Travel to Hiroshima, Miyajima and Iwakuni

Happy New Year! I hope you had nice Christmas and new year holiday with your family. New year in Japan is like Christmas in Europe and America, so  many stores are closed and we generally spend the time with our family visiting our local shrine and temple after having Osechi ryori (we prepare special meal…

Hagoita decorative wooden tray 羽子板のトレー

Hagoita (羽子板)is a rectangular wooden paddle to play Hanetsuki (羽根つき), which is similar to badminton, but without the net. It is a game where two players hitting shuttlecocks which are made of soapberry seeds and bird feathers, and this game is often played during new year season. That is because it has been said that it is thought…

Cast iron Hamon design wall ornament

History of Takaoka copper works Takaoka douki (copper works) started when a Kaga daimyo, Toshinaga MAEDA(1562-1614), summoned seven casters to the Kanaya-machi of Takaoka City to promote the area’s prosperity in 1611 (Keicho 16). At first, it started as art and craft work presented to the feudal lord. It, then, became widely popular in and…

Winter holiday in Nagano

Happy belated new year!!! I hope all of you had a wonderful winter holiday! My shop generally opens 7 days a week, so I do now have any fixed holidays except the few days summer and winter holidays. New year season in Japan is like a christmas in the west, so many shops are closed…

Travel to Akita and Aomori

My shop is open for 7 days a week, so I do not have any fixed holidays at all apart from about 4 days summer and 1 week new year holidays. My shop is like an extension of my hobby, so that is why I still enjoy my work and I am happy to be…

Are Japanese people really polite?

Please note that this article is not based on any particular research, but based only on my personal perspective. I had always been vaguely thinking about this, because Japanese people can be very nasty and I have confronted those Japanese people who are considerably rude. When I was surfing on wordpress articles the other day, I…