製茶故事:京都舞妓之茶本舖

製茶故事:京都舞妓之茶本舖

當提到日本的綠茶,大家都知道日本京都是茶文化的中心。 綠茶一開始是在西元9世紀,由幾個佛教僧侶從中國引進到日本的。在日本人的生活中,綠茶已經成為一種有著許多用途而且對人體健康的飲品。 作為日本文化的一部分,抹茶、煎茶和玉露等的綠茶品種也提供了多樣的口味選擇和體驗。例如傳統的日本茶道,不僅喝茶能帶來健康,茶道更成為了日本獨一無二的文化。

 

 

總部位於京都的製茶公司舞妓之茶本舖舞妓の茶 "MaikoTea"不僅生產高品質的綠茶和點心,更將這傳統綠茶飲品發揚光大,使其價值完美呈現。JAPAN RAIL CLUB很自豪地將舞妓の茶本舗的兩款玉露茶點心列入本月的抹茶饗宴」 Omiyage Snack Box中,作為我們眾多抹茶系列的一部分。我們與舞妓之茶本舖的業務代表松田先生和中坊先生進行了這次訪談,讓我們可以了解更多關於日本綠茶及來自綠茶的各種優良產品。 

 

京都舞妓之茶本舖,社長田宮正康(左)京都舞妓玉露茶葉 (右)京都舞妓之茶本舖,社長田宮正康(左)京都舞妓玉露茶葉 (右)

 

松田先生、中坊先生,很高興今天能夠邀請到你們!希望藉由這次的機會跟我們一起分享更多有關舞妓の茶本舗的故事。

在舞妓之茶本舖成立之前,我們最初是一家位於京都府京田辺市的茶葉生產批發商,名為"風源寺茶園"。在1970年(昭和45年)的全國茶葉博覽會上,我們玉露研究部門主管,山下壽一先生,獲得了由農林水產部長頒發的最高榮譽獎,從那一刻起,我們決定從批發商轉型,成為直接銷售高品質的綠茶的公司,並且主要產品都將是來自於我們本地的田辺玉露。

當時,剛好也藉由這個機會,我們將公司更名為更具有京都特色的舞妓之茶本舖」MaikoTea)。



舞妓之茶本舖自家生產的綠茶舞妓之茶本舖自家生產的綠茶

舞妓之茶本舖非常重視茶葉的生產。即使在當今的實務作業中,我們仍然堅持並遵循著自風源寺茶園時代傳承下來的古老生產原則,每天都努力達到我們公司的企業目標,也就是“將最好的茶葉呈現給我們的客戶”。

 

可以遮蔽陽光的茶田可以遮蔽陽光的茶田

這聽起來真是讓人興奮!請告訴我們更多關於玉露,以及舞妓之茶本舖的品牌經典系列和代表性產品。

玉露,是綠茶種類中很精緻的一個品種,被譽為京都府京田辺市的特產,而我們公司就位於這個城市。玉露是由“一番茶”的茶葉所製成的,這些茶葉是一年中收成的第一批茶葉。與煎茶相比,玉露擁有更豐富的香氣和甜味—玉露茶樹在採摘之前通常會讓茶樹先遮陽幾個星期。這種遮陽的方式增強了茶葉的氨基酸含量,特別是L-茶氨酸,這也進而形成了玉露獨特的風味。

 

屋敷の茶屋敷の茶

我們的玉露茶產品,如由茶葉大師山下壽一監製的山下玉露」系列中的“屋敷の茶”和“匠” ,更是獲得了眾多獎項的肯定,也受到了媒體的爭相報導。

此外,在近來盛行抹茶風氣,和抹茶小吃的需求和供應日益增加的情況下,我們更重視魚使用我們公司自己生產的招牌玉露茶,加強開發能與同業區分開來的產品,例如有特色的小點心和糖果,就像我們的玉露年輪蛋糕」(玉露ばーむくうへん) 「玉露巧克力糙米餅」 (玉露ちょこおかき) 等產品。

 

它們的確看起來非常有特色而且美味!哦,這款「玉露巧克力糙米餅」也是我們本月(2024年5月)Omiyage Snack Box中的一款特色商品!!您能跟我們分享更多關於這個特色小點,以及點心盒中來自舞妓の茶本舗的其他小點心嗎?

