December 30, 2008


Kosei KIMURA-Atlas Tours Co.,Ltd.(JAPAN)


Kosei KIMURA-Atlas Tours Co.,Ltd.(JAPAN)

December 29, 2008

December 27, 2008

December 26, 2008

The God of Happiness is coming down

The Chinese character "Fuku" means good fortune, blessings, happiness.
The character is often displayed upside-down on doors of shops or restaurants wishing
a good luck on business.
"Upside-down" means that the God of Happiness is easy to come down from heaven.

December 25, 2008

Happy Okame with big ear lobes

The Okame mask is a representation of a typically lovely, always cheerful Japanese woman,and a traditional symbol of good health and happiness.
People believe that a person with big ear lobes earn lots of money.

December 24, 2008

Winter Illumination at Nabana-no-sato

Is your birthday on Christmas Eve? People just lump the two together and give you one present. It takes about 30min from Nagoya to Nabana-no-Sato by car. 2008/11/14~2009/3/8, 9:00-21:00, without a holiday, @2,000yen

December 23, 2008

Nengajyo , or New Year's cards, is an important tradition in Japan.

Even people who hardly ever send letters make an effort to post New Year's cards by Dec.20th. Nengajo is similar to Christmas cards in the West, though there is no religious significance.
Nengajo often use the present year's zodiacal animal as the design. The animal of the year 2009 is the Ox (Ushi).

December 22, 2008

People in Japan are going bananas over the Morning Banana Diet

Morning Banana Diet claimed that consuming only 1 banana and room temperature water for breakfast fuelled weight loss, regardless of what was eaten during the rest of the day. So much so that there are reports of a banana shortage there as eager dieters gobble them up. A bunch of banana costs 158 yen. Cheap or not?

December 21, 2008

Tipical Japanese Cuisine "Teishoku"

The lunchtime menu often features cheaply priced set menus called "Teishoku" . Soba,Sesami tofu,Tempura, soft-boiled egg. 1,500yen.

December 20, 2008

Buddhist Service

The Buddhist service by about 3 priests was solemnly executed and about thirty people recited a sutra with the priests.

December 19, 2008

It's a Show Time of New Half !

How cool he is! Why don't you visit a Japanese transvestites pub? We call him "New Half" or "Mr. Lady". Most of the audience were ladies.

December 18, 2008

Shichi Go San (The Seven-Five Three Festival)

This rite is conducted at a shrine to give thanks to the deitiesfor children's having reached these ages safelyand to pray for their continued growth and health.

December 17, 2008

Japanese Wedding of Our Staff

Newly-married staff. How does it feel to be a newlywed?

December 16, 2008

Tsukiji forever !

We are looking forward to seeing Tsukiji again. Tsukiji forever !

No foreign tourists allowed at Tsukiji Tuna market

Tourists are to be banned from Tsukiji tuna auctions for at least
a month and potentially more. The ban was implemented
on Dec 15th by the Tokyo metropolitan government.

December 15, 2008

Highly Rated Staff

Highly Rated Staff

Ogenkidesuka !

Bamboo Lamp

Bamboo Lamp at the restaurant

White Neck

Maiko combined with the neck painted in white

It’s first come, first served for the Cherry Blossom Tours !!

Cherry blossoms mark the annual advent of spring, and the Japanese have traditionally celebrated this with “hanami”. Hanami, literally meaning flower-viewing, are parties that are held under blossoming cherry tress. Throughout Japan, in parks, shrines, temples, and on river banks, crowds flock to picnic under the sea of pink blossoms. Many popular spots are illuminated in the evenings and special facilities are laid out for the visiting hoards.

Must Places in Winter

There are many spots to visit in winter in Japan.
When winter comes, trees shed their leaves and people out on more coverings.
But trees and people go back to their origins.
Bathing with the snow all around is a highlight of winter.
There are many spots to visit in winter in Japan.
Try Onsen and you will discover there is no better way to relax and unwind than warming your body in an open-air bath surrounded by nature and time less scenes of old Japan. you will discover there is no better way to relax and unwind than warming your body in an open-air bath surrounded by nature and time less scenes of old Japan.