紙で結ぶ絆: A letter set for building relationships

NTT is a ginormous company in Japan, with research facilities and factories all around the country. One of their employees gave our laboratory the following gift: a handmade letter set made from Japanese paper (washi or 和紙). This letter set was made with great care at an NTT factory called 塩山 or "salt mountain", whose purpose... Continue Reading →

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The “experience” of casual eating out on a weekday

Tonight we had a craving for tempura soba, so we went to a random tempura restaurant, the first that appeared in our path. The restaurant is called Marugame Seimen, is located in Shibuya (丸亀製麺渋谷道玄坂店) and serves tempura -not soba- udon meals. It's one of those large, cheap restaurants with high throughput. Still, japanese shop managers... Continue Reading →

This year’s Hanami – Kinuta Park

"Hanami" (花見) stands for the past time activity of "cherry blossom viewing" in Japanese. The main concern of every single person in Japan around the end of March is whether the cherry trees (or sakura) have started bloom and when will the peak blooming take place. After learing about the days of interest from the special... Continue Reading →

A mailbox, Seta, Tokyo The owner of this mailbox decided to decorate it with a toy baby and anpanman, among other miniatures.

Walking Around my Neighborhood (Seta, Tokyo)

Japanese houses, especially Tokyo houses, seem to be extremely small and narrow. However, the owners usually manage to arrange a nice combination of flowers and materials to create a memorable front entrance to their house. While walking around, one can usually come across tiny temples, community gardens and old houses doubling as museums. The local... Continue Reading →

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