Japan Monthly Web Magazine – June 2016

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Travel through Kyushu in search of delicious foods!

The Kyushu region, which is located in the southwestern part of the Japanese archipelago, offers many kinds of local dishes as it has various forms of traditional culture as well as an abundance of agricultural and marine products. Visit Kyushu and see the various kinds of foods that they have to offer.

The popular confectioneries and sweets that you definitely want to try when visiting Kyushu

Regions all over Japan have their own unique confectioneries and sweets that you can enjoy. This article will introduce recommended sweets that can be found in each of the seven prefectures of the Kyushu region in southern Japan. Please be sure to give them a try if you visit Kyushu.

Japanese traditional craft “lacquer ware”

Lacquer ware or “Shikki” in Japanese refers to tableware and personal ornaments made of woods, bamboos and paper with several coatings of the sap of the Urushi tree (Rhus verniciflua) to enhance the strength and preservative quality. The oldest existing lacquer ware today was excavated from the ruins of about 9,000 years ago, suggesting that lacquer ware has been part the Japanese lives since olden days. This Japanese traditional craft was exported to Europe in the late 16th century. There are many lacquer ware producing regions across Japan today.

Impressive Japanese origami which continues evolving

Since the Japanese developed Japanese paper, they had a custom of wrapping offerings and gifts in paper. Over the time they started enjoying the act of folding paper itself without the formality and rules associated with gift wrapping, which is “Origami” we see today. Now Origami is enjoyed all over the world and continues evolving. Let’s take a look at the intricate and complex world of origami which may overturn its casual image as a pastime.

Let’s become a ninja at Iga!

Have you ever fancied becoming a ninja? Ninja is a mysterious figure. At Iga City in Mie Prefecture which produced a lot of ninja, you can experience the lifestyle and training of “Iga-ryu” ninja. Let’s go and try becoming a cool ninja!

Discover new wonders in Kawagoe and Nikko!

Only a short distance from Tokyo, you can find tourist spots with a lot more undiscovered allure. In Kawagoe, located 30 minutes away from central Tokyo, you can enjoy historic scenery of the town and exciting festivals. If you go further into Nikko, a World Heritage Site only 2 hours from Tokyo, rich and impressive nature awaits. Let’s use a discount ticket and go check out the new wonders!

Highly convenient world-class hotel in Tokyo offering an on-site cultural experience of the highest quality

You can enjoy performances of traditional art with over 600 years of history on-site, and the finest cuisine served on porcelain ware created by leading Japanese potters. Conveniently located in the center of Tokyo, the global hotel accepts guests from more than 100 countries, and offers a Japanese cultural experience of the highest quality.

AEON MALL, the 7th wonderland along Shimanami Kaido

From Onomichi city, Hiroshima prefecture to Imabari city, Ehime prefecture, consisting of six islands linked by nine bridges, Shimanami Kaido attracts cyclists from across the world. Imabari, the point of departure on Shikoku, has exciting destinations perfect for even inexperienced cyclists. Explore the beauty of Shimanami area including “AEON MALL Imabari New City”, known as the “7th wonderland” not just for local people but also tourists.