Today, I will explore the Sensouji Temple in Asakusa. Sensouji is the oldest temple in Tokyo and a popular tourist spot known all over the world. When you pass under the giant lantern of the Kaminari Gate, you will see Nakamise Street and further down is the main temple. At a place called Asakusa Kibidango Azuma (seen below) on Nakamise Street,  I bought dango (dumplings) and amazake (sweet sake). The mochi-like texture of the dumplings taste great and the sweet sake warms me up in this cold weather. At a shop called Hanaya, tourists can buy the popular souvenirs, such as dolls and folding fans. Near the main temple there […]

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  In Asakusa’s Sensouji Temple area there is a popular kimono rental shop among tourists called ‘i’. Here you can experience a traditional part of Japanese culture. Today, I am going to try on a cute kimono here at Sensouji’s ‘i’ shop. Here you can pick which kimono and kimono sash you like best. You can put it on yourself or get help from the staff who will put it on nicely for you. After I put on my kimono at ‘i’ shop, I go out to explore Asakusa.   If you ever visit Asakusa, try on a cute kimono at Sensouji’s ‘i’ shop and explore around Asakusa to really […]

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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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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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“Ameyoko” busy market in Tokyo Today I introduce AMEYOKO shopping street. This shopping street is traditional and vibrant. It has the different attraction which the other Japanese shopping mall don’t have. Especially you can buy many affordable merchandises here. Let’ go and see what I can get at shopping street. Candy Shop “Shimura Shoten” (志村商店) Here is candy shop. Candies are not sold by normal way here. A lot of sweets are put in the plastic bag as many as possible. Store clerk shouts to customers that a lot of sweets are in plastic bags. So you can buy these sweets at 1000yen. If you buy these sweets at other […]

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