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MATCHA, Japan: Secrets of Hannovalley Park

MATCHA, Japan Travel Magazine has come out with a new travel feature for us to remember, All Day Hanno – Hannovalley Park.

I wonder, what is Hannovalley Park? Do you have children and/or grandchildren and do you visit with them? Or do you have grandchildren or children.

Would this be perfect for at least one afternoon, if not more?

One of these days, you will meet Maspatti Pango and say, “What the heck is that?”

After discovering “Pango,” well, that I think you will walk around all day and all night and explore the Maspatti Hall, which is great. You will enter very quickly and all you have to do is wonder and wonder at the different rooms, each building with a different trend and style. They remind me of something out of a story book or “Flintstones.”

The buildings are fascinating and they “tell a story.” Don’t you want to walk around and learn some stuff?

Check out our friends, the hosts on our interview, Kazuko Araki and Mieyojiro Shigematsu. This is a very interesting and fun place, is the Hachiko riding alongside himself. (I bet you really want to ask Mieyojiro what really happened at the cage and why, and I bet he will tell you or at least tell you some story that makes you think. The best kind of story.)

Admission price: 050-29578800; 34-04128066; M-E.

THE WIND :

Maitaniya Pond is a beautiful place, surrounded by great greenery, where you can do peaceful/fun activities. You can snorkel and swim. The school show (Maijanai yamagi no Tatohana) will be on Nov. 2, and then on Nov. 23, and Nov. 30, from 1-4 p.m. You can eat a hot dish at the café or sit and watch (if you go before Nov. 24) the show.

This place is very mellow, great for everyone from small children to young adults, and even families.

Japanese website: Maitaniya.jp; Maitaniya.net

Online Tickets: Amazon Japan Store for prices

Time: 0930-1610

DATES: Oct. 13-26, 2018

AVAILABILITY: Saturday, November 3, Nov. 3, Nov. 9 and Nov. 16

ACCREDITATION CODE: FR1874

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Wondering what to do in Kyoto? Try these must-do attractions first.

by Francisco Sequioz

Coffee in Kyoto is known for originating from North Africa, but, Japan is perfect for the bean. The wide variety of geisha who were hailing from North Africa and found their way to Kyoto in the late 19th century soon made their mark on the city’s coffee culture.

The City of Glass

Unlike most major Japanese cities, Kyoto boasts one museum in particular that is a must-see. Not a historical museum but one that exists to showcase all the great things about Kyoto, the ongoing exhibition “CiTVa” (“Cafe”) in the City Hall Museum showcases 125 restaurants from around Kyoto that combine art and the hospitality of the host at every table.

This group of restaurants embodies Kyoto’s artistic inspiration and paints a picture of Kyoto as a modern Japanese metropolis.

The main portion of the exhibition houses each restaurant’s artwork to highlight the exquisite ambiance of each cafe, from avant-garde coffee shops to historic Japanese coffee houses to contemporary aesthetic cafes. Every kind of niche becomes evident and recognized in each cafe. Even if you are a coffee purist who consumes Japanese coffee all the time, the ciTVa exhibition is a must-see.

Yokokan Castle

There are few spots in Japan that seem worthy of one’s first visit after moving to Kyoto. With a lot of history packed into this five-hundred-year-old fortress, the castle is an amazing place to start the day. When you arrive to the castle, you’ll be greeted by the scent of cherry blossoms as you walk into the grounds. It’s a beautiful show of spring-time, and you have to see these blooms firsthand.

Dining inside the castle is truly breathtaking. The castle is surrounded by forest, so the food, while domestic, looks even more special. The staff is friendly, and the atmosphere provides a true castle feeling, which adds to the intense atmosphere. The castle serves breakfast four times per day: from 6 a.m., 6:30 a.m., 7 a.m. and 7:30 a.m.

On the Grace of the Earth

Visiting Kyoto for the first time can be an overwhelming experience, especially when you spot several national landmarks in the city. But even without the national landmarks, Kyoto is like a photo-perfect city full of energy and presence.

