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Ameyoko, Shop Street in Ueno

Ameyoko (??≪?≧┴) is a?shop street along the Yamanote line rails between Ueno and Okachimachi Station.? The 400m long street?consist of more than 400 stores.

ameyoko

Ameyoko is short for Ameya Yokocho (??≪?<?ゆ┴筝?).? There are several explanations?regarding this name.? One possible origin is that, because this street was a black market selling items disposed of by the US Army gathered here after WW2, this street came to be called Ame (short for America) - Ya (絮?, shop).? Another is that Ameya means Ame (蕋?, candy) - Ya (shop), and the street was named this because many candy stores are gathered here.
Any way, Ameya Yokocho is?usually called by its short term Ameyoko?today, and the sign of the streets also reads Ameyoko, as is in the photo above.

Today, various goods, such as food (mainly sea food and dried goods), clothings, and fashin items?are dealt in Ameyoko.??The number of sports equipment stores for youths increased in recent years.? On the basement floor of Ameyoko Center Building is a market of ethnic goods, where many of both the clerks and customers are Chinese.

ameyoko

In the photo above is the feature of Ameyoko, ‘Tatakiuri (????紕蚊??)’.? Tatakiuri is a?limited-time sale at a highly discounted price.? In the photo, a bag of chocolate is sold at 1000 Yen, and the shop will give you one more chocolate as a bonus.
Besides Tatakiuri, you can ask for a discount at many shops in Ameyoko.

ameyoko

Ameyoko changes its face in the?year’s end.? Many people visit Ameyoko for articles of food for celebrating the new year.? It is so crowded that it may even take an hour to walk through this 400m street!

Opening hours and closing days depend on individual stores, but most stores open around 10:00 and close around 19:00.? Many stores remain closed on selected Wednesdays.? Some stores change its handlings in the year’s end.


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Sengakuji Temple

sengakuji

Sengakuji Temple (羈?絏喝?)?is located in Takanawa, which is near Shinagawa.
Sengakuji was founded in 1612 by Monan Sokan (???綺球?????),? on the command of the Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu (緇喝??絎九嵯).? After the first temple was burnt down in 1641, it was rebuilted in the present location.

Sengakuji is famous for the episode of the 47 Samurai of Ako (莎ょ????????筝?紕?).
In the 18th century, Asano Naganori (羌??????欠??), the Daimyo (紊у??, feudal lord) of Ako (莎ょ??) was forced to Seppuku (??????, suicide, the word ‘Harakiri’ may be better?known), due to the plot of Kira Yoshinaka (??????奨紊?), Asano’s superior.? 47 of Asano’s men killed Kira for revenge.? For committing? the crime of murder, the 47 Samurais?were sentenced to Seppuku.? The graves of Asano and the 47 Samurais are in Sengakuji.
This true story gained big popularity, matched to the Japanese ideal of loyalty, sacrifice, persistence, and honor.? Dramatized stories were made, and were out on theaters.? “Chushingura (綽???h??)”, the fiction story of the Ako Samurais, is still a famous play of Kabuki (罩????篌?).

sengakuji

At Sengakuji, there is a memorial hall of Ako Samurais, where items connected to Ako Samurais are exhibited.? Also, Gishisai (臂??腑?, festival for Ako Samurais) is held every December 13th and 14th.


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Experience Japanese Culture - Tea Ceremony, Kimono, Making Sushi

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Though?many explanations are made in foreign languages, it is difficult to actually experience Japanese culture.? However, there is a NPO which helps you do so.? This NPO, Institute for Japanese Cultural Exchange and Experience, holds various programs for foreigners, where you can expereince the traditon of Japan, with a multilingual Japanese instructor.? There are guides in several languages, such as English, Chinese, and French.

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One popular?program is Kimono dressing.
In this program, you can actually wear Kimono.? If weather permits, participants may walk in a nearby park to fully experience life wearing a Kimono.
Before wearing Kimono, participants would?explore many aspects of the Kimono,?for example,?the traditional skills of ?Japanese dyeing and weaving. Participants will also understand the versatility and specific features of the Kimono. Even if one’s shape changes (or a Kimono is given to another person), the same Kimono can be worn with just some minor adjustments.

experience

Another?program is making Sushi.
In this program, participants will learn to make various types of Sushi: Maki Sushi (rolled Sushi), Gunkan Maki (rice wrapped with a strip of seaweed and topped with?ingredients), and Nigiri Sushi (rice topped with a slice of raw fish).? This program will be held at the participant’s home, as Sushi is a typical diet often made in?Japanese homes.

