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Cherry Blossom Season Has Come!

Once a year for a very short period, perhaps a week or two, all of Japan is painted in pale pink – cherry blossom season! In Tokyo, one of the most popular spots for cherry blossoms is Ueno Park near JR Ueno station. This is a huge park with a zoo and museums. During this …

SOEI ASEAN Office Opens!

We, SOEI Patent & Law Firm, opened our new ASEAN office in Bangkok, Thailand. This is our fifth office after the Tokyo head office, Kyoto office, Fukuoka office and Washington DC office. The purpose of our ASEAN office is to support our Japanese clients who seek IP protection in ASEAN countries, in cooperation with local …

Utsunomiya City

Last week, my colleague at our Washington DC office, Hans, temporarily came back to Tokyo. I played golf with him and other colleagues because it was a good opportunity to strengthen the ties of our team members both in Japan and the US. I selected golf courses (one course for Saturday and another for Sunday) …

Hanami 2017

As usual years, SOEI had a hanami (cherry blossom viewing) party last month as a social event for all the staff. The main theme of the hanami party this year was the same as that of the last year, omotenashi (hospitality) toward the administrative staff by legal practitioners. It means that the legal practitioners acted …

My favorite sushi restaurant ~ Sushi SHIONO ~

Sushi has become very popular all over the world. We can find sushi restaurants in most big cities around the world. As you might expect, Tokyo also has many excellent sushi restaurants. I would like to introduce my favorite sushi restaurant, “Sushi SHIONO”. “Sushi SHIONO” is located in Kyobashi, about 7 minutes’ walk from JR …

My favorite sake bar ~ YOUGAKU ISHII

I would like to introduce my favorite sake bar, “Yougaku Ishii”. This bar is located in Shinbashi. Going out the ticket gate of Shinbashi station, walking across the so-called SL square (see picture) and along a street lined with tons of drinking bars and karaoke rooms (see picture), it takes no more than five minutes …

Climbing Mt. Fuji

Mt. Fuji has been viewed from Tokyo, the Shinkansen bullet train, in photobooks, and on websites by many people. It is Japan’s highest (3,776m) and most beautiful mountain. The SOEI Wandervogel Club climbed Mt. Fuji last weekend as part of our 30th anniversary celebrations. It was my first experience of climbing Mt. Fuji. On Saturday, …

Futsal tournament

As I mentioned in my previous articles, 2016 is our firm’s 30th anniversary.  We have organized or are currently planning several anniversary events.  One of the events is the SOEI futsal tournament hosted by “FOOTSALSA”, the SOEI futsal club, and it was held on Sunday, July 24 at MIFA Football Park in Toyosu, Tokyo. We …

SANJA MATSURI

SANJYA MATSURI is one of the biggest festivals in Tokyo. It is a festival for Asakusa Shrine, and is held once a year, on the third Friday, Saturday and Sunday in May. It started in 1312 and now attracts 1,800,000 people in total over the three days. Some of SOEI members including myself took part …

Hanami in 2016

These days, many people in the world know the Japanese word hanami. Hanami originally refers to a picnic under sakura (cherry blossoms). People can enjoy beautiful sakura over talking, eating and drinking. For some people, hanami season is a good excuse for drinking sake, and they enjoy drinking sake during this season even without appreciating …

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