Ryuji Imaichi Falls in Love with a Robot in “FUTURE LOVERS” MV

今市隆二「CHAOS CITY」ジャケット

On July 21, Ryuji Imaichi of Sandaime J SOUL BROTHERS will release his third solo album, “CHAOS CITY.” This release comes about a year and half after his previous album, “ZONE OF GOLD.”

“CHAOS CITY” is a conceptual album that tells the stories of the fictional city that the album is named after. The lead song from the album is the 80s-influenced “FUTURE LOVERS.” Ryuji was inspired to write the song by the Hajime Sorayama statue “Sexy Robot.” The song is based on the theme of forbidden love between man and robot.

In the music video for “FUTURE LOVERS”, Ryuji falls in love with an android in the futuristic CHAOS CITY. “Sexy Robot” is one of the prominent features of the city and of Ryuji’s album cover, which can be seen below!

CD

  1. INTRO ~CHAOS CITY~
  2. FUTURE LOVERS
  3. Talkin’ bout love
  4. Highway to the moon
  5. オヤスミのくちづけ (Oyasumi no Kuchizuke)
  6. I’m just a man
  7. THROWBACK pt.2
  8. ALT FUTURE LOVERS feat. ☆Taku Takahashi
  9. Highway to the moon (Night Tempo Melting Groove Mix)

Blu-ray / DVD

  1. INTRO ~CHAOS CITY~
  2. FUTURE LOVERS (Music Video)
  3. Highway to the moon (Music Video)
  4. Highway to the moon~FUTURE LOVERS (Behind The Scenes)

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King Kong In Tokyo – Where To Find This Giant Gorilla In Tokyo?

In your list of “Only In Japan” kind of things, you need to add the visit of this giant Gorilla in Tokyo!

You probably already know that you can find Godzilla statues in Kabukicho but not so many people know that there’s a statue of a huge Gorilla in Tokyo. And to be completely honest with you, it’s only after few years living in Tokyo that I discovered it!

So, let’s go straight to the point! Where can we find this statue in Tokyo?

It’s located in a super cool neighbourhood called Sangenjaya in the west side of Tokyo. And as you can see in the photo, the Gorilla is climbing on top of a building and here’s is where is is located exactly on Google Maps:



To go there, you can take the train until Sangenjaya train station and walk around 5 minutes. It’s very easy to find!

To get back to the statue, as you will see, the gorilla is not very hostile and it seems like he’s actually saving a schoolgirl. I asked many people about who built this statue and what’s its meaning but it’s still a mystery.

We can also note that even if the gorilla looks like the famous King Kong, there’s no official statement that it represents it.

I hope this article was helpful! You can find more things to see in Tokyo here: Most Instagrammable places in Tokyo.

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Japanese Tea Ceremony – All You Need To Know About This Old Japanese Tradition

Matcha Tea Set Kit

In a land where history is steeped in everyday life, you won’t find a better place to experience cultural traditions. The art of the Japanese tea ceremony, called ‘chado’, ‘sado’, or even ‘chanoyu’, all of which loosely translates to ‘the way of tea’, is an intricate one.

It is one that you won’t find anywhere else in the world. It’s both a spiritual process and a healing experience for the host and the guest.

You may have come across images of tea being served in ryokans to guests before; this is a popular way of experiencing it when visiting Japan. These days, there are varying degrees of complexity in the different ways the Japanese tea ceremony can be conducted.

Many Japanese people still host tea ceremonies as hobbies. You can also seek out to experience the full-on traditional ceremony which will go over the course of a few hours and involve a kaiseki meal and various types of tea.

Otherwise, as mentioned above, the most popular way would be staying at a traditional Japanese inn which also offers a lighter tea ceremony experience during your stay.

There are actually many intricacies involved in the tea ceremony. Its history also has roots which extend all the way to China. Read on for more fun and interesting information on this old Japanese tradition!

