Hi,friends.How are you doing today? Is everything ok with the corona virus these days? As you guys might know,it’s spreading throughout Japan right now and can’ｔ figure out when it will be settled down. In order to avoid infection in the packed train every morning,the company I’m currently working has decided to change the working hours 9am-18pm from 10-19 or 8-17.Some other gigantic companies force employees to stay in their own houses and work there.It’s almost pandemic here in Tokyo.
Hi,friends.How you doing today? I will write about ”the way how to rent an apartment cheaper in Japan” today. As you might know,renting an apartment in Japan(especially Tokyo)is way too expensive such as over 1,000 USD per month for 1R on average.People say that this is one of the most expensive areas in the world. Since I’ve moved to a new house in Tokyo just recently,want to share the information I got then with you guys.
RENT AN APARTMENT WITH PAST INCIDENTS If you want to rent an apartment cheaper in Japan,find out one with past incidents.The Incidents mean SUICIDES,MURDER,DEATH WITH FIRE,PSYCHIC PHENOMENON,SOLITARY DEATH and so on.When it comes to us Japanese,we really hate the apartments above such incidents happened compared to people in other countries.So If you don’t mind it,I recommend to rent those houses.In terms of rent price,it is said that 30% cheaper than original price.For example,If the original price of rent is 1,000USD,it is supposed to live there with 700USD. 3 years ago 2017,A guy murdered 9 people who want to suicide in an apartment in Japan.Not only just kill,but also dismantle them.It was shocking incident and broadcast throughout Japan.(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zama_Suicide_Pact_Slayings) The apartment is rent by just 100USD per month instead of about 500USD. So if you don’t mind it,it might be good for you to rent one. You can search for an apartment with past incidents from this website(http://www.oshimaland.com/).
Hi,friends.How are you doing ? It’s almost done with new year’s celebration and goes back to general life here. Since I will be working from Jan 6,still taking a rest and relaxing in my home. But I still have lots of things that I have to do such as cleaning my house,maintenance of my motorbike,buying new furniture and so on. By the way,I was hanging around my home and found a nice Ramen restaurant “AOBA” in Gakugeidaigaku Station,Tokyo today and it was so delicious.The soup is based in Seafood and soy source.Since it tastes like natural and not so thickly,I’m sure that people from overseas countries can enjoy one as well.Not only that,the price is inexpensive only 7 USD. The manager in the restaurant said that AOBA is a chain store,so you can eat this Ramen all over the places in eastern part of Japan.If you are interested in it,you should try to eat one.
Hi,friends.Happy new year! 2020 has arrived finally.I,m sure that you have lots of things you wanna do in this year.Stay energetic and foolish.Btw,I went to “Ueno” in Tokyo to buy ingredients for Japanese dishes called Osechi yesterday Jan 1 2020,then I took the following photos there.
Hi,friends.I will write about the events Japanese do on New year holidays today. Since New year 2020 is coming,you guys must be exited and might feel getting old.Time flies so quickly.When it comes to Tokyo Japan,Tokyo Olympic will be held in next year 2020. We are so exited to see the event and looking forward to meeting people coming from all around world. I think there are wide variety of customs for events that conducted on New year holidays in each country.Some of my friends from overseas are interested in Japanese one.So Let me introduce two things which are the most common traditional one in Japan.
①WHAT IS “HATSUMODE“?? HATSUMODE means visiting a Shinto shrine during the first three days of Jan in order to pray for God for their own Happiness,health on the year.Some shrines like Meiji Jingu( http://www.meijijingu.or.jp/english/index.html )attract more than three million worshipers every year.It is said that Meiji Jingu is the most popular and famous shrine in Japan.Since the shrine is basically opened on the night of new year’s Eve,lots of people belonging to Shinto come there to feel new year and hear the “Joyanokane”,the bell that rings out the old year.Other than that,people are supposed to buy “Omamori“,good luck charms and “Hamaya“,sacred arrows,to invite good fortune and ward off evil.Also by visiting the seven shrines for the seven Gods of shrines by Jan 7th,people are able to gain seven kinds of good luck(Wealth,longevity,Success in business,Wisdom,Virtue,general good luck and Victory).HATSUMODE is one of the authentic and traditional occasions.What’s more,it gives women to put on Kimonos in the present age.
②WHAT IS OSECHI THAT JAPANESE USUALLY EAT AT THE BEGINNING OF THE NEW YEAR?
If you haven’t been to Japan before,you’re not supposed to know it.Osechi is one of the Japanese traditional cuisines specially prepared for New year’s dishes to be eaten during the first three days in Jan.Most dishes are cooked to be preserved for at least three days,so women are able to take a rest during that period.A wide variety of prepared dishes are set in four-tiered lacquer boxes.Although there are kind of differences in the contents of Osechi in between areas,it is said that most of them are almost same.Each of the dishes has some auspicious meaning which reflects people’s wishes,for example,Kazunoko,herring roe,represents fertility,Kuromame,cooked back beans are health(mame means heakthy in old Japanese),and lobsters are for longevity because their bodies are bent like and elderly people.
