Walking in the Terraced Paddy Field

Terrace in agriculture can be observed throughout the world.  So this is not something solely unique in Japan.  Still, this is the typical scenary in rural Japan so it’s worth visiting.  And there are many terraced paddy fields throughout Japan.  When we visited Hamamatsu City in Shizuoka, we drove further down to Aichi and dropped…

Video of the Day – Koenji Awa Odori Dance

The summer is the festival season in Japan.  We have traditional dance festivals held during summer.  Awa Odori Dance festivals are one of those popular festivals.  Awa Odori Dance is originally from Awa, the current Tokushima Prefecture but Awa Odori Dance became so pupular that there are many festivals throughout Japan.  There are several of…

Shiseido Corporate Museum in Kakegawa City

Shiseido is a Japanese popular cosmetic company.  The company has a corporate museum in Kakegawa City in Shizuoka Prefecture which shows its 145-year history.  Shiseido started services in 1872 as the first western-style pharmacy in Japan.  The museum has a large collection of posters, advertisements and packages of cosmetics.

Visiting Castles in Shizuoka

There are several castles in Shizuoka.  Many of them are not original but still you can admire the beautiful shapes.  These castles are usually related to Ieyasu Tokugawa, the first Shogun of Edo Era started in 1603.  And conveniently, they are close from the Shinkansen Stations.