Local Korokke Festival

Mr. J and I live in a somewhat rural part of Japan.  I really like the area we live in, but sometimes other foreigners that are new to Japan and get placed here go on about how there’s nothing to do and how they wish they were living in Tokyo or a bigger city.  Besides easier access to concerts, conventions, and huge shopping areas, I can’t think of anything Tokyo and other bigger cities have that rural ones don’t.  Believe me, I’ve lived in Tokyo.  😉

I find most of the time the problem is that people just don’t know where to look.  For example, the shrine we took a walk through in last week’s 7-5-3 post held a korokke (Japanese loan word for croquette) festival during the holiday weekend.  Our area is always putting on various events to introduce local cuisine/culture like this one, but if we hadn’t seen fliers for it or heard about it through a friends, we probably wouldn’t have known it was going on.

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A Visit to the Cat Cafe

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Cat Cafe Nyanko
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With a sizable amount of the population living in rental properties due to exorbitant land costs for building a family home, owning a pet is often not an option.  But that’s okay, because Japan’s marketing experts have come up with just the thing!  For a small entry fee or the cost of a few drinks, you can chill, feed, pet, play, and take pics with cute and cuddly animals waiting for some lovin’s at dog and cat cafes all across the country.

Since I’ve long accepted that I can’t own every cat in the world, I’ve always particularly found the idea of cat cafes appealing.  Play and love on a bunch of kitties without the hassle of cleaning litter boxes?  Yep, that’s right up my alley!  Little did I know there was a cat cafe hidden on a street I often take to work, right in our neighborhood.

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Culture Day and School Culture Festivals

November 3rd is Culture Day (Bunka no Hi) in Japan, and around this time most schools will put on some kind of cultural festival or event for a day or weekend to showcase students’ artistic abilities and/or raise money for the school and it’s various clubs and programs.

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