When visiting Japan, how many of our foreign visitors enjoy the experience and learn?
Here is one of the most famous and as well unknown products of Japan. Everyone would recognise Japan as the place for tea, the tea ceremony, the matcha, but no one really knows where it is from, how it is grown, the history behind it. I am very curious about it and really want to explore the Shizuoka area with a guide and understand the culture, as it is known as one of the top 3 areas in Japan for tea
New Year is THE big thing in Japan. In the last days of the year, it is time for a deep cleaning in the house, declutter, make everything clean and beautiful to initiate a clean new cycle of life.
in the last 3 days, a lot of time is allocated to prepare special end of the year dishes, Osechi, that you eat cold on december 31. You may order them in advance in gourmet food shops and hotel restaurants at crazy prices.
from January 1 to 3rd, all Japanese must go and pray at the shrine or temple for a healthy and prosperous year – https://youtu.be/1k9Oz4rb0JI
dont expect big ceremonies, full restaurants and party time on december 31 in Japan, most places are closed, it is very quiet!!
Osaka is such a contrast compared to Tokyo, very lively, this is the 3rd city of Japan, after Yokohama, and it is a great location 40mn from Kyoto by local train (20mn with the shinkansen), 50mn to Nara, 30mn to Kobe (15mn with shinkansen). People laugh, shout, scream, talk loudly in the streets and bars, there is a special atmosphere here.
Enjoy the capital of streetfood, and shopping, the numerous malls, and the modern buildings, Temma, Dotombori, Namba, Umeda, so much to enjoy, not much to visit but guaranteed great time. After that, I am privileged enough to get the sweets in my room with a view