Shinya Shokudo | Japanese TV drama

April 23, 2014 in Japanese TV Drama

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Shinya Shokudo is set in a small restaurant of the red-light district of Kabukicho, Tokyo. The chef, named “Master (Mastaa)” by patrons of the establishment, only opens the restaurant from midnight to 7:00AM. In a nightlife district like Kabukicho, customers wish to dine at any hour of the night.

Only one item on the menu, but Master, whenever possible, cooks meals as requested. In this fashion, every episode focuses on a speciality of Japanese cuisine and the adventures the the restaurant’s guests. Meals remain simple, often consisting of comfort food. As an example, one episode is dedicated to bataa-rice which consists only of white rice, butter, soy sauce and fish flakes (Katsuobushi). However simple the food can be, it is often of great comfort to eat, especially in troubled times.

The series’ atmosphere is reminiscent of the Showa period, when economic growth was promising in Japan. This is observed in the simplicity of the restaurant’s décor and meals served. The series really focuses on human connections rather than superficial aspects of life. This feeling is often referred to as Showa Nostalgia.

Here’s an example of retro-style music heard during the series:

Last time I checked, it was available here, enjoy!



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Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building

April 16, 2014 in Tower

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building serves as the city hall for all the wards and cities that constitute Tokyo. The building is located in Shinjuku in front of the Shinjuku central park. The main building is composed of two columns that are structurally linked up to about 2/3 of the height of the whole tower. Above that height, the two structures rise separately towards the sky. The top floor of each of the two towers host an observation deck that is free of change. They are accessed from two separate elevators located in the basement floor.

On a clear day, one can see many landmarks of Tokyo from the top, including Tokyo Tower, Tokyo Skytree and Mount Fuji. I recommend visiting the tower before its closing time of 6:45PM and then head to Shinjuku and Kabukicho to enjoy their vibrant nightlife.

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A clinic on the sea | Japanese drama

April 9, 2014 in Japanese TV Drama

photo_2 In the Japanese TV comedy “A Clinic on the Sea”, Dr. Kota joins the crew of a hospital boat which deserves the Islands surrounding the great Seto bridge. The name of the main character (Kota Sensei) is cleverly chosen to resemble Dr.Koto. Similar to the latter, Dr.Kota’s role is to help the residents of small Islands where medical help is unavailable.

However, Dr.Kota shows immature behaviour most of the time, often falling in love with the first women encountered on each island he visits and declaring he wishes to resign his doctor position in order to marry who he believes to be the women of his life. Luckily, most of Dr. Kota’s silly wedding ideas fail, no-one on any of the islands he visits truly fall in love for him.

In all his foolishness, Dr.Kota doesn’t suspect that love is closer to him than what he might expect…

The series should be available there



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What is the best season to visit Japan?

April 2, 2014 in Polls

Japan has a lot to offer at any time of the year but there might be that “special season” when everything seems nicer than usual. I am curious to know about people’s preference so I am asking this question to those who had the chance to spend all of the four seasons in Japan. Overall, which one do you prefer?

online poll by Opinion Stage

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Hamarikyu Garden

March 26, 2014 in Parks

The Hamarikyu Garden is located near the Tokyo port area, in the luxurious financial district of Shiodome. Initially the villa of the Shogun Tokugaga, famous for duck hunting, it was remodelled as a park in the 40s. The Hamarikyu Garden contrasts heavily to the modern skyscrapers seen behind. Walking from the Shiodome station, one transitions from a futuristic display of luxury to a peaceful and unpretentious garden.

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