Tag Archives: 2016

23 December 2016: Asakusa Tatsumiya re-open (kimono tumblers in Tokyo)

Temporarily closed, the shop Asakusa Tatsumiya specialized in kimono tumblers is moving closer to Asakusa subway station and will re-open just 10 seconds away from the famous Kaminari-mon red Thunder Gate on 23 December 2016! We will gladly accompany you afterwards during a shopping tour in Tokyo city, to buy a kimono tumbler at the new shop if you love unique, beautiful things useful in everyday life 🙂

For readers visiting Asia who have not heard about kimono tumblers:

You really want to purchase a kimono tumbler made in Japan from the world leader before 23 December 2016? Order in English on the online store of Asakusa Tatsumiya:
http://tatsumiya-store.com

Enjoy Japanese products!

11 December 2016: 44th Japan Cup Karate-do Championships (Tokyo)

Japanese men & women will fight or practice “kata” forms at the Nippon-budokan from 09:00 to 18:00 on 11 December 2016 during the 44th Japan Cup Karate-do Championships. This event is sponsored by Japan Karatedo Federation and a ticket costs only 2.000 yens (18 dollars)!

You can probably attend this event without us because the Nippon-budokan is easy to find (near Kudanshita subway station) and the tickets are sold on site but if you want us to accompany you there as part of a private 1-day tour in Tokyo city… let us know before Friday afternoon 🙂

If you wonder how exciting this karate event might be, watch the video of last year’s final for female kata:

Enjoy Japanese martial arts and Japanese culture, especially if you are a karateka in Asia!

2017 Travel: Giant “Rooster Year” plaque at Kashihara Shrine

Tomorrow (30 November 2016), Kashihara Shinto Shrine will replace its impressive wooden plaque for the 2016 Year of the Monkey by one for the 2017 Year of the Rooster. Giant “ema” plaques are extremely rare in Japan; see how the current one looks like in Get Japan news video with Sébastien Duval:

Kashihara Shrine is in Kashihara city (Nara prefecture), near Nara city, Kyoto city, Osaka city, and Kansai International Airport. Ask us if you want our travel agents to organize an exciting trip including this Japanese destination, with or without English-speaking tour guide during December 2016 or in 2017 🙂

Get Tokyo map: Near Ginza, Nihombashi, Shimbashi or Tsukiji in 2016?

You know, work at, or own an exceptional restaurant, shop, cultural centre… that European/American tourists on foot or bicycle would appreciate in Tokyo near the stations Ginza, Nihombashi, Shimbashi, or Tsukiji? Let us know before 31 January 2016 so we may introduce it in English on our next Get Japan map “East of the Imperial Palace (Tokyo, Japan)“! The Yes in Japan team plans to distribute the maps to local hotels and information centres for free in February 2016…

Note: Our inbound travel manager particularly wishes to add shops selling high-tech products made in Japan, delicious vegetarian or halal restaurants, exciting Japanese activities, and convenient/fun spots for families with children.

For reference, our current map:
Map of Ginza, Tsukiji & Nihombashi (Tokyo, Japan) - Inner

Yes in Japan team: DUVAL Sébastien on Twitter

You wonder about our life in Japan? Our inbound travel manager, DUVAL Sébastien, has started sharing his thoughts and adventures on Twitter (@sebastienplus) on 01 January 2016 for his family, friends and colleagues but kept the access open for all the fans of Japan… Have a look now then click the “Follow” button if you like what you see 🙂

You have questions about one of his photos, visits, suggestions, etc.? Tweet him in English, French or Japanese language!
Sébastien Duval and Ushiku Great Buddha (Ushiku city, Ibaraki prefecture, Japan).

The Yes in Japan team particularly recommends this Twitter account to those who know the basics of Japan, have already visited Tokyo and Kyoto, and prepare their second (third, fourth…) trip to Japan because Sébastien has been living in Asia for more than 12 years and often visits exceptional destinations, tastes diverse Japanese foods and tries various traditional activities!

