Tag Archives: Japan

Walking Tour: Shinjuku City In Tokyo, Japan (4K)

Shinjuku City encompasses the buzzing clubs and karaoke rooms of neon-lit East Shinjuku and upscale hotel bars and restaurants in the Skyscraper District. Tokyo Metropolitan Building has a popular observation deck, and Mount Hakone rises over tranquil urban parkland. Galleries, theaters, and bookstores attract students from busy campuses. New National Stadium is a high-tech sports venue built for the 2020 Olympics. 

Tours: ‘The Art Of Ramen’ – Japan House, Los Angeles

This exhibition touches on the history and culture of ramen, but its primary goal is to spotlight the donburi itself. To examine donburi more closely, these bowls are “dissected” and observed in detail, like a specimen. Then, in the hands of thirty artists, the bowls serve as blank canvases on which the fun, the deliciousness and the many possibilities of ramen are uniquely expressed. In addition, the exhibition introduces the region of Mino – Japan’s largest producer of porcelain ramen bowls – and its long and important history of ceramic production, from tea bowls to house wares to donburi.

Ramen – wheat noodles served in soup with toppings – were introduced to Japan in the late 19th century, grew popular over the following decades and became deeply connected with the culture of postwar Japan. A fast food served in a single bowl, the hot noodle soup can satisfy hunger for a reasonable price. Originally Chinese, this everyday dish has evolved differently in each region of Japan, featuring diverse ingredients and seasonings. 

Spring View: Hirosaki Park Cherry Blossoms In Japan

Hirosaki park is considered as one of the best cherry blossom viewing spots in Japan. It attracts over two million tourists across Japan. The park has about 2,600 trees of about 50 varieties and they are well-maintained by skilled gardeners.

The sakura viewing in Hirosaki Park is famous, not only because of the spectacular light-pink blanket of blossoms that arrive every spring, but for its old Somei-Yoshino cherry tree, planted in 1882.

Walking Tour: Shibuya District In Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo, Japan’s busy capital, mixes the ultramodern and the traditional, from neon-lit skyscrapers to historic temples. The opulent Meiji Shinto Shrine is known for its towering gate and surrounding woods. The Imperial Palace sits amid large public gardens. The city’s many museums offer exhibits ranging from classical art (in the Tokyo National Museum) to a reconstructed kabuki theater (in the Edo-Tokyo Museum). 

Shibuya is a special ward in Tokyo, Japan. As a major commercial and finance center, it houses two of the busiest railway stations in the world, Shinjuku Station and Shibuya Station.

Morning News: Germany’s Weapon Wavering, Japan-China, French Candidates

We discuss Germany’s dithering on the issue of sending weapons to Ukraine. Plus: Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen enter the final days of campaigning, Japan weighs in on the Solomon Islands-China security pact and the latest urbanism news.

Spring In Japan: Sakura In Okazaki City, Aichi (8K)

Okazaki City is located in Aichi Prefecture and known as the birth place of Ieyasu Tokugawa, the founder and first shōgun of the Tokugawa Shogunate. In spring, over 800 cherry trees around Okazaki Castle bloom, creating a beautiful landscape against Otogawa River.

Views: ‘Seeing The Samurai’ With Japanese Armour

This fascinating Japanese armour was part of the first diplomatic gift between Japan and Britain. It is over 400 years old and one of the first documented Japanese armours to have been seen on British soil.

Learn more about this amazing object in this short film. See the armour in our exhibition Japan: Courts and Culture at The Queen’s Gallery, London from 8 April 2022 – 26 February 2023.


Oumi Kohouan is a temple located in the tranquility of the mountains and greenery which consoles the spirit of Enshuu Kobori (1579 – 1647), Lord of Komuro Castle, known as one of the three great tea ceremony masters. Enshuu constructed Kohouan in Daitoku Ji (temple) in Kyoto, and this temple in contrast is called Ohmi Kohouan. The garden of this temple is well noted for using the natural environment applying Karesansui (dry garden style) and Chisen Kaiyuu Shiki Teien (Japanese garden style with layout of pond, miniature mountains, bridge, etc., where visitors can walk around). The garden is designated as scenic spot by the prefectural government and is known as the best spot for autumn leaves in Kohoku (Northern part of Lake Biwa)

Japan Views: Kyoto Plum Blossoms & ‘Hanato’ Lights

Kyoto, once the capital of Japan, is a city on the island of Honshu. It’s famous for its numerous classical Buddhist temples, as well as gardens, imperial palaces, Shinto shrines and traditional wooden houses. It’s also known for formal traditions such as kaiseki dining, consisting of multiple courses of precise dishes, and geisha, female entertainers often found in the Gion district. 

Date taken: March 5-6, 2022

Video timeline: 0:00 Kitano-temmangū Shrine 北野天満宮 https://bit.ly/3vKIg2i1:39 Baien (Ume Blossom Garden)梅苑 https://bit.ly/35UCyQz6:00 Around Yasaka-no-to Pagoda 八坂の塔周辺 https://bit.ly/3ewNGnw7:57 Around Nene-no-michi Path ねねの道周辺 https://bit.ly/3Ko6VgW10:17 Around Nineizaka (Ninenzaka) Path 二寧坂周辺 https://bit.ly/3KlXnmF14:21 Around Sannenzaka Path 産寧坂周辺 https://bit.ly/3z2fx8w17:55 Kiyomizudera Shopping Street 清水寺商店街 https://bit.ly/3pHUDIi19:20 Kiyomizu-dera 清水寺 https://bit.ly/3HLuJty22:54 Maruyama Park 円山公園周辺 https://bit.ly/3pIsctM27:25 Around Yasaka-no-to Pagoda(late at night) 八坂の塔周辺 https://bit.ly/3ewNGnw

Morning News: Japan’s Economy, Bosnia Politics, Wyoming Roadkill Menus

Today’s figures showing the first annual economic growth in three years may seem promising. But the grand plans of Prime Minister Kishida Fumio resemble past policies that have not worked. 

The finely tuned government of Bosnia is under grave threat from some of the same forces that caused its brutal war. And why roadkill is now on the menu in Wyoming.