當然可以!

 

玉露巧克力糙米餅玉露巧克力糙米餅

玉露巧克力糙米餅(玉露ちょこおかき):酥脆的糙米餅中融合了優雅口感玉露巧克力,其中採用了白巧克力以及來自京都京田辺市的高品質玉露茶粉。你一定會非常驚訝玉露茶與巧克力竟然可以如此完美得搭配在一起。有著玉露風味的巧克力與糙米餅的酥脆質感相結合,成為了一種令人無法拒絕的美味。

此外,這款零食於2019年在著名的NIPPON OMIYAGE AWARD(第60屆全國推薦観光土産品審査會)中,榮獲日本旅遊推廣協會主席獎。

 

玉露糖玉露糖

玉露糖(玉露あめ):正如我稍早提到的,舞妓の茶本舖所在地的京田辺市,是日本首屈一指一指玉露茶的生產中心之一。這款玉露茶口味的糖果就是來自這樣一個令人驕傲的地區,巧妙地融合的些許的絕妙苦味和清新芳香的茶味。這款糖因其適中的甜味受到大家的喜愛,簡直讓人無法抗拒!

有個關於玉露糖的趣文:作為京田辺市的地方特產,非常有趣的是,你可以在京田边當地的大學的合作社裡發現這款玉露糖,並且有著大學的特色經典包裝!

 

酬恩庵( 一休寺)我們也在海外銷售抹茶。

 

我們迫不及待想讓我們在海外的朋友來試試這個月「抹茶饗宴」的Omiyage Snack Box!說到這一點,舞姬的茶本舖的商品在海外買得到嗎?

在舞妓之茶本舖,我們不僅在國內販售我們的商品,我們還將已經獲得國際有機食品認證的有機茶,出口到包括歐洲、美國、東南亞和鄰近的東亞在內的海外市場。特別的是,有機抹茶主要是出口到歐洲國家。此外,我們有幾位專門負責國際貿易事務的工作人員,可以處理來自國外的訂單。

 

酬恩庵( 一休寺)酬恩庵( 一休寺)

那真是太好了!可以請您分享更多關於您公司所在地的京田辺市的一切嗎?例如,有沒有任何特色的景點是你特別想介紹給來自海外的觀光客的呢?

京田辺市位於京都府南部,這個城市的人口組合中有許多的大學和學生,而且一整年都有許多季節性的祭典與活動。

你可能已經知道,京都以其眾多的寺廟和宗教景點而聞名。京田辺市以酬恩庵一休寺(通常被稱為一休寺)而聞名,就是位於一休山的一座寺廟,有名的還有一位著名的頓悟詩人和禪宗佛教僧侶,以及被指定為日本國寶,位於大御堂観音寺的十一面觀音菩薩(慈悲女神)。

 

在京田辺市的舞妓之茶本舖本店在京田辺市的舞妓之茶本舖本店

 

你們在京都的本店在哪裡?這個資訊對於想在將來到京都的遊客,想直接前往拜訪舞妓之茶本舖的朋友會非常有幫助!


我們的總店(舞妓之茶本舖 本店)位於京都府京田辺市普賢寺上大門2-1(〒610-0322),我們期待著大家的光臨!

 

舞妓之茶本舖其中一處的茶園舞妓之茶本舖其中一處的茶園

感謝您們抽出寶貴時間與我們分享這麼多關於舞妓之茶本舖的資訊!你們是否有什麼特別的話想對在JAPAN RAIL CLUB的讀者們說呢?

