Christmas Illumination in Yokosuka Area Part 1

Worth to check it out! Christmas illumination is very popular in Japan. It is worth to check out! This is in Yokosuka area and easy to access from Liberty Cove House.

Where: Kurihama Flower Park

When: From December 2nd to 25th 2017

Time: 17:30 to 20:00 (it will be lit when it is raining)

120,000 lighting bulbs make beautiful world!

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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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Night Illumination at Liberty Cove House

We put a light illumination outside of Liberty Cove House and you can see a Christmas tree inside our entrance. The sunset time in Yokosuka is now 16:31.

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Happy Thanksgiving!


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Shinmai Rice

Rice is harvested from around the end of August to October. The rice harvested at that time and then milled and packaged for sale by December 31 is called Shinmai, or newly harvested rice. Shinmai is very plump and moist, and its soft but heavy texture makes it especially delicious. Japanese people appreciate to eat Shinmai for this season. There are about 600 kinds of rice in Japan, and of these, about 260 are produced solely for eating. Others are used to make cosmetics, bath additives and so on.

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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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Christmas Tree at the Liberty Cove House

Christmas tree is now decorated in Liberty Cove House entrance area.

Liberty Cove house Christmas Tree

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The season for nabe-mono has arrived!


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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Japanese Orange Picking in Miura- Peninsula

Now it is a season for Japanese Orange Picking! Japanese orange is one of the most popular fruit during winter season. It is the Japanese winter symbol. Japanese orange is cheap and it has a lot of vitamin C. Eating Japanese orange prevent to get cold.

Place: Tsukuihama Mikan-gari-en (Near the Tsukuihama Station)

Time: 9 am to 3 pm (Until November 30th)

Admission: 900 yen for Adult

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