at Odaiba, Tokyo


Please check the following URL for detailed information.


http://www.miraikan.jst.go.jp/en/spexhibition/ninjya/






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Posted by kanaday at 11:16 PM KDT
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Monday, 1 August 2016

Mood:  cool
Topic: Gadgets
The real cool application by Hitachi.

The real cool application by Hitachi.


Here is an application for Android and iPhone.


You will have a trouble to get the target place for business or sightseeing.

The following application assists you to take the right train to get off.


HyperDia for Android HyperDia is an application of Train Timetable and Route Search in Japan. You can search the best route from the place wherever you are now to the target place with your smart phone.


It also inform you of the train fare.


HyperDia


Here is a link for Google Play.


Link for Apple Store.



Introduction Video of the product:





Sponcered Link


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Posted by kanaday at 9:29 PM KDT
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Thursday, 5 March 2015

Mood:  bright
Earlier Cherry Blossoms?!


Kawazu-Zakura (Sakura, Cherry blossom)

 

Cherry (Sakura) blossoms are very popular flower/trees in Japan.

In Japan, Sakura Although officially isn't a national flower, and is treated as if it were one of the national flower

 

Everyone in Japan likes cherry blossoms blooming in early Spring.

It covers mountains and fields with pastel pink color.

 

One of the cherry tress, Kawazu Zakura, blooms in very early Spring (actually in the middle of winter).

It was found 60 years ago by coincidence by one Japanese The blooming period is much longer  (one month) than other cherry trees.

It has spread to many place in Japan.

Kawazu Machi is original place of kawazu-Zakura and has over 800 fascinating Cherry trees both sides of the river.

Kawazu-Zakura festival welcomes visitors during Feb 10th through March 10th in Kawazu machi.

Kawazu Machi is located on the Izu Peninsula Shizuoka prefecture.

It takes around 2 and a half hour from Tokyo station.

 

You can find the cherry blossoms in this season in Japan, it is Kawadu-Zakura.

It is still cold in Japan but the cherry blossoms welcome you with beautiful flowers.





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Posted by kanaday at 9:06 PM JST
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Friday, 27 February 2015
It is a good idea to get Wifi router at Narita airport.
Mood:  cool
Wifi Router at Narita Airport

JAL ABC is another option at Narita International Airport.

They have two types of Wifi Routers.
One is Portable Wifi Router and another is USB type.

- Preparation
Make an online reservation in advance by e-mail or phone +81-476-34-6533.

You can order it at the counter if they have stock in the store.
It would be better to make the reservation in advance.

- Pick up the Wifi Router at the ABC shop which is handling airport luggage delivery service.

They locates at the exit after the customs office.

- Return it
Return it at the ABC counter at ABC branches at airports, Narita, Haneda and Kanku.

- Daily service fee
Portable Router Type 1290 Japanese Yen /day
USB Type 980 Japanese Yen /day

- Maximum Data limit in a month
There is no limit of data transmission but

- Transmission speed
Portable Router Type (Service provider is Y Mobile)
Maximum download speed 42 Mbps
Maximum upload speed 5.8 Mbps

USB Type (Service provider is Softbank)
Best effort download speed 42 Mbps
Best effort upload speed 5.8 Mbps

You can use this service to send pictures for instagram, Facebook, Twitter etc without worrying about the cost of data transmission.


The detail information is available from the following URL:
http://www.jalabc.com/english/index4.html

- Note (There is no clear definition the following notes but isn't it obvious. ) You can not use VPN(Virtual Private Network) with this service and P2P file sharing software.
You can use the VoIP(Voice over the Internet Protocol) like Skype, Line, etc with this service




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Posted by kanaday at 9:34 PM JST
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It is a good idea to get Wifi router at Narita airport.
Mood:  cool
Wifi Router at Narita Airport

JAL ABC is another option at Narita International Airport.

They have two types of Wifi Routers.
One is Portable Wifi Router and another is USB type.

- Preparation
Make an online reservation in advance by e-mail or phone +81-476-34-6533.

You can order it at the counter if they have stock in the store.
It would be better to make the reservation in advance.

- Pick up the Wifi Router at the ABC shop which is handling airport luggage delivery service.

They locates at the exit after the customs office.

- Return it
Return it at the ABC counter at ABC branches at airports, Narita, Haneda and Kanku.

