What’s the best ticket for Tokyo transportation?

I’m often asked  “What is the most efficient way to get around Tokyo by public transportation?” As a Tokyo local guide, the answer differs depends on your preferences and your itinerary in Japan.  I’d like to introduce the basic knowlege about Tokyo transportation and useful tips for travelers in this article. 3 transportation networks in Tokyo At first, Tokyo has mainly 3 different transportation networks, making it difficult for tourists to understand the system as a whole.   JR (Japan Railways)   – JR operates mainly ground trains and Shinkansen bullet trains throughout Japan.  Metro  – Tokyo’s main subway lines are actually run by 2 different companies. ・Tokyo Metro ・Toei Meto […]

Art Aquarium 2019 Nihonbashi

ECO EDO NIHONBASHI Art Aquarium 2019 at Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall in Tokyo. Until Sep 23, 2019. This special exhibition is featuring mixture of aquarium and digital art, held annually as summer event for Japanese people to get cool air. Goldfish bowls have been enjoyed at home to get cool feeling during hot humid summer in Japan. This is very modern art version of goldfish bowls in a larger scale. Fantastic to experience! This year’s exhibitions will be the last one in this venue. The next year’s venue is not decided yet.

Spring Rose Festival at Kyu-Furukawa Gardens

Rose Festival twice a year at Kyu-Furukawa Gardens Spring Rose Festival at Kyu-Furukawa Gardens, Kita ward, Tokyo is held until June 2, 2019. The different kinds of roses can be enjoyed until the end of June. We enjoyed the beautiful roses in full bloom. My guests were so delighted, saying “so instagrammable!!” and took many photos. Enjoy Japanese-style Garden along with roses Western house. Kyu-Furukawa Gardens is famous for its roses and standby Western-style brick house designed by Josiah Condor, a British architect who contributed to Western architecture in Japan during the Meiji to Taisho period. This garden is well-known for Western-style garden, but actually has Japanese-style Garden too. We can […]

Grand Sumo at Kokugikan

Grand Sumo at Kokugikan Sumo Stadium Sumo is a national sport of Japan, originated in Shintoism which is indigenous to Japan. Thus, Sumo still retains big influence from Shinto rituals, such as throwing salt before each match and stomping on the ground to drive evil spirits away. Grand Sumo is the biggest Sumo tournament by professional Sumo wrestlers. Grand Sumo has 6 tournaments throughout Japan, each has 15 days. 3 of them are held at Kokugikan Sumo Stadium, here in Ryogoku, Tokyo. Watching Sumo matches at the stadium is beyond your imagination. Ryogoku has a lot related to Sumo. Kokugikan is located near Ryogoku station. Around the area, there are […]

Incredible calligraphy by Shoko Kanazawa, a Japanese calligrapher with Down syndrome. What a passion!

Incredible calligraphy by Shoko Kanazawa, a Japanese calligrapher with Down syndrome. What a passion!  Exhibition is held at Itochu Aoyama Art Square for free of charge until Apr 2.   Shoko’s special live calligraphy performance will be held at 12:30, March 20. Tomorrow.   #japan #caligraphy #shokokanazawa #downsyndrome #itochuaoyamaartsquare japan_of_insta  #金沢翔子 #書道 #書展 #伊藤忠青山アートスクエア  Facebook

Respect for the Aged Day

Respect for the Aged Days is one of national holidays in Japan, held on the third Monday of September. It is held to honor and show respect to the elderly. It used to be cerebrated on September 15 until 2002. As the Japanese government adopted the Happy Monday System to give us the longer weekends, it was moved to the third Monday of September since 2003.  What people usually do for elderly ? People usually visit their parents or grandparents, giving the presents, enjoy eating together and so on. We tell them our praying ”Please live a long, healthy life”. Children of kindergarten or elementary school sometimes visit nursing home(retirement […]