Super Azusa

E351 series Super Azusa is on service on Chuo Main line (mainly between Shinjuku and Matsumoto) at Max operation speed of about 130 km/h (80 mph). The picture shows Super Azusa waiting for cleaning before a trip to Matsumoto at Shinjuku station. The name “Azusa” originates from the name of …

Very Japanese!

A variety store located at Kagurazaka sells many of very Japanese goods, some for souvenirs and some for actual use. In these days, it is hard to find these kinds of old fashoned variety stores in Tokyo. If you find one, you must step in and feel the atmosphere of …

Shirokuma

This is a Shirokuma (white bear in Japanese). Many people think Japanese people eat strange or unusual things. Yes, Shirokuma is a famous in Kagoshima, and everyone loves it. Well, it doesn’t look like a white bear? Ok, let me try again. This is a famous crashed ice sweets called …

Blue water

Tomariura, Kagoshima Looking down from a high cliff, Tomariura bay holds blue water and many fishing ships. High humidity and high temperature easily make my shirts to get wet within minutes and cicadas were so loud that you need to shout. A little Japanese Tips: “cicada”    a popular insect all …

Suikawari

Suika-wari, watermelon crushing, is a national favorite seasonal game in summer. There even exits the Japan Suika-Wari Association (JSWA), and they state official rules for Suikawari! Forget about the official rules, it is very simple to enjoy it. What you have to prepare is a towel or any sort to …

Shinagawa Station

A view near Shinagawa Station, which used to be a small-medium scale station for JR (Yamanote & Keihintohoku lines, tokaido line) and Keikyu line. But after a new Shinkansen station was built, a lot has been changed. Although at this side of the station, opposite from the Shinkansen station, the land …

Old Classic Gate

An old classic Japanese style gate standing in a town gives you a feeling of as if it was an entrance to another world. Sounds funny? Well, find an old gate like this when you visit Japan and just stand in front of it for a while. Then you will …