There are more unique programs, such as experiencing tea ceremony, calligraphy, Origami (paper folding), and a tour watching the morning training of Sumo wrestlers.
For more information, visit the website below!

Institute for Japanese Cultural Exchange and Experience
http://www.ijcee.com/e.html (Eng)


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Outlets around Tokyo

There are few outlets?near the city heart, but most of them have large parking lots, and if you don’t drive, there are shuttle buses from the nearest stations.
The excitement of shopping with big discounts is worth everything!

outlet

Venus Outlet

Outlet in Venus Fort.? The first outlet mall in Tokyo’s 23 wards.? There are many shops of brands popular among the youths.
Location: Odaiba
Website: http://www.venusfort.co.jp/multi/index_e.html (Eng)

Grandberry Mall

Almighty shopping mall.? Not only outlet shops, but there are grocery stores, pet goods, hair salons are in the site.
Location: Tsuruma, Machida
Website: http://www.grandberrymall.com/ (Jap)

Gotemba Premium Outlet

Outlet in Shizuoka prefecture, about 90 minutes drive from Shinjuku.? There are many outlet stores of high class brands.
Location: Gotemba, Shizuoka
Website: http://www.premiumoutlets.co.jp/en/gotemba/ (Eng)

Mitsui Outlet Park Tama Minamiosawa

Outlet in western Tokyo.? Many products of the season, samples, and foreign models are purchasable.
Location: Tama
Website: http://www.31op.com/english/index.html#tama (Eng)


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Hanami - Bloom Gazing

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Hanami (??沿??, viewing the flowers) of cherry blossoms is a major spring event in Japan.? Many people gather around cherry blossom trees and admire the fragile flowers, which will be in bloom for only about a week.

Cherry blossoms are not the only flowers to be the subject of Hanami.? Japanese apricot (罌?, Ume)?isalso a beautiful flower of the springtime in Japan.

hanami

The best time to view Japanese apricots in Tokyo is from mid February to early March, about a month earlier than that of cherry blossoms.? The best time of Japanese apricots lasts for about 3 weeks.
The old Japanese name of the flower is Harutsugegusa (??ュ?????), literally meaning ‘plant that announces spring’.? Japanese apricots were admired by the Japanese people as the first flower to show the arrival of spring.? Actually, Japanese apricot was the favorite spring flower of the Japanese, especially the nobles,?until around the 12th century, when cherry blossoms gained much popularity.? Cherry blossoms were?loved by?the Samurai?class, who?started to gain power at this age.? They thought?of cherry blossoms, whose life is brief and?falls beautifully, as the idol image of high-souled?Samurais.? There is a word ‘hana wa sakuragi, hito wa bushi (??宴?????????篋冴???紕?)’ which means ‘the best of flowers is the cherry blossom, and the best of humans is the Samurai’.


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Buses in Tokyo

There are many bus routes in Tokyo, but it might take a lot of nerve to use it for the first time.? Actually, it is easy to take the bus once you get used to it, just like taking it in your mother country.

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If you find a bus stop, the bus route and timetable will be written on the pole.? You can check the destination of the bus there.
Hop on the bus.? If you have a Suica or Pasmo (IC cards), you can pay the fee with simply holding it over the sensor.? If you don’t, you can pay by cash, putting in the coins or bill in the box next to the driver.
When the bus approaches to the stop you get off, push the button on the wall or poles, and the bus will stop there.

Below are some bus lines running in the center of Tokyo.

Toei Bus (??遵?吟?????)

The routes of?Toei Bus are spread around the 23 wards and Tama.

Adult Fee: JPY200 flat price
Route map and time table available at: http://www.kotsu.metro.tokyo.jp/bus/map/index.html (Jap)

Hachiko Bus (??????????????)

Bus lines in Shibuya-ku, named from Hachiko, the most famous dog in Japan, whose statue stands in front of Shibuya station.? On the buses are drawings of Hachiko.
There are four lines, running around Yoyogi-uehara, Jingu-mae, Honmachi, and Daikanyama.

Adult Fee: JPY100 flat price
Route map and time table available at:
http://www.city.shibuya.tokyo.jp/eng/com_bus/index.html (Eng)

Chiibus (??<????違??)

Bus lines in Minato-ku.? There are 7 routes; Tamachi, Aoyama, Akasaka, Shiba, Azabu, Takanawa, and Shibaura Konan.

