June 2017 - Vikingess Voyages

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Sightseeing in Kanazawa: The Nomura Samurai Family Residence - 野村家屋敷跡

10:50:00 PM

In an area of Kanazawa called Nagamachi (長町) you can visit the Nomura Residence, also known as the “Samurai House” and home to the Nomura clan for as many as 10 generations. Most of the original samurai houses have either been destroyed or commercially developed, so it is quite unique to have the chance to visit a samurai house in its original shape. Even if you're not interested in samurais you can still enjoy the sight of the well-preserved Edo architecture and not to mention the beautiful Japanese garden.
Above: Walking through Nagamachi on the way to the Samurai House

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Japanese Sake Fair 2017 in Ikebukuro Sunshine City - 日本酒フェア

1:14:00 PM

This weekend the Japanese Sake Fair 2017 is being held in Ikebukuro's Sunshine City, and people participating in the event have the opportunity to try sake from more than 800 sake breweries from all over Japan. Yesterday I had the chance to participate in an exclusive opening event where we got a pre-taste of today(17/6)'s fair.
 At the opening event we got to learn more about sake through a couple of interesting lectures, including an introduction to autophagy held by 2016 Nobel Prize laureate Mr. Yoshinori Ohsumi.


After the lectures it was time to try out some of the sake. We all got presented with a cute ochoko sake cup, and were free to walk around the venue trying sake from different prefectures and talking to representative of the different sakagura (breweries).



45 Japanese prefectures were represented at the fair, and among the sake you get to try at there are 430 award-winning brands from the Annual Japan Sake Awards. As you can imagine they all have their distinguished flavor and aroma, so whether you are a huge sake fan or not you might just find yourself a new favorite sake at this event.


The event lasts only for one day, and this year it is divided into two sessions lasting from 10 am - 2 pm and 3:30 - 7 pm so there's no time to wait for those who want to visit this year's Sake Fair!

Basic Info
  • ・Name of Event: Japanese Sake Fair (日本酒フェア)
  • ・Place: Ikebukuro Sunshine City
    • 〒170-0013 Tōkyō-to, Toshima-ku, Higashiikebukuro, 3丁目1−1番
  • ・Time: 10 am - 2 pm and 3:30 - 7 pm
  • ・Entrance Fee: 4000 yen when buying tickets at the door
  • ・Official Home Page:http://www.japansake.or.jp/sake/fair/

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Dates for Pikachu Outbreak in Yokohama 2017 announced!

10:57:00 PM
One of the most popular events in Yokohama in recent years, the "Pikachu Tairyou Hassei-Chu", has been scheduled to take place in Yokohama again from August 9 - 15th 2017. The title of this year's event is "ピカチュウだけじゃない ピカチュウ大量発生チュウ" or "Not only Pikachu - Pikachu Outbreak" so one can imagine that Pikachu will get company from some of his other pokemon friends this time... Like last year the festival will take place around the Minato Mirai area, and there will be various activities taking place through the whole period of the festival. 

The event is mainly taking place at the following places:
  • Minato Mirai's Sakura Dori (横浜市西区みなとみらい さくら通り) 
  • Queen's Square (クイーンズスクエア横浜) 
  • JR Sakuragicho Station (JR桜木町駅)
  • Sakuragicho Station Square (桜木町駅前広場) 
  • Nippon Maru (帆船日本丸)
  • Nippon Maru Memorial Park (日本丸メモリアルパーク) 
  • MARK IS Minato Mirai (MARK IS みなとみらい) 
  • Minato Mirai Station on the Minato Mirai Line (みなとみらい線みなとみらい駅) 
  • Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse (横浜赤レンガ倉庫) 
  • Yokohama Cosmo World (よこはまコスモワールド) 
  • Landmark Plaza (ランドマークプラザ) 
  • Yokohama World Porters (横浜ワールドポーターズ)

For those who are interested in the event, check out my blog post from last year's Pikachu Outbreak here





Basic information

  • Pikachu Outbreak Yokohama - ピカチュウ大量発生チュウ!
  • (In: Sakuragicho - Minato Mirai - Nippon Maru - World Porters - Red Brick Warehouse & Vicinity)
  • ・Access: You can reach all the interesting spots by foot from Sakuragicho Station
  • ・Event Period: August 7th - 14th
  • ・Homepage: Official Page (Japanese only)


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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Tokyo Sightseeing: A Day with Kimono Rental in Asakusa

10:26:00 PM

One of the things that can be recommended as a cultural experience for people visiting Japan is to combine a day sightseeing with trying to wear the traditional Japanese clothing kimono or yukata. Even for Japanese people wearing a kimono is not something you have the chance to every day, and even most Japanese people only were kimono for special occasions a couple of times a year. 

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