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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!
Guide to Japan's Ninja Schools: Iga-ryu vs. Koka-ryu The ninja, known for their roles in the Warring States Period (Sengoku Jidai)'s underground operations, are a famous part of Japanese culture and history. While the ninja has grown into a worldwide icon, thanks to the influence of anime and movies, few people know about the different historical schools of ninja arts ("ninjutsu"). Groups of ninja are said to have existed all over Japan, studying in as many as 71 distinct schools of ninja arts (the exact number is debated). Among them, Mie Prefecture's Iga-ryu ninja and Shiga Prefecture's Koka-ryu ninja are especially famous. This article will introduce and detail, and dissect for the reader, what exactly it is that sets apart these two styles of ninja arts.
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.
Ryujin Bridge Bungee Jump: Experience Japan's Highest 100m Bungee Jump! The Ryujin Suspension Bridge, located in Hitachi-ota, Ibaraki, is the third longest pedestrian suspension bridge in Japan at 375m long. The bridge is also impressive in height, and stands 100m from the Ryujin Dam and lake below it. Bungee jumping at Ryujin Suspension Bridge takes advantage of the bridge's sheer height, and gives visitors the thrill of Japan's longest vertical fall!About the Ryujin Suspension Bridge
The Ryujin Suspension is a 375m-long pedestrian bridge built in 1994, and was the longest of its kind in Japan until 2006, when Kokonoe-yume Suspension Bridge was built in Oita Prefecture. The bridge is built to withstand severe weather conditions, and is said to be able to hold the weight of 3,500 people.
The name of Ryujin Valley, over which the bridge passes over, means "valley of the divine dragon". Taking after its name, the steel posts supporting the bridge's cables are also designed with dragon motifs.
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