And then there’s Moshi Jiroyoku ni Tokyo Kyoto, a café located in the building of one of the most famous real estate companies in Kyoto. This café offers a modern twist on traditional Japanese coffee culture. The café enjoys a quiet environment, so you can cozy up with some coffee while watching the world go by.

The Japanese Coffee drink, known as “cupe da shi” or “cei chino” is a delicate coffee drink. You can pick your choice of steamed milk and fruit juice to make your cupe da shi a bit sweet.

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NEW MASTER TRAVEL WEB MAGAZINE, Our Guide to New Japan Travel

JAPAN TRAVEL WEB MAGAZINE 30 December

Enjoy The Greatest Japan Weather To Be Posted By Matcha on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 ・ When: June–August Performance Periods: Japanese months Dec 1–Mar 31 | April 12–Sep 5 | Oct 31–Dec 31 Year: Double Passport Licensed Day Pass: Kireki Tokutsu Hojjutsu lessons in autumn in Mie, Kyushu Includes: Ojasetka education Course and Level: Japanese and Ojasetka Lessons For more info and directions, email Kireki Tokutsu Hojjutsu at [email protected] or visit ・ For enquiries about the U.S. / U.K. cross-border flights, and alternatives to the traditional Train tickets, please contact (21) ユリイナルドイド (2457) 6788023 or 상아/ rn (2466) 71580001. ・ _

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28 November: Hanamura–Ise Ichijutsu Itanyama to Beijing Longships -onlinengae Kakubao Hanamura Hanamura Ichijutsu to Ishigaki Ishigaki Hanamura Ishigaki Ichijutsu to Uruma Ukami Uruma Ichijutsu to Xiachuu Longships Uruma Ichijutsu to Hitachi Hitachi Hanamura, Kobe Tsushima Hanamura Ichijutsu Hachibana Hitachi Hinotsuzuke Hitachi to Aizu Aizu Ayabusa Hanamura Ichijutsu to Tachikawa Tachikawa Hanamura Ichijutsu TOKYO Hanamura Ichijutsu to Nagasaki Nagasaki Hanamura Ichijutsu Hanamura Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki to Hanamura Naraha Naraha Ichijutsu to Higashi Naraha Hanamura Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ichijutsu Hanamura Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki Ishigaki

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Tokyo’s Top 5 New Year Countdown Events (2019-2020)

Tokyo’s Top 5 New Year Countdown Events (2019-2020) | MATCHA

Over the years, the New Year’s Eve countdown in the Japanese capital has evolved and grown, gradually transforming from a simple galanga ceremony, into a more elaborate, colorful and fanfare-filled affair. While some may have even lost some of their nostalgia from the galanga-clad versions, the modern-day one in Tokyo offers enough variety to really satisfy the mood of modern Japanese.

Fishing Lake and Shimane Anime Festival 2019, Date Date : 26-Dec-2019

St. Mary Fishers Memorial Fishing Lake

Seoul, Okun-daesun, Daejeon, Gwangju

It is said that fishermen visit the East Sea and dive off the Japanese coast to catch octopus and to catch the eel meat which has a flavor similar to octopus.

2018 Tokyo New Year’s Eve Spectacular, Date Date : 31 Dec-2019

Shintawake Square, Tokyo-ku

Almost ever-changing ganaya mascots perform the countdown and choreograph the parade. They also link up fireworks together.

Burning Hall 2019, Date Date : 12-Jan-2020

Poki Plaza

Kanazawa-shi

Burning Hall is the grand finale of Tokyo’s New Year celebrations and features a new skating rink, a gigantic climbing wall, a crazy and mechanical tower of lights and fire and even a 200-foot high inflatable slide.

Fireworks Show, Date Date : 1-Jan-2020

Toho-ku

Japanese companies pay millions of dollars to make this spectacular show over the mountainous Kagoshima Prefecture in Hokkaido, a short flight from Tokyo. Thousands of fireworks light up the sky for over five minutes. Fireworks at Tokyo Skytree will begin at 1:00 a.m. local time.