- Daily service fee
Portable Router Type 1290 Japanese Yen /day
USB Type 980 Japanese Yen /day

- Maximum Data limit in a month
There is no limit of data transmission but

- Transmission speed
Portable Router Type (Service provider is Y Mobile)
Maximum download speed 42 Mbps
Maximum upload speed 5.8 Mbps

USB Type (Service provider is Softbank)
Best effort download speed 42 Mbps
Best effort upload speed 5.8 Mbps

You can use this service to send pictures for instagram, Facebook, Twitter etc without worrying about the cost of data transmission.


The detail information is available from the following URL:
http://www.jalabc.com/english/index4.html

- Note (There is no clear definition the following notes but isn't it obvious. ) You can not use VPN(Virtual Private Network) with this service and P2P file sharing software.
You can use the VoIP(Voice over the Internet Protocol) like Skype, Line, etc with this service




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Posted by kanaday at 9:34 PM JST
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Thursday, 26 February 2015
Tuna Sushi is safe and healthy?
Mood:  hungry
Tuna is safe and healthy?

When you are in Sushi restaurant, you like to order Tuna, Maguro'.

Tuna is believed as healthy and good to eat.

The health agencies in many countries have announced Tuna contains mercury.

Unfortunately, Bluefin tuna which I like best has the highest mercury level.

Considering this fact you may have the way to enjoy delightful Sushi.

It is good idea to eat various Sushi like fishes and shellfish and vegetables. Californian role, Kappa roll, Oshinko roll Tuna is not only Sushi.

As long as you don't eat excessive amount of Tuna it would be safe.

If you are pregnant, it would be better to consult with your doctor about how much you can eat Tuna peace.

Please enjoy Sushi in Japan as many as you like.

Be careful about shoyu.

You will be very thirsty after you eat sushi because of too much Shoyu (Soy Sause).

Use reduced-sodium Shoyu if they have.

Do not dip whole sushi in Shoyu (Soy Sauce)!





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Posted by kanaday at 10:30 PM JST
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Wednesday, 25 February 2015
Internet Access in Japan Pururu is one option.
Mood:  cool
Topic: Communication
Internet Wifi Router by Pururu

Pururu is one of the option at Narita International Airport.

They have two types of Wifi Routers you can choose.

One is  from Softbank. Its lower price but there is data limit (10 GBytes/month)

Another is from AU(KDDI)

Its expensive but no data limit.

- Preparation

Make an online reservation in advance by e-mail or their quotation system.

- Pick up the Wifi Router at the Pururu shop at Narita International Airport.

 They locate at the exit after the Customs Office.

- Returning it

Put the router into the designated envelop then drop it out in a post box. Or return it at the counter where you rent it.

- Daily service fee

Flat rate  400 Japanese Yen /day for Softbank model.

- Maximum Data limit in a month

10 Gigabytes for this service.

 

They have another option for no limitation service for data downloading/uploading. You can use this service to send many pictures/movies for instagram, Facebook and Twitter etc without worrying about the cost of data transmission.

Flat rate 1,000 Japanese Yen /day for AU(KDDI) model.

- Transmission speed

They use LTE and 3G.

 

The detail information and Quotation sheet are available at the following URL:

http://www.pupuru.com/en/service/emobile/

 

- Note

You cant use VPN(Virtual Private Network) with this service and P2P file sharing software.

You can use the VoIP(Voice over the Internet Protocol) like Skype, Line, etc with this service.

 

Enjoy your connected life in Japan!





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Tuesday, 24 February 2015
Internet in Japan
Mood:  blue
Topic: Communication
Internet access in Japan.

Internet Access

You may think Japan is one of the Internet popular countries. In fact, it is true but for the visitors from foreign countries. There are so many Wifi signs in Japan. But these signs/logos are only for the people who has the cell phone/smart phone in Japan. If you are very connected person to the internet, it would be better to have your cell phone with international roaming service. There are three major carriers in Japan, Docomo, AU, Softbank.

If your cell phone company has the roaming service with these 3 carriers, just tell the operator to have international roaming service in Japan.

Another option is to rent a mobile router at airport.  When you are going to return to your home just bring it to the counter or mail it to post.
The price is 500 - 1000 Japanese Yen /day.




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