我們很高興地分享,每年造訪京都的國際遊客人數持續增加。雖然京都市一直以來因其位於日本島中心位置,長期吸引了大量的遊客,但近年來,遊客探索京都周邊的城鎮和村莊的趨勢顯著增加。京都除了歷史悠久的寺廟、自然美景和各種旅遊景點而聞名於世,但另一分面,京都也因其精緻的美食和美味的飲品,受到大家的認可,其中,茶製甜點尤其受到大家的喜愛。

在舞妓之茶本舖,我們有各種用茶製成的甜點和小點心,期待您的來訪並將我們的產品作為送給您親愛的家人朋友的珍貴紀念品。

 

JAPAN RAIL CLUB的2024年5月OMIYAGE SNACK BOX 「抹茶饗宴」

 

敬請期待在JAPAN RAIL CLUB的2024年5月OMIYAGE SNACK BOX 「抹茶饗宴」中品嚐美味的「玉露巧克力糙米餅」和「玉露糖」!請立即訂閱,品嚐這些來自日本京都的美味甜點和其他美味的抹茶小點心!

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Sue Lynn

Currently based in Tokyo, Sue Lynn first came to Japan as a university exchange student. With 6 years of experience in Japan's inbound tourism, she is familiar with Japan, particularly on rail passes and East Japan spots, and has a passion for travelling.

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你知道嗎?日本是世界第二大綠茶生產國,僅次於中國,而靜岡縣的茶就占全國生產量約40%。 一般來說,茶葉會經過蒸、揉和乾燥等過程來製作成飲用茶。採摘後的茶葉會被蒸熟以停止氧化,以保持茶葉的鮮綠色、營養和清新的香氣。

So Much Matcha: An Essential Guide to Green Tea in Japan
Sue Lynn

So Much Matcha: An Essential Guide to Green Tea...

High in anti-oxidants and packed with anti-inflammatory properties, green tea (緑茶) is one of Japan’s most popular beverages and an important part of its culture, and can be found all...

Carissa Loh Culture

So Much Matcha: An Essential Guide to Green Tea...

High in anti-oxidants and packed with anti-inflammatory properties, green tea (緑茶) is one of Japan’s...

製茶故事:京都舞妓之茶本舖
Sue Lynn

製茶故事:京都舞妓之茶本舖

當提到日本的綠茶,大家都知道日本京都是茶文化的中心。 綠茶一開始是在西元9世紀,由幾個佛教僧侶從中國引進到日本的。在日本人的生活中,綠茶已經成為一種有著許多用途而且對人體健康的飲品。 作為日本文化的一部分,抹茶、煎茶和玉露等的綠茶品種也提供了多樣的口味選擇和體驗。例如傳統的日本茶道,不僅喝茶能帶來健康,茶道更成為了日本獨一無二的文化。

Sue Lynn Maker's Story

製茶故事:京都舞妓之茶本舖

當提到日本的綠茶,大家都知道日本京都是茶文化的中心。 綠茶一開始是在西元9世紀,由幾個佛教僧侶從中國引進到日本的。在日本人的生活中,綠茶已經成為一種有著許多用途而且對人體健康的飲品。 作為日本文化的一部分,抹茶、煎茶和玉露等的綠茶品種也提供了多樣的口味選擇和體驗。例如傳統的日本茶道,不僅喝茶能帶來健康,茶道更成為了日本獨一無二的文化。

Maker's Story: Gyokuro Tea from Kyoto by Maikonocha Honpo
Sue Lynn

Maker's Story: Gyokuro Tea from Kyoto by Maikon...

When it comes to green tea from Japan, Kyoto stands as the hub of tea culture. Originally introduced by returning Buddhist monks from their travels in China in the 9th...

Sue Lynn Food

Maker's Story: Gyokuro Tea from Kyoto by Maikon...

When it comes to green tea from Japan, Kyoto stands as the hub of tea...

