Don’t let chopsticks fall on the floor. It’s considered a bad omen.
Eat With Style
Remember that chopsticks are not used to pinch food but to hold it and take it to your mouth.
Hold Your Chopsticks Properly
Hold your chopsticks as far as you can from the tip that touches the food.
Have a Mouthful
Remember that sushi must be eaten whole, so hold it firmly with your chopsticks.
Take the Train in Japan
You can practically get anywhere in Japan by taking the train. Check the routes and ticket costs, or buy a Pass to get a fixed rate.
Get a Roaming Package
Ask your cell phone company about roaming packages in Japan. Also, once at Narita airport you can rent a mobile phone.
Never try ski trails above your level unless you have already practiced enough.
Protect your skin from sun damage because in Winter destinations it can cause more sunburn than at the beach. Also, wear sunglasses.
Get the Best View
In order to get to Owakundani take the cable car. Take pictures on the way because it is from that distance and height that you’ll have the best views of this site.
Enjoy Good Eats
Black egg bags contain 5 eggs. One bag is enough to enjoy this tasty snack, but buy extra ones and take them as souvenirs.
Great Views of Mout Fuji
When the fog fades, you can find the best views of Mount Fuji from Hakone.
Meet Japan's Emperor
If you want to meet Japan’s emperor, travel to Japan on December 23rd or January 2nd, when he and his family go out in public in order to celebrate his birthday and the New Year.
Buy a Safe Travel Amulet
When you visit Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Temple in Kamakura, buy a Ryokō-anzen-mamori amulet, which guarantees safe travels. The amulet may be separated into two parts: you should keep one part with you and tie the other part to your luggage.
Find Your Style
In order to choose a special print design for your kimono or katana, take into account that more elaborate drawings are better represented in bigger objects. Choose among flowers, linear forms or even plain designs.
Find Your Style
If you want to buy kimono you can wear on summer days, buy a Yukata; and if you want a semi-formal one, choose a Furisode.
Find Your Style
Choose a short kimono and wear it as a blouse paired with jeans, leggings or a skirt.
Visit Yoshikien Garden
During your trip to Nara, visit Yoshikien, a Japanese attraction that houses three unique gardens: a pond garden, a moss garden, and a tea ceremony garden.
Read Rudyard Kipling Before Going to Kamakura
Before visiting the Buddha of Kamakura, read Kim, a novel by Rudyard Kipling. Several of the verses included in the first chapters of this novel make reference to this Japanese sculpture the author visited on a trip he made in 1892.
Enjoy Good Eats
Remember that chili pepper is frequently used in Mexican cuisine, so before you order a dish, ask your waiter whether or not it’s spicy.
Enjoy Good Eats
Try a freshly made corn tortilla filled with avocado, a pinch of salt and a few drops of hot sauce.
Beware of Cultural Perspectives!
When a Mexican says that something is “a little bit spicy” consider that it’s three times as spicy as he says.
Eat Without Worries
There’s Mexican food that’s prepared without chili, so don’t worry if you’re not used to spicy dishes and you’re traveling to this country.
Forget About Your Diet
You mustn’t forget that many Mexican dishes have a high colorie content, so prepare to gain some weight during your trip.
Eat Well and Save
Look for local markets where you can try authentic Mexican food and save.
Try Typical Dishes
Try the typical dishes at each Mexican state. You’ll be fascinated by the diverse flavors and varieties of récipes you’ll find in this country.
Choose the Best Hotel Location
If you plan a visit to Hakone reserve a hotel in Tokyo, which is only 2 hours away from this destination.
Plan a Route
The Tokyo Sky Tree is very close to Asakusa, one of the most popular boroughs in Tokyo. Profit the chance to visit several attractions in one day.
Find the Best Views
From top of the Tokyo Sky Tree you’ll have one of the best panoramic views of the city because you’ll get to see above the skyline, so make the most of your camera.
Fill Your Memories with Light
Prepare your camera and photograph the Tokyo Sky Tree at night, when they light the tower with LED lights in blue and purple shades.
How to Pray in a Shinto Temple
Put your hands together in prayer. Close your eyes and make a wish. Clap twice at a moderate speed and volume. Bow.
Some documents show that chopsticks were in use 5000 years ago.
Japanese Chopsticks vs Chinese Chopsticks
Chinese chopsticks are somewhat round while Japanese chopsticks usually end in sharp points.
