An evening of traditional Japanese dance in Ginza last night courtesy of Tokyo Weekender - Japanese gin + three performances of Edo period dance
Our performer was dancing in three forms, one showing a woman who, stuck in a Groundhog Day/Edge of Tomorrow style loop, must endure the same pattern of love, heartbreak and drunkenness. Next was a dance evocative of an August festival where new dancers would be showcased, chance to see something new (in our case something akin to a Shishimai lion dance), and the final one was evocative of the iris; summery and flowing in the breeze
We're going to 'light' up your day with today's post! Today's pictures come from one of our Seibu area trainers who was able to see the Okayama Lantern festival!
Here's what he had to say: "This set of photos is from a lantern festival in Okayama city. The Nishigawa river runs through downtown Okayama city. There are gardens running the length of the river, which are dotted with covered seating areas. It's a very popular hangout spot for summer evenings. During this festival, the paths in the gardens were lined with candles, and large lantern displays were set up in the covered areas." Sounds wonderful! Thanks for the amazing pictures, Ritchie!
Oh my gosh! This place is amazing. Loved it so much, my only complaint is I wanted to eat more. The salmon has a jalapeno sauce on it, and the roll I got was a Chef's Special "Do Not Ask". It was awesome.
Omoide Yokocho (Piss Alley) - a collection of tiny bars, yakitori grills and food stalls in Shinjuku. You are immediately hit with the smell of bbq smoke and charcoal the moment you step into the alley!
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One thing I really loved while roaming around Japan was how much people there appreciate their land. Japan is extremely clean, and everything is so perfectly curated. There was rarely ANY litter on any street or highway. It’s incredible the respect they have and teach their younger generations. That’s one thing LA can definitely adapt to and change🌿
One of the most beautiful gardens I stumbled upon one day in Tokyo. There was a pretty gold heart in the midst of the garden filled with beautiful blossoms and a pond. This was in early spring, so the weather was crisp but sunny. Perfect for a walk around the city to see the Sakura trees🌸
OK this is where I am now #Minobu -San, staying at the #Kakurinbo . I’m sitting on a #tatamimat in my room. I’m definitely out in the #mountains right now...nature all around. I opened the closet to check things out, turned around and realized I’d injured a #massivespider 😬😳. I asked the staff for help (not much English spoken) and she came with a swatter in hand. Once she prodded it, it almost scampered back into the closet where the #futons are stored! I’m hoping there’s no more in there!! #adventuresinjapan 🕷
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Hope you all are having or had a beautiful Monday! Reminiscing about the pretty parks I discovered around Japan. I loveee taking in the fresh air and looking at what gorgeous Mother Nature has to offer! Something about it has always been so relaxing & soothing to me. Do you enjoy walking around gardens and parks? 🌸
Our epic journey to Costco Iruma began today with Italian / Japanese fusion food: tomato shrimp tsukemen! After we secured our Costco membership, we embarked on the most culturally diverse experience we’ve had so far in Japan. We also discovered how different the tax incentives are for hard liquor compared to beer in Japan. Handle of Kirkland Vodka: $15 USD. 24x12 oz of Sam Adam’s: $70 #adventuresinjapan#costco#liquorlaws#cheapbooze#japanftw
It’s Foodie Friday time! It's summertime and we dare you to find a “batter” treat than these delicious pancakes topped with ice cream, whipped cream, and berries! One our teachers sure enjoyed a delicious match!
Você sabia que, no Japão, devido ao período de chuvas, diz-se que há 5 estações, e não 4?☔ Tsuyu é o nome dado à estação chuvosa, que começa em meados de junho e segue até o fim de julho.🌁 Alguns itens fazem sucesso durante essa temporada: capas e guarda-chuvas transparentes.
No país, é possível comprar um guarda-chuva por um valor bem pequeno em uma máquina de rua (hanbaiki), se você tiver esquecido o seu em casa.☔ #visiteojapao
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Before getting to the thousands of beautiful vermillion torri gates, there’s a place to ring the bell and pray at the shrine. It’s a great way to start your journey into the trails up to the wooded forest of the sacred Mount Inari. You’ll find lots of statues of foxes, and even cute cats all around the trails. Such a great experience! ⛩
Himeji Castle - The history of how they built this castle is amazing. No machinery or beast of burden to move anything. It is huge!!! Some of the boulders in the wall are 6 ft. tall and the center wood pillar is a giant Japanese Cedar tree trunk going through the center of the whole castle. Insane!!! This is also where they filmed the Kurosawa classic movie “The Seven Samurai” in the 1950’s. #lavidaanderson#japan#adventuresinjapan#himejicastle#kurosawa#sevensamurai
It's time for Meet an Employee! This week we are meeting Savannah, a branch school teacher in Nagoya! Here's what she had to say:
1. Where are you originally from?
I’m from Texas, USA.
2.How long have you worked for AEON?
I’ve been at Sakae school for 2 years.
3. What does your job entail?
Most of my job is teaching classes, counseling students, along with other basic school tasks that the manager assigns. I also get to design special private lessons and design special study plans to help students keep improving in their English ability
4. What's something you really enjoy about your school and area?
We have a huge variety of students who are studying English for special reasons, so we get to have various classes designed to meet their needs. We are located in the major shopping area, so we always get students with many different backgrounds, from office workers to homemakers!
5 What's something interesting you've done while living in Japan?
There are so many things, I don’t know where to begin! I’ve ridden the rollercoaster with the world’s steepest drop at Fuji-Q highland, and I’ve seen various World Heritage Sites such as Shirakawa-go, temples in Kyoto, and many other places!
6. What's your favorite memorable moment you've had while teaching?
Just interactions with my students! When the classes are small we can adjust the activities to be fun and exciting! I once played a “worst-tour-guide-in-Japan” game, where the students had to interrupt a horrible tour guide. I got to give ridiculously wrong facts about Japan, and they practiced interrupting to correct me!
Food and Japan, two words that complement each other.🍰🍤🍲🍥🍝👘
In the second part of Japan Diaries, I show you why is impossible to maintain a diet in Japan, some of my favorite places to eat (and what to eat when you are not a big fan of Japanese food, like me) and how different is a steakhouse in JP (and other curiosities). 👉Link in bio👈
Comida e Japão, duas palavras que se complementam.🗻🍝🍥🍤🍰🍲
Na segunda parte do Diário do Japão, mostro porque é impossível manter a dieta no Japão, alguns dos meus locais favoritos para comer (e o que comer quando você não é muito fã de comida japonesa, como eu) e como é uma churrascaria no país (além de outras curiosidades).👉Link pro post na bio👈
I honestly didn't expect to fall in love with this country.....the landscape is jaw-droppingly beautiful, the city--a blend of the old and the new, with some of the best eats and the most sincere people. If you get a chance to visit, do it. You won't regret it. ❤️