Area: Chubu > Niigata
Aore Nagaoka is a masterpiece structure based on art and convenience. Designed by world-renowned Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, it’s no wonder that this government office has become a tourist destination. It does not only serve aesthetic purposes but effectively caters to the needs of both locals and tourists. Every detail speaks not only of beauty but also function.
June 29, 2016
Who are oiran? According to Wikipedia, the word originates from the Japanese phrase "oira no tokoro no nēsan", which translates into "my elder sister." The kanji characters are 花 meaning "flower" and 魁 meaning "leader" or "first". They were high-class courtesans that possessed entertainer’s skills, such as playing musical instruments, arranging ikebana, performing tea ceremonies, etc.
April 27, 2016
Here in Japan, Chinese restaurants usually do not have an exact highlighted dish unlike specialty restaurants such as a soba or curry restaurant. But they would most likely serve set meals (teishoku) and ramen. Let me share my three favorite Chinese restaurants in the neighbourhood of Minami Uonuma.
April 15, 2016
International University of Japan is a graduate school located in Minami Uonuma City, Niigata Prefecture established in 1982.
March 26, 2016
Many of those who come to visit Urasa are bewildered on the fact that it has its own Shinkansen (Bullet Train) stop despite having a low rate of commuter traffic and a high rate of aging population. When you come to reside at this place, you will discover many of the great things it has to offer and you will be amazed on how lucky it is to be in such a place, even if it is far from anything like Tokyo.
October 14, 2015
Koshihikari (lit. translated “light of Koshi” – an old province within Fukui and Yamagata) was first cultivated in 1956 in an agricultural research facility in Fukui and is said to be the most popular and highly grown type of rice in Japan.
September 2, 2015
Summer in Japan is an amazingly festive season full of festivals, shopping discounts, and holidays. But perhaps one of the most iconic things in a Japanese summer is the fireworks display.
August 12, 2015
Ask most locals around Tokyo about Niigata Prefecture and most likely they'll recall it as a place where there's lots of snow, rice, and sake. True enough, those three things are what make Niigata famous.
May 29, 2015
The small town of Tokamachi in Niigata prefecture sees up to 3 meters of snowfall each year. In the middle of an otherwise dark and gloomy winter, the Tokamachi Snow Festival gives locals as well as tourists a reason to celebrate as the streets are transformed into a buzzing festival.
January 17, 2015
This spectacular terrace-shaped scenery is actually not a tourist site, but rather a private crop field where farmers are growing rice.
December 1, 2014