Monthly Archives: June 2014

Impressive Japanese archery during the 44th All Kanto Student Kyudo Championships at the Nippon-budokan

We watched impressive Japanese archery “kyudo” during the 44th All Kanto Student Kyudo Championships in Chiyoda ward on Saturday 21 June 2014.
Impressive Japanese archery during the 44th All Kanto Student Kyudo Championships at the Nippon-budokan.

Japanese girls and boys coming from various universities competed with tall bows, shooting arrows with gloves and wearing kyudo traditional clothes, which includes a chest protector for female archers to protect their breasts from the bowstring. We could clearly see everything: the long rows of Japanese archers, individual movements of the participants and of their bows, the trajectory of the arrows, and the arrows in/near the targets. Around us, fellow students, friends and family members noisily encouraged their favourite archers!
Archery movements during the 44th All Kanto Student Kyudo Championships at the Nippon-budokan.

We strongly recommend you to attend this event in Tokyo at the end of Spring or beginning of Summer 2015 or 2016 if you are interested in Japan, the Japanese culture or martial arts! Contact us if you wish to watch, learn about, or practice Japanese archery; we could organize something just for you :)
Archer during the 44th All Kanto Student Kyudo Championships at the Nippon-budokan.

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USEFUL JAPANESE
  • All Kanto Student Kyudo Championships = 全関東学生弓道選手権大会 (Zen-kanto-gakusei-kyudo-senshuken-taikai).
  • Kyudo = 弓道, Nippon-budokan = 日本武道館.
  • Chiyoda ward = 千代田区 (Chiyoda-ku), Tokyo = 東京.

Spicy lunch in Tokyo: Beef curry at Creole (Suidobashi, Chiyoda ward)

Today’s spicy lunch savoured at the restaurant Creole: beef curry with pickles, rice and a piece of naan.
Spicy lunch in Tokyo: Beef curry at Creole (Suidobashi, Chiyoda ward).

If you like spicy Japanese food, walk a few minutes from Suidobashi station (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo) to eat your lunch at Creole!

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  • Beef curry = ビーフカレー (bifu-kare).
  • Creole = クレオール (kureoru).
  • Suidobashi station = 水道橋駅 (Suidobashi-eki), Chiyoda ward = 千代田区 (Chiyoda-ku), Tokyo = 東京.

Shopping in Tokyo: Kendo chest protector in shark skin at Shobu-do-sangyo (Suidobashi, Bunkyo ward)

Shopping for kendo armours in Japan these days? You can get excellent “do” like this chest protector made of shark skin (wrapped in plastic before purchase) at Shobu-do-sangyo specialist store in Tokyo’s Bunkyo ward!
Shopping in Tokyo: Kendo chest protector in shark skin at Shobu-do-sangyo (Suidobashi, Bunkyo ward).

Training or fighting during a martial arts championship at the Nippon-budokan? Consider walking 15-20 minutes or riding a subway between Kudanshita and Suidobashi stations to reach Shobu-do-sangyo specialist store! Ask our Japanese travel agency if you need an interpreter (English, French…) to discuss with the staff :)

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USEFUL JAPANESE
  • Kendo = 剣道, Chest protector = 胴 (do).
  • Shobu-do-sangyo = 尚武堂産業株式会社 (Shobu-do-sangyo kabushiki-gaisha).
  • Suidobashi station = 水道橋駅 (Suidobashi-eki), Bunkyo ward = 文京区 (Bunkyo-ku), Tokyo = 東京.

Japanese & Western rooms at Ochanomizu Hotel Shoryukan in Chiyoda ward (Tokyo, Japan)

Ochanomizu Hotel Shoryukan has Japanese and western rooms, both non-smoking or smoking, including a deluxe Japanese room convenient with children or friends:

  • Western single (12㎡), twin (18㎡) and double (13-19㎡) rooms.
  • Japanese single rooms (9-11㎡) with futon sleeping sets.
  • Japanese rooms (11-28㎡) with square Ryukyu tatami mats, paper screen “shoji” and futon sleeping sets.
  • Deluxe Japanese room (34㎡) with wooden open-air bath on a well-screened balcony, square Ryukyu tatami mats, paper screen “shoji” and futon sleeping sets.

Ochanomizu Hotel Shoryukan: Japanese room with tatami mats and futon beds.

Ochanomizu Hotel Shoryukan: wooden open-air bath.

Breakfast is offered with all reservations and your hotel room is provided with:

  • Air conditioning, shower/bath, Western-style toilets.
  • Free Internet, TV.
  • Yukata to use as pajamas or clothing when going to the communal baths, slippers.
  • Umbrella and sandals for walks outside.
  • Pants presser, iron, dryer, razor, toothbrush, towel, soap, shampoo…
  • Kettle and tea bags to prepare hot tea, refrigerator.

Doesn’t Ochanomizu Hotel Shoryukan look nice?

Address: Kanda Ogawamachi 3-24-9, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0052, Japan.

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USEFUL JAPANESE
  • Ochanomizu Hotel Shoryukan = お茶の水ホテル昇龍館 (Ochanomizu-hotelu-shoryukan).
  • Chiyoda ward = 千代田区 (Chiyoda-ku), Tokyo = 東京.

