Month: July 2017

The Great Buddha statue in Kamakura

Kamakura Daibutsu (鎌倉大仏), the Great Buddha of Kamakura, is one of the most popular touristic destinations in Japan and my favourite place No. 1. The huge statue of meditating Buddha is not only visually attractive but emanates something subtle that makes the atmosphere of the temple premises calming and spiritually uplifting. Kamakura Kamakura is a town located south of Tokyo and Yokohama with beautiful beaches and surrounded by green hills. It is always full of both Japanese and foreign tourists. Kamakura used to be the capital of the Kamakura Shogunate (1185–1333) and still hosts many temples built during that period, including Kōtoku-in (高徳院) at...

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Japanese dictionary Imiwa? is a useful tool

Mobile app Japanese dictionary There are many Japanese – English or multilingual Japanese dictionaries for the mobile phone available, and it is not easy to find a good one. The dictionary I use and am very happy with is a multilingual Japanese dictionary Imiwa?. It works on iPhone and iPad only, however. Why use Imiwa? Imiwa? works offline and all features are free, without a necessity of further in-app purchases. It has a useful feature called ANALYSER. If you see a kanji or Japanese word that you don’t know, you can copy it and then when you open the app, it automatically brings up the definition of...

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The Ultimate Japanese Ice Cream Taste Test

Ice cream in Japan Are you adventurous? Do you like challenges, uncharted areas, unknown paths, untested tastes? Then close your eyes (or better not) and explore amazing variety of Japanese ice cream flavours with Misa from! I love this video! Every time I watch it, I keep promising myself that next time in Japan, I will do the same. I will bind my eyes with a scarf and let my friends give me different ice creams with exotic flavours to...

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Drama: Ryoma den – story of samurai Sakamoto Ryoma

Ryoma den drama series 2010 Ryoma den is a well made TV drama (48 episodes) that shows the life of samurai Sakamoto Ryoma (1835 – 1867) and Iwasaki Yataro (1835 – 1885). As a great fan of Korean historical dramas, it took me time to find a Japanese historical drama of a similar standard. When I found Ryoma den, I was immediately caught. Sakamoto was a charismatic leader in the movement to overthrow the Tokugawa shogunate, eventually bringing about the Meiji Restoration that changed the traditional Japanese society completely. It is mind-blowing to witness the critical period of Japanese...

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The adventure of climbing Mt. Fuji

To climb the symbol of Japan, the beautifully shaped Mt. Fuji, was my dream for several years. Mt. Fuji is has been the most sacred Japanese mountain for centuries. Unlike the Europeans in Middle Ages who were afraid to climb high mountains, ancient Japanese people make pilgrimages to the summit of Mt. Fuji for at least last one thousand years. The first known ascent of Mount Fuji was by a monk in 663. This symmetric, graceful conical and usually snow capped volcano became famous throughout the world and is considered the sacred symbol of Japan. Thanks, to a great extent, to...

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