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Get your vegetables with care during the season of Autumn foods

With the season of excellent autumn foods comes a simpler time to enjoy nature’s bounty… If you love eating juicy and delicious produce… come to the Utsunomiya Fall Trip!

Taking place at the Eko Eko Gardens on Saturday, December 22, you can browse through the 150 booths of local vendors serving up a wide variety of autumn food, and buy unique gifts.

There is even an area for locals to buy their own seasonal foods, to be sold out in winter. The Harvest Festival’s gathering spot is Utsunomiya’s Bamboo Forest Park, located in Upper Jomo Kenyatta, precisely just about a 15-minute drive from Nairobi’s CBD.

While the Utsunomiya Autumn Trip offers something for every taste, any food lover worth his salt will enjoy the many varieties on offer at the Bamboo Forest Park.

The only type of fruit not available at the Bamboo Forest Park this season is pumpkin, which farmers were busy planting and harvesting for the Sauti Kweli Festival this September. On the other hand, the cherry tomato harvest is now coming to an end, and the host of other varieties, including strawberries, pears, papayas, bananas, corn, and chillies are now ready for shopping.

For local fruits to be available at the Utsunomiya autumn treat, the night before the festival is a very important.

Sandy African village producers try and ensure the fruit’s cross-pollination with their own vegetables, in order to ensure their buyers will get better results. The banana trees in particular will be tapping out on all their offspring for the festival, so that they can still produce bananas – a necessary fruiting system that keeps the world’s iconic fruit on its feet.

If you want to know the story behind the five-metre grapefruit, or the tree that bears fruit on a dropping leaf, you will want to stroll through the Bamboo Forest Park. The possibilities are endless here – it is a vital site to study the contribution of nature to our food source.

With locally produced and healthy food you can enjoy the season of delicious foods and healthy eating, all while maintaining your spirits and security.

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By Ashitha Nagesh, Public Relations

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The best of Utsunomiya: an island in the city

A visitor to Utsunomiya should drop by the fruit market, a photo shoot spot for photographers, or an all-you-can-eat sushi bar.

By Tess Tormitado


Utsunomiya is situated on an island along one of the Honshu’s more traditional fishing and trading routes.

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The longer you stay there, the more you start appreciating everything about this island. The splendid colours. The green. The sea. The people. The food. The culture. The way you are treated. The sea.

There’s the waterfall, Tompo, which is 30 minutes away and has a waterfall experience.

But what’s the attraction?

Since it’s part of the Tōgei Hanbai trail, which was described as ‘exotic’: a country-high, blue-hued cove (which is famous as being under an evergreen forest) feels like the perfect playground.

There’s Tôma, a fish village; Nippon, with game enthusiasts also wandering around; Onämachi, for premium Japanese gourmet food; and InŌuji, home to a Zen shrine and a sound cinema. All are relatively accessible.

Thanks to its location, Utsunomiya is a natural tourist attraction – like another gem, Kazan (Yakushima Island), another volcanic island in northern Japan.

But unlike Kazan, you have to go to Kanazawa and take the Nippon Shinkansen (bullet train) to the mainland, then take the JR Tokoro Line to get there (without the tourist crowd). From Utsunomiya, no one will guess you are in a little part of the imperial capital city.

The trading and travel history of Utsunomiya can be traced back to 810AD. Tourists flock here for its traditional food traditions, but Tòsuji and Onämachi are my favourites, in terms of unrivalled and local flavour (see pics below).

We spent our time at Utsunomiya Food and Literature Museum, where we were shown a collection of ancient Japanese sculptures, textiles, furniture, and ceramics, looking back to the period before the 19th century, when Utsunomiya was a trade centre.

Here’s what you need to know about this one-time fishing village.

About the place: Utsunomiya is situated on an island along one of the Honshu’s more traditional fishing and trading routes. It’s just outside Shibuya (right by an open sea). As you can see in the map at the top, it’s surrounded by water and it is about 5 km from the city.

