Happy Easter

Have a Happy Easter!

Easter is holiday Japanese people do not celebrate. Japan is usually good at commercializing all holidays.
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Sawdust Painting Kit from Japan

Uchikura & Co is looking for a distributor in the US and Canada for this colored sawdust painting kit from Japan. If you are looking for something unique to sell, please let us know. We can private label the product as well.

Kenichi Uchikura
CEO / Founder
1404 140th Place NE, Bellevue, WA 98007-3925

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Japanese People Do Not Understand

What is funny?
Product naming in Japan.

There are many products in Japan that has alphabets as the name. "Calpis" and "Creap" are very famous for weird names for westerners. Japanese people do not understand the meaning of the sound or the meaning itself to know if the product name sound funny.

This is not funny name ... but it is a very odd name.But most Japanese will not understand.
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Do you like UNIQLO?

Uniqlo Co., Ltd. (株式会社ユニクロ, Kabushiki-gaisha Yunikuro) (US: /ˈjuːnikloʊ/ YOO-nee-klo; Japanese pronunciation: [jɯɲikɯɾo]) is a Japanese casual wear designer, manufacturer and retailer. The company has been a wholly owned subsidiary of Fast Retailing Co., Ltd.

If you like UNIQLO, they are having a u=huge sale in the US.

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お守り Omamori

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お花見 Ohanami

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Sake 酒

Do you like Japanese Sake?

For a while Japanese sake consumption in Japan was down but recently sake is coming back due to the effort from the Sakagura 酒蔵 in Japan. There are many 地酒 Local Sake in Japan as well.

When you visit Japan and if you are over the drinking age of 20 (not 19 nor 21), you can enjoy sake as well.

Places to enjoy sake

- Izakaya 居酒屋
- Robata 炉端
- Onsen 温泉
- Ryokan 旅館
- Japanese Restaurant 和食
- Nomiya 飲み屋
- Tachinomi 立呑
- Sushi 寿司
- Soba 蕎麦
- Tempura 天ぷら
and Vending Machine 自販機
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Mortor Cycle Permit in Japan

There are different permit for different size of engine.

- Gnetsuki 原付き ~50cc
- Cyugata 中型 ~400cc
- Oogata 大型 ~No Limit

When you transfer (if possible) your motorcycle endorsement to Japanese license, you usually get Oogata Permit.
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Inspired by "The Phone of the Wind" !!!

We created Post In Heaven so that you can write anything you want without worrying about anyone will read it. This message board is design for you to write and post but it only posts in your heart. You can write anything you want.

This was inspired by the NHK special called "The Phone of the Wind".


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Why are people so Healthy in Japan?

Interesting video.

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Japan Rail Pass

This my Nozomi Ticket
I do not travel enough to justify Japan Rail Pass.
One way to save money in transportation within Japan is to use Japan Rail Pass. One thing you need to know is that you are not allowed to use JRP to raise Nozomi Super Express Trains. You cam still ride HIKARI and KODAMA which may take 1/2 or more longer between Tokyo and Kyoto.

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Nestle Kit Kat Japan

Japan is the only country where you will find the variety of Kit Kat flavors. This Kit Kat is linked to Kit Kat website in Japan.
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Anime Fan

If you know what Anime I am talking about by looking at this car ... You really are an anime fan. What anime is this?
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Gifts from Japan

What do you ringback from Japan?
In our office, when someone come back from Japan, they bring some sweets.
I personally bring back おむすび Omusubi
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Airports in Japan

Narita International Airport
Here are top busiest International Airport in Japan.

  • Haneda Airport HND (Tokyo)
  • Narita International Airport NRT (Chiba/Tokyo)
  • Kansai International Airport KIX (Osaka)
  • Fukuoka Airport FUK (Fukuoka)
  • New Chitose Airport CTS (Hokkaido)
  • Naha Airport OKA (Okinawa)
  • Osaka International Airport ITM (Osaka)
  • Chūbu Centrair International Airport NGO (Nagoya)

    If you are flying to Tokyo, you will be likely landing at Narita or Haneda. If you are going to Osaka, you will be likely flying to Kansai, unless you are transmitting from Narita to Haneda.

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    Olympics is Coming to Tokyo in 2020

    Next Olympic and Paralympic will be held in Tokyo in 2020. Are you planning to go there? If you are should start planning now.
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    Tonkatsu Tonki / Meguro Tokyo

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    For years, sushi has been the unquestionable popularity champion of Japanese food in the US, but in recent years ramen has risen as a formidable challenger.

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    The Suica is a prepaid e-money card for moving around and shopping. There is no more need to buy a ticket from a vending machine. Just touch your Suica to the ticket gate and the fare is automatically deducted from your Suica. The Suica can be used not only for JR East trains, but subways and buses as well.

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    Where can you use your mobile phone to talk?

    There are many places you are asked not to talk on the phone.

    - Restaurant / Coffee Shop
    - In a bus or train
    - In a elevator

    Basically, people do not want to hear your story. If you need to talk, go somewhere there is nobody listening. It is the good rule.
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    Japan Fair 2018 Exhibitor Early Bird Special

    Japan Fair 2018 will take place in Bellevue, Washington on July 7 to 8, 2018. It will attract more than 20,000 people around Bellevue. If you would like to exit, the cost is $500 but of you register before the end of March, you will save $150.

