Tag Archives: Japan

Reviving Nagoya Castle

In 1610, Nagoya Castle was built by Tokugawa Ieyasu, who was the first Shogun (overall military leader of Japan) in the Edo period, and one of the most famous samurai lords in Japanese history. The height of the castle is 36.1m. The total floor area is the largest of all the castles in Japan.

Nagoya Castle Honnmaru

Left: Honmaru Palace // Right: Castle Tower

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Judge a book by its cover

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In Japan, there are some art festivals, for example, Art Setouchi (Triennale) and Echigo Tsumari Art Field. I like going to them, so I’ve been to both several times.
Now, Japan Alps Art Festival 2017 is being held from June 4th to July 31st at Omachi in Japan. There are about 30 pieces of art in this festival. The pieces of art vary widely, some are inside and some outside, and are from small to huge. Visitors can buy a passport, which allows them to see all the art, for 2500 yen, but they can also see some of the art for free.

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Let’s go couch surfing now, everybody’s learning how….

On Saturday morning, all of the sudden, my housemate said, “a Europian woman sent an email. She wants to stay here on Sunday’s night. ”
“What?” I said.
He had registered for Couch Surfing (couchsurfing.com). I knew he wanted to do it, but I thought he hadn’t registered for it yet. Because he hadn’t readied a room for visitors. So, I was super surprised. 😵

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Bunking up on the road!

When I decide on an accommodation while traveling, I often think I want to stay in a unique place. Naturally, I want to choose someplace cheap and comfortable. And when I’m not traveling alone, I wonder which type of room should I choose to stay in with my friend?

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Wassup? Wasabi!

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I visited a big wasabi farm in Azumino of Nagano prefecture. Irrigation is provided by natural spring water, and its temperature is around 13 degrees Celsius in all seasons. It needs to grow for about 2 years before it can be harvested and eaten.

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