Maker’s Story: Premium Matcha Products from Uji, Kyoto by Kyoeiseicha
Sue Lynn

Maker’s Story: Premium Matcha Products from Uji...

This May, JAPAN RAIL CLUB celebrates the joy that matcha brings to our lives with the special “So Much Matcha” Omiyage Snack Box. May marks the start of the traditional...

Sue Lynn Maker's Story

Maker’s Story: Premium Matcha Products from Uji...

This May, JAPAN RAIL CLUB celebrates the joy that matcha brings to our lives with...

綠之日快樂!一起來探索日本新綠季節中五個不能錯過的景點
Sue Lynn

綠之日快樂!一起來探索日本新綠季節中五個不能錯過的景點

在日本眾多節慶與珍貴傳統之中,有一個特別關於自然崇敬的慶典——綠之日。這個國定假日訂於每年五月四日,見證了日本與自然的深厚連結,也提醒人們欣賞這個70%都是山區的島國上,那些美麗的綠色景觀。

Carissa Loh Culture

綠之日快樂!一起來探索日本新綠季節中五個不能錯過的景點

在日本眾多節慶與珍貴傳統之中,有一個特別關於自然崇敬的慶典——綠之日。這個國定假日訂於每年五月四日,見證了日本與自然的深厚連結,也提醒人們欣賞這個70%都是山區的島國上,那些美麗的綠色景觀。

Happy Greenery Day: 5 Must-Visit Places to Explore During Japan's Shinryoku Season
Sue Lynn

Happy Greenery Day: 5 Must-Visit Places to Expl...

Nestled amongst Japan’s vibrant festivities and cherished traditions lies a celebration rooted in reverence for nature―Midori-no-Hi (みどりの日 Greenery Day). Observed annually on 4 May, this national holiday is a testament...

Carissa Loh Culture

Happy Greenery Day: 5 Must-Visit Places to Expl...

Nestled amongst Japan’s vibrant festivities and cherished traditions lies a celebration rooted in reverence for...

Fresh From Hokkaido: A Guide to Sapporo Central Wholesale Market
Sue Lynn

Fresh From Hokkaido: A Guide to Sapporo Central...

Hokkaido is Japan’s food paradise as the northernmost part of the country is the top producer of agricultural products and seafood: the vast lands covering Japan’s second largest island and...

Wendy Ng

Fresh From Hokkaido: A Guide to Sapporo Central...

Hokkaido is Japan’s food paradise as the northernmost part of the country is the top...

Nihon Sankei (日本三景): The Three Scenic Views of Japan
Sue Lynn

Nihon Sankei (日本三景): The Three Scenic Views of ...

Japan is an island nation that has always been known for its stunningly beautiful landscapes but even amongst these, there are three locations that rise above the others and are...

Dawn Sim Nature

Nihon Sankei (日本三景): The Three Scenic Views of ...

Japan is an island nation that has always been known for its stunningly beautiful landscapes...

Japan celebrates Golden Week between April 29 to May 5
Sue Lynn

Golden Week: Exploring Japan's Week-Long Festiv...

What is Golden Week? Golden Week (ゴールデンウィーク or 黄金週間 Ogon Shukan), recognised as one of Japan's most prominent and bustling holiday periods, usually spans from late April to early May...

Dawn Sim Culture

Golden Week: Exploring Japan's Week-Long Festiv...

What is Golden Week? Golden Week (ゴールデンウィーク or 黄金週間 Ogon Shukan), recognised as one of...

春暖花開:櫻花之外的六種當季花卉
Sue Lynn

春暖花開:櫻花之外的六種當季花卉

賞花的樂趣之一,就是它們轉瞬即逝的特性:花期每季只有幾天,但那短暫幾天卻難忘極了。來看看六種春天當季花卉,以及賞花最佳時機!

Carissa Loh Nature

春暖花開:櫻花之外的六種當季花卉

賞花的樂趣之一,就是它們轉瞬即逝的特性:花期每季只有幾天,但那短暫幾天卻難忘極了。來看看六種春天當季花卉,以及賞花最佳時機!

