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Taking a Private Ramen Booth at home

Ichiran Ramen
It’s not hard finding great ramen in Tokyo. Ichiran, which has many restaurants throughout Japan, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, is actually known for something else besides its popular restaurants: In Asia, the company sells boxes of its instant ramen that many consider the finest of the packet genre extant. It fetches a rather high price, five packs of instant ramen...

Heritage of Mei Ho House preserves the history of Hong Kong’s public housing

Mei Ho House
Public housing in Hong Kong, started in 1954 after a massive fire in Shek Kip Mei which destroyed thousands of homes and left 58,000 people homeless in 1953, gave many people a home and also a hope.   In 1961, the "low-cost housing" scheme was introduced through the construction of 62,380 flats housing 363,000 people in 18 estates.  In 1973, the Government...

A Tribute to Jin Yong

Jin Yong Gallery
I was so fortunate to be able to visit Jin Yong Gallery in Hong Kong last year. I have been a fan of Jin Yong's novels since I was young. His works have been translated into many languages including English, French, Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai, Burmese, Malay and Indonesian. He has many fans outside of Chinese-speaking areas, as a...

Marvelous Pink World: Shibazakura Park

Shibazakura
Japan is filled with many flower seasons throughout spring and summer. The shibazakura blossom (Pink Moss Phloxes) comes shortly after the cherry blossom sakura season and is usually in full bloom from end-May to mid-June. There are some places which are only famous for this beautiful flower are Takinoue Shibazakura Park, Kamiyubetsu Tulip Park, and Higashimokoto Shibazakura Park are the most valued flower...

Japan’s iconic Tsukiji seafood market has launched its first overseas venture in Hong Kong

Fish market
A Hong Kong version of Tokyo’s famous fish market opened at the Wan Chai Ferry Pier in November as both a welcome addition to the city’s gastronomic scene, and a major tourist attraction. Occupying an expansive 11,000 square feet space overlooking Victoria Harbour, the Hong Kong Tsukiji Yamataka Seafood Market provides fresh seafood flown in from Japan’s Tsukiji District...

The Japanese Sword Museum 刀剣博物館

The Japanese Sword (Token) Museum specializes in Japanese swords. Since the introduction of sword-making techniques from the Asian Continent, Japanese swords have been improved throughout Japans long history of warfare. They were not only traditional weapons but also sometimes regarded as an object of faith or a symbol of power. The Japanese Sword Museum collects and preserves 152 items, including swords such as the ones designated as National Treasures...

Osaka Castle 3D Mapping Super Illumination

Osaka Castle 3D Mapping Super Illumination
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jNaOeox1yA] The "Osaka Castle 3D Mapping Super Illumination" held from 2014 December 13th to 2015 March 1st in Osaka Castle's Nishinomaru Park. During the winter in Osaka that illumination fans cannot miss. It’s called the “Festival of Light in Osaka”, and is an event that is held over a broad area, making the entire city its stage. Everywhere, including historic...

Christmas in Japan

Christmas in Japan
Do you wonder what Christmas is like in Japan? December 25th is not a national holiday in Japan. Unless it is on the weekend, people work and go to school on that day. Christmas is mostly a commercial event there. The big corporations do the main decorating and illuminating of their buildings and the trees. The first recorded Christmas in Japan...

Realistic Animal Lollipops Created By ‘Amezaiku’ Artist Shinri Tezuka 浅草・飴細工アメシン

Ameshin candy shop in Tokyo that offers traditional Japanese amezaiku, a form of artisanal candy making that dates back to the 8th century when the edible objects were offered at temples or given as gifts. The lollipops and other confectionary animals and fish are made by the shop’s owner, Shinri Tezuka, 26, is one of the few artists keeping...

Unforgettable journey, bucket list checked

This is the start of the Dragon Boat Race in Taiwan. Do you know Dragon Boat Festival is one of the three major holidays in Taiwan? Tampa Bay, Suncoast Association of Chinese Americans participated in the Dragon Boat Festival in Bitan, Taiwan (New Taipei City, Taiwan. 3rd Annual Dragon Boat Festival) this summer. It has been an honor to be on a traditional boat (that...
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