Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Want a new experience? Why not try Robot Rasutaurant in Japan.

There is an entertaining restaurant called ROBOT RESTAURANT in Japan. By the name of the restaurant, most of you think robots serve meals for you or something similar, but it is not! The restaurant is beyond your imagination.
It's been almost three years since it opened in KABUKICHO which is in Shinjuku, which is one of the busiest cities in Japan. It is more like a show stage than a restaurant. Because first of all there are not many choices of meals even though it's a restaurant. Second of all you spend more time watching what's happening in front of you and not eating.
It is hard to describe what the show is like and it is very surprising but you can see the pictures below and prepare yourself for the Japanese unique entertainment show!!

Monday, June 29, 2015

15 Holidays in Japan, none in June which makes us tired…

We have 15 holidays in a year which are
1. New Year’s Day (1/1)
2. Coming of age Day (1/15)
3. Commemoration of the Founding of the Nation (2/11)
4. Vernal Equinox Day (3/20)
5. Greenery Day (4/29)
6. Constitution Day (5/3)
7. Children's Day (5/5)
8. Marine Day (7/20)
9. Respect - for - the - Aged Day (9/21)
10. People's Day (9/22)
11. Autumnal Equinox Day (9/23)
12. Sports Day (10/12)
13. Culture Day (11/3)
14. Labor - Thanksgiving Day (11/23)
15. Emperor's Birthday (12/23)
As you notice, there are no holidays in June and also we have special weather called “Tsuyu” which rains a lot. As a result, many people get tired and feel sick.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

The thing you have to know before you take a taxi in Japan.

As so many foreign tourists visit Japan nowadays, you might have heard of this one unique Japanese invention or you've already experienced.
The invention is a taxi door. What's special about it? It is automatic and you don't have to open the door yourself. The driver opens it for you using the lever at the driver's seat. The only thing you have to do is to wait for the door to be opened.
Today the automatic door has got very common in Japan but yet there are also still a few taxies with manual doors. To avoid confusing customers, taxi campanies put the stickers on the windows so that customers can know whether the door is automatic or not.
When you take a taxi in Japan, you can know whether the door is automatic or not by the sticker or simply you just wait for a second and see what happens!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Got a cold? You will be served Rice Gruel in Japan

When you get a cold or do not feel well, chicken soup is the best food. In Japan, we eat rice gruel when you are suffered by illness.
It helps you take carbohydrate and helps your stomach digest which leads your body free from over work.

There are some steps of rice gruel, first step is that rice is cooked soften very well then it gets gradually harder and harder everyday and finally you can eat regular rice when you recover from illness.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Girls want bigger eyes!!

There are always lots of trends of fashions and cosmetics for girls. When the color contact lenses were released for the first time in Japan, it must've been a big sensation because most of Japanese people have brown eye's and they would have never imagined they could change their eye color even temporary. Now things have changed and instead of wearing color contact lenses, girls are now wearing contact lenses for making their eyes look bigger! Actually you can hardly recognise if a girl is wearing them or not but even that little difference makes a big difference for girls.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

This is more ART than a lunch box

You probably have heard of the Japanese word BENTO, meaning lunch box which normally contains rice, a main dish and some side dish. It's been getting so popular to make the contains of the lunch box to look like an animation character or a commic book character. You can see from the pictures below how detailed the lunch box can be! These lunch boxes are called CharaBen which is short for Character Bento. There are a lot of cooking books and cutters for making CharaBen. CharaBen is also very entertaining for kids and makes kids excited to have lunch.  

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Putting Hie Pita on your forehead will help you get well from Fever or Dizzy!

When you catch a cold and have a fever, you need to cool down your forehead to protect your head from fever. In Japan, we usually put wet towel or blue ice but there is popular item called “Hie Pita”.

Hie Pita is a sheet with blue ice and it sticks with your skin so it can be used not only while sleeping but also while you are in action.

There are 3 kinds of Hie Pita, one is for adults and the other two are for kids and baby which coldness are a bit weaker than adult’s. We need to be careful while using it because quite sometimes it might remove from forehead. It might close kid’s nose and mouth and lead to choke.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Symbol of Japanese Mountains

One of the most famous Japanese mountains is Mt. Fuji, which has been registered to the World Cultural and Natural Heritage in 2013. Its beautiful shape is captivating and speechless. As the highest mountain in Japan, you can see the mountain from a very long distance and also you can enjoy a variety of the view all year around as we have four seasons. For example, you can see the mountain with cherry blossoms in the spring, fresh green and blue skies in the summer, yellow leaves in the autumn and the snow in the winter. Once you see it, you will understand why Mt. Fuji has fascinated people from old times.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Chan, Kun, San, Sama, Dono…too many titles in Japanese

There are many titles in Japanese which is a little bit complicated because it depends on not only sexuality and age but also situation and occasion.

For little girls or friends who is girl, we use “Chan”and “Kun” is used for boys. San is for anybody at any place such as office or hospital, schools. Sama is used for customer or elders and betters. “Dono” is used as almost same meaning with Sama but recently Dono is getting unpopular in business scene or usual life. It is a bit confusing because “Kun” is used for woman at office.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

The history of Japanese traditional drum

Japanese drum called TAIKO is known as one of the musical instruments today but it was originally made for a communication tool. In Japanese history, TAIKO was used as an ancient Japanese commnication tool for religious beliefs as people belieaved that they could contact god with TAIKO and also encouraging soldiers at war as been said that the beat of TAIKO synchronise the heart beat, and also letting people know time. Of course as a musical instrument TAIKO has played a very important role in KABUKI which is a classical Japanese dance-drama and in GAGAKU which is Japanese traditional orchestra. TAIKO has a unique beat and an echo not like any other musical instruments in the world. It's definitely worth listening to the sound!!