The History Of The Japanese Tea Ceremony

The History Of The Japanese Tea Ceremony

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Shodo – An Introduction To The Art Of Japanese Calligraphy

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The ancient traditional art of Japanese calligraphy is indeed as beautiful as it is intricate. Calligraphy (Shodo) itself boasts a long, rich history across the world, with Japanese calligraphy itself dating all the way back to the 6th century.

These days, mastering the highly regarded art form of shodo is a revered task. Japanese elementary school kids begin their basic training of shodo in penmanship class. Some students even take special classes outside of school to learn more and practice their skills. Only a small fraction, though, will continue outside of school to master the traditional art.

Japanese Calligraphy – What Is Shodo?

To the untrained eye, shodo may appear to be just brush strokes of Japanese characters, but there is much more to it than that!

Shodo is reliant on the technique of the brush strokes, the flow of brush and ink, the accurate composition of characters, the way the brush is handled, the shading of the ink, the placement of the characters…the list can go on and on and on.

More than just a physical exercise, shodo is a mental practice of connecting the body and mind to ensure everything flows in harmony.

History Of Shodo

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The art of shodo originated from China, eventually making its way through to Japan. Initially, calligraphy was an essential part of education for the members of the ruling families. However, as time passed by, shodo organically spread to the common people as well.

The origins of Japanese calligraphy are derived from Chinese calligraphy characters, which were modified to fit the Japanese language – this became known as Kanji. Japanese calligraphy will go on to incorporate Kanji alongside Japanese syllabic scripts hiragana and katakana.

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Which green tea is best for you?

Matcha

Sencha, gyokuro, and matcha all vary greatly in quality. Even within first-harvest teas there are different grades of tea.

Japanese Green Tea Online only markets fresh first-harvest teas of the highest quality.

The Choice is Yours

Here are the types of Japanese green tea.

Gyokuro

Netto Gyokuro: High grade gyokuro from Uji. This tea has a wonderful naturally sweet aroma and a crisp gyokuro taste.Uji Tezumi Gyokuro: The highest quality gyokuro from Uji. This tea is slightly sweeter than Netto Gyokuro and is among the finest gyokuro teas in Japan,

Sencha

Netto Sencha: A paler infusion than Fukamushi cha and has a clean, slightly astringent taste. A delicious tea with meals.

Fukamushi Sencha: 100% certified organic sencha. It brews to a consistency like matcha but sweeter. This tea has a delicious, natural taste. Fukamushicha is famous for its rich emerald color.

Matcha

Healthy and invigorating. Matcha is high quality gyokuro that has been ground to a very fine powder. This tea is whipped to a bright green froth. For connoisseurs our Houn no Uji matcha is of the highest quality.

Fresh Japanese Green Tea

Shipped to you directly from Japan!

Also:

Genmaicha: The combination of quality sencha, puffed brown rice (genmai) and a bit of matcha give this tea a delightful toasted barley taste and a rich green color. Genmai cha has a very low caffeine content.

Teabags: Our teabags are user-friendly and contain fresh, high quality green tea. Great for the office and traveling.

Shincha: Shincha is freshly harvested sencha leaves. Aromatic and delicious. Only available in late spring and early summer.

Japanese Green Tea Online buys teas from several tea growers in Uji and Southern Japan. We sampled many teas before we selected the teas you will find in our online shop.

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What are Yokai? Japanese Folklore Creatures

Cultures around the world have their fair share of ghost stories to scare the kids and sometimes the adults as well. Japan is no different. Especially on warm summer evenings, people like to hear scary stories to give them a temporary chill. Many of those stories are about ghosts, but there are also other types of beings that can’t quite be classified as ghosts as we know them. They are called ‘yokai’. Yokai are a type of monsters that often feature in scary Japanese folk stories. There are many of them, some more scary than others. A few of them are even sort of cute! Let us introduce you to […] …continue reading

    

Osaka Travel Blog – A Complete Travel Guide to Plan Your Trip

Tattoo-Friendly Onsen In Osaka and Kyoto

Osaka Travel Blog – For first-timers heading to Osaka, this complete travel guide is all you need to plan your trip. It covers all the questions you might have about entering and exploring this wonderful city in Western Japan, and includes helpful tips on how you can make the most of your stay here. Whether you’re planning to stay over the course of a week and want to include day trips from the city centre, or you’ve only got a spare few day and need to max out your hours in the day, we’ve got the necessary information below for you to make the most of your visit.