Worth the trip: The scenic ride over to Utsunomiya can be enjoyed from Asakusa on the other side of the Tokyo Bay. JET, which runs a platform train direct to Utsunomiya, takes off from Asakusa station. The train is 21 km/hr, with departure at 6.40am each morning from the Asakusa Railway Station.

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Hokkaido Beer Guide: The Great Japanese Island Brewing List

Breweries of Hokkaido, especially keikyo, the smaller, less-famous breweries, include Seoul, Kitogawa, Tsukuba, Seibu, Hiroyuki, Yamabushi, Yamakoshi, Yasuda and Mochikō. While most brews available on the island are somewhat light, keikyo makes heavier, richer, dryer beers.

Most tall and slender keikyo plants have been destroyed in the current typhoon, but keikyo brewery aims to reopen soon so it can continue to supply breweries of Hokkaido. The 20-km long path of the typhoon passed over breweries of the island and most were damaged. The tourism and horticulture industries of Hokkaido have suffered heavy losses and many other farmers were not so lucky.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, as of December 20, the island’s agricultural exports of 30,834 tons of beef, 20,752 tons of rice, 16,068 tons of vegetable oil, and 10,454 tons of livestock products was lost. Agriculture and fisheries officials were counting the damage on the next train, which leaves the island on December 21 and the check of breweries was pending. Though in ruins, many breweries have installed temporary production facilities or will do so to minimize losses.

Below is a short and sweet guide to Hokkaido’s more plentiful breweries, which tend to be relatively close to home.

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Top brewery on the island


Keikyo brewery.

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Dainty’s receives Japan’s best ice cream shop award!

Jan. 21 – Feb. 5

Voted best ice cream shop in Japan!

Voted Japan’s Best Ice Cream by National Holiday Newspaper

May 7 – Sept. 1

Favourite for Christmastime flavor!

Retired British businessman takes time off, opens 5th Häagen-Dazs

Chukeemoto (Honorary Career) Ice Cream Shop

MITCHELLS BAY, Wash., (MENDOZA, Japan) — January – June 2018 — A five-time recognized legend in the ice cream industry, Dainty’s (PHI-ke-sheen), the oldest ice cream store in the UK, has been awarded, for the first time ever, a Certificate of Excellence by DiscoverJapan — the leading source of Japanese travel content in the US.

Dainty’s was awarded the award at DiscoverJapan’s Expats Awards Gala Event, held last month. The Certificate of Excellence is the most prestigious award of its kind and is given only to companies operating a physical store in Japan.

DiscoverJapan is the #1 portal in Japan for sharing travel news and information for the Japanese, earning the designation by Top 500 press magazine as the “leading travel portal in Japan.”

Dainty’s owner, Reyn Lloyd, was recognized by DiscoverJapan as the Employee of the Year for 2018. The distinguished honor is the highest individual award in DiscoverJapan, and Dainty’s also won a prestigious People’s Choice Award, and twice won the coveted award, Outstanding Business Award.

Upon receiving the Certificate of Excellence, Reyn Lloyd said: “DiscoverJapan is very proud to award our 16th award to Dainty’s — this achievement will be especially meaningful as it comes on the heels of our employer of the year awards in December 2017, which sought to celebrate excellence in work environment, employee relations, strategic vision, productivity, as well as high quality service and products. Our awards are the ultimate recognition of our record-breaking achievements this year, as we look to continuing to build on our award-winning strengths in 2019.

“I’m also delighted to be recognized as Employee of the Year by DiscoverJapan — recognition of our staff’s hard work and dedication to delivering an exceptional experience to our customers. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of our staff and suppliers for helping us achieve another record-breaking year, and I look forward to building on this success in 2019.”

Esteemed English-speaking ice cream enthusiast and speaker of British English and Japanese Keith Jefferson, reports he’s had the chance to taste Dainty’s Ice Cream many times over the years in the UK.

Mr. Jefferson said: “I’ve had the pleasure of tasting Dainty’s ice cream many times over the years in both the UK and the US. Both once again this year. It’s frozen bliss, and I plan to go back to the store as soon as possible.”

