Thursday, 28 August 2014

Japanese local dish



Hello : )

It has gradually moved into the autumn season recently.

 

Then, I would like to introduce a restaurant of Japanese snowy region in Ginza! (Is it too early??)

The restaurant name is NAMAHAGE-GINZA.

It’s famous for KIRITANPO(mashed rice put on a stick) with Japanese hot pot.
 

 


We Japanese really like to eat hot pot dinner with family or friends ; )

KIRITANPO is a country dish of Akita prefecture, north of Japan.

And restaurant name, NAMAHAGE is the folklore demons of Akita. (villagers dress up as them on New Year's Eve and frighten children)
 
 

Surprisingly, sometimes NAMAHAGE appears in this restaurant!!

You can feel Akita’s warm atmosphere with the rustic interior decoration in this restaurant.



Chech it out ; )


 

Adress: Tokyo Chuo-ku Ginza8-5-6, 9F(東京都中央区銀座8-5-6 中島商事ビル9F)

 


Thursday, 21 August 2014

FUJISAN


Hello ;-)

Today I give you some information about Mt Fuji which I have been asked by few guests lately.
 
 
 
As you know, Mt Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan (3,776m/12,385ft)
Official climbing season is July and August.

There are lots of people climbing during this time, therefore top of the mountain can be so crowded like down town in Tokyo.
Still worth climbing once in your life time though ;D

There are 4 main climbing trails, most common rout called ‘ YOSHIDA GUCHI ‘ (吉田口)Which is start from north side of Mt Fuji.

 You can take bus up to 5th station (五合目) most people starts from there !
There is direct bus to 5th station from Shinjuku station.
You can check the further more details on web site below.
https://www.highwaybus.com/rs-web01-prd-rel/gp/foreign/frgSelectLine?lang=en

 
Make sure to bring warm clothe and rain coat with u ;)
Web site below is very informative  
http://www.city.fujiyoshida.yamanashi.jp/div/english/html/climb.html

 

Have a nice one.

 


Bye for now !

 

 

 

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Summer event in Asakusa


Hi, everyone : )

 

Asakusa is known to as traditional town with the Sosenji-temple.(

浅草寺)

But the surprising event will be held in Asakusa.

It’s Asakusa Samba Carnival, which is the largest samba parade and contest in Japan !

It was held 32 times since 1981.

Each samba team sets their own theme and story, and it’s expressed by dancers who wearing gorgeous costume and decorated float.

This event attracts over half-million visitors every year!      

Be sure to arrive early and reserve a spot, so you can enjoy the dynamic dance up close.

 

 

Schedule

2014.8.23

Start/end time : 13:00–18:00

 

Access

By train : Short walk from Tokyo Metro Tawaramachi Station / Asakusa Station, Toei Asakusa Line Asakusa Station, Tobu Line Asakusa Station


 

Thursday, 7 August 2014

SUMMER FUN.


Hello everyone ;-)

It has been lovely outside mmm maybe bit too much?

 
Anyway there is a big fire works festival coming up this Sunday called
The Tokyo bay fire works 東京湾大華火祭.
We actually already have mentioned about it so if you are interested in
Check out our previous blog.

 

If you are looking for place to swim and sun bathing.
‘Swimming pool GRAND BLUE ‘ is the one I could recommend.
It is an outside pool with stunning view of ODAIBA include the rainbow bridge.
Just open from 12th July to 31st August.

It is in a hotel called Grand Pacific Le DAIBA which is just located 15 minutes from the central Tokyo. They open it for public as well.

 
 


Sometimes better to avoid crazy busy beaches and just chill out by pool side ;-)

Below is website in English where you can find more information.
http://www.grandpacific.jp/eng/

 

Have an awesome day.

 

Cheers !!

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Fireworks in summertime!



Hello everyone!

It is summer and almost way too hot to be outside during the day, but the in the evenings it may even be pleasant to be outside. One good thing that comes with summer in Japan is the fireworks and the festivalities that comes with them. August offers a wide arrange of fireworks all over Japan and here is a couple of the firework events that take place during August in Tokyo.

We recommend Edogawa fireworks on the 2nd of August, which include 14,000 fireworks in 1 hour and 15 min, even though the first 1000 shots plan to go of the first 5 seconds. We also recommend Tokyo-Wan Dai-Hanabi-Sai on the 10th of August, walking distance from our serviced apartments at B-SITE Hamamatsu-cho (Hamamatsu-cho station). 

