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3 Traditional Tempura Shops in Asakusa That You Have to Try!

Asakusa Tempura

Asakusa is one of those neighborhoods in Tokyo that everyone is going to visit. There’s Sensō-ji, Tokyo’s oldest temple, as well as Hanayashiki, Japan’s oldest amusement park. It’s an area that feels like it has fallen through a crack in time, ready to give you a taste of Japan’s rich history. That taste is rather literal. Next to magnificent sights, Asakusa is also famous for its culinary side, offering a plethora of traditional dishes waiting to be savored! Tempura is one of them. It’s a crispy delight of various ingredients, most famously seafood and vegetables, being coated in a special batter and fried until wonderfully crunchy!

Cherry Blossoms FAQ - The Ultimate Guide to Sakura Trees!

Spring

Japan’s beloved flower is the cherry blossom. According to the traditional Japanese calendar, spring officially starts on February 4, the day known as risshun. Kicking off spring in Japan is the February bloom of Japanese plum blossoms. This is followed by the early spring celebration of Hina Matsuri on March 3 that wishes health and happiness for girls. After the ornamental dolls of Hina Matsuri are put away, it’s only a matter of time until the cherry blossoms are in bloom. As spring’s premier event, it’s no surprise that talk of cherry blossoms dominate conversation in Japan. It’s no exaggeration to say that all of Japan is glued to their TV screen anxiously awaiting updates on the weather forecast. Will there be sunny skies for this year’s cherry blossom viewing party? Exactly when will the cherry blossoms begin their bloom? Will spring showers put a premature end to cherry blossom festivities? If you’re wondering what the big deal about these flowers is, you should know that cherry blossoms are in bloom for only about one week. Once the buds open, there’s an explosive chain reaction that results in a beautiful display of pale pink, finally fluttering to the ground in grand finale known as sakura fubuki. Though it’s for a short period of time, a trip to the park to see the cherry blossoms is wonderful way to enjoy nature in all its glory. We’ve put together this Sakura FAQ to help you enjoy the viewing of cherry blossoms this year.

Skiing in Japan for and with Kids

Skiing & Snowboarding

Winter is a great time not only for adults but especially for the little ones. Snowmen, sleds, and skiing and snowboarding are fun activities that make every holiday a special memory. Ski resorts in Japan have an extensive program for children of all ages, such as snow parks to play and sled in to actual lessons, but also daycare and indoor playgrounds.

Get it at Tokyu Hands! Top 10 Kitchen Goods that are Cute, Creative, and Convenient!

Ikebukuro Department Stores

Tokyu Hands is a department store chain that is filled with cute, creative, and convenient goodies, from arts and crafts supplies to living goods, stationery, beauty products, and so much more! It’s pretty much impossible to go into Tokyu Hands and come out empty-handed, no pun intended. The chain cannot only be found at all of Tokyo’s major stations, including Shibuya, Shinjuku, and Tokyo, but also all around Japan and even abroad. The shop has the colorful mission to make our daily lives not only more enjoyable but also more convenient in every aspect. This time, we met the shop’s staff in the kitchen department who showed us the 10-must have kitchen goodies!

Learn the Art of Flower Arrangement at Ohara School of Ikebana

Harajuku Other Traditional Arts

Ikebana, flower arrangement, is one of Japan’s most treasured art forms, a time-honored tradition that continues to be relevant even in today’s modern society. Beautifully arranged flowers and plants have permeated Japanese culture in a way that is seldom found in others. The Ohara School of Ikebana has played a major part in keeping the tradition alive, through its many schools in Japan, as well as its 59 chapters abroad, with over 300,000 members worldwide. The beauty of the Ohara School is not only in its floral arrangements, but its ability to share the culture of ikebana with the world. I visited the Ohara Center of Tokyo to try an ikebana class to learn more about this traditional art form.

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