Christmas Market at Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse

Yokohama Red brick ware house Christmas market is a very popular event.  You can enjoy German style Christmas Market. They have hot wine, sausages, baumkuchen and so on. They light up as Christmas illumination whole place. Their real Christmas tree is 33 feet tall with beautiful illuminations. There are also ‘Trick Art Santa House’, ice skate link and some work shops you can enjoy.  For more information, please ask Liberty Cove House concierges.

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Kang Gamchan Light up

Republic of Korea Navy destroyer, Kang Gamchan is anchored in Yokosuka port. 

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It’s time to write nengajo!

Japanese have a custom of sending New Year’s Day postcards, nengajo, to greet their friends and relatives. It’s similar to the Western custom of sending Christmas cards. Starting with a set greeting, you express your thanks for the relationship of the previous year and communicate your recent news. Usually, people use post office nengajo, which come with special lottery numbers, but you can also use just an ordinary postcard. It’s better to post nengajo by December 25 so that they can be delivered on January 1. The period from late December to early January is the busiest time for Japanese post offices.

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Ramen Noodle in Japan

Ramen noodle becomes very popular all over the world. Also ramen noodle is one of the most popular foods in Japan along with curry and rice. There are various kinds of ramen depending on how the soup is made, the thickness of the noodles and the flavorings. There are also regional varieties of ramen – Sapporo ramen (Miso taste), Tokyo ramen (Chicken base with soy sauce), Hakata ramen (Pork bone stock) and so on. You may want to try one while you are in Japan!

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Charcoal for Hangover remedy

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! You many have office parties, family gatherings, and the flowing champagne of New Year’s Eve. Then you may have some ‘hang overs’.

The one of the hangover remedy is “bamboo charcoal”. It is a well-known digestive supplement in Chinese medicine and remedy in Japan. Plus, it’s said that the porous bamboo charcoal absorbs toxins from the body. Stores sell bamboo charcoals which you can put into water and drink!

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Winter in Japan – What is a Kotatsu?

It is not common to have a central heating in Japan.

A Kotatsu is a traditional heating system in Japan, which is a table and a heater combined as one piece of furniture.

An electric heater is attached to the underside of the frame. A thick quilt is draped over the frame so the heat is trapped and the table top is placed on top.

Sitting around the kotatsu with the quilt over their legs, family members dine, watch television, chat, read or play games together. Sometimes children do their homework there.

It is an ideal place that encourages face-to-face interaction for the family.

If you visit Japanese house during winter time, you might see it.

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Japanese Tradition ‘ a year-end-party’

A bonen-kai is a party held sometime between the middle and the end of December every year. People gather to share and shake off the hardships they experienced during the past year, and to prepare for the coming year with renewed resolve. Usually parties are held among company colleagues or friends at restaurants and the participants enjoy drinking alcohol and eating delicious food. A bonen-kai is a concept unique to Japanese culture, but it is described in English as a year-end party, or you can just use the Japanese word, “bonen-kai,” as it is. Unknown

 

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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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Christmas Illumination in Yokosuka Area Part 3

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The space in front of Yokosuka Chuo Station is lighting up from  until February 28th 2018.

Gas lamp will be lit and Yokosuka Chuo street will be filled with illumination!

 

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Christmas Illumination in Yokosuka Area Part 2

Sobu Kindergarden is also well know as decorating wonderful Christmas Illumination!

Where: Sobu Kindergarden (Ask Liberty Cove House Concierge)

When: From November 27th 2017 to December 25th 2017

Time: 17:00 to 21:00

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