Adult Fee: JPY100 flat price
Route map and time table available at:
http://www.fujikyu.co.jp/express/ (Jap)

bus

There are more bus lines running in a particular ward, such as Edo Bus (羆???吾?????) in Chuo-ku, and Nakanon (??????????) in Nakano-ku.? The merits of using these lines are that the fee is cheap (most of them are JPY100 flat price), and there are bus stops close to each other.? Find?a route in your neighbor, and make the most of it!


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Nezu Museum, Aoyama

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Nezu Museum is a museum located in Aoyama, exhibiting its collection of?Japanese and Oriental art.
The museum opened to the public in 1940 and escaped the destruction suffered by the estate property in the bombing of May 1945. Closed due to large-scale renovation and renewal from 2006 onwards, it re-opened in fall 2009 with a completely new museum building by the Japanese architect?Kuma Kengo (?????????).

Included in the collection are a pair of Edo period folding-screens of Irises by Ogata Korin. It also includes other paintings of renown, calligraphy, sculpture, ceramics, textiles and archaeological materials, as well as objects in lacquer, metal, and wood. The collection also consists of Chinese bronzes of the Shang and Zhou dynasties.

nedu

The Nezu Museum is also known for its vast, Japanese-style garden.? This garden is dotted with?tea ceremony houses.? Nezu Kaichiro (??号乾???筝????), the founder of this museum, spent his afterlife in tea ceremony, and his collection of tea paraphernalia is exhibited in the museum.If you are interested in Oriental art, especially concerning tea ceremony, Nezu Museum is worth a visit :)


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Apartment in Daikanyama

Daikanyama?Park Side Village?#305


Agent commission FREE!
No Key Money!

Bed Rooms: 2
Floor Area:? 61.75 sqm /?664.69 sqft
Address:? 8-9, Sarugakucho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Access:?7?minutes walk to?Daikanyama Station /?Toyoko Line
Completion: Nov. 1982
Structure: Steel-reinforced Concrete

Daikanyama Park Side Village - Outward Appearance

Rent: JPY255,000/month
Management?Fee: JPY10,000/month
Key Money:?0 month
Deposit:?2 month
Parking: Available
Pets:?Negotiable

Daikanyama Park Side Village

Daikanyama Park Side Village - Daikanyama Daikanyama Park Side Village - Neighbor

Daikanyama Park Side Village is located near many fashion boutiques of various price ranges.? You won’t be pinched for places to go shopping :)

Daikanyama Park Side Village - Entrance

The interior of Daikanyama Park Side Village was fully renovated in 2010.? The exterior is quite renewed too.

Daikanyama Park Side Village - Neighbor

In the building is a barber shop (whose name is ‘The Barber’), and an internal medicine clinic.

Daikanyama Park Side Village - Entrance Daikanyama Park Side Village - Elevator

Entrance and elevator hall.

Daikanyama Park Side Village - Corridor

The indoor corridor is carpetted.

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Room entrance.

Daikanyama Park Side Village - Storage Daikanyama Park Side Village - Utility

Storage room and utility room.

Daikanyama Park Side Village - Restroom

Rest room.

Daikanyama Park Side Village - Powder Room Daikanyama Park Side Village - Powder Room Daikanyama Park Side Village - Powder Room

Powder room.
Inside the mirrors are cupboards.

Daikanyama Park Side Village - Bathroom

Bath room, equipped with dryer.

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Walk-through closet, connecting the powder room and bed room.

Daikanyama Park Side Village - Bedroom

Bed room.

Daikanyama Park Side Village - Balcony Daikanyama Park Side Village - View

The tile-covered balcony is one of the few places that show the look of the vintage apartment :)

Daikanyama Park Side Village - Bedroom

Bed room.

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The bed room and living dining room are divided with fogged plastic slide doors.? The two rooms can be used as one room too :)

Daikanyama Park Side Village - LDK

Living dining kitchen.
There?is no window in this room, but sunlight comes in from the bed room window.? Even when the slide doors are closed, some light comes in for the doors are translucent.

Daikanyama Park Side Village - Kitchen Daikanyama Park Side Village - Kitchen

Kitchen with 3 induction cookers.
The wavy tiles are elegant :)

???散???鐚?篁e??絮宴????若???泣?ゃ?????????????
莖????鐚?255,000
??件?霚若??鐚?2/0
篁俄???????井????≧??鐚?

