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Conbini Monday Wk75

After Setsubun, Spring starts according to the calendar. It is still too cold in Tokyo, so you might want to try some of these hot drinks. In Japan, on Valentine's Day the women present…

Kisaragi and Setsubun

The month of February used to be called Kisaragi in Japan. February was the second month of winter under the lunar calendar, which Japan used before the Heian Period. Under this calendar, Winter was the period from January to end of…

Conbini Monday Wk73

It is getting cold recently, and Lawson has started a Korean food fare to help us fight off the winter months. It snowed last friday for the first time this year. Some of these goods might help out.…

Winter face masks

I caught a cold recently, so have been wearing a face mask at night when sleeping to try and keep my throat from getting to dry. I found these eucalyptus scented moist masks that are quite interesting. So far they have been good.…

Bamboo Walk in Arashiyama

This is the bamboo walk in Arashiyama, from a photo earlier in the year. It is getting close to the end of the year and the weather is getting a little bit colder. It is always good to see the reports on the news of first snow falls…

Akita Shinkansen

From my recent trip to Yokote in Akita ken, I took some photos of the Akita Shinkansen leaving from Tokyo Station and arriving in at Yokote. The change over time at Oomagari was only 5 minutes and I boarded the train just as the door shut…

Face Masks – How do you choose?

The face mask is a common site living in Japan through both the winter months and through hayfever season. Your initial reaction may be to run when you see someone wearing the mask in case they might pass on to you whatever illness they…

Cold riding your bike ?

It is winter in Japan at the moment and whilst it has not really been that cold for those who want to warm up while riding your bike here is the answer. I dont know whether the hot toilet seat came first or whether the hot bike seat has…