The Coffee Culture by Kyoto

The Coffee Culture by Kyoto

A coffee owner runs a shop since a lot of experts look for peace in this kind of place, this is by far one of the best built coffee shops in the city's natural beauty, thus it takes into consideration the historical built, the quietness of the roads and the attention to even the smallest detail that the artisans have applied to the job. There is also hand painted signs, blinds and even beautifully restored facades that mark the entrance way to a lot of the beautiful coffee worries. How about a new wave coffee shop?

Daisuke Takayama's Kamogawa Café is by far among the newest that has swept the area by storm in the past ten years, thus they take both the drinks as well as the space wherein it is very much adored by the masses.

The coffee shop occupies the loft, the space on the 2nd floor that is overlooking the side street of Kyoto and the Central part of the Kamo River. It will run from the eastern part of the Majestic Palace grounds. The anterior part of the windows come with checkered panes and beautifully colored glass. The floor as well as the desks is made up of hot and unstained wood. Their menu is also handmade. Where on earth can you find a menu that is hand written and hand painted? It is only in Kyoto. To really become successful in the coffee industry in Kyoto, there must be a sense of creativity and originality, this is in accordance with the statement given by Takayama.

However, it is the coffee that is hand roasted every day that makes the coffee shops different with Kamogawa Café. The left to the percolate slowly thru the flannel filter, they use it instead of using a typical kind of paper. The coffee on the other hand is thicker and quite stronger too. If you go for the classic kind of coffee, this kind of coffee shop seems like something that has been lifted from the ancient times. It looks like it is a combination of the first world war and the second world war. It is like an era of trucks as well as porters. The long and wide railway like a carriage, the kissaten contains a sole counter with the stained wood panel. There is a man behind the counter, he is the one making a cup of coffee all the time. He holds 2 big kettles that can take the boiling on the hob of the gas.

He adds some water over the newly crushed hand cooked coffee beans. He waited some more, before he pours every cup, he just warms the carafe over the open flame. The new coffee shops cannot even contest with the background of the place such as the Rokuyosha, however, they cannot just embrace the legacy of a different kind. Like the Sarasa Nishijin, it is housed in the old Fuki-no-Mori Onsen, it was a bathhouse in the past, way back 1920s. Though, it still looks like an ancient bathroom, the wooded latticework as well as the different bell shaped awning are just awesome. The light handed remodeling has kept them ornate in a Jade and bubble gum pink tiles which kept everything intact. The walls that have divided the men as well as the women from the sides of the bath runs through the center of the bathroom, the old armchairs have set under the tapered, walls that rose to the central part of the chimney. There is another local fixture is the coffee shop named Café Bibliotic Hello. 

Discover Japan through Drinks and Shops

Discover Japan through Drinks and Shops

When compared to the western part of the globe where you can find sodas and other sweetened drinks do not often show off in the menu, except for those that are being served in a Western style restaurant or diner. Nevertheless, the drinks of your option in Japan are o-cha. It is green tea in English. This can be served either hot or cold depending on your choice and the season. You can also find some varieties under the conventionally brewed type. Even if the canned ones you will get from the vending machines will not be the same as the watered ones brewed in the US or in Europe. They are serving the good kind in Tokyo. Moreover, the standard kind of cup of kohii or coffee you can also anticipate the esupuresso or espresso in English. They also have the kapuchino or the cappuccino and the matcha ratte or the green tea flavored latte.

If you are in Japan, you must also be familiar with the alcoholic beverages. Japanese are big consumers of birru or beer. They may drink lightly or they may go crazy over them. The wine and the whiskey are among the common types of drinks they prefer in terms of the alcoholic drinks. Even if their status is quite high, that means that they are just concern about the cost than in the Western part of the world. They also have the rice wine, which is a traditional drink and it varies from grades, the point of origin and the flavors as well. a lot of guests from Japan get there assuming they will be drunk, they intend to be drunk on a find cold Tokyo night, while some are still dreaming of becoming drunk for a high grade sake, but of course, they want it chilled. You can check on the website the different kinds of sake if you want to be familiar with it.

It is just so persuading to know that sake is just falling off the favor of the young generation today, while the strong shochu or distilled liquor from the grains of the sweet potatoes from instance is becoming famous. It is actually progressing and is becoming known to young ones. The taste of the shochu or on the rocks is one of the best way to try variety of flavors. On your way to discovering Tokyo, you also need to check some shopping venues. This place is also known not just for the alcoholic beverages, but also for their shops. Japan has a high end fashion from the vintage wares to the crafty items. The souvenirs have been a trade mark in japan, but little did you know that there are also gadgets for those techy savvy individuals. Regardless if you want to go through the high end shops or you are looking for affordable items, there are lots of shops in Tokyo that will satisfy your needs.

You must visit Ginza. It is one of the prominent shops in Tokyo. It is a home to the famous posh boutiques and department stores like Mitsukoshi and others. You can also find some toys and stationaries if you are a toy or stationary collector, you will surely love this place. Asakusa is another shop where you can relax and find things you need. It is located at the center of the Edo's low city, it is also a home to the artisans. You can find here some curtains for sale, it will also lead you to the temple of Senso-ji. You can also come and visit the Shinjuku. There are still lots of shops there that offers the traditional wood sandals of Japan.

This Building Survived Destruction

This Building Survived Destruction

Japan PM Shinzo Abe just made a historic visit to Hawaii to offer Pearl Harbor condolences with Barack Obama, so Japanhai takes a look back at Hiroshima History.

