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Beer Gardens in Tokyo

Ebisu is the neighbor area of Shibuya, near Roppongi and Hiroo.
Near by Ebisu Station (Hibiya line, JR Yamanote line) is Yebisu Garden Place(??究??絲帥???若????潟??????ゃ??): a compound square of shopping, offices, restaurants & cafes.

Yebisu Garden Place

???Yebisu??? of Yebisu Garden Place is spelled in an archaic style.
The origin of the place name ???Ebisu??? or ???Yebisu??? is Yebisu Beer, a product of the Japan Beer Brewery Company, which built its headquarter in this area.

Yebisu Beer, named for Ebisu(??究??絲?), one of the Japanese Seven Gods of Fortune(筝?胼霛?) which represents agriculture and commerce, was introduced in 1890 by Japan Beer.
In 1901, a train station named Ebisu was built by the company to facilitate distribution of its beer.
The town Ebisu was founded around 1928 as a community developed around the Japan Beer facilities, where Yebisu Garden Place now stands.

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Ebisu in 1938.

Japan Beer had been reorganized and was renamed Sapporo Breweries Ltd. in 1964.
After the breweries were moved to Chiba in 1988, the area was redeveloped as the Yebisu Garden Place, which opened to the public in 1994.

Speaking of Beer, there are many beer gardens in Tokyo during the hot and humid summer.

With some casual hors d’oevures, why not enjoy your beer outdoors?

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Earth Beat Garden
Location: Roppongi Hills
Period: Jul.23-Aug.29
Time: 17:00-22:00 (12:00-22:00 on Sat-Sun)

Trader?Vic’s Outrigger
Location: Hotel New Otani, Akasaka
Period: Jul.16-Sep.5
Time: 10:00-19:00

Starlight Beer Garden
Location: Nihombashi Takashimaya
Period: May26-Sep.6
Time: 16:00-20:00

Also, a new attraction started this year.
In Ginza, there is a bar where you can drink the probably most cold beer in Japan.
Generally, beer is served at about 5C(41F), but here, it is served at -2C(28.4F)!
This might make it easier to survive the hot and humid summer in Tokyo :)

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Extra Cold Bar
Location: Ginza
Period: -Aug.31
Time: Weekdays18:00-23:00, Sat11:30-23:00, Sun11:30-21:30


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apartment near Kagurazaka, Tokyo

M Mansion #101

Agent Commission 50% off!
No keymoney!

Bedrooms: 2
Floor Area: 163.05sqm / 1755.11sqft

Address:?4-3Haraikatamachi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Access: 7 minutes walk to Ichigaya Station / Yurakucho Line, Nanboku Line,
5 minutes walk to Ushigome-kagurazaka Station / Oedo Line
Completion: Dec. 1989
Structure: Steel-reinforced Concrete

M Mansion - Outward Appearance

Rent: JPY530,000/month
Management Fee: JPY0
Key Money: JPY0
Deposit: 4 months
Contract: 2 years (ordinary lease)
Parking: JPY0
Pets: Negotiable

M Mansion

M Mansion stands in a quiet residential area, in vicinity to a French international school.

M Mansion - Outward Appearance

M Mansion - Entrance

Entrance of the apartment.

M Mansion - Entrance

Room entrance.

M Mansion - Living Dining Room

M Mansion - Living Dining Room

Living dining room.

M Mansion - Kitchen

Kitchen.

M Mansion - Master's Bedroom

M Mansion - Master's Bedroom

Master’s bedroom.
???散???鐚?M?????潟?激?с??
莖????鐚?530,000???/???
??件?霚若??鐚?4/0
篁俄???????井??50鐚?Off

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Chopsticks Manners

Sushi, Tempura, Wasabi…Today, many Japanese foods are known worldwide.

Many foreigners enjoy Japanese food, and some even mastered how to eat with chopsticks, not forks and knives.

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Learning how to use chopsticks in good manners is quite difficult, but well, if you are to enjoy Japanese food in the Japanese way, practice makes perfect :)

1 Hold the upper chopstick with the index finger, the middle finger, and the thumb, in the same way with holding a pencil.

2 Put the other chopstick between the bottom of the thumb and the tip of the ring finger.

3 Move the upper chopstick only when you pick up food.

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The correct and incorrect way to hold chopsticks

Below are some taboos in the Japanese manner.

  • Waving chopsticks above food dishes.
  • Sticking chopsticks into food instead of picking them up.
  • Picking up a cup/bowl with the hand that is holding your chopsticks.
  • Sucking chopsticks.
  • Sticking chopsticks vertically into a bowl of rice.
  • Passing food from your chopsticks to somebody else’s chopsticks.

Now, an advanced technique.

This is the formal way to pick up chopsticks, but don’t bother doing it at casual restaurants or at home.