    If you are interested, please contact me or Japan Fair office.

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    3/11 Memorial

    Shinjyuku a week after !!!
    Same area last month.
    7 Years ago, Took area of japan experienced 9.0 earthquake and tsunami. It took over 18,500 lives and crippled nuclear power plants. One point we had over 400,000 evacuees. How there are still about 70,000 people living in the shelters.

    Recovery efforts are done but it will take years and years especially nuclear power plants. The pictures you see here are taken a week after the earthquake and last month. Japan went into an extreme power saving mode back then.

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    US Daylight Saving Hour Starts Tomorrow

    Japan Standard Time
    Akashi, Hyogo, Japan

    Japan Standard Time

    US Pacific Standard Time
    Los Angeles / Seattle

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    Do you Kit Kat?

    Only in Japan there are different flavors of Kit Kat.

    Citrus Golden Blend
    Shinshu Apple
    Edamame Soybean
    Purple Sweet Potato
    Hot Japanese Chili
    Cinnamon Cookie
    Strawberry Cheesecake
    Blueberry Cheesecake
    Matcha-Green Tea
    Hojicha Roasted Tea
    Brown Sugar Syrup
    Red Bean Sandwich
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    All Free Drinks

    As far as I know Japan I the only country where you can buy a beer like drink that has no calories, no sugar, no alcohol (0%). I really like the drink
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    Randoseru / ランドセル

    A randoseru (ランドセル) is a firm-sided backpack made of stitched firm leather or leather-like synthetic material, most commonly used in Japan by elementary schoolchildren. Traditionally it is given to a child upon beginning his or her first year of school, whereupon the child uses the same bag until grade 6. The term is a borrowed word from the Dutch "ransel" meaning "backpack", a clue to its origins nearly 200 years ago as used in the Netherlands.


    I heard Randseru is becoming popular among the adults in Europe ... I do not know if that is true.
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    You only find "Square Water Melon", "White Strawberry" and $10 piece of chocolate in Japan. No, people usually do not eat them regularly, they are used mainly as gifts.

    When you come back from Japan, what should you bring back?

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    Hotels in Japan

    There are many types of hotels in Japan and they are

    - Capsule Hotel / Sauna Hotel
    - Minsyuku (Japanese Style Bed and Breakfast)
    - Business Hotel
    - Love Hotel
    - City Hotel

    You can spend $15 per night to over $400 per night or more.
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    Capsule Hotel

    You can stay in downtown Tokyo and Osaka Metro area for $15 to $50 per night if you use capsule hotel. You can check for availability using any of the travel booking sites including hotels.com, expedia.com and so on.

    They are so cheap and very popular, so you need to book early. Those capsule hotels are usually provide big bath and sauna.
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    Tattoos in Japan

    Tattoo is considered that you are a part of gang organization (or Yakuza) in Japan. There for many establishments (mainly public baths, sauna and Onsen) prohibits people with tattoo from entering. It includes one point tattoo like a little butterfly and flower and even a name except for medical reasons.

    If you have one point tattoo, we suggest you buy a sticker to cover your tattoo. You can question like if your culture encourage people to have tattoo, in case of like Polynesian Tattoo. I am sure there will be a lot of talk about this issue as Japan is getting ready for 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
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    Always Carry Your Passport in Japan

    Buisness as usual: A police officer takes a passport from a passenger at Narita International Airport, Chiba Prefecture, during a security check in August 2013. Tourists staying in Japan for less than three months must always carry a passport. | KYODO

    Also police has a right to search your possession in Japan without court order. Well, actually they do not, but they do ask you "If it is okay." ... If you say "No" ... you can get detained. If you resist, you will be searched.

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    Guns are not allowed in Japan

    Only in Anime
    Only in movie
    Guns are banned in japan or they are strictly controlled. I heard one point that even a police guns have no bullet in the first chamber. This does not mean Japan has no mass murders ... just guns are not often used.

    Oh by the way, Japanese swords are not permitted either. Did you know that?
    So, if you are visiting Japan, DO NOT BRING YOUR KNIFE!!!

    Any fixed knife containing a blade length of 15 cm or more requires permission from the prefectural public safety commission in order to possess. Permission requirements also apply to any type of pocket knife over 6 cm (including Automatic Knives), spears over 15 cm in blade length, and Japanese halberds.[32] All knives with a blade length over 8 cm are prohibited from being carried, under a crime law,[33] with an exception for carrying for duty or other justifiable reasons. Possession is considered a petty crime and is not usually punishable by prison time. However, in cases where assault occurs with the knife, there is a penalty of up to 2 years prison or up to a ¥300000 fine. Folding knives with a blade length less than 8 cm (such as Swiss Army knives) are permitted, while SAK with a lock blade are prohibited from being carried.
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    Trade Shows in Japan

    Tokyo Motor Show, Omocha (Toy) Show and other trade shows in Japan may be the place to go. When you know you are going to Japan, check what kind of trade shows are available while you are in Japan.
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