Just remember that it gets very crowded and that it is still rather hot outside so it may not be a walk in the park. It is also recommended to be there several hours before to find a spot from where you have a good view. Using the subways after these kind of event is a challenge and it is highly recommended to have a Suica card or buy the train ticket in advance. 

Tokyo

Edogawa Fireworks Festival (#39)
DateAugust 2nd, Saturday, 2014
Time19:15 - 20:30
Number of Fireworks14,000 (1,000 shots in first 5 seconds!)
Nearby StationKoiwa Station on JR Line
Keisei-Edogawa Station on Keisei Line
Shinozaki Station on Toei Shinjuku Line

Itabashi Fireworks Festival (#55)
DateAugust 2nd, Saturday, 2014
Time19:00 - 20:30
Number of Fireworks11,000
Nearby StationNishidai Station on Toei Mita Line

Tokyo-Wan Dai-Hanabi-Sai (Tokyo Bay Fireworks Festival #26)
DateAugust 10th, Sunday, 2014
Time19:00 - 20:20
Number of Fireworks12,000
Nearby StationJR Hamamatsucho Station on JR Line
Toyosu Station on Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line
Kachidoki Station on Toei Oedo Line

Jingu Gaien Fireworks Festival
DateAugust 16th, Saturday, 2014
Time19:30 - 20:30
Number of Fireworks10,000
Nearby StationGaienmae Station on Tokyo Metro Ginza Line
Shinanomachi Station on JR Line

Yokohama

Last, but maybe even the best of them all, is the Yokohama fireworks which takes place on Tuesday the 5th of August. This is highly recommend due to three reasons. 1. It is by walking distance from B-SITE Yokohama and not too far from our new building in Yokohama Kannai. 2. It is rather easy to get a good view of the fireworks. 3. A stunning 15,000 shots are fired. 

For more information:
http://www.yokohamajapan.com/things-to-do/events/29th-kanagawa-shimbun-fireworks-festival-2014/

We wish you all a pleasant summer!


Thursday, 31 July 2014

Art Aquarium



I would like to introduce ‘Art aquarium’ in shinbashi which exhibits only goldfish.

Gold fish is one of the summer feature in Japan.

Children enjoy goldfish scooping at the summer festival.
 

This Art aquarium exhibits many kinds of goldfish with graceful Japanese art.

You can enjoy Japanese art and original atmosphere.

 

But it changes into Museum lounge after 7:00PM! You can buy alcoholic beverages and walk around the exhibit.
Perhaps surprisingly, DJ live-party is held every SaturdayJ
Sometime, Poll dance show is held too!
 
Art Aquarium
From 11th July to 23rd September
Place: COREDO Muromachi - Nihonbashi Mitsui hall (COREDO室町-日本橋三井ホール)
Time: 11:00AM – 11:30PM
 
If you want to join the events, check it out the website and schedule!
 
 

Thursday, 24 July 2014

BON ODORI


Hello every one ;-)

The Meteorological Agency announced the end of the rainy season on Tuesday.
So officially summer has started.
Heaps of festivals and fun activities are coming up.
If this is your first summer in Japan you ganna go to The Bon Dance Festival.
Bon dance (BON ODORI) is Japanese dance sort of folk dance, usually Japanese Taiko(drums) keep the rhythm.

It was originally a Buddhist event to commemorate ancestors.

But you don’t have to be Buddhist to join it in fact most Japanese just enjoy the atmosphere having good time with family or friends as there are normally lots of food stands selling drinks and foods.

The festivals held everywhere during summer July and August ;-)

 


There are 2 Bon Dance Festival near BUREAUG GINZA this week and next week.

 

Place: Front of Shinbashi staion SL public space

Date:24th 25th July 2014

Time:15:00-21:00

 

Place: Tsukiji Honaganji

Date:30th July~2nd August

Time:30th-1st 19:00~21:00 / 2nd18:00~20:30

 

 

Have an awesome day !!

 

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Yukata and summer events


A yukata is a casual traditional Japanese clothing that is similar to a
kimono.” 
It is made of a light material to stay cool in the summer.

It is used for general relaxation and as sleeping wear. Yukata is also commonly worn at some summer events such as local festivals and fireworks displays.

 

 

Yukata is available not only at special store, but also at department store and website.
It must be fun to see the variety of Yukata at the store.
I’d like to introduce the event which is good for going with wearing Yukata.
 
