Monday, May 28, 2018

How Its Made: Beginner`s Guide to Sake

How Its Made: Beginner`s Guide to Sake Despite being called a rice “wine”, sake has more in common with beer as it is brewed through a double fermentation process. Making quality sake involves 4 key...

FIVE unforgettable experiences during our Yamagata Minshuku stay!

by Chew Yan Qiao My colleague and I were blessed with the opportunity to stay at a minshuku at Iide town in Yamagata Prefecture. Minshuku are Japanese-style “bed and breakfast” lodgings. They are usually family...

The picture-perfect Fuji Shibazakura Festival

Small flowers with five heart-shaped petals in various shades of pink and purple cover the ground of a wide open area. Their different colors come together to weave a beautiful tapestry. As if that...

Enjoy viewing Mt Fuji from Lake Yamanaka in winter

Mt Fuji has long been regarded as an emblematic symbol of Japan. It is an object of worship and source of artistic inspiration for Japanese artists and poets. Over the past centuries, the sacred...

Why is Niigata rice so delicious?

An average temperature of 24.5°C, long hours of sunlight and large temperature differences between day and night are ideal for growing delicious rice. Why is Niigatamai called “Japan’s No1”? Here’s why: Highest Rice Crop Yield...

Cheap all-you-can-drink Umeshu

If you're a lover of Umeshu, Japanese plum win, you MUST visit Puedo Bar in Tokyo. For the mere sum of 1,080yen you can drink all the Umeshu you want for one hour, possibly...

Festive Christmas Markets In and Around Tokyo

1 ~ 6 Get into the right mood for Christmas as you take in the decorations and have your fill of festive food and drinks as these spots in and around Tokyo are transformed into...

Festive Christmas Markets In and Around Tokyo (3)

5 3rd World Christmas Festival 汐留からの原宿 原宿駅まわりは、リバプールサポーターだらけ。バルササポは、いないね〜 選手なのか、サポかわかりづらい。外国の人だからね。 代々木公園で行なわれている、ワールドクリスマスフェスティバルに来てるよ。グルメの匂いが... pic.twitter.com/0DlaxEjRhi — hide_maruのグルメ旅 (@hide_maru_HM) December 19, 2015 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js The 3rd World Christmas Festival in Tokyo’s Yoyogi Park provides Christmas food, drinks and music from all around the world. Dance performances are...

Festive Christmas Markets In and Around Tokyo (2)

3 Roppongi Hills Christmas Market This year is the 10th anniversary of Roppongi Hills’ Christmas Market. It´s based on the biggest Christmas market located in Stuttgart, Germany and features a total of 11 stores lining...

Ultimate Map of Fall Foliage Destinations in Japan : Yamagata Prefecture (3)

Japan Map of Fall Foliage Tohoku Yamagata 34 Yama-dera (山寺) in Yamagata [googlemaps https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d100179.79068631277!2d140.39740647638536!3d38.3115068240329!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x5f8bce641e8b2f1b%3A0x5b7af6fbee095cf7!2sYamadera%2C+Yamagata%2C+Yamagata+Prefecture+999-3301!5e0!3m2!1sen!2sjp!4v1476149978990&w=100%&h=100%] First colors: Middle of October Color Peak: Beginning of November Access: 5min walk from Yamadera Station (JR Senzan Line) Address: 4495-15 Yamadera, Yamagata-shi, 999-3301 Yamagata Ranking:...