Hi,friends.How was your Christmas day? Although I was gonna eat Fried Chicken in KFC(Kentucky Fried Chicken)yesterday,it’s was too crowded and quite long line up in front of the store.One of the staffs said I need to wait for 1 hour and half to order one,I’ve given up… Even if most of the Japanese belong to Shinto or Buddha except for Christianity,we’re supposed to celebrate Christmas every year.I guess that it’s just for fun and the strategy that pushes Japanese to consume money even more by the government for economy. Going back to the main topic today,”Is it true that Japanese food keeps you slim?”.This is the question that I got from my friend from US.Let me write about it as follows.
Is it true that Japanese food keeps you slim? Answer is yes.If you only kept eating Japanese dishes every day,it’s gonna keep you slim definitely.In general,old Japanese were not supposed to eat meat,but instead of that,they used to eat fish and Soybeans that kept Japanese health and slim. Most Japanese usually eat Japanese food such as Grilled fish,Natto,Miso soup,Pickled Japanese vegetables,Sushi,Soba,Udon,every day though we tend to eat fast foods like McDonald’s,KFC or western dishes these days.The average Japanese consumes 1,840 Kilocalories per day as opposed to westerners who consume approximately 3,600 Kilocalories per day.Furthermore,our intake of animal products is about half that of westerners.So If you try to go on a diet,you should shift to the style of Japanese food and eat fish instead of meat.
Thank you for your time and reading my blog today.
Hi,friends.How you doing? I will write about what Geisha is in Japan today. I visited in the western part of Japan Kyoto for business last week,then I came across Geisha on the street like above pic.The last time I saw them was 5 or 6 years ago.If you were living out of the Kansai district in Japan,it would be quite rare to see them in your life.While staying in Kyoto for a couple days,I’ve got a few questions about Japanese Geisha from our clients born in US.Let me write about them here.
①WHAT IS “GEISHA” IN JAPAN? Although Geisha literally means “artist”,the Japanese use it to refer to women who mastered the specific traditional art of entertainment that includes Japanese dancing,playing musical instruments,singing and performing the tea ceremony.Until the end of the WW2,the Japanese girls were supposed to be sold by their parents and taken to “Okiya” where they were trained to become Geisha when lots of Japanese got struggled with poverty at that time.But women who become Geisha today have their own will,it’s all on them.Well-trained Geisha are basically respected as women who have inherited the traditional art of entertainment in Japan.Although the number of authentic Geisha have been decreasing recently,there’re still lots of “Geikos” and “Maikos” ,apprentice Geikos. When it comes to “Geisha” and “Geikos”,it is said that there are no exact differences between them.A best -selling book called Memoirs of a Gaisha,written by American Arthur Golden,has generated a renewed interest in Geisha.
②WHAT IS KIMONOS? The cloths the women putting on you can see above pics are called “Kimonos”.What we call Kimonos today were originally a kind of underwear called “Kosode” worn under longer robes in Heian period(794-1185).It was at the end of the Muromachi period(1336-1573) when Japanese women began to wear them without the robes.In the middle of the Edo period(1603-1868),Kimonos have become more decorative and the sashes called “obi” were made wider.The bottom of Kimonos used to drag along the ground til women started to adjust their length by tying them at the waist using sashes.“Obi” were wrapped around the waist twice and tied in the back with a original bow.As for most of the women today,Kimonos are only worn on special occasions such as New year’s season,a coming-of-age ceremony or receptions.Some of my foreign friends guess that Obi bows are supposed to use for carrying objects,but it’s not the case of course.
Thank you for visiting my blog today. If you are interested in the culture of Gaisha in Japan,I highly recommend you visit in Kyoto.You will be able to meet them and having a good experience there.
Hi,friends.I will write about a jam-packed train I usually see every morning on my way to work in Tokyo.Although I’m used to come across the situation above the photo,you guys living in other countries might feel weird. Especially Tokyo,Osaka,Nagoya are the most crowded and popular cities for business or schools in Japan that mean people are gathered and gets jammed even more.Those terrible commutation by trains makes Japanese depressed and not wanna go to work or schools.As for me,I was living in rural are HACHIOJI,TOKYO 4 years ago and had to commute to the office by train for 1 hour and half,it was like hell.Then I’ve decided to move to SHIBUYA where is near the workplace. But there are still lots of employees spending over 1 hour for just commutation every day in the company I’m working at.It’s true that 70% of my colleagues have no choice but to commute from countryside by train for their family.Are you able to stand it with you packed in too crowded train for over an hour every morning? I couldn’t unfortunately…
①Why doesn’t Japanese use their own cars for commutation? If you live in above gigantic cities such as Tokyo,Osaka,Nagoya in Japan,it’s very costly for you to just park your own cars.Now,I’m living in the middle of Tokyo,Shibuya,it costs 300～400USD for just parking per month.Aside from that,the cost of running a car,including insurance,amounts to a great deal to be honest.It’s way over the top and the reason that people stay away from holding cars and lead them to use public transportation.What’s worse,in general most of the Japanese companies don’t have parking lots for their employees that force them to use the Jam-packed train everyday. That’s why almost of my friends don’t have their own cars.If we need one for vacations or something necessary,we are gonna rent one from rental car shops.
②Why don’t they move to near workplaces in those big cites? Because the rent of house in big cites is too high for their salary.It is said,the salary for 30 year-old man in Japan is approximate 280,000 yen net (About 2,600USD*1USD=109Yen)a month.On the other hand,the average rent 2DK for central Tokyo SHIBUYA is approximate 200,000 Yen(About 1,800USD*1USD=109Yen).As you can see,it’s all due to the rent.