Osaka Travel Blog – The Accommodation

One of the biggest questions that most travellers to new places ask is “Where is the best spot to stay?”.

Of course, the answer will vary for different types of travellers; some people thrive on the never-ending buzz of the crowds and actually prefer staying smack bang in the city so that the white noise of conversations never really drowns out; others will prefer staying at a location that’s relatively convenient on the outskirts of town so that they can get as much peace and quiet as possible, and don’t mind a little bit of extra traveling. Others still, will not care where they stay as long as it provides easy access to everything that they want to do.

We’ve curated a short but detailed list of areas of Osaka that you might want to familiarise yourself with, as they are some of the most popular destinations in Osaka. We’ve also recommended some highly rated accommodation in each area which might interest you also.

Check out our blog post to choose the best area guide for your accommodation in Osaka: Where To Stay In Osaka >>

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🐥 Bath With REAL Ducks In This Onsen In Japan!

Tamagawa Onsen Real Ducks 1

Cause bathing with a rubber duck is too mainstream!

In the list of #OnlyInJapan activities, please add bathing in onsen with real ducks..

It may sound like a joke but this is very real. 😀

Arai-san, Tamagawa Onsen manager, was raising two cute little ducks at home. For the 10th anniversary of the onsen, he thought why not bring these lovely creatures to the onsen!

Credits: Tamagawa Onsen

Well, as you can imagine, the regular customers of the bathhouse were a bit surprised to see these new guests. But they loved them, specially the kids.

From that point, the ducks started to make regular appearances during the weekends and holidays.

Who needs a rubber duck anymore? 🙂

Tamagawa Onsen Real Ducks 2
Credits: Tamagawa Onsen

To get a bit more info about Tamagawa Onsen, it is located in Saitama prefecture, in the North of Tokyo. Here’s the exact location of the onsen: Tamagawa Onsen On Google Maps.

So, would you soak in an onsen with real ducks next to you? Let us know in the comments!

リアルアヒル風呂開催中🐥✨#リアルアヒル風呂 pic.twitter.com/yD8HJsV2sS

— 昭和レトロな温泉銭湯 玉川温泉 (@onsentamagawa) June 6, 2021

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Tokyo Imperial Palace: All You Need to Know

As a popular and historic tourist attraction in Tokyo, Imperial Palace is visited by numerous visitors all year round. The current Imperial Palace is built on the former Edo Castle grounds and is surrounded by a moat and large stone walls. It contains several buildings, including some residences for the Imperial Family. It will be impossible to visit these parts of the park-like area, but there are many ways to enjoy the palace buildings and parts of the grounds. For locals the loop around the Imperial Palace is a popular running spot, where they can enjoy a 5km running course around the scenic palace and its natural surroundings. Despite its […] …continue reading

    

Buddhism in Japan – Brief History and Best Buddhist Temples to Visit

Together with Japan’s indigenous religion Shintoism, Buddhism is strongly embedded in the Japanese culture. Despite the majority of the Japanese people not considering themselves to be Buddhist, or belonging to any particular religion at all, the two religions are strongly reflected in the daily lives of Japanese people. Temples and shrines are located everywhere, between the skyscrapers of the city of Tokyo as well as on the top of remote mountains. When travelling to other countries that you have never been to before, exploring the local culture and religion will help you to understand the country better. It will be easier to enjoy your time better by knowing the stories […] …continue reading