December 27, 2009

Japanese Shinto Religious Charm/Omamori

Anzan Omamori is designed to provide spiritual protection for awoman during pregnancy and labor.

December 13, 2009


When new year comes, we eat special food called Osechi. Each side dish has meaning. Herring roe means having many children. Shrimps means long life.

December 12, 2009

Shimenawa display

Shimenawa protect houses or families from bad things. So people display them at the entrance when new year comes.

December 11, 2009


We have custom to send gifts to close people at the end of every year to thank them for one year. It is not only between families but also between companies.

December 10, 2009

Disposable Pocket Warmer

Have you ever heard disposable pocket warmer? It makes you feel warm and you can keep it in your pockets.

December 09, 2009


Kanazawa has a lot of snow in winter. Therefore, branches of trees are needed to be protected.
It is one of a must-see in Kanazawa in winter.

December 06, 2009

Excursion to Nikko Toshogu Shrine

You finally get to the Shrine.

December 05, 2009

Excursion to Nikko Toshogu Shrine

You pass through the Bronze Torii Gate, and proceed to the Yomeimon Gate.

December 04, 2009

Excursion to Nikko Toshogu Shrine

On the opposite site of the stable house, there are Three Stone Houses.

December 03, 2009

Excursion to Nikko Toshogu Shrine

You go through the entrance gate, then you see the famouse carving, Three Monkeys, on the wall of the stable house.

December 02, 2009

Excursion to Nikko Toshogu Shrine

After you pass through the stone torii gate, you can find the five-story pagoda on your left.

December 01, 2009

Excursion to Nikko Toshogu Shrine

This is the stone torii gate.

November 21, 2009


Excited moment with sword

November 20, 2009


Nice Homestay

November 17, 2009

November 16, 2009

Couple from Vienna in front of Samurai house

November 08, 2009


Matsutake is the most popular food in Autumn. People say they can eat much rice with only Matsutake's smell.

November 07, 2009

Rice with chestnuts / Kuri Gohan

Kuri gohan is one of food pleople can eat only in Autumn.

November 06, 2009

Food served in the pot / Nabe

When the weather is getting cold, food makes us warm is getting popular.

November 05, 2009

Colored Leaves / Kouyou

Mountains change color from green to yellow or red.
Many people go maple viewing.

November 04, 2009

Foot bath / Ashi-yu

You will see Foot Bath in Onsen Town. It is a good place to take a rest.

November 03, 2009

Open-air bath / Roten Buro

There are so many Open-air bath with nice scenery in Japan.

November 02, 2009

Hot Spring Town / Onsen Gai

Yuwaku is one of Onsen Towns in Kanazawa. There are only 9 Ryokan and located in the suburbs, but many people visit there.

November 01, 2009

Japanese Confectionery 7 - Rakugan

Rakugan is a pressed dry cake made of sugar and rice flour. There are some different flavors, such as cocoa, green tea, brown sugar etc.

October 31, 2009

Japanese Confectionery 6 - Yōkan

Yōkan is a thick jelly, made of red bean paste, agar and sugar.

October 30, 2009

Japanese Confectionery 5 - Taiyaki

Taiyaki is a fish-shaped cake, and a filling of sweet red bean paste. Custard and chocolate fillings are getting popular nowadays.