Shopping in Tokyo: Kendo chest protector in bamboo at Shobu-do-sangyo (Suidobashi, Bunkyo ward)

Shopping for kendo equipment in Tokyo this week? You can buy fine kendo armours such as this “do” chest protector made of bamboo at Shobu-do-sangyo specialist shop!
Shopping in Tokyo: Kendo chest protector at Shobu-do-sangyo (Suidobashi, Bunkyo ward).

If you attend a martial arts training or tournament at the Nippon-budokan, walk 15-20 minutes or ride a subway from Kudanshita station to Suidobashi station (Bunkyo ward, Tokyo) to reach Shobu-do-sangyo specialist shop! The Japanese staff speaks little English; ask our travel agency if you need translation services (English and French at the moment).

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USEFUL JAPANESE
  • Kendo = 剣道, Chest protector = 胴 (do).
  • Shobu-do-sangyo = 尚武堂産業株式会社 (Shobu-do-sangyo kabushiki-gaisha).
  • Suidobashi station = 水道橋駅 (Suidobashi-eki), Bunkyo ward = 文京区 (Bunkyo-ku), Tokyo = 東京.

Lunch in Tokyo: Daily set at Marebito tea house (Jimbocho, Chiyoda ward)

Today’s lunch savoured at Marebito tea house: the daily set with bamboo, duck, tofu, miso soup containing eggplant, rice topped with tea leaves…
Lunch in Tokyo: Daily set at Marebito tea house (Jimbocho, Chiyoda ward).

To finish, a soft cup of “bancha” tea!
Cup of bancha tea at Marebito teahouse (Jimbocho, Chiyoda ward, Tokyo).

If you like tasty ingredients and Japanese tea, walk a few minutes from Jimbocho station (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo) to reach Marebito tea house! You can even order your lunch in English :)

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  • Bancha = 番茶.
  • Marebito = まれびと.
  • Jimbocho station = 神保町駅 (Jimbocho-eki), Chiyoda ward = 千代田区 (Chiyoda-ku), Tokyo = 東京.

Ochanomizu Hotel Shoryukan in Chiyoda ward (Tokyo, Japan)

Renewed in 2009, the clean comfortable Ochanomizu Hotel Shoryukan has roots from 1925. In its great traditional atmosphere, enjoy a different experience, relax in a private open air bath or large communal one after a tiring day visiting Tokyo, wear a “yukata” kimono, sleep on tatami mats, and savour a Japanese breakfast before leaving!

This family-friendly hotel with helpful staff even exhibits a portable shrine “mikoshi” housing a Japanese god in its lobby… Note: “Shoryukan” means “Inn of the Rising Dragon”.

Ochanomizu Hotel Shoryukan: logo.

The staff of Ochanomizu Hotel Shoryukan is used to guests from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Poland, Spain, Thailand, the USA… Welcome and guidance in English should be fine.

Ochanomizu Hotel Shoryukan: entrance.

Address: Kanda Ogawamachi 3-24-9, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0052, Japan.

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USEFUL JAPANESE
  • Ochanomizu Hotel Shoryukan = お茶の水ホテル昇龍館 (Ochanomizu-hotelu-shoryukan).
  • Chiyoda ward = 千代田区 (Chiyoda-ku), Tokyo = 東京.

From Greece for a Japanese garden, kendo shop and Shinto gates!

Yesterday, we accompanied a nice couple from Greece wishing to visit a beautiful Japanese garden in Tokyo. After visiting the ancient Rikugien garden, we walked a while in the streets of Bunkyo ward then entered a long row of red Shinto gates at Nezu shrine :)

Under a big blue sky, the green trees and large pond of the Rikugien garden looked fabulous and extremely peaceful though full of life! We saw cute carps, swimming turtles, a wooden Japanese bridge, a teahouse serving green tea, pink azaleas…
Pink azaleas in the Japanese garden Rikugien (Tokyo, Japan) in June 2014.

Pond of the Japanese garden Rikugien (Tokyo, Japan) in June 2014.

The quiet Nezu shrine features many statues (samurais, foxes, ashuras…) but foreign tourists get most excited by its numerous holy gates. This spot is excellent for a very Japanese souvenir photo!
Couple from Greece between Shinto gates at Nezu shrine (Tokyo, Japan) in June 2014.

To finish, we lunched in Akihabara and entered one of the best shops selling kendo equipment in Tokyo; the armours were beautiful! We planned this tour based on the travellers’ interests, season, weather, and accessibility from Hotel Niwa Tokyo. Thanks to these 2 Greek tourists, we also spent a very pleasant Spring day :)
Greek tourists with Sébastien Duval at Nezu shrine (Tokyo, Japan) in June 2014.

To discover the Japanese people and culture through a personalized tour in English during your holidays in Japan, contact the Yes in Japan team…

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USEFUL JAPANESE
  • Rikugien = 六義園, Nezu shrine = 根津神社 (Nezu-jinja).
  • Hotel Niwa Tokyo = 庭のホテル東京 (Niwa-no-hotelu-Tokyo), Tokyo = 東京.