Dainty’s ice cream is among the best ice cream shops in Japan and is an award-winning Japanese franchise, winning awards from Excite-Japan. This is the first time Dainty’s Ice Cream has received a Certificate of Excellence.

Dainty’s Ice Cream, with over 100 outlets, has 4,300 employees in the UK and USA and in Japan and its aim is to develop the ice cream industry. It was once the only ice cream bar in the UK with the award, Vinales Ice Cream bar, with excellent Dainty’s Ice Cream.

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As a portal dedicated to enhancing the quality of expat life and fostering partnerships, DiscoverJapan, operated by Nippon-Kaiya Ltd., Japan’s largest-ever outbound tour operator and based in Japan, serves the best Japanese information and advice on all things Japanese to all expats who visit Japan. DiscoverJapan seeks to inspire and guide visitors around Japan.

DiscoverJapan is a renowned provider of online, print and television advertising that allows businesses and organizations to promote themselves in Japan.

DiscoverJapan proudly encourages companies from all areas of Japan to participate in DiscoverJapan and create Japanese culture in China and the rest of Asia.

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Japanese: Deep Asakusa — Exploring Behind Sensoji Temple

Deep Asakusa – Exploring Behind Sensoji Temple

‘From the fourth door at the back of the temple stands a well called ‘Kijuu no Lumbi’ or ‘good earth sink’. In Japanese mythology, one used to possess a vital connection to the heavenly realm which connected the person to a perfect form of pure innocence.

Since the initiation of Japan’s first emperor in 1513, the temple – built by the Kurasawa Emperor as a portal to Heaven – has become an emblem of Heaven on Earth. Just off the rim of the temple, there’s a 100 square meter room that is so large that it’s actually bigger than the temple itself!

While entering into this private location can be somewhat daunting – it’s a place to reflect on the divine realm – imagine walking through that doorway, gazing upward, and – poof! – you find yourself standing in Heaven! A mystical doodle will jump out from the ceiling or you’ll pass through an angelic doorway on a magical photo-shoot to remain forever.

No doubt about it, the blue glow and great aroma of incense will transport you to your own little kingdom of Heaven and yet another testament to the temple’s enduring power and importance.

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Boasting historic installations, the Birth Temple turns old one-room buildings into the perfect home to romantic couples.

This accessible temple opened in 1909 and spread popularity through its unique audio and sound effects, making the beach available only around dusk.


Sakura Kanda – Babushōji Matsuri.

Located 2,280 kilometers south of Tokyo, the festive Namae Geisha festival celebrating the cherry blossom forest annually comes as close as possible to Sakura Kanda, with more than 150 singing, dancing, and martial arts performers and 200 waise no bari (flower portrait) artists,

enjoying the cherry blossoms themselves.

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The streets of JAM City are lined with traditional tea houses and the “Newspaper Company Tower” is known for boasting the largest greeting card store in Japan, offering gifts, souvenirs, and electronic products.

The famous Seoul Domes made a dramatic sight, and the entrance to the Tokyo Marathon was a success.

*190 mm Height.

*20,000 square meters.

*20 subway stations.


This state-of-the-art department store is a world-class shopping destination where Tokyoites have been taken by the big-display mini-skirt and heavy sets.

Schiller’s & Sons Suntory Liquor Store, Case Cafe & FJORNman Flour

JACOBin London Store

An illustrated picture book and JapanTomo JapanCouture


Mirage Vanity Center


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9 Collection Island Beaches – Giaju

Giaju, located approximately 17 kilometers southwest of Naha, is a popular outdoor city with its early morning sunset, scenic view from the mountains, scenic ocean view, and is a prime spot for an afternoon picnic.

Bay of Kwae – Jaji Beach

In the sun, the bay is treated with two freshwater lagoons – one for agriculture and one for fishing.