1 Pick up chopsticks by the thumb, the index fingers, and the middle fingers.

2 Support the chopsticks by the other hand.

3 Hold the chopsticks properly as written above.

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Information from About.com

By the way, eating manners in eastern Asia might seem to be all same, but there are quite a few differences.? You can see some differences in chopsticks:

Japanese chopsticks are mainly made of wood or bamboo.
Chinese chopsticks are made of China.
Korean chopsticks are made of Iron.
Also, Chinese and Korean chopsticks are longer than the Japanese ones.

chopsticks

Not only does it differ from country to country, but each person?has different?chopsticks that fits him/her: the size of the chopsticks you should use differs according to the size of your hand.

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chopsticks for babies/kids

If you are looking for a Japanese chopsticks that really fits you, there are some stores specializing in chopsticks in Tokyo.

Ginza Natsuno (???綺с??紊????) is one of them.

Ginza Natsuno has a few stores in the center of Tokyo: Ginza, Aoyama, Marunouchi, etc.

Why not check out the numerous chopsticks with various colors and materials, and find your only-one pair of chopsticks?


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Park Court Akasaka The Tower

Park Court Akasaka The Tower #702 ???Finished/腟?篋????

Agent Commission 50% off!
No keymoney!

Bedrooms: 2
Floor Area: 92.92sqm / 1000.22sqft

Address: 4-14-14, Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Access: 8 minutes walk to Akasaka Station / Chiyoda Line,
9 minutes walk to Akasaka-mitsuke Station / Ginza Line & Marunouchi Line,
9 minutes walk to Aoyama-icchome Station / Ginza Line & Hanzomon Line
Completion: Jul. 2009
Structure: Steel-reinforced Concrete

Park Court Akasaka The Tower - Outward Appearance

Rent: JPY430,000/month
Management Fee: JPY0
Key Money: JPY0
Deposit: 4 months
Contract: Fixed Term Lease Contract 3 years
Parking: JPY35,000-66,000/month
Pets: Negotiable

Park Court Akasaka The Tower

Park Court Akasaka The Tower is a building that overlooks the Akasaka Imperial Grounds.
Great access to fashion complexes, cultural facilities, and offices such as Tokyo Midtown and Akasaka Sacas.

Before entering the room, some photos of the common areas.

Park Court Akasaka The Tower - Garden Park Court Akasaka The Tower - Garden

The garden.

Park Court Akasaka The Tower - Lounge

Open lounge.

Park Court Akasaka The Tower - Hall Park Court Akasaka The Tower - Entrance

Hall.

Park Court Akasaka The Tower - Elevator

Elevator hall.

And to the room!

Park Court Akasaka The Tower - Entrance Park Court Akasaka The Tower - Entrance

Entrance.

Park Court Akasaka The Tower - Master's Bedroom

Master’s bedroom.

Park Court Akasaka The Tower - Walk-in Closet

Wide walk-in closet, 4.78sqm.

Park Court Akasaka The Tower - Rest Room Park Court Akasaka The Tower - Rest Room

Restroom, with a stylish washbowl.

Park Court Akasaka The Tower - Bath

Bath.

Park Court Akasaka The Tower - Kitchen

Kitchen.

Park Court Akasaka The Tower - Kitchen Park Court Akasaka The Tower - Kitchen

The kitchen faces the living dining room.

Park Court Akasaka The Tower - Living Dining Room

Living dining room.

Park Court Akasaka The Tower - View

View from the living dining room.

???散???鐚??????若???潟?若??莎ゅ????吟?祉?帥????
莖????鐚?430,000???/???
??件?霚若??鐚?4/0
篁俄???????井??50鐚?Off

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Guide of Azabu - Foreign Embassies & Slopes

South Korea, Australia, France…

There are many embassies in Minato-ku, Tokyo, especially around Minami-Azabu. ?There are more than 40 embassies in the Minami-Azabu area.

You may have visited Minami-Azabu to make some procedures at the embassy of your country.

Many of these embassies were built in this area when Japan opened the country to foreign trade and diplomatic relations, in the mid 19th century.

This concentration did not happen by chance. ?There are mainly 2 reasons for this.

Firstly, the then Japanese government thought that it would be relatively easy to guard the embassies if they were concentrated in one area.

Secondly, there were broad lands waiting to be utilized in Minami-Azabu. ?There used to be many mansions of Daimyo (紊у??, feudal lords in the Edo period) around this area, which were no longer in use.

aokizaka

Speaking of Daimyo, in Azabu, there are many places, especially slopes, named after Daimyo.

For example, Aoki-zaka(????????, Aoki slope) in the picture above, was named because there used to be the mansion of the Aoki family in the Edo period. ?Today, the Embassy of France stands where the mansion used to be.

Walking by the slopes, you will often see signs, on which the name of the slope is written. ?Each names represents the origin of the place name, which can let us feel the history of where now we are standing.


