10 Things I love about J.A.P.A.N

Aside from the fact that I am half Japanese, of course, I Love JAPAN!

I started visiting Japan when I was 12 years old, my parents processed our papers as early as they can after they reunited in 2002. Basically, I am a resident in both countries.

Living in another country has distinct advantages and disadvantages. As for me, I was raised in a tropical country, the Philippines, and I am quite not comfortable with freezing temperature. Honestly, this is my first autumn and winter experience in Japan. A big luck for me.

For now, let’s talk about the reasons why I love Japan.

1. Availability of Vending Machines.

Yes, you can see vending machines everywhere and this is not your ordinary ‘jidō-hanbaiki’.

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What can you get in a Japanese vending machine or ‘jidō-hanbaiki’? Basically, it offers hot and cold drinks, and surprisingly some of these machines also sell ice creams, toys and even hot meals like hot dog, French fries, Takoyaki (grilled octopus) and Onigiri (rice ball). No worries, these machines are managed daily.

Convenience at its finest.

2. It’s not Japan without Hello Kitty!

She is a fictional character born on November 1, in the suburbs of London, England. She was produced by the Japanese company Sanrio, created by Yuko Shimizu.

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Hello Kitty stuff toy in Tokyo Solamachi of Tokyo Sky Tree.

Hello Kitty is almost everywhere in Japan. From clothing, toys, bags, shoes, key chains, stuff toy, kitchenware, food and the lists goes on.

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To eat or not to eat?

They also have Sanrio Puroland, a theme park that features Hello Kitty, Little Twin Stars and My Melody. It is located in 1-31, Ochiai, Tama-shi, Tokyo for only  ¥3,000.

Shall I visit you soon?

3. Craft Haven!

I’ve been making art journals and doodling for a month now, and I cannot deny the fact that ZIG and Kuretake products are easy to find and cheaper.

Read my article about Craft Haven in Tokyu Hands.

https://lifeandmisadventuresofaki.wordpress.com/blog-series/crafty-wednesday/craft-haven-in-tokyu-hands/

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4. Electronic Japanese Toilet

What can I say? It’s amazingly awesome! In one press or merely the sensor can flush the toilet. If you need some rinsing after urinating, no need for physical bidet, just simply press the button.

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You can also increase/decrease its water pressure and sound volume.

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Most of the time it is located just beside the ‘throne’, however I found some establishments that simply install it on the wall.

Aside from these buttons, they are also generous with tissue paper and you can immediately dispose it off the ‘throne’. No worries, it won’t cause any clogs in the sewage system.

5. Accessible and Efficient Transportation

Japan’s Rail System is truly one of the best, you can never question its speed, cleanliness and astounding service of efficiency. You can even travel around Japan by simply riding their Shinkansen (新幹線)/ Bullet Train.

They have reloadable Suica Card for passengers, it works as simply tap & go. You can also use the same card when buying at the convenience store or vending machine.

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Trains have schedules and always on time, in case there is a delay, there might be suicide or earthquake.

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Watch trains, come & go.

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 You can reload your card or buy tickets here.

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If you don’t have Suica Card, you can still buy single journey tickets like this.

6. It’s a 4 Seasons country.

It’s just a four hour flight from the Philippines and you can experience spring, summer, fall and winter. Yay!

Sharing my Sakura experience! Cherry blossom usually starts in late March ’til May. They say that it’s the best season to visit Japan in a cool weather.

IMG_2064   Cherry Blossoms when we visited our relatives in Kamakura City.

(My mother will kill me if she see this photo. I love you, Ma!)IMG_2421  Cherry Blossoms in 2014

Since this is my first, I still don’t have any pictures of autumn and winter. As soon as I have one, I will update this post. ♥

7. Matcha Lovers!

Matcha (抹 茶) is finely ground powder of specially grown and processed green tea, it’s widely available in Japan. Most of the restaurants I’ve been to offered green tea rather than water.

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                    Hot Matcha after Sushi.                                      Vanilla ice cream topped with Matcha.

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Matcha Biscuits

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Krispy Kreme’s Matcha Doughnut is ♥

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Of course, Starbuck’s Matcha Frappuccino.

8. Strawberry

Japan has the largest production and consumption of strawberries ichigo in the world. You can find it easily because of  its availability throughout the year, although the best season is from January to March. 

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Strawberry Shortcake, anyone?

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How about strawberry picking? Hey, that’s my beautiful cousin!

9. KitKat Assorted Flavors

Yes, I admit that I am trying and eating new flavors every month. They sell each pack of 12’s for only ¥230 – ¥250.

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From Tokyo’s KitKat Chocolatory

Few weeks ago I wrote about Tokyo’s KitKat Chocolatory, Read it here.

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                            Raspberry                                                                  Green Tea

They say that every city has KitKat specialty; next week I will look for new flavors available in Osaka & Kyoto.

10. Authentic Japanese Food!!!

I love their food! It’s tasty, healthy and comes in big servings. Even Japanese are travelling around their country to try different specialties offered by local towns.

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Fresh and Tasty Yakiniku

Authentic Karaage Set

Tonkatsu

Authentic Tonkatsu Set

Ramen

 Shoyu Ramen

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Fresh Sushi Overload!


That’s all for my second post for Japan Diaries.

I know some of you are tech savvy, fascinated with kawaii stuffs and Gundam. I already have it listed and will include it on my next posts.

Again, Thank you for reading!!!

See you! / ja ne / じゃね ♥

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3 thoughts on “10 Things I love about J.A.P.A.N

  1. Diego Guzman October 23, 2015 / 9:39 am

    Vending machine heaven!! yessssss!! I want to go sooo bad =) Omg, you’ve just got me excited with this article!. I have to make it happen in 2016

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    • Life & Misadventures of AKI October 23, 2015 / 11:32 am

      Yay! I’ll see you next year! Will definitely prepare to welcome you guys!

      Like

  2. Lorna Defino October 27, 2015 / 10:05 am

    Nice Aki, thanks for sharing, hope I can visit Japan too to experience its wonders..

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