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  • Traditional Japanese classroom

    7 Uniquely Revamped Abandoned School Buildings Due to the falling birthrate and a rapidly aging population, schools in Japan have been needing to close down. However, many unused school buildings are finding a new purpose – as tourist attractions. Some of these closed schools serve as restaurants and cafes, accommodation sites, or even an aquarium. Here are 7 unused school buildings that have been reborn into brand new facilities while still retaining their traditional atmosphere. A rapidly aging population and falling birthrate have rendered a great number of Japanese school buildings unnecessary, and ultimately caused them to close down. Later in their timelines though, some of these school buildings have been reborn into modern tourist attractions. This article will introduce 7 such renovated school buildings, that all in some way preserve the look of a Japanese school. While all of these give visitors a look at the school buildings' interiors, some serve dishes that simulate school food, and others have even developed into accommodation facilities. Enter these abandoned school buildings and experience the Japanese school life that used to be!

    22.feb 2019

  •  Camellia oil main

    Japanese Haircare in the Old Days! Finding Traditional Beauty Products in Tokyo A full head of lustrous black hair is among the most sought-after marks of beauty for Japanese women. This goal was shared by many women through the times, from the nobles of the Heian Period to the townsfolk of the Edo Period, who all put great care into maintaining their hair with a variety of traditional haircare products and tools. Many of these tools can still be sought today across Japan, and can still make great additions to any modern person’s haircare routine. This article will travel back in the timeline of beauty, and introduce a variety of traditional haircare products that can be found in Tokyo’s Chuo Ward. Genuine animal-fur brushes and camellia oil are both products with long histories in Japanese women’s pursuit of beautiful hair. With a quick read, you will learn how to get them, what makes them special, and how to bring an ancient Japanese haircare routine into your everyday life!

    7.jan 2020

  • kyaraben
    Category: Cooking
    Area: Shinjuku

    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!

    11.jan 2019

  • Sunset at Mount Tsukuba
    Category: Mountains

    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!

    12.jul 2018

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