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Cicadas are singing in the summer.

I have heard that there are no cicadas in some countries. In Japan, so many cicadas come out from the ground in the summer, and quickly emerge from its larvae shell. Then, they will start singing loudly.

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Impressing Yuigahama 由比ヶ浜 Beach in Kamakura 鎌倉 City

Yuigahama 由比ヶ浜 Beach is located in Kamakura 鎌倉 city Kanagawa 神奈川 prefecture. Kanagawa prefecture is next to Tokyo 東京 prefecture. It takes 65 minutes by train from Shinjuku 新宿 (central Tokyo) and costs 920 yen for one way. You shouldn’t miss this when traveling in and around Tokyo in summer.

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Kamikochi 上高地 National Park

Japan Alps Kamikochi 上高地 is located in Nagano 長野 prefecture. Kamikochi is one of the most beautiful scenic hiking places in Japan. The hiking trails in the park of Kamikochi are for beginner hikers, because the trails are well maintained, go along a river, and mainly flat in the forest.

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Mysterious Moss Garden of Tokeiji Temple (東慶寺) in Kamakura (鎌倉)

They have been keeping the scenery of the garden and cemetery in a very traditional and ancient style. It looks like a mysterious remains. This temple space is compact and simple but the garden is my favorite and I highly recommend this.

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Horse Meat is Stamina Food

Horse meat is a traditional Japanese food. It is used in dishes such as horse meat sashimi and broiled horse meat. Many Japanese restaurants offer these foods in Japan. Horse meat is a healthy food, because it is richer nutritious, and has fewer calories than beef and pork.

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Fashionable and Funny Socks

Why don’t you buy these socks as souvenirs when traveling in Japan? Socks are an important fashion item for the Japanese people.

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Japanese Pet Shop

Some pet shops in Japan sell puppies and cats this way as seen in the picture. They are kept and displayed in these transparent cases.

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新刊ガイドブック「東京デート・雲取山1泊トレッキング」

新刊ガイドブック タイトル:東京デート・雲取山1泊トレッキング 英語でおもてなし・東京で一番高い山を英会話で紹介しよう!

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How to purchase baseball tickets

There are five professional baseball teams in and around Tokyo and two of them officially offer a ticket service in English. I recommend you watch their games, because it is easy to get the ticket in English.

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Swallows Come Every Year

Swallows are migratory birds. They travel between Japan and Asian countries / Australia. They make nests and raise babies when they are living in Japan.

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©やなせたかし This is an anime character vending machine that includes the character designed by the manga artist TAKASHI YANASE. His popular manga and anime is ANPANMAN (アンパンマン)

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Second-hand Kimono Shop

A brand new and high quality kimono is really expensive. Some kimonos cost more than 1 million yen. If you are looking for reasonably priced and real kimono, I recommend that you go to a second-hand kimono shop in Japan, where they offer many more types of antique design kimonos than the modern ones.

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Kid-sized Alcohol Beverages

Sorry! Kids are not allowed to consume alcohol. I will introduce some mini alcohol beverages to adults. It is a good Japanese souvenir.

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Japanese skewer food

Four Types of Japanese Skewer Foods You Have to Try When in Japan This picture above is Yakitori. When you find Japanese skewer food restaurants in Japan, please make sure what the differences are.

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Watermelon Posicle

This is a recommended Japanese posicle which is sold by convenience stores and supermarkets, everywhere in Japan. It is called Suika-bar すいかバー in Japanese. (Watermelon posicle)

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A Japanese Outdoor Equipment Brand “mont-bell”

mont-bell is a Japanese outdoor equipment brand. I think that when people who love outdoor sports such as hiking and camping go on an overseas trip, they maybe want to purchase some products of their local outdoor brands as souvenirs.

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改訂版 「電子書籍・フリーソフトのSigilで自己出版 (EPUB3製本編)」

改訂版 タイトル:電子書籍・フリーソフトのSigilで自己出版 (EPUB3製本編) 楽天Kobo (KWL), Amazon Kindle (KDP), Apple iBooks, Google Play Booksで出版できるファイルを作成する方法 2016年6月 改訂版 3.0* EPUB2ではなく、EPUB3主体の内容へ大幅変更しました。

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New Guidebook “Fly So High! Mt. Kumotori 雲取山 in Tokyo”

New Guidebook Title: Fly So High! Mt. Kumotori in Tokyo Subtitle: The Backpacker’s Guide for a 2-day 1-night Trek to See Mt. Fuji and Japanese Forest

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Japanese rare canned food

Get Japanese rare canned food as a souvenir! These cans are eel, bee, locust…

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Highball ハイボール is a popular cocktail in Japan

It is whiskey mixed with carbonated water, but some international tourists have a different idea about it.