Hanshin Fighters and Chain Gang, Date Date : 2-Jan-2020

Shimano Plaza

Shoji-cho

The show is like a fairy tale for Japanese fans. The theme of the performance is “My Promises to You.” Players play a series of masquerade-like songs and battle against each other in chain gangs with belts, gloves and helmets. The presentation, featuring performance figures, many light-ups and even a smaller fireworks show, is quite amazing.

Fireworks Show, Date Date : 3-Jan-2020

Eureka Plaza

Yokohama-ku

The show is new in its style, as it combines artistry with fireworks. It is only getting better with every year.

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Marunouchi – KODAKAK Camera Shooting at the Marunouchi-Washiwada Tominobu Bridge

NEW YORK – All aboard! In front of train, in the station, on the way to town! This is a shot of the Marunouchi-Washiwada Tominobu Bridge that connects Tokyo’s central Marunouchi district to the Washiwada neighbourhood, to the west.

At the railroad station, you can get a ride on the railway, hop off and go shopping or go for a stroll along one of Tokyo’s many yurts. If you have an ato like every Tokyo subway commuter, you can take a KADO picokatsu, a photo of yourself in front of a cherished object (featuring, of course, your picture on the photo). There are also about 400 tiny hand-lettered signs with hand-drawn caricatures of well-known Tokyo living styles (urban, suburban, and rural). These are great to read if you spend time walking around the Metro area.

Apart from shopping, there are a variety of office buildings in Marunouchi, from some of the world’s largest internet companies like Microsoft and Alphabet to small start-ups and small advertising companies. Plus, there’s good nightlife, but compared to Tokyo’s main Nihonbashi, you won’t find the same number of young people living. It is more like a district like Nagoya or Kyoto. There’s also just enough residents, but they’re retirees or retirees and retired people who have time on their hands.

*Important info: Trans-Island Air ferry from Hikojin district to Chiba Prefecture from 8am to 8pm, every day. Call 016-45-370-28.

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Passion for matcha is turning Starbucks into a yummy liquid dessert

Starbucks Matcha latte espresso beverage

Sanjay Narayan from Mesa VERde writes, “Does any one have some secret ingredient or perfect way of turning these Starbucks brewed coffee drinks a whole new level and giving them a glass-sweetened version? Would an Oreo crumbled on top translate to an oozy, unhealthy cookie at the bottom of the glass? Is there some ancient Japanese dish or medicinal hot water technique that I can try?”

Matcha is a Japanese beverage beverage brewed with a specialty tea and made with milk. The mix of tea leaves, water, and other elements combine to yield a naturally delicious beverage that is something of a world-renowned delicacy.

The Starbucks Time-Limited Matcha lattes and Almond milk latte contain caffeine, which many may not enjoy or understand. The blended latte and espresso beverage combine matcha with a mix of espresso and milk, which creates the perfect mixture of sweet and smooth, according to Starbucks. According to a Starbucks Web page, the matcha latte mimics the taste of a white chocolate milkshake, and is full of whipped cream.

“I tried the matcha latte with almond milk. It was made with matcha and almond milk (which was also made with cream for Starbucks if you wanted to eat it too). It tasted pretty good, but it was too sweet to be called a matcha drink,” writes Kenji in The Japan Travel Web Magazine.

Matcha coffee is trending in Southern California’s food scene. At Rainforest Cafe, is using matcha power and bourbon–hopefully you can give it a try at your own restaurant or cafe.

“Best part was that it was made with an almond milk.” Narayan writes.

Neon Christmas Tree of Coffee, Tokyo

Japan Travel Magazine tells the story of Tomoko Tatani-Macleod from Inverness, Scotland, wanting to explore Japan while attending the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. She traveled to Tokyo and actually visited some coffee houses. “My first stop was at ‘Neon Christmas Tree of Coffee’,” writes Christopher Snyder.

A Japanese Christmas tree themed coffee shop in downtown Tokyo. This shop has a Christmas tree decorated with laser patterned paper cutouts of the Christmas tree logo and festive lights. They are also blessed with an LED variety of Christmas tree lights synchronized to Christmas music. The shop also has some sweets inside, like cookies and brownies.

The original decor has a Christmas tree theme inside, and the inside comes together with decorations and Christmas cheer outside, with people crowded around and enjoying the winter wonderland setting and snow-packed environment.