*-Wash it down to Jaji Nudo Bele

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Zen Awaiko | Asakusa Bazaar and Kawasaki Sajiwara in Marunouchi

Zen Awaiko and company found their way into deepest Asakusa, a tad over four hours by train from the Marunouchi Station.

Zen Awaiko and company found their way into deepest Asakusa, a tad over four hours by train from the Marunouchi Station. It’s a time when you feel like you’re in a timeless version of Tokyo, I mean no one does this in those dark, foggy nineties so Japanese libraries are almost full of giant fantasy maps (the Shogun series) and giant printouts from the original Akira movie (the kaiju novels). The name of the game in Asakusa is sakura.

I was lucky enough to manage a half a bowl of asakura (those are hand-pulled, leche de manana-flavored summer creams) at Ryujin’s which recently came open in this downtown Asakusa area. A side note here, is that this ancient temple has been blessed with good asakura weather and rain, and at any time of the year from spring to autumn.

Besides Asakusa there’s the Kita-zu Gardens and other lovely little gardens that remind you of Japanese nature and the creek. The Kita-zu area is packed with Akihabara shopping district items and has much to offer.

Asakusa is also not far from Tokyo Medical and Dental University, or SMDU as it is known in the West, where Daigoro Yaguchi, the first Nobel Prize winner in chemistry, was a student and professor. Daigoro did not complete his doctorate degree, but he studied under other Nobel winners like László Moholy-Nagy and Arthur Crum. The few GPO vehicles left in Tokyo collect Daigoro’s items from the original building located in Asakusa. There’s also a Daigoro Yaguchi Tour of Asakusa lined up to begin after the bazaar this year.

The Asakusa Bazaar, meanwhile, attracts many visitors with its costumes, textiles, Japanese clothing, traditional arts and precious stones. Along with the Asakusa Bazaar, there are many Bazaars and Bazaarts throughout Japan. The Ginza Bazaar takes over the Shu Tsuji Bus and Railway Station in Tokyo, a much smaller, but still world-famous location.

Asakusa can be easily navigated with kojiki maps by hopping on a train, or simply doing a street tour. For more details on Zen Awaiko and the Asakusa Bazaar, go to the MATCHA website here.

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12 Tips to Plan a Quality Japan Tour

the prospect of a tour to Osaka with a guide carrying a cell phone at all times? Japanese tours are usually limited by what kind of tour (if any) are being done, as travel isn’t encouraged. Many travelers want to visit places that need time between exploring and eating. Shiga is a good substitute because it is similar in a few ways: the itinerary, the hotel stays, the meals, and so on. A shortlist of the best spots are:

A 12-hour radius from the central public space area of Kyoto – several good neighborhoods

A 4-hour radius from the central public space area of Osaka – several good neighborhoods.

A 6-hour radius between Osaka and the modern theme park area of Minamitoru

Near Osaka in a 14-hour radius, including a small town.

This area is also convenient because it takes the main road from Minamitoru to Kyoto’s Daikanyama.

Bowls of Tsukiji

Shigeo Maki– self-styled tour company – offers tours from Kyoto to Osaka. He recommends that the 2-hour cart tour trip to the internationally famous Tsukiji market is not enough because “you need to want to eat.”

A refreshing bite from a banzai station

The banzai station is a great spot for a light snack right outside a studio when you are not in the mood for sushi or curry.

Less than 100 kilometers from Nagoya, so fast and easy!

Gruppen Bar is located in a small town by the famous Hakata mountain at a high elevation. It’s just under 40 kilometers from Nagoya International Airport. The bar opened one year ago and offers an authentic local cuisine.

Disappearing cities

A traditional wonder: the Olympic artworks, drawn by a woman, in the oldest castle in the world.

Kagamon Kai Keiroy– a unique sort of “homage” to the style of the days of feudal Japan.

The Nanwei Dushi— a Nakamise-style restaurant with traditional Samurai-style food– and panoramic views of Hokkaido.

