October 2009 Archives

Halloween and Rugby

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Today, October 31st is Halloween and also 'Rugby day' in Tokyo.



World best 2 teams, All Blacks (New Zealand National Team) and Wallabies (Australia National Team) faced off for BLEDISLOE CUP at National Stadium.

I was extremely excited by the speed, power, and skills.

My favorite player is ...

Thousands of Aussies and kiwis came to watch the game. I felt like I was not in Japan. I love their enthusiasm.



Coloured leaves ---Kouyo---

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Have you heard of Mt. Takao?


It is located in the eastern side of Tokyo, known as a popular hiking spot. Recently, it has also become a popular destination among foreign visitors.    


It is only an hour away from Hatagaya station and spending a half day there would be a great trip to feel the relaxing atmosphere of outside Tokyo central    






In November the leaves will turn in autumn, changing to beautiful red and yellow colours.


Why don't you spend your autumn in Tokyo this time?

"Green Tokyo" --- Tokyo no midori ---

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What was your first impression of Tokyo?

I guess it is a city that never sleeps or that is crowded with thousands of people. ..Others might say it is a city with lots of neon signs, skyscrapers and etc...

City life is so exciting but sometimes, you also need nature to rejuvenate your mind and body... Spending time in natural surroundings is the way to do it.

Here is a good tip for you.

Let me introduce you a couple of "green" sites in Tokyo.


Shinjuku Gyoen (originally designed as an imperial garden and then opened to the public as a national garden after WWII)

Only 5minutes' walk from JR Shinjuku station south exit, this park consists of Japanese, English and French style gardens. It is also known as one of the most popular spots for cherry blossom-viewing.


Hamarikyu (the family garden of Tokugawa shogun designed 350 years ago)  

It is only a 4 minute walk from Tsukiji fish market. My recommendation would be watching the tuna auction; trying some fresh fish bowl and spending few hours exploring this Japanese style garden!

Enjoy a country walk in Tokyo city!!


Autumn for Appetite (Shoku no aki)

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Autumn is the harvest season. There are many festivities held to celebrate the harvest all over Japan. To get more information about autumn festivals click on the following link;



Did you know there are three kinds of sake?

Ginjo-shu (high quality sake made from fine well-polished rice)

Junmai-shu (made from 100% pure rice and water)

Honjozo-shu (authentically brewed sake, made from 70% of well-polished rice and brewing alcohol.)  


Why don't you try fresh sashimi with a cup of Ginjo-shu ? Try it hot!


Enjoy "Shoku no aki"!

2016 Summer Olympics

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DSC_0756.JPGTokyo Tower had Olympics colored lighting-up to support the campaign to host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games last night. It was raining and a little bit foggy.


Where will the 2016 Summer Olympics be held?



Early this morning (Japan time), the result of the vote by the International Olympic Committee in Copenhagen, Denmark ...


Chicago (first round), Tokyo (second round) and Madrid (final round) were eliminated.


The 2016 Olympic Games will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.



What do you think about this result?