Gyoda city was the center of Japanese socks factories. Today people wear what they call a pair of socks; so, the traditional socks are disappearing year after year. In order to revitalize Gyoda’s cultural assets, people renovated old houses and warehouses, and opened a shop, museum, cafe, soba noodle restaurant, and sewing factory. Wherever they walk around, they will find something cool. like Ninja Socks and labels, in this historic town.
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Yoyogi TOSCANA offers various pasta and wine. There are so many to choose; but if you need to choose one, please try “Meat Sauce Spaghetti” (Pasta with a Bolognese Sauce). The restaurant appeared on Hanamaru Market, a TV program. TOSCANA is located in the side street of Yoyogi. For more information
The pounding sound echoed on the side street in Shibuya, I run into a group of people. They were making rice cakes – a classic treat during the New Year Day. They kindly allowed me to join the party. Crushing rice with a mallet was harder than I had expected, but anyhow I could quietly pound in a mortar without fail!
During the New Year Day, 3.2million people including famous Kanda Uno and Oshikiri Moe, visited the Meiji Jingu Shrine. The hidden popular attraction is “Kiyomasa’s Well”, which is believed to be a “power spot”. After Manabe Kaori mentioned the spot, people started forming a long line on the path to the spiritual well. So if you wish to gain the power, please wake up early in the morning. The gate opens at sunrise. (PS The photo is the New Year’s Ornament at the Meiji Shrine. This is the coolest decoration I have ever seen. )
On Sunday afternoon, please visit Yoyogi Park. At the entrance you will find several dancers’ group: TRC, the Strangers, Street Rockers and Black Shadows. Some are in black leather and others are in the 50’s outfit. On the other side of the street you can shop around in a flea market.
Yanaka is an old neighborhood near Ueno. When you step into Yanaka Ginza, you will find yourself walking in the retro town. The nearest station is Nippori where JR Yamanote train and Keisei Skyliner stop. It is a good idea to stopover when you are on the way to Narita Airport.
This navigation device helps you to find the spot you want to go in Ginza. It shows you the direction visually and orally. Now it is free of charge if only you are willing to answer questionnaires when returning the device. The machine is available in Ginza subway station. For information, please see http://www.tokyo-ubinavi.jp
High quality chocolate with a raw flavor appeared in Pritntemps Ginza.
The brand’s name is Ginza Chocolate Hearts. Those who tried said, “So Tasty!”. Now they sell a chocolate in the bottle with a specially designed “Kira Chibi Bag (sparkling mini bag)” in a box. It is worth eating.
The Sony Building in Ginza presents a fountain of love for charity. When a contributor throws the coin into the water, people can enjoy the art of fountains, illuminations and sounds. This landmark building features a variety of latest Sony products inside. Read the rest of this entry »
Ninja is far more than I have expected. Ninja is not only physically and mentally well trained humans but develop their inner energy by practice. So the whole universe would embrace them. Today I learned that Urban Ninja Murasame had a micro-universe inside. He can be invisible in a moment and pass through people without making his presence felt. For information, please look at http://ip.tosp.co.jp/i.asp?i=ninwshp
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