I recently went to KYOTO station.
I guess that many foreigners think that KYOTO is the old city. Of course, there are many old buildings, so you can enjoy the traditional atmosphere. But actually, KYOTO station is very modern!!
There is KYOTO tower in front of KYOTO station.
This is a landmark.
It takes about 30 minutes to go from OSAKA station to KYOTO station by JR’s S.Rapid train.
I’ve never seen a persimmon in the other countries. It seems like the countries that people eats a persimmon is not so many.
But a persimmon is very popular in Japan. It is very sweet- no sourness.
The autumn is the best season to eat it.
When it comes to OSAKA’s local food, TAKOYAKI and OKONOMIYAKI spring to mind. I want all travelers visiting OSAKA to eat these. These are rather snacks or fast food than cuisine and relatively reasonable. So it is easy to eat.
TAKOYAKI is a grilled dumpling made of wheat flour with octopus- a small piece of octopus is coated with batter of wheat flour. The size is like ping-pong ball. The dark brown sauce, which is made from vegetables such as tomato, apple, onion, carrot, some herbs and spices, is put on balls. – sometimes mayonnaise is added. In addition, green laver and dried bonito shavings are sprinkled. The inside is creamy and the texture of octopus is good.
TAKOYAKI is cooked in a special pan.
OKONOMIYAKI is a savory pancake, which is made of batter of wheat flour mixed with thin chopped cabbage. The main ingredient is seafood or sliced pork- some chefs add the other ingredients. It looks like pizza, but the texture is softer. The similar sauce to TAKOYAKI and mayonnaise are put on and green laver and dried bonito shavings are sprinkled.
There are restaurants and street stalls serving them. So you can easily eat them during sightseeing.
Anyway, those are yummy!!
Recently, Halloween is getting popular in Japan. Although many of Japanese are not Christians. Many shops sell costumes, decorations, foods, and so on for Halloween.
Japanese traditional sweets are decorated with a ghost, too.
As an ingredient, pumpkin is used.
Sweetened pumpkin past wrapped with sticky rice cake.
Traditionally, Halloween is celebrated by children dressing up in frightening costumes. But I’ve heard that many adults are recently disguised in costumes, too. Also costumes are not only frightening things- such as anime and game’s characters. In Japan, the situation is same. So you can see many anime characters on streets on October 31.
I live in OSAKA prefecture. So I want to introduce OSAKA and the surrounding area first of all. We call this area KANSAI.It includes ancient capitals KYOTO, NARA, and so on.
These have many wonderful tourist attractions. If you want to see historical architectures, KYOTO and NARA are the best places.
Besides them, OSAKA is very attractive, too. There are many modern things including skyscrapers, theme parks, and so on. Of course, there are many good shops and restaurants. Especially, OSAKA station was recently redeveloped, so the atmosphere became more modern.
In addition, it takes about 30 minutes to go from OSAKA station to KYOTO station and about one hour to go to NARA station by a train – JR line is convenient. So if you stay in OSAKA, you can enjoy modern atmosphere and traditional atmosphere at the same time.
One of my recommendations is a huge electrical appliance store. It has some floors and there are some shops in the building like shopping mall. There are some huge ones near OSAKA, NAMBA, KYOTO station and so on. So if you are interested in up-to-date electrical appliances, you should stop by them!!
This is OSAKA station. The shape of roof is unique, right?
I’ve heard that this building is called the modern triumphal arch.
There are four seasons in Japan and each season has different features.
The representative samples are SAKURA or cherry blossom in spring, MATSURI or festivals in summer, colorful leaves in autumn, ONSEN or hot spring plus NABE or cuisine cooked in an earthen pot and so on.
So I hope that you visit Japan several times. Maybe you can recognize some new interesting things every time.
I’m from Japan.
I’m glad to say that the number of foreign travelers recently increased.
And I guess that travelers will increase more and more, because of TOKYO Olympic Games.
Many of them, who have never been to Japan, will come to Japan.
I want them to have a fun at that time, so I decided to introduce real Japan to people in the world.
Some stories may be very famous in the world already, but besides them, I want to introduce Japanese daily life as far as I can do.
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