One of the Best Leisure in Osaka – Singing Karaoke !

Karaoke in Japan is a huge phenomenon that is extremely popular among everyone in any age group. It can be a past time for retirees, a hobby for students or just for working adults that need to take the stress off. There is no way you can walk down a street in the city without seeing numerous karaoke stores or staff on the streets handing out flyers, advertisements or holding a signboard yelling out the latest promotions. The karaoke room you get varies from the number of people you have in your party. It also depends on the peak hours and whether the karaoke house is full up or not. You are also allowed to smoke in the rooms, so don’t be surprised if you smell …

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A Walk Through the Ancient World of Geisha at Kyoto’s Gion

The history of Gion (祇園) back dated to the Middle Ages, where it has been a district built t accommodate the needs of ttravelersand visitors visiting Yasaka Shrine. Slowly, the area gained its fame and become one of the most exclusive and well-known geisha (芸者)districts in Japan. While geisha refers to “artist” or “person of the arts” in Japan, Gion geisha uses a local term called geiko (芸子), meaing “a child of the arts” or “a woman of art”. Though there are considerable decline in the number of geisha in Gion, it is still famous for the preservation for the traditional architecture and entertainment. Partial of the district is being preserved under national historical buildings and there are ongoing restoration on the streets og Gion, including …

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Enjoying Kyoto’s Famous Tofu, Yuba and Unagi With My Singaporean Friend

My Yuba lunch set Beside known as a ancient city for Geisha, Kyoto is also famous for three food – Tofu (豆腐), Yuba (ゆば) and Unagi (鰻). Though it was not my first time to Kyoto (I have went there before during my school excursion trip), I did not really tried on the local delicacies As my friend was visiting Kyoto for the first time, I thought it would be good to bring her for those, but we only managed to eat Yuba and Unagi as the Tofu are quite pricey, around 1,500 yen (S$ 22.50). Some might wonder why Kyoto is famous for Tofu and Yuba. One of the reasons is because Kyoto is place for Buddhism devotees where there are thousands of temples within the …

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Kobe Trip Chapter 13 – Going Back to Osaka

Finally, the festival are over and the crowd are dispersing. It was time that we have to return to Osaka (else we will be sleeping on the streets of Kobe), however, my Korean friend wasted no time but to take more photos before leaving the beautiful decorated Kobe. As a matter of fact, we have been walking for hours since our arrival at Kobe in the afternoon, starting from Sannomiya. While we struggled to walk to back to the station, we managed to catch the last train back to Osaka…. for nice late night coffee and supper.Well, although I had already developed the habits of having late night supper in Singapore, I just got more companions over here in Osaka, tasting Korean food. Cheers. 神戸ルミナリエ 第13話 帰る!!!(13.12.08) …

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My One Day Stay at Kobe Portopia Hotel

Nice views, this area is mostly surrounded by industry as it is near to sea ports and companies would use this advantages to boost their company services. Views of the hotel room. Though the size is not that big, but the design is quite modern. The only bad thing about the room is probably the lighting. Good for travelers, but if you intend to do some business meetings in the room , I think it is better to change a place for it. Kobe Portopia Hotel10-1, 6 Chome, Minatojima NakamachiChuo-ku, Kobe, 650-0046, JapanTel: +81-78-3021111Fax: +81-78-3026877www.portopia.co.jp

MacDonald’s Potato Bacon Pie and McRIB Burger

Japan has been trying to improve their creativity in food, including fast-food restaurants like MacDonalds. I have been working there for a year and seen many new products out on the selves. Below are two that has been out recently, but for a limited time. I was quite curious on this new burger called McRIB because I was told it was delicious by my friends. Thought it has the same taste as Teriyaki Burger, but better aroma. Let’s take a dessert ! Kinda sick of apple pie… it is good that this Bacon Potato pie came to my rescue. It reminded me of Campbell’s Baked potato with Cheddar and Bacon bits soup, which are impossible to find even in large supermarkets.

Bicycle As A Main Transportation Mean in Japan

Majorities of the Singaporean would consider cycling as a sports in East Coast Park, but would never thought of it as a general mean of transport. Furthermore, it is not an easy task to ride along streets as Singapore traffic rules are too difficult to abide with. Just too many ! Surprisingly, Japanese uses bicycle like a normal transportation and sights of bicycles can be seen anywhere, yes even in the darkest corners of the streets. The interesting thing that you can find salary man in a suit and yet riding on a bicycle early in the morning. While some others use it as a substitute for walking from their home to the train station, and it is the reason why there are always that much …

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Cigarette Vending Machines at Osaka, Japan

I was cleaning up my photo albums one day and I saw this interesting photo which thought it might be good to post it on my blog. One interesting fact in Japan is that are so many 7-11, family mart located along the street which are just few meters away, the streets are still being littered with vending machines selling drinks and cigarettes. I did a brief calculation the number of vending machines around a block and guess what ? There is a total of more than 20 vending machines ! A sight which you will never see in Singapore. These vending machines are available 24 hours along the street, so hooray for the smokers ! By the way, the cigarettes that are selling in Japan …

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My Japanese Language School – Meric Japanese School

This is the Japanese Language School which I am currently studying at, located near the computer street, Nipponbashi and as well Namba, where you can find a lot of shopping areas. MERIC Japanese Language School1-10-6 Nippombashi-Higashi Naniwa-kuOsaka 556-0006Tel: 06-6646-0606Fax: 06-6646-0320Website: http://meric.bho.or.kr/eng/main/ There are staff who can speaks English, Mandarin and a female staff who can speaks Spanish.