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Fireworks in Tokyo

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Summer is the season of firework displays in Japan.
There are many fireworks in July and August.

Below is the list of some of the most popular fireworks in Tokyo.

Sumida-gawa Fireworks
Area: Sumida-gawa River, Taito-ku / Sumida-ku
Date: Jul. 31
Time: 19:05-
About 20,000 rockets

Edo-gawa Fireworks
Area: Edo-gawa River, Edogawa-ku
Date: Aug. 7
Time: 19:15-
About 14,000 rockets

Jingu-Gaien Fireworks
Area: Meiji-Jingu, Minato-ku
Date: Aug. 19
Time: 19:30-
About 12,000 rockets

Tokyo Bay Fireworks
Area: Harumi, Chuo-ku
Date: Aug. 14
Time: 19:00-
About 12,000 rockets

Adachi Fireworks
Area: Ara-kawa River, Adachi-ku
Date: Jul. 29
Time: 19:30-
About 12,000 rockets

If you are going to the fireworks, why not try wearing ‘Yukata’(羌頑。)?
Yukata is the casual Kimono (Japanese traditionlal clothing),? worn only in mid summer.
Formal Kimono is made of silk and has lining, but Yukata is made of cotton, and does not have lining.
People wearing Yukata are often seen at fireworks and summer festivals.

Yukata for Women Yukata for Men

Yukata for women(left) and men(right).

You can buy Yukata at major sightseeing spots, like Asakusa.
Clerks may be able to teach you how to wear it, or if you are not comfortable with wearing it yourself, most beauty parlors are capable of dressing you.? Be sure to make reservations, though!

By the way, the Kanji 羌? means ???bathing???, and 茵? means ???cloth???.
Literally, Yukata means bathing suits.
In the Edo period, Yukata was worn after bathing, like bath robes.
Even today, Yukata is used as bath robes in some Onsen(hot spring) and Ryokan(Japanese hotels).
You may have many chances to see or wear Yukata, when traveling around Japan.


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Apartment in Minami-Aoyama, Tokyo

Terrace Court Minami-Aoyama? ???Finished / 腟?篋????

Agent commission 30% off!
No keymoney!

Bedrooms: 3
Floor Area: 2F 59.08sqm / 635.95sqft, 3F 77.07sqm / 829.60sqft

Address: 4-3-23, Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Access: 7 minutes walk to Gaien-mae Station / Ginza Line,
18 minutes walk to Omote-Sando Station / Chiyoda Line, Ginza Line & Hanzomon Line
Completion: Nov. 1986
Structure: Steel-reinforced Concrete

Terrace Court Minami-Aoyama - Outward Appearance

Rent: JPY669,175/month
Management Fee: JPY0
Key Money: JPY0
Deposit: 6 months
Contract: Fixed Term Lease Contract 2 years
Parking: JPY52,500/month
Availability: After Reformed

terracecourt

Terrace Court Minami-Aoyama is an apartment in a quiet residential area.
In the same building is a fancy-goods & flower shop.

Terrace Court Minami-Aoyama - Enterance

The enterance has a large mirror that reaches from the floor to the ceiling.

Terrace Court Minami-Aoyama - Library Terrace Court Minami-Aoyama - Library

Library with closet.

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Bed room 1, with a name plate the former owner left :)

Terrace Court Minami-Aoyama - View from Bed Room

View from bed room.

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Bed room 2.

Terrace Court Minami-Aoyama - Stairs Terrace Court Minami-Aoyama - Stairs

Up the stairs…

On?the left?is the living dining room.

Terrace Court Minami-Aoyama - Living Dining Room

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The living dining room has an inclined wall with skylight.

Terrace Court Minami-Aoyama - Terrace

The terrace, as it is in the name of the apartment: Terrace Court.

Terrace Court Minami-Aoyama - Kitchen

Entering the kitchen from the living dining.

Terrace Court Minami-Aoyama - Kitchen Terrace Court Minami-Aoyama - Kitchen

Kitchen, connected to the living dining and the corridor.

Terrace Court Minami-Aoyama - Corridor

Corridor.

Terrace Court Minami-Aoyama - Rest Room Terrace Court Minami-Aoyama - Rest Room

Rest room.

Terrace Court Minami-Aoyama - Bed Room Terrace Court Minami-Aoyama - Bed Room

Bed room with a walk-in closet.

???散???鐚????????鴻?潟?若????????絮?
莖????鐚?669,175???/???
??件?霚若??鐚?6/0
篁俄???????井??30鐚?Off

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Apartment in Minami-Aoyama, Tokyo

Minami-Aoyama Daiichi Mansions???1202 ???Finished/腟?篋????

Agent commission 30% off!
No keymoney!