New tour in 2016: Newcomer discovery tour in Tokyo

You wish to live in Japan or just moved here? Join our useful “Newcomer discovery tour in Tokyo” in English, French or Japanese to discover the country, its culture, and the local everyday life from 2016!

This new tour including a walk and seminar with Yes in Japan staff certified as Tokyo City Guide is planned in the daytime and on evenings in various areas of Tokyo city where you are likely to live, study or work (e.g. Iidabashi, Nakano, Otemachi, Roppongi). Expect to learn about important local laws, living expenses, Japanese apartments and guest houses, tatami mats and futon mattresses, supermarkets and convenience stores, personal seals and contracts, bills and bank accounts, holidays and festivals, schools and offices, internships and jobs, Japanese restaurants and parties, vegetarian and halal food… and feel free to ask about your other topics of interest 🙂

Note: We may operate a “Newcomer discovery tour in Tokyo” in two languages at the same time for the convenience of “Japanese + foreigner” couples, families or friends.

Life in Japan: Our services & information for foreigners in 2016

The Yes in Japan team and its carefully selected partners help foreigners who wish to spend several months or years of their life in Japan!

We provide information about kind estate agents and homestay specialists, great designers of personal seals/stamps and business cards, exceptional schools to study the Japanese language & culture, trustworthy organizations helping find internships, skilled babysitters, bilingual cooking teachers… In addition, we also give free maps of Tokyo recommending attractions, restaurants (vegetarian, vegan and halal included), traditional and modern shops, supermarkets, hospitals with English-speaking staff, etc. Note that our services do not cover visa, banking, job-hunting, or dating services for Japan.

Besides, we organize useful discovery tours in Tokyo in English, French or Japanese for foreign newcomers and tourists thinking about living in Japan, to help them understand Japan, its culture and everyday life while introducing areas where they may live, study or work! For “Japanese + foreigner” couples, families or friends, we may operate these tours in several languages at the same time 🙂
Master Toyokuni painting a wall-size sumi-e at Toyokuni Atelier Studio (Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, Japan).

You own or work at a local business? Do not hesitate to e-mail us to share useful information or join our expanding network in 2016 🙂

Travel tips for Tokyo: Rain or snow? Go to Asakusa area! (2015-2016)

Big rain or snow today during your stay in Tokyo or Yokohama? And you still have to explore the north-east of Tokyo? Go shopping and discover the Japanese culture and everyday life in covered areas: the modern Sky Tree tower, the culinary Kappabashi Dougu Street, traditional alleys near the holy Thunder Gate…

Precise travel tips from the Yes in Japan team for the end of autumn 2015, winter 2015-2016 and spring 2016:

  • Enjoy and photograph cute cats at Neko Zan Mai,
  • Examine traditional instruments and play music at the Drum Museum,
  • Experience the art of ukiyo-e woodblock printing at Mokuhankan,
  • Join a washoku cooking lesson at Chagohan Tokyo,
  • Play a fun game at Escape Hunt Japan (3 rooms in Asakusa),
  • Relax at the public bath & hot spring Jakotsuyu,
  • Savour ramen noodles in hot soup at Asakusa Naritaya,
  • Slowly shop at Don Quijote Asakusa,
  • Try Japanese activities at Jidaiya,
  • Watch an original fashion & dance show with Japanese dancers at Tokyo Rhapsody,
  • In family, let your small child discover the “baby” floor of Panda Café.

Learn more about the area and how to access it on our “Get Japan map of Asakusa” page and… do not forget your umbrella in the subway or at a shop 🙂
Map of Kappabashi, Asakusa & Sky Tree (Tokyo, Japan) - Inner

Get Japan: Wear a traditional skirt/trousers for free at Yoroshi Cosmetics in 2015-2016

Get a nice memory at the traditional cosmetics shop Yoroshi Cosmetics in Tokyo when buying its natural products between 11 November 2015 and 10 May 2016: try and wear a hakama formal divided skirt/trousers (kimono for ladies & gentlemen) for free! Just show the Get Japan map of Asakusa 2015-2016…

Hand cream, bath additive... at Yoroshi Cosmetics (Taito ward, Tokyo, Japan).