Coming of Age day – January 14th Holiday in Japan

The second Monday of January – this coming Monday  - is “Seijun no hi” (Coming-of-age Day) in Japan.People celebrate this day to welcome the young men and women, who have turned or will turn the age of 20 during the current year, as new members of society. 20 year old is legal age in Japan. Women wear Furisode – the most gorgeous form of Kimono and men also wear Hakama – Men version of Kimono.

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Shiwasu-another name for December in Japan

In Japan we call December “Shiwasu” which literally means teachers or priests run.

It is an expression ‘we are very busy like a bee’.

It means usually teachers or priests don’t run even if they are busy, but in December they run around the town busily.

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Etiquette at meal in Japan

The most important table etiquette in Japan is saying, “Itadaki-masu” before a meal and “Gochisou-sama” after a meal. These phrases mean thanks for the food and also indicate the beginning and the ending of a meal.

It is a Japanese custom to make some slurping noises while eating noodles such as Soba, udon, and somen. People say it tastes better if they make slurping noises.

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Japanese Convenience Stores

You see many convenience stores in Japan. It is almost every block you can find. Japanese people use convenience stores almost every day. We use quick shopping or buy things late at night – but not only that – Japanese convenience stores have many other handy uses.

You can do photocopies, scanning and fax functions with their copy machine. You can sometime print our your photos from digital cameras. You can purchase various kinds of ticket – such as train, air plain, concert ticket and so on. 24-hour ATMs are available. Some stores provide Wi-Fi. You can pay bill for utilities. They have shipping services.

Lately all different kinds of convenience stores compete original unique food. You can actually find quality food.

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The reason why sake is made in winter

Sake companies, kuramoto begin making nihonshu (Sake) in October after the rice is harvested. The new products are ready and available to consumers in November. As it gets colder and colder, sake breweries become busier. There are three reasons for this: One reason is, as I mentioned above, that the season to harvest rice is in early autumn. The second is that agricultural-related activities experience their off-season in winter, so it’s easy to get workers. The third reason is that microbes are inactive at low temperatures and so it’s easier to control those that are unfavorable. The perfect temperature for creating ordinary sake is under 15 degrees Celsius, and for ginjyoshu it is under 9 degrees Celsius.

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The season for nabe-mono has arrived!

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Nabe-mono is a Japanese cuisine quite similar to stew. Winter time is the season for Nabe-mono. When we refer to nabe in this season, we mean the practice of putting a pot over a burner in the center of the table and boiling vegetables, seafood, meat and other ingredients as per your preference. People serve themselves into their own small dish. Sukiyaki and shabushabu are also a kind of nabe-mono, but these are not generally included in the winter nabe-mono category. Actually, recent research shows that if you eat nabe with other people you’ll experience relaxed brain waves and find it easier to socialize.

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We have available apartments in November and December

We have available apartments for November and December

We have a variety of Renting / Stay plans which would meet your life style and budget! For more details, please e-mail us at reservations@liberty-cove-house.com

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Flowers in autumn

Some flowers are blooming in autumn. You can visit some places in Yokosuka and enjoy flowers.  Cosmos flowers are fully bloomed in Soleil Nooka Park now!

Here are representative flowers you can see in Yokosuka:

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Cosmos

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Japanese Winter Camellia

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Japanese Silverleaf

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Pansy

And more!!!!

To access these spots, please ask Liberty Cove House concierge desk.

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Momiji-gari – Autumn leaf hunting

From mid-September to early December, people go out to the mountainous countryside to see autumn leaves, an activity which is called “Autumn leaf hunting,” or momiji-gari. The three most important annuallyconsiderations for people wishing to enjoy momiji-gari are: the timing, finding a place where the atmosphere and scenery match the autumn leaves, and the convenience of the location. People also enjoy combining the viewing of autumn leaves with other activities, such as using a public bath, or onsen.

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We have available apartments in November and December

We have available apartments in November and December 2018

We have a variety of Renting / Stay plans which would meet your life style and budget! For more details, please e-mail us at reservations@liberty-cove-house.com

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