Spring Beginnings: 6 Seasonal Flowers Other Than Sakura
Sue Lynn

Spring Beginnings: 6 Seasonal Flowers Other Tha...

Flowers herald the beginning of spring, and in Japan, no flower is more synonymous with spring than the beloved cherry blossom (桜 sakura). However, other than these pretty, pink blossoms,...

Carissa Loh Nature

Spring Beginnings: 6 Seasonal Flowers Other Tha...

Flowers herald the beginning of spring, and in Japan, no flower is more synonymous with...

Spring Beginnings: 7 Things to Do in Japan in April and May
Sue Lynn

Spring Beginnings: 7 Things to Do in Japan in A...

Cherry blossoms, or sakura, are flowers symbolic of spring, often alluded to the promise of a new beginning in many Japanese literature. | Photo by Dawn Sim   A symbol...

Dawn Sim Spring

Spring Beginnings: 7 Things to Do in Japan in A...

Cherry blossoms, or sakura, are flowers symbolic of spring, often alluded to the promise of...

Spring Beginnings: 6 Must-Try Spring Foods in Japan
Sue Lynn

Spring Beginnings: 6 Must-Try Spring Foods in J...

Spring in Japan is a time for celebration as the season marks new beginnings. Other than the mesmerising cherry blossoms painting the landscape, spring is the best season to experience...

Wendy Ng Food

Spring Beginnings: 6 Must-Try Spring Foods in J...

Spring in Japan is a time for celebration as the season marks new beginnings. Other...

Spring Beginnings: 6 Must-Visit Spring Festivals in Japan
Sue Lynn

Spring Beginnings: 6 Must-Visit Spring Festival...

Photo by cyesuta (CC BY-SA 2.0)   Spring is a season of new beginnings, bringing with it beautiful flowers, comfortable temperatures, and a time of celebration. While most travellers head...

Carissa Loh Festival

Spring Beginnings: 6 Must-Visit Spring Festival...

Photo by cyesuta (CC BY-SA 2.0)   Spring is a season of new beginnings, bringing...

Castle Day (6 April): 10 Must-Visit Castles in Japan
Sue Lynn

Castle Day (6 April): 10 Must-Visit Castles in ...

Matsue Castle in spring. | Photo by 島根県観光連盟 Japan, a nation celebrated for its rich history and enduring cultural heritage, is particularly famous for its magnificent Japanese castles (お城 oshiro)....

Carissa Loh Culture

Castle Day (6 April): 10 Must-Visit Castles in ...

Matsue Castle in spring. | Photo by 島根県観光連盟 Japan, a nation celebrated for its rich...

Sakura Karinto and Marui Suzuki
Sue Lynn

Maker’s Story: Seasonal Karinto Snacks from Tok...

April marks the official arrival of spring in Japan, and one of the cherished traditions of celebrating this season is to enjoy “ohanami” (お花見)! Ohanami means “flower-viewing”, and this is...

Sue Lynn Maker's Story

Maker’s Story: Seasonal Karinto Snacks from Tok...

April marks the official arrival of spring in Japan, and one of the cherished traditions...

A Guide to Sakura in Tohoku: Best Cherry Blossom Viewing Spots in Northeast Japan
Sue Lynn

A Guide to Sakura in Tohoku: Best Cherry Blosso...

Hirosaki Castle Park | Photo by Aomori Prefecture Cherry blossoms or sakura (桜) herald the start of springtime in Japan. Spring is the prettiest and most enjoyable season with radiant...

Wendy Ng Spring

A Guide to Sakura in Tohoku: Best Cherry Blosso...

Hirosaki Castle Park | Photo by Aomori Prefecture Cherry blossoms or sakura (桜) herald the...

A Guide to Japanese Shochu: A Tasting Tour of Shochu Distilleries in Miyazaki
Sue Lynn

A Guide to Japanese Shochu: A Tasting Tour of S...

