Starbucks Kyoto Ninenzaka
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The Water Voyage – Water Episode 5 – “Starbucks coffee Kyoto Ninenzaka Yasaka Chaya” – The story of water and coffee.

The development of starbucks in Japan Starbucks was first established in America in 1971 and had started off as a company specialized in roasting coffee…

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The Water Voyage – Water Episode 4 – The origin place of vegetarian cuisine and boiled tofu, “Junsei Shoin” of Nanzen-ji. Pure water taken from the foot hill of Nanzen-ji flows through a majestic garden; within it, the site of a medical school from the Edo period.

The History of Tofu Bean curd or TOFU is one of the world’s favorite ingredients. By smashing soybeans that was soaked in water, along with…

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Shinsei - Japanese sake
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The Water Voyage – Water Episode 3 – Uji-gawa river famous waters / Famous fine sake brewed from the waters of Fushimi. Lodge place: Momoyama Onsen Tsukimikan (桃山温泉 月見館)

The river flowing from the lake Biwa (琵琶湖) in Shiga Prefecture changes its name from  Setagawa (瀬田川), Ujigawa (宇治川), and then to the merging location…

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Suntory Yamazaki Distillery
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The Water Voyage – Water Episode 2 – Known for its waters, the “Suntory Yamazaki Distillery” in-between the Osaka Prefecture (大阪) and Kyoto Prefecture (京都) boundary

“YAMAZAKI” Japanese whiskey  made in Yamazaki Suntory is one of Japan’s boasted beverage brands. The first Japanese whiskey can be traced back to a hundred…

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The Water Voyage – A trip to HYOGO ARIMA, KYOTO FUSHIMI, OHARA, and MIYAMA

Japan’s largest Freshwater; Lake Biwa’s journey through Kansai Located in the SHIGA Prefecture (滋賀県) of the Kansai region, lies Japan’s largest freshwater and one of…

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UTSUKUSHIGAHARA ONSEN with cherry & camellia trees fully blooming

I’ve visited NAGANO Prefecture for TOUJI when spring was in full swing. MATSUMOTO City (松本市) in NAGANO Prefecture. It must be the nearest ONSEN from…

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The 5 Best TOUJI YADO in KANTO Region where you can easily access from Tokyo by bus

TOUJI (湯治) is a Japanese traditional culture. As its Chinese characters literally mean, it is to cure diseases and injuries by the power of natural…

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Outdoor ONSEN with cherry blossom view at one of 3 unexplored regions in Japan

There are places called “Japan’s 3 unexplored regions” – SHIRAKAWAGO (白川郷) in GIFU Prefecture, SHIIBA Village (椎葉村) in MIYAZAKI Prefecture, and IYA (祖谷) in TOKUSHIMA…

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Eco, fun, and healthy. Variety of steamed cuisines by natural ONSEN steam

As already introduced in some separate posts, BEPPU in OITA Prefecture has the great scenery which natural steam of ONSEN is endlessly flowing here and…

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KANNAWA ONSEN town where steam of ONSEN is endlessly rising

BEPPU (別府) in OITA Prefecture is the heaven of ONSEN. It has the largest yield of natural hot spring and the largest number of spring…

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