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Toraya is a maker of traditional Japanese confections ("Wagashi" in Japanese) founded during the 1500s in Kyoto, in western Japan. In recent years, Toraya has pressed forward with its overseas expansion to Paris and New York, spreading the culture of the confections overseas.
Most Japanese people call sweet potato “Satsuma imo”, meaning the “imo” (potato) of “Satsuma” region. Sometimes, it may be called “Kara imo” (Chinese potato). Sweet potato spread widely in Japan and there are many regional sweets using it.
Autumn is especially recommended season, which attracts the greatest number of tourists for Kyoto. October and November are the best season for you to visit Kyoto, because the climate is comfortable.
There is a convenient way for you to start agriculture. It is so called "ownership program", where you can borrow a land from its real owner to freely do farming and harvest crops as if in your own land.
Fukurodanotaki (Fukuroda Falls) is located in Daigo-cho, Ibaraki prefecture. It is one of three famous falls in Japan with Kegonnotaki and Nachinotaki, and is chosen to 100 selections of Japanese waterfalls.
Fruits of persimmon are widely eaten by Japanese people. The fruit has enriched vitamins, especially vitamin C. In addition to the fruits, the leaf and peel of Japanese persimmon have enriched nutrition and are actually used in some drinks.
“Mikoshi”, the Japanese ceremonial wheelless vehicle, is used in festivals of Japan. Many festivals in which you can enjoy “mikoshi” are held in Autumn in shrines and so on all over Japan.
“Kiku” is a national flower in Japan and has traditionally been produced in various regions in Japan, especially since its gardening started in the Edo period. The best season to view “kiku” is October or November, where its exhibitions are held all over Japan.
“Goshuin” is a bright red seal which is put in a shrine or temple. Previously, it could not be provided unless a worshipper completes “shakyo,” a challenging Buddhist practice.
Kamikochi is a popular resort in the Northern Japan Alps. It is one of Japan’s most scenic spots, located in Nagano Prefecture. You can enjoy different flowers, birds, insects and colors of trees every time you visit.
There are three Japanese words meaning rice, “ine”, “kome” and “gohan”. They all represent the same food but have a bit.
The facilities used in the previous Tokyo Olympic Games in 1964 have supported the sport culture of Japan since then, by providing the environment that enables the people to play or hold the major competitions of various sports.
Japan often gets hit by typhoons, due to its location surrounded by the sea. Usually, from summer to autumn, 10 or more typhoons approach Japan each year.
Nachi no Taki Waterfall in Wakayama prefecture is a great spot to visit during your stay in Japan. Its location, Wakayama, is a little far from Tokyo, but if you use an airplane from Haneda airport in Tokyo to Nanki Shirahama airport in Wakayama, you can access there relatively simply.
It is one of the most popular summer activities for elementary school kids and their fathers to catch Japanese rhinoceros beetles and stag beetles.
Akita Kanto Festival is a famous lantern festival held in Akita, a prefecture located in the northern part of Japan. The festival is one of the most beautiful summer festivals in Japan.
The shaved ice called “Kakigori” is one of the most common street foods during the summer festival (“natsu matsuri”) season in Japan. If you can go to a specialty store for “Kakigori,” you can enjoy it during all seasons.
There are a variety of amphibian buses for sightseeing in and near Tokyo.
Famous “Aizome,” indigo dye commonly known as “Japan Blue” or “Hiroshige Blue,” is produced from the Japanese indigo plant using an extraction process called “Tate.” The Japanese famous artist, Hiroshige (Hiroshige Utagawa) used the glorious blue color in his paintings.
“Tanabata” is an event held on July, 7th. A famous festival is “Sendai Tanabata Matsuri”, held in Sendai city, which belongs to Miyagi prefecture in Tohoku district. Usually, it is held on August 6th, 7th, and 8th, which is July according to the Chinese calendar.
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