The One about Otonashi Water Park in Kita

Located on the opposite side of Asukuyama Park and near Oji Station is Otonashi Water Park (Otonashi Shinsui Koen). The park was created to maintain the flow of water from Shakuji River when there is flooding. Created in traditional Edo-style, the park is often visited by families and each spring, visited for its cherry blossoms. The wooden bridge was restored after it was destroyed during the Kano River typhoon of […]

The One about Seki Shrine in Kita

Yesterday, I posted about Oji Shrine in Kita ward.  Now, I’m going to post about Seki Shrine and the nearby gingko tree which is a very short walk from Oji Shrine. Seki Shrine (Seki Jinja) is considered a subsidiary shrine and it’s rare shrine dedicated to an ancestral deity who is considered the God of Hair, Semimaru. The story goes that poet, Prince Semaru, had a sister with her hair, […]

The One about Oji Jinja Shrine in Kita

Japan has its fair share of significant Shinto shrines and in Kita Ward, Oji Jinja Shrine may look to small to be anything significant but in truth, it was designed as the northern protector shrine for the “Tokyo Jissha” (Ten Shrines of Tokyo). The shrine is bestowed by the gods the benefits of good luck, the prevention of fire and for couples wanting to have a family and are expecting […]

The One about Gindaco Highball Sakaba

For Takoyaki fans, in Japan, you can find a Gindaco Highball Sakaba shop all throughout Japan. As the title indicates, you can drink highball (a mixed alcoholic drink that is composed of an alcoholic base spirit and a larger proportion of a non-alcoholic mixer) and eat it with your takoyaki. While the main store is in Tsukiji, I decided to go to the one in Nakano Broadway to try out […]

The One about Daishimae Station in Adachi

For anyone traveling to Adachi ward, especially to visit Nishiaraidaishi Soji Temple, will no doubt come to or leave from Daishimae Station. Operated by the Tobu Railway, the Tobu Daishi Line platform takes you only to Nishiarai. Opened back in 1931, the station number is TS 51. The only time the station stopped operation was during World War II, when the station was closed in May 1945 and was re-opened […]

The One about Tamagawa Takashimaya & Nearby Stores

I recently wrote about Futako-Tamagawa Rise and the planning of Tama New Town and bringing people who were moving to Tokyo to planned developments. And it may be a surprise to people who are familiar with the popular Takashimaya department stores that the first western-style Takashimaya was created in the Futako-Tamagawa area in 1969 and referred to as Tamagawa Takashimaya. But Takashimaya’s history goes as far back to 1831 when […]

The One about the Panasonic Living Showroom in Minato

Next to Shiodome in Minato is the Pansonic Living Showroom. Panasonic may be thought my many, especially in America, as an American company but Panasonic is actually a Japanese company formerly known as Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. Founded in 1918, Panasonic was a producer of lightbulb sockets, then after World War II, would make radios and appliances and bicycles. And the company would become one of the largest electronic […]

The One about Halloween in Japan Part 2

In Japan, Halloween is a major event. Where in America, we pretty much buy our costumes, we have a part on the weekend but for the most part, everything is celebrated on the day of. Japan treats Halloween almost like Christmas, it’s celebrated the entire month. Care, restaurants and businesses get into the Halloween festivity and many cookies, cakes or even certain foods are released for Halloween and people can’t […]