Shochu (焼酎) is one of the most consumed alcoholic beverages in Japan and the Japanese drink more shochu than sake. Considered to be Japan's national spirit, Shochu is gaining great...

Wendy Ng

A Guide to Japanese Shochu: A Tasting Tour of S...

Shochu (焼酎) is one of the most consumed alcoholic beverages in Japan and the Japanese...

Tohoku: A Tale of Tradition through its Cultural Icons
Sue Lynn

Tohoku: A Tale of Tradition through its Cultura...

Statues of the Namahage located in Oga Peninsula. | Photo by PhotoAC Steeped in tradition, Tohoku (東北), the northeastern part of Japan comprising of six prefectures – Aomori (青森), Akita...

Dawn Sim Culture

Tohoku: A Tale of Tradition through its Cultura...

Statues of the Namahage located in Oga Peninsula. | Photo by PhotoAC Steeped in tradition,...

Tasty Tohoku Treats: 6 Must-Try Food from Northeast Japan
Sue Lynn

Tasty Tohoku Treats: 6 Must-Try Food from North...

Japan is a food paradise and beyond the major cities and well-trodden travel routes, you can unearth more culinary treasures spread throughout the country if you venture into the less...

Wendy Ng Food

Tasty Tohoku Treats: 6 Must-Try Food from North...

Japan is a food paradise and beyond the major cities and well-trodden travel routes, you...

Sakura 2024: 5 Must-Visit Cherry Blossom Spots in Tokyo for Ohanami
Sue Lynn

Sakura 2024: 5 Must-Visit Cherry Blossom Spots ...

If you have visited Tokyo between late March and early April, then chances are you have witnessed the enchanting sight of cherry blossoms (桜 sakura) in full bloom. A cherry...

Carissa Loh Culture

Sakura 2024: 5 Must-Visit Cherry Blossom Spots ...

If you have visited Tokyo between late March and early April, then chances are you...

Tasty Tohoku Treats: 6 Must-Buy Souvenirs from Tohoku
Sue Lynn

Tasty Tohoku Treats: 6 Must-Buy Souvenirs from ...

Located on the north-eastern part of mainland Japan, Tohoku (東北) is made up of six prefectures, and is a treasure trove of beautiful nature and fascinating history. It’s a wonderful...

Carissa Loh Food

Tasty Tohoku Treats: 6 Must-Buy Souvenirs from ...

Located on the north-eastern part of mainland Japan, Tohoku (東北) is made up of six...

Omiyage Day (8 March): Exploring Japan's Souvenir & Gift-Giving Culture
Sue Lynn

Omiyage Day (8 March): Exploring Japan's Souven...

Have you heard of omiyage (お土産)? If you’ve been to Japan, then you have probably seen the colourful and beautifully packaged boxes of local confectionery filling the gift shops along...

Carissa Loh Culture

Omiyage Day (8 March): Exploring Japan's Souven...

Have you heard of omiyage (お土産)? If you’ve been to Japan, then you have probably...

March Maker's Story: Hand-grilled Rice Crackers from Akita by Kanaeya
Sue Lynn

March Maker's Story: Hand-grilled Rice Crackers...

The Tohoku Region is home to some of Japan’s best untouched nature. Take Akita as an example, a prefecture where lush landscapes meet premium rice fields. Renowned for its exceptional...

Sue Lynn Maker's Story

March Maker's Story: Hand-grilled Rice Crackers...

The Tohoku Region is home to some of Japan’s best untouched nature. Take Akita as...

March Maker’s Story: Obuse Chestnut Snacks from Takachiho (Winner of JR East Omiyage Grand Prix 2023 - Koshin’etsu Area Prize)
Sue Lynn

March Maker’s Story: Obuse Chestnut Snacks from...

If you have been to Japan, you will understand the universal struggle of finding the perfect souvenir or omiyage (お土産) to bring home for your loved ones and colleagues. While...