Bedrooms: 3
Floor Area: 153.4 sqm / 1651.2 sqft

Address: 5-1-10, Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Access: 1 minutes walk to Omote-sando Station / Chiyoda Line, Ginza Line & Hanzomon Line
Completion: 1970
Structure: Steel-reinforced Concrete

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Rent: JPY680,000/month
Management Fee: JPY0
Hot-water Supply Fee: JPY21,315/month
Key Money: JPY0
Deposit: 3 months
Contract: Fixed Term Lease Contract 3 years
Parking: JPY52,500-/month
Pets: Not Allowed
minamiaoyama

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Right next to the back entrance is Omote-sando Station.
Omote-sando is a popular area with many fasionlable boutiques.? Omotesando Hills, a famous fasion complex, is within 5 minutes walk.

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Open lounge on the ground floor.

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Posts.

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Right from entering the room, you will see the kitchen.

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From the living room (32.79sqm)…

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a great view of the Tokyo Tower!

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Two bathrooms / toilets.

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All bedrooms have wide closets, and wide windows.

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The largest bed room(28.79sqm).

???散???鐚???????絮援?筝??????潟?激?с?潟??
莖????鐚?680,000???/???
??件?霚若??鐚?3/0
篁俄???????井??30鐚?Off

Thank you for checking Minami-Aoyama Daiichi Mansions.


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apartment in Minami-azabu “Mina House” /???藝糸????祉????????????

Mina House ???Finished/腟?篋????

Agent commission 50% off!
No keymoney!

Bedrooms: 2 + Family Room
Floor Area: 232.43sqm / 2501.94sqft

Address: 3 Moto-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Access: 10 minutes walk to Roppongi Station / Hibiya Line
12 minutes walk to Azabu-juban Station / Nanboku Line
Completion: Sep. 1987
Structure: Steel-reinforced Concrete

Mina House - Outward Appearance

Mina House - Outward Appearance

Rent: JPY950,000/month
Management Fee: JPY0
Key Money: JPY0
Deposit: 4 months
Contract: Fixed Term Lease Contract 2 years
Parking: JPY0
Pets: Negotiable

MinaHouse

Mina House - Entrance Mina House - Entrance

Entrance of Mina House.

Mina House - Living Room

Living room

Mina House - Dining Room

Dining Room

Mina House - Dining&Living

Dining room, and the living room in the back.

Mina House - Terrace

Terrace, connected to the?dining room?and the?family room.

Seems to be suitable for parties or barbecues :)

Mina House - Kitchen

Mina House - Kitchen

Kitchen. The counter faces the corridor to the dining room.

Mina House - Rest Room Mina House - Bath

Rest room and bath on the 1st floor.

Mina House - Bedroom Mina House - Bedroom

Bed rooms on the first floor.

Mina House - Stairs

Up the stairs…

Mina House - Bath Room

Mina House - Bath Room

A spacious bath room on the second floor, with a glass shower box.

Mina House - Master's Bedroom Mina House - Veranda

Master’s bed room, with a veranda.

Lastly, the view from the rooftop!

Mina House - View

Mina House - View

???散???鐚???????????????
莖????鐚?950,000???/???
??件?霚若??鐚?4/0
篁俄???????井??50鐚?Off

Thank you for checking Mina House.


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Tower Mansion in Odaiba, Tokyo

The Towers Daiba 33F ???Finished/腟?篋????

Agent Comission 50% off!

Bedrooms: 4
Floor Area: 226.71sqm / 2240.37sqft

Address: 2, Daiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Access: 2 minutes walk to Odaiba-kaihin-koen Station / Yurikamome
Completion: Aug. 2006
Structure: Steel-reinforced Concrete

The Towers Daiba - Outward Appearance

Rent: JPY900,000/month
Management Fee: JPY0
Key Money: JPY0
Deposit: 3 months
Contract: Fixed Term Lease Contract 2 years
Parking: JPY16,000-/month
Pets: Negotiable

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Penthouse with great view, 4 bedrooms and?2 living rooms!

The Towers Daiba - View The Towers Daiba - View

The Towers Daiba - Entrance

Entrance.

The Towers Daiba - Master's Bedroom The Towers Daiba - Walk-in Closet

Master’s bedroom and the walk-in closet.

The Towers Daiba - Bath The Tower Daiba - View

From the bathroom, the view of the ocean and a Ferris wheel.

The Towers Daiba - Washroom

Washroom.

The Towers Daiba - Restroom

Restroom.

The Towers Daiba - Kitchen

Kitchen and the counter.

The Towers Daiba - Living Dining Room

The Towers Daiba - Living Dining Room

Family?room.

The Towers Daiba - Living Dining Room

Living Dining Room.

???散???鐚???吟?祉?帥???若?阪伾??
莖????鐚?900,000???/???
??件?霚若??鐚?3/0
篁俄???????井??50鐚?Off

Thank you for checking The Towers Daiba.


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