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Japan’s Respect of the Aged Day (keirō no hi – 敬老の日)

Each year on the third Monday of September Japan celebrates a national public holiday called Respect of the Aged day (Keirō no Hi – 敬老の日). This year it falls on September 17th, on the date that I am writing this blog post, today’s date. This holiday was created to honor and respect Japan’s elderly people, since Japan has a lot of citizens aged 65 and above. After all, Japanese culture is all about treating their elders right and respectfully.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Come on Up Share House Event: Miyakojima Takoyaki Party

What should you do when it is a beautiful day outside in Osaka and you want to spend your time with your friends and housemates? Well, the best thing you can do is to eat Osaka’s soul food, takoyaki! On September 8th 2018 we had a takoyaki party at Miyakojima share house. As part of Come on Up’s monthly event, we came up with the idea to have an Osaka soul food party! As a new intern it was a very nice experience because this was the first event I took part in! 

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Japanese Hanabi Matsuri

Matsuri” in Japanese means festival. Recently I got to experience the magic of a matsuri. There are so many different types of matsuri throughout Japan and they seem to be very popular with the Japanese locals and tourists. These festivals include fireworks most of the time, food stalls, games and people walking the streets in traditional outfits.

A lot of people attend the matsuri and even better dress in the traditional Yukata! For those who don’t know Yukata is the traditional summer kimono and looks absolutely beautiful. Don’t worry gentlemen, because you can also get dressed up and wear this!

Once at University we got to dress in the Yukata! Below is a photo!

I went to a hanabi (fireworks) matsuri in Yodogawa recently and it was magical. People everywhere, dressed in Yukata, eating kakigori and different kinds of street food. Later in the night there were fireworks and oh boy. Typical Japan, they were next level. Nothing like I had ever seen before.
In Australia, we have a few nights throughout the year where the city council puts on a firework display, however nothing like this whatsoever. It usually goes for about 15 minutes and they are pretty average.

In Japan, the fireworks lasted an hour and consisted of making shapes, animals and famous characters like Hello Kitty, Pokémon and Doreamon.

This was my first Japanese hanabi matsuri and I was really taken by surprise by how great it was. A few weeks previous to this, Kyoto holds the “Gion matsuri”, which is the most famous festival in Japan. Throughout all of July there are different events that take place. Luckily enough I got to experience the particularly special event on July 17th where big floats sail through the closed off streets. All of the Japanese get involved and even more come to watch. It is definitely an event to add to your list of things to do here!

This year has been one of the worst for Japan regarding natural disasters. Right now the heat is skyrocketing. Reaching at least 35 degree almost everyday. However this does not seem to stop anyone from attending the matsuri.

You can find all sorts of delicious food there. Things such as: yakitori, takoyaki, cotton candy and yakisoba, ikayaki, okonomiyaki, kakigori, taiyaki and I think the most popular; ringo ame (candy apple).

Be sure to try out some of these delicacies if you ever attend a matsuri!

Bare with me, photos of fireworks never turn out the way you want.

If the festival sets off the child in you and you want to have some fun, I highly recommend buying some do it yourself fireworks.

These come in all shapes and sizes, ranging from 1,000 yen to roughly 7,000 yen ($13-$85). Believe it or not, it is actually legal in Japan! Just be careful of where you do it.

The first time I did gave me the shock of my life.

Let’s flashback to March
It was around midnight; my friend, his brother and I all rode our bikes to the river to put on a display of fireworks for the surrounding neighbourhood. We had set a few off and there were pretty cool, medium size-ish.

And then we got to one specific firework that came in a little bottle container shaped box. It wasn’t working. We had held the lighter against the string that is meant to light up for about 10 minutes. We fiddled with it over and over. Continuously trying to light it. Almost 20 minutes later I was ready to give up. My friend and I had our faces stuck right into the little container to see if anything was working. A few moments later, it lit up.

I jumped as fast as I could away from the flame. It felt like a movie if you ask me, like James Bond. Luckily for me I had put my phone on record just in case anything happened. (DM me if you want to see the video)

Since then, I have used fireworks on a few other occasions. However nothing that intense has happened. It is always so much fun.

I think these firework packages range from 1,000 yen to around 7,000 yen, which in AUD is roughly $13-$80. It’s definitely something you need to try if you come to Japan and it’s super easy to find them! Check out the grocery stores or “shit stores”. It’s definitely worth it if you want to have a little excitement without forking out heaps of money. Grab a group of friends and light the sky up!

This is what it looks like in the store.

Don’t forget to check out the matsuri festivals, try the street foods and games and watch the firework display!

Stay tuned,
More to come!

Clare

 

 

 

 

 

Crossing Co-Working Space

I started my internship at ComeOnUp last week and I quickly found out how peaceful it is to work here.

It’s an air-powered aircraft. It’s an air-powered aircraft. It’s an air- The space is on the numerous than the 7th floor of a building about 5 minutes walk from Shin Osaka station. The location is just perfect. Just outside of the building you can find a coffee shop and a family mart. windows and open floor plan, with necessary air conditioning to escape the summer heat.

This customers how use this space are always respectful and kind to my colleagues and I. On my first day at the crossing space, a lady I had not met yet approached me and she offered some fruit to my team and I. This shows how I like to work towards goals and succeed! Find like-minded people here.

Somewhere that each person is focused on their own goals and working hard, but still has the time for a small chat and a hello and goodbye everyday.

I feel hearing and talking about it work with colleagues. It is ideas and pushes the motivation. Co-workers have skills in both Japanese and English so if you are coming here, as foreigners with minimal Japanese skills, do not be afraid!

Many different kinds of people visit this space, to work, to study, to read or to hold events.

I had seemed similar types of things in movies like “The Internship” Google movie but that was all.

I had always been on the search for good cafes where you can enjoy coffee without the cookery without co-working I am already known about co-working spaces before then I would’ve definitely steered towards.. I think advertisement should be directed towards university students more than I know many friends who are always going to cafes to Study because the university library is not open very late.

There are about 30 spaces to work at and is not filled with more than 7 people so it is not not usually crowded or loud.

The Crossing charges 1,000 Yen / day or you can opt for the monthly option of 9,000 / month. The monthly option includes special 24/7 access, whereas daily users are limited to the opening hours.

Find out more on the website below and check out the Instagram page.
I look forward to meeting you!
Clare

http://crossing.comeonup-house.com/

 

https://www.instagram.com/crossing_coworkingspace/

 

~Kaiyukan Adventure~

Last week, on my day off, I took a short trip to Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.                                              Because I went on a weekday, it was not very crowded. There is an aquarium in my hometown, and it was always one of my favorite places to take field trips to in elementary and middle school. The aquarium was easily accessible by public transportation and easy to find once I got off the subway.

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