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Kyaraben: How to Make Cute Japanese Bento Box Lunches! A bento box is a packed lunch box, and an important part of Japanese lifestyles. In a bento box, a variety of different dishes are compactly fitted into a lunch box and brought to school and work.
In recent years, “kyaraben” (abbreviated term for “character bento”), have gained popularity. “Kyaraben” are bento box lunches that are made to resemble characters from anime, manga, games and more. Some kyaraben portray characters so accurately, that they look like works of art.
This article will introduce you to the world of kyaraben, by telling you what they are, how to make them, and showing you some photos for your own bento box inspiration!
Hiking Courses of Mount Tsukuba! A Beautiful Mountain Rivaling Mount Fuji The sacred Mount Tsukuba locates in Ibaraki prefecture in the Kanto region of Japan. It measures 877 meters high, and is made up of two peaks, Nantaisan (男体山) and Nyotaisan (女体山). It is nicknamed the “Purple Mountain” (紫峰), as the peak looks purple when hit by the sunset.
The lake at the bed of the mountain, Hokujo-oike (北条大池), joins Mount Tsukuba to create stunning scenery. The climbing courses vary drastically in level, so beginners and trekking lovers can both enjoy their time here. There are even ropeways and cable cars to carry you up to the peak.
Here is your guide to Mount Tsukuba's hiking courses, popular to mountaineers of all levels!
What is Tanabata, Japan's Star Festival? 3 Tanabata Festivals to Visit! Tanabata, also referred to as the "star festival", is a Japanese summer festival held every July 7th (August in some places) derived from an old legend of separated lovers. During Tanabata, people write their wishes on brightly colored strips of paper called “tanzaku” and hang them from bamboo branches to have them granted.
Tanabata is celebrated throughout Japan, and the 3 most famous festivals are Miyagi prefecture's "Sendai Tanabata Festival", Kanagawa prefecture's "Shonan Hiratsuka Tanabata Festival" and Aichi Prefecture's "Anjo Tanabata Festival". Some Tanabata events can involve the entire city, and are a great way to feel the atmosphere of a traditional Japanese summer.
What is Tanabata, where did it come from, and what festivals should you visit? This article will guide you through everything you need to know about Japan's Tanabata culture.
5 Edo-Period Old Towns: Traditional Post Town Sceneries of the Nakasendo Road During the Edo Period (1603 – 1868), post towns were built and used throughout Japan. Post towns served as a resting and lodging spot for travelers, and were located on major routes connecting Edo (present day Tokyo) with other significant cities throughout the country.
Nakasendo is one of the “Edo Five Routes”, and connected Edo with Kyoto by going through central Honshu. Some of the post towns on Nakasendo remain today, and retain the Edo period atmosphere. Here are 5 post towns on the Nakasendo Route that you can visit.
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