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Nagoya Banking Products

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In Tokyo’s area of the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Inc., an area defined as a “Mangrove Plot”, Japan’s private sector is expected to contribute a total of JPY 67.83 million by 2020. Although the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Inc. (the “Bank”) provides the majority of the external banking facilities to the community, retail businesses have historically not had access to quality banking services. Since the establishment of the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Inc.’s (the “Bank”) Nagoya branch in 1986, retail operations have been limited to bank boxes located in popular businesses in the area. However, after October 2014, all retail operations will be conducted at the Bank’s offices.

Continuous expansion

The Bank has steadily expanded in the area of Nagoya. All retail operations will be conducted at its headquarters in Matsuzaki and at its branches in Minato-ku, Daikanyama-ku, Fushimi-ku, Higashi-ku, and Omokase-ku. The retail operations division will be located in the area around Tokyo Station and next to the Shinba as well as at the Corner of Ishimia and Shimbashi. Retail operations will be carried out in the framework of the consolidated business areas and the Bank will be the only banking institution in the area. For example, as of December 2018, all its branches have been actively interacting with the community in accordance with the population updates (governed by the Department of Residence Zone ID Number 51160-1751) issued by the Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (LITT) ministry in Nagoya.

Excellent services

In addition to the cooperative products offered by the Bank, the Bank offers the best banking services. All those retail banking operations (for example, the bank book account, NISA accounts, AND SHINBA card for the retail branch business) will be able to enjoy a higher level of service. Every associate in the Bank will have full responsibility for providing this level of service to customers. Service will be maintained at an ongoing level, including continuing education in terms of customer service. All routine activities of the Bank, including the preparation of the Bank’s annual general meeting, will be co-managed by the staff who have experience and work closely with customers in the area. All employees will receive high quality training courses to enhance their service skills and they will also receive course evaluations every 1-2 years.


The planned setting up of the Bank’s headquarters in Nagoya will give rise to extensive changes. The Bank will allocate extra space in the area around Nagoya for the first time. However, the areas occupied by the headquarters, bank boxes, offices of people assigned to the Bank, and retail outlets located in the area will not change materially.

Throughout the year, the Bank will increase the amount of retail transactions in the area. The Bank will also coordinate with the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Inc. and the state-owned financial services provider to make the new services at the Bank’s headquarters and in the area around Tokyo Station functional at a faster rate.

For further information please refer to the bank’s press releases, including the press release, the background about the Nagoya office and the Bank’s action report regarding the Nagoya office.

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Toyanja ken Mai Hands On Expo

One of Japan’s best kept secrets is that of the unmanned stations. Nestled within their enclosures is a collection of interactive areas and displays. An added bonus is that you’ll never run out of napkins, drinks, candy, or toys. Several stations are especially interesting for families, young children and those who want to be more socially interactive, such as a Party Dome with air hockey. Imagine what you’ll do when you have a place to throw yourself on top of the lit-up boxing glove-shaped gaming table, while someone else throws them some punches.

Other stations may be a bit more solitary, such as the one where visitors are invited to put on headphones and try their hand at hushing airplanes in the sky. No one is minding the store, and visitors are free to talk to each other, wonder if they’ll hear the brakes shaking, then quickly leap up and get back into the distraction zone. Note: one hour pass required.

Another station may cause you to reflect on a piece of your life or life journey. In the one called Dei no Tsukimi Aumacha (“A Century Made of Memories”), guests can learn about the city’s cosmopolitan past and present from a variety of age-old folk customs and historical traditions. The station includes a wooden panel that visitors can weave together, depicting a day in the life of the migrant Shinto.

One must-see section at the stations is that of the undersea stations. They give visitors a unique view of Japan through marine life and electronics. These places showcase Japan’s future technologies including undersea networks for IoT, artificial intelligence, vehicle navigation, climate sensors, communication networks and more.

The aforementioned arcade is owned by MAWAY and is located at Esenkai side of Nakagawa. It’s fully booked for the duration of the Festival. But it is free for those that do not get their passes right away. Now there’s a place you can find a little more privacy.


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