After an attack on "Pearl Harbour" in Hawaii Islands by Japan, President of United States, Rosevelt who faced a criticism within the country and outside the country too, and decided to attack on Japan and bombarded Hiroshima with atom bomb on 6th August, 1945 at 8.16 A.M. Even though the bomb was little and nicknamed as "Little Boy" it destructed the Hiroshima and acquired the world wide attention towards the Islands. Hiroshima was in the dark for nearly a half century, but now it is the first city for the visitors to visit this place. Are you interested to visit a place which is rebuilt after an atom bomb destruction, just spare 48 hours to visit the Hiroshima and observe the museum where you can see the exhibits after the atom bomb attack.

The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum is a place which is located in the central Hiroshima, Japan, it is the most popular visiting place for the school field trips in and around Japan and even for international visitors also. This museum was reconstructed in the year 1955, from that day to today, nearly 60 million people visited this museum. All the exhibits in the museum belongs to the victims left over materials which convey the revulsion of the event. Some exhibits describe the before and after the destruction of bombing and some exhibits are related to the current position of the nuclear age. Now to facilitate the people the museum was renovated in 1994 and added more information regarding the destruction.

Only Survived Building Even After Bomb Destruction

The worth seeing place for the visitors to visit "The Genbaku Dome", this is the only building, near the Hypocenter which was half -exploded left building to memorialize the destruction. In modern time, one can feel the combined feelings, when they see a reminder of the bomb blast which was dominating the river bank. But if one observes the dome it symbolizes and pays tribute for the lost and the horror destruction on 6th August, 1945. Just a walk from the dome there is a natural place, " The Iconic ruin" for the visitors to understand the history. Now, after the bomb explosion, in the year 1915 in the Genbaku Dome they started a Commercial Exhibition Hall. Every year near the iconic dome, now known as Hiroshima Peace Memorial, thousands of people gather to memorialize the day on which the world paid their attention. The remains of the dome building was known as an "Atomic Bomb Dome" from September 1945 onwards. For the contemplation of peace the architect Kenzo Tange reinforced this monument in the year 1970, to preserve the monument as a reminder of the tragic situation. There is a fountain which characterizes an offering of water for the fatality of the destruction. The horrible thing to hear is that even after the attack up to four months people had died from the bomb effects. Hiroshima Jo is one more tourist visiting place, which was built in the year 1591 by Mori Terumoto . This castle was totally destroyed in the bomb attack and later it was partly reconstructed and some of the parts were left un built. Don't forget to visit the island treasures which fill you happiness. In the evenings the shopping centers are open for the visitors to shop and the staple food of the people "Okonomiyaki" is famous in this region. While you are passing on the roads just have a look at the staircase of the upper floors where there area number of nightspots which require an elevator ride. The Miyajima Island is 25 minutes train ride, later a short boat ride will take you to the see the torii ( a gate to the entrance to a Shrine) where you can see the blue waters of Inland sea. Miyajima has more to detain you to see the Hiroshima's cultural and art houses.

Plan your trip to Hiroshima to visit the bomb explosion affected places as well as many more visiting scenes.

A trip to Ebisu

A trip to Ebisu

While there is no end of choice for the visitor to Tokyo looking to eat and drink in town, there are few areas that offer the same mixture of local flavour, true Japanese culture and plain old fashioned good fun as Ebisu. This ultra-trendy though somehow still authentic neighbourhood plays host to a number of establishments that are perfect for somebody in search of a great night out.

Getting there is easy. The Ebisu station is on the JR Yamanote line, which is one stop away from Shibuya. You can also get there using the Metro Hibiya line. While you can always get around it by taxi, it's small enough to get around on foot and much more fun. As you walk from pub to pub and restaurant to restaurant, you can really soak in the atmosphere of this lively, colourful and vibrant little hive of nightlife.

A good place to begin is one of the numerous eateries aimed at the salarymen and salarywomen looking to relax after a hard day's work. Known locally as izakaya, these little spots serve tasty casual dished such as grilled meats and sashimi – perfect for filling your belly with something quick and delicious before and evening's drinking. Of course, every one of them will also offer a packed drinks menu too.

Once you've dined, why not move on to a really proper Japanese pub? Saiki is one such place, very well known in Tokyo for its no-nonsense approach and buzzing atmosphere. Space is a minimum but atmosphere is at a maximum. There's no English menu and next-to-no decor but lots of fun, great drinks and tasty bar food to be had. If you want to take a step outside your touristic comfort zone it comes highly recommended.

After that you'll probably be feeling hungry again, so the next port of call should be the wonderful Momotaro off Komazawa-dori. This is great for wine and generous courses of yakitori. If you want to drink like a true Japanese, then move from here to Buri just down the road. Here you will find one of Tokyo's most extensive and impressive sake menus plus, of course, lots of delectable little bits and pieces to eat with your rice wine.

You will, of course, notice that many of these spots do not have English menus for you to order from. While this might, at first, seem intimidating, in truth you can get by with just a few simple phrases. If you trust your waiter, all you need to do is say "Osusume", which means "I'll have what you recommend." Unless you are very unlucky, you should get a great meal.

If you want to hang out in Ebisu but prefer not to take your chances, then you can always try the Toraji Korean diner, where you can grill your own slabs of beef just as you like them.

While Ebisu explodes with activity after nightfall, there is also some fun things to do during the day. Art lovers will enjoy the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography in Yebisu Garden Place, while the Beer Museum on the same street is an hour of fun for those with simpler tastes.