Source: Japan Travel Magazine

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Starbucks Adzuki Kinako Warabimochi Fuku Frappuccino: Break One Resolution and Start Many More

Celebrate the New Year 2019 with the sizzling new Starbucks Adzuki Kinako Warabimochi Fuku Frappuccino. This Asian indulgence comes in two varieties: the Original which is a smooth version and the drier Frozen version which has lime, mochi, yuzu, shiso, macadamia nuts, and a fine cocoa powder blend.

Adding even more nourishment, this frosty delight contains zero calories, and no fat. When you add this froyo to your daily diet, you get instant weight loss. Not bad!

Brought to you by a top tier Japanese brand in the “Japan Travel Guide,” Matcha is an ingredient which can have profound effects on the body. As one of Matcha’s main nutrients, it is packed with antioxidants and nutrients which are helpful to reduce risks associated with obesity, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and stroke prevention. With Matcha froyo, your body can enjoy these qualities throughout the whole day without focusing on calorie counting or excessive consumption.

Next New Year, enjoy a glass of special Matcha beverage as you enjoy the icing on this froyo with a jolt of vitality.

● Authentic Matcha: Fresh Matcha is made using leaf and water from the Japanese eponymously named Dan Dan round ripe plant grown in the small hillside community of Asashi just outside Tokyo. This heady flavor has been adored by the Japanese since before World War II, when the plant was cultivated to make matcha tea to drink throughout the country.

● Health Benefits: An abundance of calcium has been a major determinant of good health, and high levels of calcium were also known to protect against osteoporosis. Matcha is believed to contain exceptionally high levels of Vitamin C, which has already been shown to improve the health of the intestine and heart.

● Healthy Habits: A research study by the Joengga Institute of Japan showed that even though people were drinking Matcha three to five times a day, only a couple actually increased their overall intake of calcium. Matcha is also known to help you not overindulge in junk food, while shortening your eating time. Mixing matcha with your favorite healthy (low-calorie) foods like fresh fruit, fish, chicken, beans, and oats will help to increase your weight-loss success and stress-relief.

● Cheap: While the ingredients and preparation time of low calorie froyo may be more expensive than regular froyo, Matcha froyo is a great option to indulge in these delicious flavors at a reasonable price.

● Healthy and Carbohydrate Free: Choose a Matcha froyo or a low-carbohydrate drink to help you meet your New Year 2019 resolution to be more active and stop eating as many calories as you used to. This will also benefit your bowel movements, rectum, and overall health.

● Many Cultures: This high-protein drink is produced by Dan Dan, a traditional sweet potato and soybean paste of the northeastern region of Japan. It was first produced by indigenous farmers of Asashi about 70 years ago, and the brand was founded in Tokyo in 1937. There is still a booming market in the U.S. and Europe where many ethnic cultures became experts on the preparation and consumption of matcha. New Year 2019 is a great time to treat yourself to a refreshing drink that can improve your health, since matcha improves every aspect of your life.

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Top 5 New Year’s Eve events in Japan

MATCHA has published a list of Japan’s top 5 new year countdown events (2019-2020) on December 26, 2018. These are scheduled to be held at various venues in and around Tokyo, offering guests the unique experience of celebrating a new start in these special places.

From December 31 until April 22, 2019, Tokyo is home to three prestigious New Year’s Eve events for international visitors, attracting up to 80,000 people each night. These events will be held at the following locations:

Hotel Thereko. Seiyu Chofuya. Kyoto Tower. Chichibu Tower. Kyokushin

As we enter 2019, this list has been compiled by experts from Matcha.

By adopting a softer tone, these events will hopefully appeal to travelers who are too young to experience Japan’s plethora of New Year’s Eve celebrations in the traditional way.

That said, Tokyoites who feel themselves out of place at traditional-themed celebrations can still enjoy other events along the 2018 festive season’s circuit. Just remember: this list is compiled by Matcha, and these venues may have different eligibility rules.

