To reach Zenko-ji temple from Nagano station, one can walk on Chuo Dori (literally meaning central street) all the way north until in front of the temple. On that same street just north of the first gate of Zenko-ji temple are located many small stores. It is a great place to buy Omiyage (gifts) to family or friends.
Ryukyu glassblowing is a famous attraction in Okinawa. Many glass stores around the island offer the experience of glassblowing. We were lucky to find this one which was smaller than others but had a more authentic feel.
The glass blowing experience requires you to carry out small step of the overal glassblowing process. The instructor will attach the molten glass onto the glassblowing tube and inflate it to a good size. You are then asked to blow a bit more in the tube to bring the glass bubble to its final shape. Your participation is required for several other small steps until your glass is ready. Actually, most of the difficult steps are handled by the expert but you are nonetheless left with a feeling of accomplishment, and a beautiful piece of glass to bring home!
Apparently not only airlines overbook, hotels too. Thanks to some mistake, they did not have any room available of the type we booked so we instead got upgraded to one of their luxurious villas!
The hotel staff offered us superior service during our stay. The hotel has its own private beach, swimming pools and onsen. There was even a gymnasium we didn’t have time to try. The hotel also features many restaurants. We elected to eat at the isakaya which offered a more casual dining experience. Hotel Okuma is conveniently located to explore the northern sector of Okinawa.
This post targets the ultimate camera geeks, who like me, like to see the latest camera bodies and all the latest lenses when entering a camera store. Besides stores like Adorama and B&H in New-York, perhaps the most exciting place in the world for a camera gear enthusiast is located in Shinjuku, Tokyo. There, two big names in the camera world compete for your business. Those to major players are Bic Camera and Yodobashi camera. One gigantic electronics store is not enough in Shinjuku, those two companies have two stores each located within minutes of the Shinjuku station! This time, I visited the Nishiguchi (West exit) Bic Camera store. In my opinion, the choice of camera is great but the accessories offered cannot beat the Yodobashi Camera store also located on the west side of Shinjuku station.
Japan is well known for its camera manufacturers like Nikon, Canon, Fujifilm, Olympus, Pentax, Panasonic, Sony, Sigma and more I can’t think of right now. I really wanted to visit a camera store this time as I heard they are much larger than in America. I found a great blog about camera stores (Japan Camera Hunter) and decided I would visit Yodobashi camera this time while in Shinjuku. Continue reading Yodobashi Camera, Shinjuku, Tokyo