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One-Day Trip to Kamakura

As I explained in my previous article, Kyoto is a very beautiful city with many beautiful temples and Shinto-shrines, and was the former capital of Japan. It is definitely the city that visitors from overseas should prioritize on their visit. For those who stay in Tokyo, however, Kyoto is quite far. It takes more than …

Temples in Kyoto

I had a chance to visit some temples in Kyoto on a Sunday afternoon in winter. Although winter in Kyoto tends to be very cold, probably colder than in Tokyo, I think it is one of the best seasons to visit them because the air is so clear and it is not so crowded with …

New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day

Happy New Year! I hope everyone is off to a good start on a prosperous new year. This time, I would like to write about New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Recently, the interests and values of Japanese people have become quite diverse, and the way people observe New Year’s Eve and New Year’s …

Bounenkai, year-end party

Generally, we always need a good excuse to drink beer. From this standpoint, we love December because there are tons of Bounenkai, year-end parties. In December, in addition to enjoying Christmas time, we have many Bounenkai with colleagues, business partners and friends. Bounenkai is composed of three Japanese characters that may be translated as “forget-year-party,” …

Our company trip to Tohoku

Last weekend, we had a great event, our Company trip. This year, we decided that we would visit the Tohoku district in Japan, which was severely damaged by the big earthquakes and tsunami last year. The purpose of this trip was not only to unify the minds of all the members of SOEI by communicating …

Beautiful underwater world, IZU

I am a scuba diver, and I travel around the world to dive. Although Great Barrier Reef in Australia and Waikiki in Hawaii are beautiful places for scuba diving, I strongly recommend that you dive in the IZU area when you visit Japan. IZU is located about 150km west of Tokyo, about a one-and-half-to-two-hour drive …

Ramen, the most beloved food in Japan

Japanese food has become more and more popular worldwide with good Japanese restaurants in almost every the major city worldwide. In other words, at any corner of the world, we can enjoy Japanese food such as sushi (sliced raw fish on a rice ball), sashimi (sliced raw fish), tempura (fish and vegetables dipped in batter …

Hanabi, Fireworks

We, Japanese people, love hanabi (fireworks). Especially in July and August, there are many hanabi festivals not only in Tokyo but also many regional cities throughout Japan. We often enjoy hanabi festivals while wearing yukata, a traditional summer kimono, and drinking beer. In my home town, a hanabi festival was held on a weekend in …

Kyoto, former capital of Japan

Our firm, SOEI Patent & Law Firm, has its headquarters in Tokyo. Our Tokyo office is conveniently located for visitors, just five minutes’ walk from the TOKYO station. Furthermore, because our Tokyo Office is in front of the Imperial Palace, our windows overlook the wide green expanse of the Imperial Palace set off by the …

Japanese wine

When you enjoy Japanese meal, such assushi,tempera,teriyaki, what kind of alcohol beverages do you have? I can imagine many people saysake! I will not argue this opinion becausesakehas been developed with Japanese local food, and it goes very well with Japanese food. However, we should not forget “wine” is also an alcohol beverages that can …

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