Japanese Chopsticks in the Byzantine Empire
There are documents that show that the Byzantines used chopsticks.
Chopsticks must be manufactured with fire resistant wood.
The country that has the greatest number of ski stations is Japan, with 547.
Skiing Around the World
Almost 70 countries around the world house at least one ski station.
Valley of Hell
Because it is a sulfurous zone, Hakone is known as the Valley of Hell.
A Huge Explosion
Owakuzawa crater resulted from an explosion that occurred approximately 3000 years ago.
Japan's Former Capital
Kyoto was the capital of Japan for a very long time.
Gold foil on lacquer covers the upper two levels of Kinkaku.
Styles of the Golden Pavilion
The 1st level of the Golden Pavilion is built in the shinden style of the 11th century imperial aristocracy. The 2nd one is in buke style of the warrior aristocracy. The top level shows the Chinese zenshu-butsuden style.
Golden Pavilion’s Icon
Kinkaku’s main icon is a stone statue of the Buddhist deity Fudo-myo-o. It’s thought to have been made in the 9th century by Kobo-daishi, founder of the Shingon sect of Buddhism.
A Special Garden
The garden surrounding the Golden Pavilion is listed as a National Special Historic Site and Special Place of Scenic Beauty.
A Flower in Full Bloom
Sakura or Cherry blossom is one of Japan’s symbols. That’s why when in blooms in spring they have a festival and picnic celebration known as Hanami.
Lots of Places to Study
In Tokyo there are over 150 universities.
From Sumo to Baseball
Sumo wrestling is a popular sport in Japan. However, in Tokyo, as in Chicago and Seoul, you’ll find two huge major league baseball stadiums.
The Cost of Luck
Amulets can be bought at different Japanese shrines and temples. Their costs vary between 800 to 1500 yen, depending on how ellaborate their design is.
Whenever a Samurai injured his opponent with a katana, after making the Chiburi movement to shake the blood off they used a type of paper called Kaishi to wipe the blade.
A Katana’s wooden replica is called a Bokken. It’s used to keep apprentices from getting injured.
Omizutori in Todiji Temple
Omizutori is a series of events held every March 1st to 14th at Todaiji Temple. These Buddhist rituals have been organized for more than 1250 years and they celebrate the second month of the lunar calendar. During the events, giant torches of up to 8 meters are hung from a balcony, lit and held over the crowd. The burning embers that shower are said to guarantee onlookers a safe year.
The Big Buddha of Kamakura in numbers
In total, the Daibutsu of Kamakura measures more than 43.8 ft. Its faces measures 7 ft. 9 in., while each eye is 3 ft. 3 in. wide and its mouth is 2 ft. 8 in. wide. Its ears are particularly large with a height of 6 ft. 3 in.
Spicy but Safe
Even though habanero chili is very spicy, it’s not hard on your stomach.
Pico de gallo is a cold “sauce” or topping prepared with diced tomato, onion and Green chili. It’s not very spicy.
Sweet and Spicy
Not everything in Mexican cuisine is spicy.
Typical Mexican Dishes
In each Mexican state you’ll find different and unique typical dishes.
Most Prehispanic original recipes are vegetarian.
Etiquette in Austria
In Austria it’s impolite to put your hands under the table while eating.
Mexican food has a Prehispanic origin, so corn is its main component.
Chili pepper is a staple product in Mexican gastronomy. They say that a Mexican who doesn’t each chili is not a Mexican.
The Perfect Companion
Corn tortillas are the perfect pair for all Mexican dishes.
Mexico introduced chocolate, chili and corn to Europe.
There’s a Mexican tamal (dish) called zacahuil which weighs approximately 70 kilos. It’s prepared with chicken or pork, ancho, guajillo and morita chili, and it’s wrapped in banana leaves.
Sky High Transmissions
The Tokyo Sky tree is the tallest transmission tower in the world with its 634 meters.
The Tokyo Sky Tree was built in order to achieve a better transmission because the signal that was transmitted from the previous tower that was 333 meters tall was always obstructed.
Sky High Architecture
The Tokyo Sky Tree is presently the second tallest man-made structure.
Even though Japanese people use Arabic numbers for many things, in your trip you will notice that in most of the small typical restaurants, the prices are written in kanji.
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