This shop in Tokyo’s Asakusa shopping area offers not only Japan’s famous folding fans, but also the flat fans that come in a variety of shapes and colors. These traditional ones have water-colored scenes on them.
The pirate boat road on Lake Ashi is one of the many fun things to do in the Hakone area. You board the boat at the end of the gondola ride over Owakudani hot springs and take it to the shore of Hakone Moto. Getting on the Gondola.
This adorable little bobble geisha can go on forever and ever, thanks to solar power!
June is the rainy season in Japan. The sound of softly falling rain over Lake Ashi creates a backdrop for the beautiful fog-covered mountains so often depicted in Japanese ink drawings (sumi-e).
Enjoy this moment of peace from the Bamboo forest in Arashiyama, Kyoto. Don’t expect this during the day with the tourist hoards, this was about 7am on a summer morning.
Take a boat ride under Miyajima’s famous torii gate. You won’t understand a single word the Japanese boatman is saying as you pass under the famous gate, but it’s a fun, tourist thing to do. Be sure to clap when told to!
When you visit the famous floating torii gate on Miyajima Island, if the tide is high, you can take a boat ride out to the gate and actually go under it as the Japanese would have when approaching Itsukushima Shrine, which it faces.
Visitors to Fushimi Inari shrine ring the bell to draw the kami’s (spirit’s) attention and offer coins and prayers.
Arcades are the similar the world over, but only in Japan can you find taiko drum machines to practice you beats.
Most of us only ever see wasabi as a green paste served along with our sushi. Did you know that it is only grown in a few places in Japan, using fresh mountain water to wash over the young plants. For pictures of the final radish-like product, see our blog post here.
Visit the private dojo (training hall) of an historic samurai clan and learn about the training and history of ninja.
This young, 16-year-old trainee can show you many secrets of ninja training.
Ah, a complete meal in only a few minutes at kaiten sushi – the famous conveyor belt sushi. The sushi goes round-and-round, you take your plate. Each plate is color coded. At the end, when they are all stacked up, the attendant just scans the tagged plates and the bill is printed out automatically. This meal was 4 green plates, one olive colored plate and a wood plate.
Where do they go??? Inquiring minds want to know.
Shabu shabu is a dinner you should not miss especially if you enjoy steak. It is a delicacy and it is delicious! Shabu shabu dinner practice is where you dip the meat into a bubbling stock pot of water to cook it; then eat this with various condiments. This clip was taken at the Mishimatei branch in the Takashimaya department store.
Round-and-round the track it goes, where it will stop nobody knows. This little red car just keeps on going around that track all day in this large display at a toy store in the Ginza. Try visiting a toy store in Japan to get a sense of the amazing range of toys the Japanese have!
Ever wonder what entertainment your kids will have in the department stores while you shop? This enormous Pikachu area was spotted in a department store by the train station in Kaga Onsen. There is more then enough fun for the whole family at the Department Stores.
Under Tokyo station you can find an entire street filled with character stores – each one focusing on one of the many cute characters (think Hello Kitty!) that the Japanese love.
Nose to Nose bullet trains in Tokyo Station before departure.
You can get all your Hello Kitty needs handled here at the store spotted on Character Street in Tokyo Station.