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Where do you eat sushi, at the counter? or at the table?

Where do you eat sushi, at the counter or at the table? It is hard to tell. In fact, there is no good or bad. But there are pros and cons.

If you eat at the table, sushi is brought to you all in one plate. You Don’t have to worry what to order next, or how much it would cost, because each plate is priced depending on the size and the ingrédients. But you miss conversations with a Young cook who is preparing sushi right in front of you.

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If you are at the counter, you can ask the cook today’s speciality or today’s catch, and even more he will talk to you in a very friendly manner. The other day, we were even stopped our order by the cook because he found it too big for us, and he felt we would never be able to finish. Yes he was right. But you have to be ready to pay the bill which at times you may not know the amount until you pay.

I prefer the latter. The Reason is to go to a restaurant is Nothing just to fill out your stomach, but more to enjoy the whole moments you are there. But I must admit that I regret sometimes seeing my purse much lighter than before I passed through the Noren curtain several hours ago.

Hanamatsuri or Buddah’s birthday

Today, I went to Ueno Park. There were so many people enjoying full bloom of cherry blosomms.


At Kiyomidu-kannondoh, I saw a small cottage with a cherry Blossom roof, and a small statue of Buddah inside. I instantly recognized that it was the celebration of the Buddah’s birthday. Buddah is said to have been born on the 8th of April, some 2600 years ago. In celebration of his birth, there appeared nine dragons that poured pure water on this young boy’s head. According to this legend, temples offer a sweetend green tea to the visitors. I was lucky enough to be able to taste a cup of this tea. It also reminded me of the old days when kids like me gathered at local temple expecting the share of this tasteful experience.

Through Tsuki-no-matsu , or a Lunar Pine Tree, famous subject by Hiroshige, an Ukiyoe or a woodblock print paiting painter, Shinobadu-no-ike was seen more beautiful than usual.

Robot culture in Japan

The other day, I went to Honda Plaza in Aoyama and saw ASIMO, a mascot robot of HONDA, an automobile manufacturer. It is always fun to see a mecanical robot behaving like a human being. I always come up with the old days when I dreamed about the age where robots work with people like the heroes I read in comics. It is about that age that the dream have come true.

It is said that a robot culture in Japan dates back the Edo period where Karakuri-ningyo, or a mecanical pupet dolls were popular in some of the festivals like Takayama-matsuri. I think that is true. And more, with the advanced technologies, robots in Japan continue to give dreams to all the générations.

Ohanami or Sakura viewing

Ohanami or Sakura viewing is an important event for all the Japanese people. It is a euphoria starting from mid March and ending early May in Hokkaido. Every morning news on TV tells the name of the city where cherry blossoms started to bloom as the Sakura frontline proceeds to the north. Japanese people are often considered to be diciprined and stoick, however, so long as the season of Ohanami is concerned, it is another story. They enjoy Sakura viewing party Under the tree, drinking a lot, singing, and dancing etc. Everybody enjoys the beauty of Sakura and celebrates the arrival of long waited spring.

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Hi, my name is Yoshihisa. Please call me Yoshi. I live in Chiba, half way from Narita airport to Tokyo, conveniently located both to welcome guests and also to guide in town. I am native Japanese and fluent in Japanese, English, and French. I understand some Spanish. I love cycling and traveling. I have a good knowledge about Tokyo and its vicinity through my guiding experiences. I have special strength in Shitamachi, downtown areas inhabited by commoners. I love people, love conversations, and meeting with people from all over the world. I am focused in sharing the greatest moment with all the guests, that could be once in a lifetime experience. I look forward to seeing you soon.

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