(Français) Le quartier de Takinogawa : un nouveau centre d’impulsion de la communauté française à Tokyo ? Meguro Sky Garden Meguro River – Enjoying Sakura The forgiven ghost in me – Exhibition at Otsuka De compras por Takeshita Dori Tokyo Tower, a place to visit Tochigi, an old city open to the world Iconography of Yasujirō Ozu Bar and Language Lounge “SPEAK EASY” EVENTS Schedule Japan Grand Prix International Orchid Festival at the Tokyo Dome, Tokyo
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French literature in Tokyo? …It’s possible!

French literature in Tokyo? …It’s possible!

Sometimes you may want to read a small  book on the train or in our house. Depending on the distance wherever in Japan  it is not easy to gain access of a French literature book.  You can always order on the Internet but it is relatively expensive or another option is to go to the Japanese library, however the selection is very few. If you are searching for books for yourself or for your children, you will have to make a small tour to Omeisha or the French-Japanese bookshop center in Itabashi. Omeisha is a small French bookshop situated in Iidabashi. In the store, there numerous bookeshelves  and they are… [...] »

Ghibli Museum!

Ghibli Museum!

To all Miyazaki and Ghibli fans in Tokyo! Here is a place you have to visit: the Ghibli Museum. It is a museum dedicated to the Studio Ghibli and located in Mitaka, in the Tokyo area. It was designed by Miyazaki himself and it officially opened on October 1st, 2001. There are two main exhibits: one shows the history and science of animation, with models of Ghibli characters, paintings, etc. There is even a studio (the Saturn Theater) where you can watch short-movies. The second one is a model of an animation studio introducing the process of creating an animated film, with sketches, storyboarding, coloring, paintings, etc. There is also… [...] »

Japanese cooking class

Japanese cooking class

Last Tuesday there was a Japanese cooking class in Ôtsuka. The teacher was a really good Japanese cook who even studied French cooking in Paris. She was thus able to introduce Japanese gastronomy in French too, which was really convenient for the French people who were there. There were actually more foreigners than Japanese people. The teacher kindly showed how to make various Japanese meals as onigiri (rice balls), Japanese omelets, or yakitori (roasted chicken). She even taught people how to use the suihanki, the essential appliance to cook Japanese rice, and introduced many simple ingredients to cook with, as soy sauce, sake, or sesame. Finally, the attendants composed bentos… [...] »

A small trip in Urayasu ??

A small trip in Urayasu ??

During my small journey to Chiba, I went to Urayasu. The inhabitants of Urayasu did not stop repeating us that Chiba or rather Urayasu was not that Disney Land but that there was so full of interesting place Urayasu is very known in the world of mangas grace Urayasu Tekkin Kazoku.In this manga, you can see a lot of place as parks, bridges, temples (see photo this below), restaurants, stores etc. taken! It is impressive the number of real place which there is in this manga. I saw 17 during my visit. To Urayasu you can find houses which are a part of the heritage cultural national as the old… [...] »

Why are there so many Power Lines above ground in Japan?

Why are there so many Power Lines above ground in Japan?

Ever ask yourself why are there so many power lines above ground in Japan? At first impression one would automatically think Japan is a must-see country, which in fact it is. It is one of the most popular countries for sightseeing and Japan being ranked 4th by ‘tripwiremagazine’. According to Japan’s Construction and Transport Ministry, a minute 7.3 percent of cables were laid underground as of March 2005. The reason why Japan has so many web-like power lines above ground, in particular Tokyo is due to the main facts costs, traffic and duration. There are several drawbacks as to having power lines over ground, for example they are vulnerable to illegal… [...] »

Have you ever seen that much snow in Tokyo ?

Have you ever seen that much snow in Tokyo ?

Today, Monday, January 14, 2013, little snowstorm on Tokyo! The meteorological agency announces that more than 40 centimeters of snow are expected to fall between 10am this morning and tonight 18h. Quite a lot so ! Especially when you hear people from Tokyo said that it has been years that they have not seen so much snow fall upon the capital! Result: you can see people starting to clear around the streets, Japanese with umbrellas, trying to protect themselves from the snow. Concerning public transportation, trains are apparently slowlier than normal, but not big problems of this side, caution is mostly recommended pedestrian, yes, the sidewalk is very slippery indeed… [...] »

You don’t know about Line ?!

You don’t know about Line ?!

Line is an application that you can download on the Apple Store, or on the Google PlayStore.What’s its use ? Well, if you have any device that can connect to the Internet you can send message or call for free any of your friend who has a Line account too ! All you need for that is a phone number which you can use to register ! Your friends are after that automatically recommended to you according to your phonebook ! Magic !This app has been launched only in June 2011 and yet it has already more than 20 million members in Japan only !It is therefore very likely that… [...] »

Miraikan : The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation

Miraikan : The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation

As a computer science student and specialize in Artificial Intelligence, I wanted to visit Miraikan Museum where one of there permanent exhibition is about A.I. and robot. So on a sunday morning, I went to Odaiba island using the JR train. I paid the Museum fees which was 600 yens (adult price), if you are a student you have a discount but only if you have the international student card, so don’t forget it ! There is also some free locker where you can put your coat and bag, just ask the staff where they are (they speak english for some of them). On the permanent exhibition “Create Your Future”,… [...] »

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