Sue Lynn Maker's Story

March Maker’s Story: Obuse Chestnut Snacks from...

If you have been to Japan, you will understand the universal struggle of finding the...

Hina Matsuri (3 March): Japan’s Spring Festival Celebrating Girls’ Day
Sue Lynn

Hina Matsuri (3 March): Japan’s Spring Festival...

Displaying exquisitely made hina-ningyo dressed in traditional Heian attire is the main activity associated with the Hina Matsuri | ©photoAC Have you ever heard of Japan’s Hina Matsuri (雛祭)? Otherwise known...

Dawn Sim Culture

Hina Matsuri (3 March): Japan’s Spring Festival...

Displaying exquisitely made hina-ningyo dressed in traditional Heian attire is the main activity associated with the...

Inspired by Izu: Exploring Izu Peninsula Through The Eyes of Japanese Writers
Sue Lynn

Inspired by Izu: Exploring Izu Peninsula Throug...

If you are a fan of Japanese literature, take a walk in the footsteps of literary giants and look no further than Izu Peninsula (伊豆半島), which lies just about 1-2...

Dawn Sim Travel

Inspired by Izu: Exploring Izu Peninsula Throug...

If you are a fan of Japanese literature, take a walk in the footsteps of...

Mount Fuji with tea plantation in the foreground
Sue Lynn

Mount Fuji Day (23 February): 5 Ways to Enjoy J...

Standing at 3,776m above sea level, the almost perfectly symmetrical Mount Fuji (富士山 Fujisan) is Japan’s highest mountain, and has become a symbol of the country, recognised worldwide for its...

Carissa Loh Travel

Mount Fuji Day (23 February): 5 Ways to Enjoy J...

Standing at 3,776m above sea level, the almost perfectly symmetrical Mount Fuji (富士山 Fujisan) is...

Happy Cat Day (22 February): 5 Cat Islands in Japan to Meet Feline Friends
Sue Lynn

Happy Cat Day (22 February): 5 Cat Islands in J...

Are you a cat (猫 neko) lover? If you’ve been to Japan, you might have noticed how beloved cats are over there. Think maneki-neko (招き猫) cat figurines that beckon luck,...

Carissa Loh Culture

Happy Cat Day (22 February): 5 Cat Islands in J...

Are you a cat (猫 neko) lover? If you’ve been to Japan, you might have...

In the Mood for Love: Romancing on Valentine’s Day in Japan
Sue Lynn

In the Mood for Love: Romancing on Valentine’s ...

Love is in the air in February with Valentine’s Day! On 14 February, Valentine’s Day is universally celebrated across the globe where presents like chocolates, candies, and flowers are gifted...

Wendy Ng Culture

In the Mood for Love: Romancing on Valentine’s ...

Love is in the air in February with Valentine’s Day! On 14 February, Valentine’s Day...

Romance Izu in the Air: 5 Romantic Spots in the Izu Peninsula
Sue Lynn

Romance Izu in the Air: 5 Romantic Spots in the...

With so many captivating attractions, you can spend days exploring the Izu Peninsula with your loved one, but where to start? Here are our top five picks for romantic dating...

Carissa Loh Travel

Romance Izu in the Air: 5 Romantic Spots in the...

With so many captivating attractions, you can spend days exploring the Izu Peninsula with your...

A Side Trip to Saitama: Discovering “Little Edo”, Cafes, and the Railway Museum
Sue Lynn

A Side Trip to Saitama: Discovering “Little Edo...

Located just about half an hour north of Central Tokyo, Ōmiya Station (大宮駅 Ōmiya-eki) is the gateway to the neighbouring Saitama Prefecture (埼玉県). It is also a stop on more...

JAPANKURU Travel

A Side Trip to Saitama: Discovering “Little Edo...

Located just about half an hour north of Central Tokyo, Ōmiya Station (大宮駅 Ōmiya-eki) is...