For more information on Matcha’s latest listings, go to: of_be…

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Travel Recommendations for Japan: Summer Activities in Hiroshima

Tokyo in Summer

Is Japan too hot for you? Then you’ll enjoy the cool, welcoming air of spring and summer when Hiroshima offers a unique choice of cultural activities during holiday season. Visit Keden Cafe in Kariyari, one of Hiroshima’s oldest and most tranquil spots located near the Tsugaru Buddhist Temple (Hiroshima is one of the six UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Hiroshima) for a traditional Japanese meal. Many other places offer traditional food too, such as Chatroom Dining (a well-known Japanese restaurant in Kaji) with wonderful Japanese cuisine. During the summer, tourists can enjoy festival events in the heart of Hiroshima including the famous Jelly Bean Festival which is held in August.

Visit the picturesque Mount Okayama, one of the highest points in Japan, and take your time viewing all the flora and fauna in its scenic surroundings. The dense forests cover around 1,260 square miles (about 5,000 kilometers).

Those who prefer mountains to mountains can easily get around the city by taking a ferry from the popular port of Ibaraki prefecture, which is only 12 kilometres away. Entrance to the city starts at the Songdo harbor. Because of the extensive area in which this tourist site is located, making a day-trip in the morning to the city of Umeda, on the northernmost tip of Japan, takes only one to two hours.

Free Admission to ancient Kyoto

To see ancient Kyoto for free, you should consider taking an annual six-hour tour of the city in mid-April. This six-hour free visit to Kyoto is offered annually on the first Saturday in April, which is called “tour de Kyoto” in Japan. Today, if you pay the full prices of your tickets, you could also make a more expensive local travel itinerary through which you can take sightseeing tours on trips that last over 10 days. However, you can still do a year-round tour of ancient Kyoto for free with annual tickets, such as (tour de Yamanote, town of Yamanashi, 10-10-10), (tour de Kengo, the splendid city of Kengo, 10-10-10) or (tour de Kitakami, the capital of Kitakami, 17-18-18) which offer all-inclusive arrangements in 11 different cultural cities and towns in Japan.

Habito Tour of Ginza

In time for Japanese New Year (J-San) guests can enjoy a variety of discounted and free tours in Ginza in Tokyo, the heart of Japan’s high-end shopping district. Take a look at the Ginza New Year Tour, which can be done annually throughout Japanese New Year from Dec. 31 to Jan. 4. The special hotel rates and tickets you get during this tour are included with the daily reservation fee.

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Friendly tours

If you prefer to meet other tourists, you can start your day off with a tour where you can meet your friends at Shinjuku Station in Tokyo, where free metro ticket is automatically provided for every tour group. The traveler to your bus is expected to make friends with your fellow tour groups, and so far, we have visited three tours in Shinjuku. The best part of the tours is that each tour is a hands-on experience, with all the activities, from healthy fare at the Art Bistro to happy hour tastings, designed to encourage friendship and friendships with fellow tourists.

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Classic Japan With Romantic Japanese Sushi and Orient Express Sightseeing

Pigeon soup, Tsukiji fish market, Taito-ro train station, Nishi Hotsugi fish market…

The Sensei Aoshi Steamboat Journey on the Sasebo-Asakusa Waterway offers a beautifully authentic Japanese experience with riverside restaurants, markets, and cemeteries on most of the itinerary. Sasebo, Asakusa and Kanagawa, which is about a 45-minute train ride, are all very cosmopolitan, so many visitors to Japan experience different aspects of Japanese culture. This trip is perfect for older Japanese visitors with a group of friends and families or for solo travelers who want a vacation where they can get great local food and a taste of their culture. If your group wants to make this a longer stay stay, Asakusa may be a great getaway to stay in downtown.

A typical afternoon sightseeing walk begins with the sight of Shukamei Museum, Asakusa’s oldest public art museum, a fascinating exploration of Sumida-style art. The museum is located in the village of Higashi-ichi with six galleries of fine crafts using traditional Japanese techniques. Another highlight of the visit is eating some of the characteristic Okazu-style food with a sampling of udon, noodles, fishcake and other unique foods from local culture. The room where the museum is located contains very short and interesting cartoons by the famous Yakuzu-Taicho character series, which embodies the Yokohama town where the museum is located.

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