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Useful 1-day train ticket in Tokyo

If you go shopping and sightseeing around downtown Tokyo only for a day, it is a good idea to buy 1-day train pass.

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Avoid the rush hour in Tokyo

You should try to avoid taking a train or subway during the morning rush hour while staying in Tokyo. The rush hours are usually between 7:30 and 9:30AM on weekdays.

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Some types of personal seal vending machines are available in Japan. You can get your original one quickly.

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Chashu Pork Ramen 焼豚ラーメン

Ramen usually includs one or two sliced chashu pork at  ramen shops. Is it enough for you? If you love chashu, let’s order Chashu Pork Ramen! A lot of chashu are topped with the ramen. 

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A hostel “BUNKA” offers so many kinds of sake at their bar in Asakusa 浅草

This is BUNKA HOSTEL TOKYO. They offer a bar and accommodation. They have more than 30 kinds of sake. Use of the bar in the hostel is not limited to hostel guests. Why don’t you get a drink at the bar when you visit Asakusa 浅草 in Tokyo?

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Unknown Spot “Oota Market 太田市場” in Tokyo

Oota Market 大田市場 is unknown to international tourists. A field trip route is available and it is free of charge.

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Kaisendon 海鮮丼 of fast food in Ginza 銀座 Tokyo

If your schedule is too tight to eat out when you are walking around Ginza 銀座 of Tokyo, Kaisendon 海鮮丼 of fast food shop is a good choice. Kaisendon is a vinegared rice bowl topped with mainly sashimi (fresh seafood). This shop offers many kinds of low-priced Kaisendon and they are good taste enough.

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Erasable Ballpoint Pen “FriXion Ball”

You can smoothly write with this ballpoint pen. This pen’s specialty is erasable ink. When you scratch the ink, it will be erased clearly.

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Pork bowl is also good choice when you go to a beef bowl chain Yhoshinoya 吉野家

Tasty pork bowl goes on sale at one of the most popular beef bowl chains Yoshinoya 吉野家. The pork bowl (330 yen) is cheaper than beef bowl (380 yen) and its little sweet pork meat is good taste.

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Liquor Store’s Standing Bar in Tokyo

If you are interested in drinking sake and want to know where to buy, you may like a liquor store’s standing bar. You can buy new bottles for to go when you find your favorite one at the bar. It is like a paid tasting at the liquor store. I will introduce a recommended store (bar) from Tokyo area.

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Ninja Restaurant in Tokyo

NINJA AKASAKA is a restaurant with ninja amusements. Ninja will guide you to a hiding ninja village. Let’s enjoy a great meal and amazing magic show too!

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Cute Souvenir

This cat is Jiji of the movie “Kiki’s Delivery Service (魔女の宅急便)“, and an excellent gift. It is called Jiji-no-kutakuta-magnet ジジのくたくたマグネット in Japanese. It may costs about 1,000 yen.

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新刊ガイドブック「英語でおもてなし・日本酒Bar(東京)」

新刊ガイドブック タイトル:英語でおもてなし・日本酒Bar(東京) 外国人の旅行者や友達に日本酒Barを英会話で紹介しよう!

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Recommended Tonkatsu Restaurant

I will honestly show you a recommended tonkatsu chain with average price level and delicious food. That is TONKATSU WAKO とんかつ 和幸.

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Sake 日本酒 Flavored KitKat

A brand-new Sake 日本酒 flavored Kit Kat : International tourists often buy Matcha (Green tea) flavored Kit Kat. Next, I recommend you buy Sake flavored Kit Kat as a souvenir.

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Free refill coffee

I often go to a fast food chain “Mister Donut”, to read books and work on my laptop, because this cafe sells tasty donuts and “Misdo Blended Coffee ミスドブレンドコーヒー” for 270 yen and offers free refills after your purchase.

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Where to buy a lantern in Tokyo

This is the Kaminarimon 雷門 Gate which has a huge lantern. The gate is located at the front entrance of Sensoji Temple 浅草寺 in Asakusa 浅草 of Tokyo 東京. This place is popular with tourists. I have heard some people are interested in the design of the lanterns. Would you like to buy smaller sized lanterns as souvenirs or for lighting room?

