Magazine Japon

  • The history of Japan ... in outline

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    Not easy to summarize the history of Japan in a few lines ... however, it is always interesting to be aware of the major events that have marked the history of the country that we visit. To us then we dive deeper into the periods that excite us. Antiquity and the Middle Ages: The first occupants of Japan are the Ainu a Paleo-Siberian people present in northern Japan for 12 000 years. They remained isolated until the XXth century. The modern migration date from the VIIth century BC from China and Korea. The Yamato period (250-710) marks the beginning of a real state with a prince, [...]

  • 10 sites to check before leaving Japan

    Japan, with its unique traditional culture and cities ultramodern world, is a destination that thrills and intrigue many of us. Here are 10 sites to prepare your stay and learn more about this country unconventional: Discover Japan 1. Tourist Office of Japan is the official website of the Office of the Japanese tourism. The site provides many practical and tourist information Japan: monuments and museums, history and culture, maps and guides, transportation, outings and events, shopping, excursions and walks, sports, weather, hotels, restaurants and cafes, etc. .. the [...]

  • I tested for you ... live a sumo training in Tokyo!

    Tokyo, entre culture, tradition et modernité

    If there is one, Tokyo is a city of experiences, each more exotic than each other. And in this large list, attend a sumo occupies a place of choice! If you visit Japan outside of the regular season, you can always attend a training. The problem is that it is far from easy to find a room between those that remain closed, those that do not open to the public, those that charge an entrance fee. You have to have luck, and it was my case! sumo Trainings are held early in the morning. We decide to go for a location scouting the night, without more information than the name of a subway station [...]

  • The size of Japanese architecture

    Contemplate the Japanese architecture during your stay in Japan! The slogan will be greatness and innovation. From the capital Tokyo, head to the city center. Experience the picturesque Meiji Shrine Basilica. A religious building where you can admire a magnificent unusual floral display at the bottom of an impressive architecture. On the same road, go explore the Imperial Palace. It is built of wood, in attractive Chinese style. Marvel Nijubashi mainly by a double bridge built in stone in the form of a semicircle, forming the old main entrance of the palace. Further, do not miss the visit of the [...]

  • The path of philosophy

    L'Ancestrale Kyoto ou le japon traditionnel

    Practical information on the Path of Philosophy This walk is one of the nicest you can do in Kyoto. It starts at Ginkaku-ji temple and ends at the temple Nanzen-ji. It is also very popular with the Japanese who especially frequent in spring, during the period when the cherry trees are in bloom. The Path of Philosophy: Introduction This very bucolic walk, almost in the heart of the city, leads you along a small canal lined with cherry and maple. This small canal, called "Shishigatani" meanders at the foot of beautiful mountains "Higashiyama"; ie the "Eastern Mountains", "yama" meaning "mountain"; [...]

  • Discovery of Minato-ku

    Tokyo, entre culture, tradition et modernité

    Practical information about the discovery of Minato-ku Our walk starts at the Tsukiji subway station SHIJO (Tsoukidji Shijo). It is located on the line Toei OEDO (Toèille Oedo) and is indicated by E18 on the new plans of the metropolitan. You are advised to arrive early (6:30 would be ideal!). Because the market-one of the highlights of this visit- is open from 5 hours to 13 hours. But beware, it remains closed on Sundays, public holidays and irregularly one day a month for cleaning and maintenance of facilities. Discover Minato-ku: Introduction So what are we to discover in this area of [...]

  • Japan practice, know

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    & diams; Identity card & diams; Entry requirements & diams; Silver & diams; Transport & diams; Health & diams; Security & diams; Seasons & diams; Daily life & diams; Useful sites Identity Card: Capital Tokyo People . 127 368 088 hab Constitution : Constitutional Monarchy Language Japanese Religion Shintoism and Buddhism . Entry requirements: Visa : For a stay of less than three months no visa is required for French . Passport As against a valid passport is of course essential . Silver [...]

  • All the flavors of Japanese cuisine

    Even the least greedy of you will not pass next to the delights of Japanese cuisine. Many specialties as delicious as surprising you expect during your stay in Japan. Of the most famous Japanese restaurants with small snacks scattered across the heart of the city, hundreds of traditional dishes will make your stay a true gastronomic discovery. A chance to sample the delights whose flavors and fragrances remain forever engraved in your memory. Lovers of seafood will love the Tempura, made of fish and shrimp, the famous Sushi with vinegared rice or specialties tuna and squid. Do not miss the Sachimi, [...]

  • The essence of tea in Japan

    For your next stay discovery, go to the country where tea is more than a tradition but an art in itself. Take part in a unique experience in Japan, picking tea leaves to its tasting following a ritual that is perpetuated through generations. Start by visiting the prefecture SHIZUOKA, specializing in crops of sunlight. You will discover the different types of traditional tea such as Sencha, Bancha, in the Hojicha. Then take the road prefecture KAGOSHIMA, where you will find the famous tea Kamairicha, a Japanese tea from the Chinese culture. See you later at the prefecture of Kyoto, where products [...]

  • The world of kabuki

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    Discover another side of Japanese culture during your stay discovering the world of Kabuki. With over four centuries, Kabuki is a Japanese art classified by UNESCO as Intangible Cultural Heritage. A unique opportunity to become familiar with one of the best known Japanese drama. Feast for the eye, Kabuki mystique still fascinates tourists and today has more and more fans. Transport yourself to the heart of the Edo period (seventeenth century to the 1860s). Amid a Japanese theater enter the chance to meet the most surprising creatures: men disguised as women, amazing costumes, amazing makeup and [...]

  • Organize a city break in Tokyo: some tips before departure

    Tokyo, entre culture, tradition et modernité

    The Japanese capital is one of the most amazing cities in the world. Architecture, scenery, monuments ... every detail is a change of scenery. There is so much to see an exhaustive list but is impossible, however, visiting some best sights one can decently say we saw Tokyo. It should be clearly starting with Shinjuku, one of the emblematic areas of the city. It's a little concentrate all one can see in Tokyo temple, shops, department stores, restaurants and game rooms. This is also the opportunity to do a walkabout to the Japanese, in fact, the area is very busy and this whatever the time, [...]

  • What activities do family in Tokyo?

    Tokyo, entre culture, tradition et modernité

    If you have decided to take your children on a trip to Tokyo, you will need to arrange to have an overall idea of ​​the places you are visiting or you will be baffled. Certainly the feeling of exploration is exciting but in the case of the Japanese capital, this will be difficult because it is home to a multitude of things, mainly for children, you will not be able to see them all. You start by putting your child in the bath by booking an afternoon for a tour of the Ghibli studio aka the Disney of the East, the museum houses various exhibitions presenting you the animation process, a playground, [...]

  • I tested for you ... the traditional Japanese baths

    Volcanic Earth, the Japanese archipelago is a geographical regions among the richest in natural hot springs. And traditionally, residents have taken advantage of these favorable conditions by creating public baths. Known as Onsen, they are still widely used by the locals who go there sometimes daily. On the southern island of Shikoku, Matsuyama city is home to one of the most famous onsen in the country, one that inspired Miyazaki for Spirited Away decor. And for me it was a fantastic experience.