Hello! I am Reina of HowtojapanTV. Today I have come to a stage that offers a Samurai experience called Samurai-live. First, we learn the basics: common courtesy. To begin and end training we greet each other and meditate. Today I will be taught by Godai-sensei. He will carefully teach me the basics of sword fighting. For about an hour and a half I will learn common courtesy, how to handle a sword, how to stand and walk, fighting movements, and more. My heart is pounding! This is exciting! The actual training is done one-on-one and is tailored towards the needs of the person participating. Thanks to Godai-sensei’s kind and […]

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Making Japanese popular food “soba” in Tokyo Hello, I am Mina of How to Japan TV! Today, I am going to try out a popular activity among tourists in Japan, making soba. I have come to a store that offers to everyone the soba making experience, Juhachiwari Soba! Step 1 Mix the flour and create the dough. Step 2 Stretch the dough into the desired length. Step 3 Cut the dough into the noodle shape. Step 4 Boil the noodles for about one minute and it is done! Put it in the dish and we are finished. I am excited to try this! It tastes really good! At places like […]

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Japanese University Idol Copy Dance Competetion ”UNIDOL” Have you ever heard of UNIDOL? “UNIDOL” stands for University Idol, and the concept of the event is that ordinary university students stand on stage as “idols” only for a night. In this idol copy dance competition held in Summer this year, 50 teams from all over Japan participated to battle for dance supremacy. Story of UNIDOL Recently the popularity of idol culture is rising, and UNIDOL has been a place where guests can enjoy the performance of university students, dancing to songs from various idol groups. The total number of audience in 2014 recorded 10 thousand people, and it is definitely one […]

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Cat café at Akihabara Neko cafe is the place you can play with cats. It’s becoming popular and famous in Japan. Today, we visit “Neko JaLaLa” at Akihabara. First, order your drink. Wash your hands before you touch cats. Play with cats if you find the really favorite cat, you can be a fanclub member of each cat by sending E-mail written in your home adress and your name. The most popular cat here is “Ku”. He is sleeping all day on this sofa. 【Information】 Place name Neko JaLaLa(NekoJalala)-Akihabara Address 1st floor, 3-5-5, Kanda, Chiyota-ku, Tokyo Opening Hours AM11:00 ~ PM 20:00 Budget 30 minutes - 530 JPY 60 minutes […]

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Make Food Samples Fake food is made from plastics to replicate the appearance of real foods. It’s also used to be displayed at restaurants. If you have a chance to go to restaurant in Japan,why don’t you check it? Ganso Shokuhin Sample-ya We visit Ganso Shokuhin Sample-ya . There are fake food samples that are so realistic that they can be mistaken for the actual thing. Not only you can buy unique goods but also you can actually try making fake food sample. Why don’t you try making fake food samples?   Name Ganso Shokuhin Sample-ya Address 3-7-6 Nishi Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo (near the Kappabashi Intersection) TEL 0120-17-1839 Hour 10:00 […]

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Kappabashi Street Today,I introduce you Kappabashi Dougu Street (合羽橋道具街). Resentlly,a lot of foreign visitors find their way to Kappabashi. Why do they come to Kapabashi? What is there? Kappabashi Street is a shopping street between Ueno and Asakusa. This place is famous for dishes, plates, and plastic food samples and this street is the largest shopping street of Japan devoted to kitchen implements. You will find specialized stores for dishes.There are also a few stores which sell plastic food samples, used by many restaurant in their show windows. Tools for making soba This is the shop selling tools for making Soba (そば). Do you know Soba? Soba is Japanese traditional food. […]

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Get the small souvenirs by using Gachapon! Do you know Gachapon? This has been the famous machine many children like for a long time in Japan. Recently a lot of foreign people play this for souvenirs. I will tell you how to get Japanese souvenirs with enjoying by using this. Why is it enjoyable? You don’t know what you will get. This time, I introduce you how to use it. Be sure to collect many figures by reading this script! The famous Gachapon shop in Akihabara This shop is the one of the most famous Gachapon shops in Akihabara. I recommend this shop because there are many Gachapon machines. When […]

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