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Walking Tour of Harajuku, Tokyo

Posted by Sadao Sasaki on

People take subway to move around Tokyo, but the video host proves how enjoyable it is to walk instead of being on a train to go from one area to another.  The camera explores the famous cat's street of Harajuku filled with trendy shops and restaurants.  John spots a Takoyaki shop and succumbs to temptation without a fight.

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Tempura made in a farm

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John and his wife Kanae are about to experience the entire process of picking vegetable from the farm, making tempura and to their mouth.  The farm grows a variety of tempura vegetable from etch, chrysanthemum to shiitake mushroom. These unassuming plants turn into delicious tempura in front of them.

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Rise of Mascot Popularity in Japan

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It's not uncommon to see mascots at just about any public event in Japan.  If Japan is taken over by mascots, people would probably be OK with it as they are loved by young and old fans. Japan's first mascot is said to be created in 2004 by Jun Miura. The comic writer and essayist named it Yuruchara and even registered the name as a trademark.  Small towns all over Japan created their own Yuruchara as they play a significant role in driving local economy.

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How Top-Rated Sake Is Made

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John takes his viewers on a tour of Dassai Brewery where one of the top-rated brand sake is made.  The process starts with the highest-grade rice and clean natural water used in the rice field.  The harvested rice is then polished down to 23% of the original size for removal of impurities.  The finished product is the result of strictly controlled process and meticulous handling of the workers.

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Moving into a house for free in Japan

Posted by Sadao Sasaki on

It's true.  You can move into a house for free, zilch, nada and it's not a shack. The house is clean, in great condition and has a lot of space. So what's the catch? The free houses are found in a small town where the population is declining.  They are offered to people who can live and revitalize the town's otherwise dying economy.

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