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“Gara-Gara”, a Unique Machine Used in Lotteries
In the current style of the lottery, a unique raffle machine called “Gara-gara” is essential. It is widely known and used in Japan, as one of the charming sights of Japan.
“Manekineko”, a Beckoning Cat Bringing Happiness
In Japan, “Manekineko”, Beckoning Cats are usually seen at the entrances of restaurants and shops because they are believed to bring luck, money and customers.
Roubai, a Soft-Colored Flower Blooming in the Snow
“Roubai” is a small beautiful yellow flower in a tree and the flower tells that spring is coming soon. It is about 2-4 m high and has a yellow flower blooming in January and February.
Fujizuka, Small Hills like Mt. Fuji
“Fujizuka” is scattered at temples all over the Kanto region (the region surrounding and not so far from Mt. Fuji). Its surface is covered by the lava from Mt. Fuji, it has an approach like the real mountain, and on the top of the hill, a stone monument is installed.
Most of the candles in the market today are western candles. A western candle is made from paraffin refined from petroleum, while a Japanese candle “Wa Rousoku” is of plant origin.
Playing with Traditional Wooden Toys in Japan
Traditional wooden toys are simple but sturdy and well-designed. They have no battery but to use them, some skill is required. Many of Japanese traditional toys are made of wood as the people like its warm feeling since olden days.
Sea Bream as a Bringer of Good Luck
In Japan, sea bream is called “Tai” and is considered to bring good luck. “Tai” is a lucky fish and often used as a gift and there are various sweets looking like it in Japan.
Omikuji(おみくじ), Japanese Paper Fortune
Omikuji is a Japanese paper fortune, which is available when you visit shrines and temples and tells your fortune.
Take a Day Trip to Play in Snow from Tokyo
Family members enjoy playing in snow, in Sagamiko Resort Pleasure Forest, Fujiten Snow Resort, Yuzawa Kogen Ski Resort and Tambara Ski Park are to Play in Snow from Tokyo.
Food and Dish to be Enjoyed in Winter
Citrus fruits, Yu-dofu, Okayu and rice porridge are popular food in winter. Winter is the season of “Shichirin,” a small portable stove for cooking.
Nengajo, Japanese Traditional New Year's Card
As the end of the year is coming up, Japanese write their messages on postcards (in most cases a special New Year postcards), and send them so that they can be delivered on New Year's Day.
Kawasaki Daishi is a famous temple located in Kanagawa, in eastern Japan. It is commonly recognized as having the power of avoidance of bad luck.
Famous Japanese Confection Shop “Toraya”
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.
Ownership Program in Agriculture
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.
Japanese Famous Waterfall “Fukurodanotaki”
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.
Japanese Ceremonial Vehicle “Mikoshi”
“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.
A Variety of Chrysanthemum Called “Kiku” Appreciated in 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.
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