I already told you about halal food in Japan on these two previous blog posts. Now, we can say we are familiar with the case. As I previously said, this concept is only developing from five to nearly ten years ago, as tourists and visitors from South-East Asia (Indonesia, Malaysia) increased. We have nowadays halal sukiyaki, yakiniku, ramen and so on. Here, I would like to introduce you with two cases. What if you only transit through a Japanese airport or if on the contrary, you start to live here? Transiting through Japan As the rest of the country, airports also have their muslim friendly restaurants. If you stop in […]
In a previous blog post, I introduced you halal foods in Japan. This concept is only developing from five to nearly ten years ago, as tourists and visitors from South-East Asia (Indonesia, Malaysia) increased. After ramen, I can introduce you three Japanese popular food you can now find halal in Osaka and in other places in Japan: sukiyaki, shabushabu and yakiniku. Enjoy! Sukiyaki & Shabushabu Sukiyaki and shabu-shabu are Japanese hotpot dishes (nabemono). Like ramen, they are a popular Japanese cuisine, although they are often more expensive. But we think it’s worth the price! I recommend giving them a try! Sukiyaki consists of meat (usually thinly sliced beef) which is […]
Many people come to Japan, to Osaka to taste Japanese and Osakan food: sushi, ramen, konamon (okonomiyaki, takoyaki), etc. Visitors from Islamic countries are able to enjoy sushi and konamon without any problems as they mostly consist of fish and vegetables. But until recently, it was difficult to enjoy other Japanese foods such as ramen, yakiniku and sukiyaki (which are mostly meat) as these dishes are not halal. What a pity! The good news is, in the past five years, Muslim friendly Japanese restaurants have increased. Now you can eat ramen and sukiyaki even if you are Muslim here in Osaka. I took the time to check out some of […]
We continue our walk near Nara Park after Kofukuji Temple and the Prefectural Government Office. We now go to Todaiji Temple, which belongs to the UNESCO World Heritage. It is a 20 minute walk from Kintetsu Nara Station. We walk and at our left, a path leads us to Nandaimon, literally the South Great Portal. Todaiji is a buddhist temple, or better: a complex which makes Nara famous all around the World, especially for its Great Buddha. This Buddha is made from bronze, is 15 meters tall, weighs 300 tons and it is the biggest sitting Buddha in Japan. The temple was founded on the 8th century to protect the […]
There is a good one unknown tourism spot in Nara City… It is the Prefectural Government Office rooftop! For me, it is a must to go but unfortunately, tourists who know this spot are few. The Prefectural Government Office is near Nara Park, in front of Kofukuji. Its entrance is free. You can access to the rooftop through elevators. Level 2 if you are braver. You can go up the 30 meters high grass rooftop, stairs allows you to go up at 50 meters. Take your breath after you went up and you can admire the view! North, south, east, west, the view of all the neighborhood is even over […]
To continue to speak about Nara Park, we can pass through the buddhist temple Kofukuji. Part of the UNESCO World Heritage, this temple is located a 5 minute walk from Kintetsu Nara station and it will probably be the first temple you will visit when you arrive to Nara. This temple was found in 669 in Kyoto, then moved to Fujiwara-kyo and finally established on its current location in 710, in the same time as Heijo-kyo Capital. It was the main temple of the Fujiwara clan, important family during this time. Kofukuji were composed of 150 buildings during its glorious times! From before, eight remained, then one was added to […]
We continue to speak about deer and in this post, we present you Nara Park. Firstable, you can access the park from Kintetsu or JR Nara stations. Kintetsu Nara, a 10 minute walk, is closer but if you have the JR pass, JR Nara, a 20 minute walk, is also great. And so, you go out your station, you go straight and here it is! The park is 660 hectares wide, it was founded in 1880 and Nara Prefecture is in charge. Inside, you have Kofukuji and Todaiji temples, the great shrine Kasuga Taisha, the national museum and the mounts nearby, like the mount Wakakusa (a lot of blog posts […]
Oh ! To be hungry is not a reason to eat so whatever! Well, for deer, paper is just like vegetable…I have heard stories they also happened to eat 10,000 JPY banknotes, unfortunate humans. Be careful, especially when they are hungry. Well…Nara is well known, you might have understood, by its deer. In winter and in summer, even with shika senbei, food is getting rare for our friends. Humans help them to feed, on certain dates using acorns. They call deer for breakfast from 10:00 to 10:15 am using horns. And here, we can see an interesting spectacle. Here is a video to show you. More information on « Visit Nara »‘s […]
How to interact with Nara deer?We continue to speak about them. We already told you about shika senbei, one of the ways to feed them. They are sold by 10 for 200 yens in dedicated stalls or shops, here and there in Nara Park. Unfortunately, many tourists do not do so well to feed the deer. Take out your biscuit in the middle of a group of deer and it is terrible! But do not worry and listen: we have the technique for you. Deer had been living among Japanese people for more than 1300 ans and they took their habit to bow to salute them. It is what they […]
To start to present you Nara, we should firstable speak about its deer, shika. You cannot miss them when you visit the city. These 1400 deer are protected as Japanese important cultural goods in the city and they usually stay in the park. They like shika senbei, biscuits for deer. By the way, biscuits are on sale here and there in stalls and shops all around the park. To give them some is a true attraction! We will show you how to proceed next time. Deer are everywhere, moreover if you come to visit Nara with Guicéna ! We are waiting for you!