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Shopping Antique / Used Kimono

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Kimono is very expensive to buy.? Some are very cheap, but those are inferior in quality…But there is a way to purchase high-quality Kimono at a relatively low price: visiting an used Kimono shop.

Of course, these Kimono are not brand new, some of them have stain, but there are many chances to encounter Kimono from the 20th, 19th century, or from an even older period.? Just taking a look at the old Kimono with traditional patterns and retro coloring is exciting!
Below are a list some of the used Kimono shops in Tokyo.

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Jidainuno Ikeda (???篁e?????羆????)
Location: 5-22-11, Shiroganedai, Minato-ku
Website: http://www.ikedashigeko-collection.co.jp/pages/english/collection/c_index.htm (Eng)

Yumezo (紊∵??)
Location: 1-17-2, Ebisu, Shibuya-ku

Tansuya (?????????絮?)
Location: 10-11-3, Roppongi, Minato-ku

Antique Mall Ginza (??≪?潟????c?若???≪?若????綺?)
Location: 1-13-1, Ginza, Chuo-ku
Website: http://www.antiques-jp.com/e.html (Eng)

Used Kimono are sold at some antique flea markets too.
I hope you will find your favorite only-one Kimono!


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Cat / Dog OK Apartment in Daikanyama

Residia Daikanyama Sarugakucho?#502


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Bed Rooms: 2
Floor Area:? 97.10 sqm /?1045.21 sqft
Address:? 8-9, Sarugakucho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Access:?7?minutes walk to?Daikanyama Station /?Toyoko Line
Completion: Jul. 2006
Structure: Steel-reinforced Concrete

Residia Daikanyama Sarugakucho - Outward Appearance

Rent: JPY456,000/month
Management?Fee: JPY14,000/month
Key Money:?0 month
Deposit:?1 month
Parking: Available
Pets:?OK

Residia Daikanyama Sarugakucho

Residia Daikanyama Sarugakucho - Neighbor

The neighborhood of Residia Daikanyama Sarugakucho is full of boutiques,?where fashionable people come and go.??Some of the shops permits you to take your pets inside :)

Residia Daikanyama Sarugakucho - Neighbor

In the same building are a beauty salon, and a clothes shop.

Residia Daikanyama Sarugakucho - Entrance

Entrance.

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On the entrance mat is a logo of the apartment.

Residia Daikanyama Sarugakucho - Elevator

Elevator hall.
Room key is required to use the elevator.

Residia Daikanyama Sarugakucho - Corridor

The open ceiling viewed from the 5th floor.

Residia Daikanyama Sarugakucho - Entrance Residia Daikanyama Sarugakucho - Entrance

Room entrance.

Residia Daikanyama Sarugakucho - Entrance Residia Daikanyama Sarugakucho - Entrance

Walk-in shoes closet.

Residia Daikanyama Sarugakucho - Bedroom Residia Daikanyama Sarugakucho - Bedroom

Bed room.

Residia Daikanyama Sarugakucho - Corridor

Closets on the corridor.

Residia Daikanyama Sarugakucho - Powder Room Residia Daikanyama Sarugakucho - Powder Room

Powder room.
Inside the mirrors are cupboards.

Residia Daikanyama Sarugakucho - Powder Room Residia Daikanyama Sarugakucho - Powder Room

Utility space and closet in the powder room.

Residia Daikanyama Sarugakucho - Bathroom Residia Daikanyama Sarugakucho - Bathroom

Bath room, equipped with dryer.
There is a step in the bath tub.? You can use it to help yourself get in and out the bath tub, or to sit on it and take a relaxing half-body bath :)

Residia Daikanyama Sarugakucho - Kitchen

Kitchen, with 3 cooking stoves.

Residia Daikanyama Sarugakucho - Living Dining Room Residia Daikanyama Sarugakucho - Living Dining Room

Living dining room.

Residia Daikanyama Sarugakucho - View

From the living dining room, you can see the park right across the street.
The windows do not open, and there are no balcony…

Residia Daikanyama Sarugakucho - Bedroom Residia Daikanyama Sarugakucho - Bedroom

Residia Daikanyama Sarugakucho - Bedroom

Bed room.
This room is divided from the living dining room with slide doors.

???散???鐚?????吾????c?≫撮絎?絮援?炊ソ???
莖????鐚?456,000
??件?霚若??鐚?1/0
篁俄???????井????≧??鐚?

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