Sumida River Firework Festival
Date: Sat. July 26, 2014
Time: 7:05 PM - 8:30 PM
 
Tokyo Bay Firework Festival
The Tokyo Bay Fireworks are held north of the Rainbow Bridge in Tokyo Bay. They feature about 12,000 shells launched from barges anchored in the water. The best views are from official spots at Harumi Park, a 15 minute walk from Toyosu Station. Some areas are free, but you have to arrive early enough to secure them. The fireworks can also be seen from other places around the bay such as Odaiba, but note that the Rainbow Bridge is closed to pedestrians during the show.
Date:Sun.August 10,2014
Time: 6:50PM – 8:10PM
 
Enjoy Japanese summer wearing Yukata!
 
See youJ

Thursday, 10 July 2014

TIC TOKYO


Hi there ;-)

The weather has been changing between cloudy, rainy and bit of sun for the past few days.

 

Days like this making yourself cheer up,nothing better than making plan for your next holiday.

Have you already made plans for the summer holiday?

No yet?  No clue ?

No worries. It is not too late for that !!

 

Check out this ;-)

TIC TOYKO is the tourist information center for foreign visitors.

They provided brochures in English or other languages.

Also there is a café plus concierge service.

Hehe sounds helpful place ;) right ?

 

It located just 1min from Nihonbashi exit of Tokyo station.

Address Marunouchi Trust Tower North 1F 1-8-1

Business hour 10:00-19:00

You can get further information from web site below too ;-)

http://www.tictokyo.jp/en/index.html

 

I hope you guys plan awesome summer vacation !!
 
 
 

 

BTW

Typhoon is approaching to Kantou(include Tokyo ) and heavy rain and winds are expected.

Stay with the latest weather forecast.

 

Until next time see ya !!

Thursday, 3 July 2014

RAMEN


Japanese cuisine was added to UNESCO intangible heritage list recently.

What do you associate with it after hearing Japanese cuisine ?

Sushi? Tenpura?

But, many of foreigners who visit Japan are very pleased with ‘Ramen’.

Actually, Ramen is noodle which was born in China, but has evolved in unique ways in Japan.

Ramen is quite different from other Japanese cuisine.

Although you can eat it with reasonable price and waiting time after ordering is so short,

It doesn’t mean that cutting corners on cooking.

Ramen soup is cooked by simmer spending a long time.

It’s substantially based on soy sauce, miso, (made from soy) salt, or pork bone broth,

But each ramen shop has their original and specialty taste.

 

I’d like to introduce some well-reputed Ramen shop around BUREAU GINZA.

 

Tsukiji Ebikin(えび金)

This Ebisoba-ramen is 780JPY.

The soup is boiled up with large pans of shrimp.

Shrimp powder is also in noodle. 50 of small shrimps are used in a bowl of ramen!

Opening hour :  10001400 17002200 (close on Sunday)

Address : Tokyo chuo-ku Tsukiji 6-23-5

 
 

Ito Ginza (伊藤 銀座)
This ramen shop is famous for making broth with dried small sardine.
The price of ramen is 6501050JPY
Opening hour : 11:0020:00
Address : Tokyo Chuo-ku Ginza6-12-2


Nagahamayatai - Yamachan (長浜屋台やまちゃん)

This ramen shop is from Hukuoka, south of Japan.

This soup is based on pork bone broth.

char siu(Chinese-style barbecued pork) and sliced green onion are on the soup adequately.

The price of the ramen is from 650 1,050JPY.

Opening hour :

Weekday and Saturday: 11:00400AM

Sunday : 11:002000

Holiday : 11:002300

Address : Tokyo Chuo-ku Ginza 3-11-10


 

 
There are more than 3,500 ramen shop in Tokyo!
It may be fun to find your favorite one.
 
Have a great dayJ


Thursday, 26 June 2014

SOBA


Good afternoon ;-)

It has been very unpredictable weather past few days.

Very good idea to have a brolly with you whenever you go out especially

if you are not pleased to get wet.

 
Did you know lots of us Japanese like to eat noodles at lunch ;-)

They are several kind of noodles, and one of my favorite is SOBA

Soba is the Japanese name for buckwheat. Noodle which is made from buckwheat flour.

The noodles are served both hot and cold in a variety of dishes and can be found all over Japan ;-)

Hot days like today I definitely go for ZARUSOBA.

ZARUSOBA is cold noodles served with a chilled broth or soy sauce to dip them
actually I ate it lunch today ↓
 
 

 

If you feel like you want to get something to cool you down

Try ZARUSOBA !

 

Restaurant information.
そば処 羽前(UZEN)
〒104-0045 中央区築地2-15-15 セントラル東銀座
2-15-15Chuo-ku Tsukiji Central Higashi-Ginza.
just 3 mins from BUREAU GINZA ;-)
lunch is available from 540yen~

 

 

 
Best Regards,