Heating System in Japan

It is still cold in Yokosuka! Personally I think February is the coldest season in a year!

I would like to explain heating system in Japan. These days, because of the high price of oil and the relative airtightness of apartments in Japan, people prefer electric heating, such as air conditioners, oil heaters, ceramic heaters and floor heating. In addition to these general home-heating systems, people use such appliances as electric carpets and kotatsu for localized heating. As part of efforts to help protect the environment, 66 percent of Japanese citizens try to save electricity.

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Our balcony with View Liberty Cove House

it is great to start a day with this view with your coffee!

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Super Bowl 2017

Super Bowl 2017 – the New England Patriots beat the Atlanta Falcons 34 -28 and they are champion again!

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Today is Setsubun – What is Setsubun?

Setsubun literally means “division of seasons.” It is used to mark the end of winter and summer, and is derived from the old lunar calendar.. However, “setsubun” has now come to mean the day before the first day of spring only. It usually occurs around February 3rd. On this day, in a custom called mame-maki, people throw and scatter roasted soy beans inside and outside their houses while saying, “Out with the devil! In with good fortune”. Once the beans are thrown, gather them all up and eat the same number of beans as your age. Eat one extra to keep you from sickness and stay healthy for the whole year.

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Ehomaki is a sushi roll that is believed to be good luck when eaten on Setsubun day. This custom began in the Kansai area but now it has become a nationwide event and Ehomaki is sold at supermarkets and convenience stores. When eating Ehomaki, look in the year’s good luck direction, and eat quietly while making a wish. This year 2017 direction is NNW.

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Kamakura – short trip from Liberty Cove House

Kamakura is located close to Liberty Cove House. You take JR train from Yokosuka station. It takes about 20 minutes.

Kamakura became the political center of Japan, when Minamoto Yoritomo chose the city as the seat for his new military government in 1192. The Kamakura government continued to rule Japan for over a century, first under the Minamoto shogun and then under the Hojo regents.

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After the decline of the Kamakura government in the 14th century and the establishment of its successor, the Muromachi or Ashikaga government in Kyoto, Kamakura remained the political center of Eastern Japan for some time before losing its position to other cities.

Today, Kamakura is a small city and a very popular tourist destination. Sometimes called the Kyoto of Eastern Japan, Kamakura offers numerous temples, shrines and other historical monuments. In addition, Kamakura’s sand beaches attract large crowds during the summer months.

 

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The famous Snow Festival in Sapporo, Hokkaido

The Sapporo Snow Festival (Sapporo Yuki Matsuri) is held from February 6 through February 12. Hokkaido’s capital Sapporo. It is one of Japan’s most popular winter events. The festival’s famous large snow sculptures, some measuring more than 25 meters wide and 15 meters high, are exhibited there.

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Also the 2017 Snow Light Path Festival will be held from February 3 to 12, 2017 in Otaru, Hokkarido. The combination of the snowy town and the glittering lanterns creates a very pleasant atmosphere. Otaru is also famous for seafood. There is the seafood market street right in front of Otaru station and you can enjoy fresh meal.

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Liberty House Yokosuka 1 & 2 bed room apartments are available

Liberty House Yokosuka 1 & 2bed room apartment are available. These apartment is for long term tenants only. Minimum 1 year lease.

If you are interested in, please contact more details at reservations@liberty-cove-house.com

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Chinese New Year in Yokosuka China Town

Celebrating Chinese New Year in Yokosuka Chinatown from January 28th to February 11th 2017! Enjoy their traditional Dance, Parade and great food!

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Popular Onsen place in Japan

The nature of spring varies depending on the region. Some onsen have cloudy white water, some are clear, and so on. People choose onsen according to the nature of the spring, the atmosphere of the onsen town, the hotels, etc. Let’s take a look at some examples of popular onsen places.

Noboribetsu Hot Spring (Hokkadido) 

登別温泉(北海道)

Nyuto Hot Spring (Akita) 

乳頭温泉(秋田県)

Kusatsu Hot Spring (Gunma) 

草津温泉 (群馬県)

Hakone Hot Spring (Kanagawa) 

箱根温泉 (神奈川県)

Gero Hot Spring (Gifu) 

下呂温泉(岐阜県)

Dogo Hot Spring (Ehime) 

道後温泉(愛媛県)

Arima Hot Spring (Hyogo) 

有馬温泉(兵庫県)

Yufu Hot Spring (Oita) 

湯布院温泉(大分県)

Beppu Hot Spring (Oita) 

別府温泉郷(大分県)

Unzen Hot Spring (Nagasaki) 

雲仙温泉(長崎県)

Kurokawa Hot Spring (Kumamoto) 

黒川温泉(熊本県)

Ibusuki Hot Spring (Kagoshima) 

指宿温泉(鹿児島県)

Hakone Onsen is the same prefecture Yokosuka.

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Liberty House Yokosuka 2 bed room apartment becoming available

Liberty House Yokosuka 2bed room apartment will become available beginning of February. This apartment is for long term tenants only. Minimum 1 year lease.

If you are interested in, please contact more details at reservations@liberty-cove-house.com

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