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New Guidebook “Sake Bar in Tokyo”

New Guidebook Title : Sake Bar in Tokyo Subtitle : The Backpacker’s Guide to the Unique Sake Bars and Stores

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Get Coupons of Robot Restaurant in Tokyo

Robot Restaurant is a famous sightseeing place in Shinjuku 新宿 of Tokyo. This place is more like watching a play of robots and beautiful girls than having a meal at a restaurant, because they don’t offer restaurant service. Although it is named “restaurant”.

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Canned Japanese Food and Beautiful Bartender at Bar in Tokyo

This place is a standing bar, and this bar’s specialty is many kinds of Japanese canned food instead of cooking service.

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Dangerously Super Hot Wasabi Snack

Discover a rare wasabi snack when you visit Japan! It is dangerously super hot flavor!

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Mysterious cemetery in Tokyo

Aoyama Cemetery (Aoyama-bochi 青山墓地 or Aoyama-reien 青山霊園) is one of the biggest cemeteries in Tokyo, where a considerably large number of gravestones are built on the extensive grounds.

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Plastic model loving people

TAMIYA is one of the most popular plastic model manufacturers in Japan. I used to build cars, battle ships, tanks, etc. When I was a kid, my friends and I used to play with TAMIYA radio control cars.

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Japanese Lesson – Slang 1 “Maiuu まいう~”

Maiuu まいう~ Maiuu まいう~ means delicious, tasty, yummy. It is a slang and coined word which was made by a Japanese comedian who is a popular TV star.

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Guest House “toco.” in Tokyo

If you are a backpacker and travelling on a budget in Tokyo, it is a good idea to stay Guest House ” toco. “.

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Recommended shrine is Kandamyoujin 神田明神

Most international tourists go sightseeing around Akihabara 秋葉原 of Tokyo. Maybe you too. At that time, Kandamyoujin (Kanda Shrine) 神田明神 is a wonderful shrine not be missed.

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Sewerage Museums in Tokyo

In Tokyo, there are two museums specialize in sewerage. We try our best to manage clean efficient sewerage system.

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Foreign money exchange at any time

A chain convenience store “FamilyMart” in Japan is planning to install foreign money exchange machines in their stores beginning February 1, 2016.

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Cat Cafe in Tokyo

Staying with many cats in cafe is a comfortable experience.

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Modern Japanese Style Live Show in Tokyo

This place is a show restaurant. It is like a musical and dance show. The performers are mainly dressed in modern and artistic Kimono during the show.

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Ice Skating at Tokyo Skytreetown

ICE SKATING RINK is available at the bottom of the TOKYO SKYTREE. It is scheduled to be open between January 1 and March 6.

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Snow hard in Tokyo today

In Tokyo, we rarely have snow except mountain district, but it is snow hard today. January 18, 2016

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Beer Festival in Japan

One of the largest and most recommended beer festivals in Japan is Great Japan Beer Festival which is called BeerFes. The specialties are “amazingly many kinds of Japanese craft beers” and “all-you-can-drink of the beers”, once you pay the admission fee.

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Prepaid SIM Card

I recommend that international tourists use prepaid SIM card than free Wi-Fi in Japan. In Japan, free Wi-Fi is getting popular inside buildings such as hotels, cafes, train stations and so on.

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Penis festival of the traditional shrine

KANAMARA-MATSURI かなまら祭 (Kanamara festival) It is a traditional shrine which seriously worships penis as a god. The people go to the shrine to pray for having a baby, good relationship of the couple, avoiding venereal diseases.

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The YEBISU BEER Museum

YEBISU beer you have to try when in Japan. YEBISU is one of the my favorite Japanese beer brands. It is more bitter taste than the other popular Japanese bear brands.

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Kaisendon 海鮮丼 is a rice bowl topped with fresh seafood.

Allow me to introduce a Japanese style seafood restaurant which offers a really reasonable lunch in Tokyo. One of the most popular food items at this restaurant is  Kaisendon 海鮮丼. It only costs 1,050 yen during lunch time, and that includes free refills of rice. Kaisendon is a rice bowl topped with fresh seafood. The seafood is mainly sashimi that is raw or boiled seafood.

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Wild Bears Live in Tokyo

This sign board says that the area is a wild bear habitat in the mountains of Okutama 奥多摩 Tokyo 東京. It is true!

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Let’s get Japanese Cultural Things !

This building is a nice shopping center for international tourists. There are four floors and many types of shops. They specialize in Japanese cultural things. It is located in Asakusa 浅草 of Tokyo 東京.

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Frozen Draft Beer

This is draft beer topped with something frozen. It looks like ice cream, but it is not sweet or normal froth. Actually, it is icy froth which is also made of beer. This icy froth is the best way to keep beer in nice flavor and very cold temperature.

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