On the perfect sunny day, how would you spend your precious day off? Playing golf with your colleague? Going for a small trip to somewhere? Walking round museums? Studying Japanese Kanji? Playing the piano? Going to go shopping and movie? Dating with your girlfriend or boyfriend? Or…you must be spending your whole day in the bed!!

Good and welcoming news for those who cannot decide how to spend your day off! Today, we would like to share some information about great Japanese-mood café, we highly and strongly recommend spending your lovely holiday at.

After five-minuets walking from the Jiyugaoka—自由が丘 station (crossing Tokyu-toyoko line and Tokyu-Oimachi line), you can find out the perfectly cozy, welcoming, reluxing café space on the head of the small hill; we call that place, “Kosoan—古桑庵”.

Very historical and in taste construction had been from Taisho Period—大正時代 (1912-1926). To be surprising enough, maybe not all but most of the building of Kosoan—古桑案 is maintained as it was at Taisho Period—大正時代. Also, the name of café “Kosoan—古桑庵” was given by Joji Matsuoka—松岡譲氏, son-in law of Souseki Natsume—夏目漱石, one of the most famous and best writers in Japan. Besides, it is said that since the most part of house were made with wood of Kuwa—桑(mulberry tree), he named it kosoan—古桑庵.


Café space is surrounded by full of green and little cute birds are always singing on the branch. In such a relaxed atmosphere, you can enjoy variety of Kanmi—甘味, Japanese style sweets.

Kakigori—かき氷; Shaved ice with flavored simple syrup


Anmitsu—あんみつ; bean jam and pieces of fruit served in syrup


Maccha—抹茶; prepared by hand of powered green tea


And more, they have a small gallery there. We’re actually able to enjoy valuable collection of antiques, hand-made accessories, painting by famous artists, and so on. You had better check it out before visiting what is displaying now on the gallery, since it would be changing depends on the period of the time.


For those of you…who want to escape from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo, who want to feel old-time Japanese in mood of relaxing, who want to taste traditional Japanese Kanmi—甘味, and who want to enjoy some galleries, we do recommend visiting here and got relaxed for the power of your daily life.

Now no choice for you on the holiday except for visiting Kosoan—古桑庵? Why don’t you spend your day off in perfect Japanese café!

More information about “Kosoan—古桑庵” can be found here.Click here below and get some detail!


Have a lovely and wonderful cafe time at Kosoan—古桑庵!

The unique way to know Japanese people’s hometown

Do you know how many Japanese recipes?

Maybe you might answer the dish such as Sushi, Sukiyaki, Templa, and so on. These kinds of foods are also traditional Japanese food; however, there are more familiar and traditional foods among Japanese people. It is so-called home-cooked Japanese dish, “家庭料理[kateiryo-ri]”.

Today, I would like to introduce the recipe of the dish “肉じゃが(Nikujaga). This is one of the most famous foods among Japan. ‘Niku’ means meat and ‘jaga’ means potates. The interesting point of this food is that you can guess the people’s hometown by what meat they use in it.region

This is because, there is some difference in the ingredient: the upper region from Chubu tends to use pork, on the other hands, lower region often use beef in it. My hometown is lower region in Japan, so I will introduce the recipe which use beef.

Nikujaga’s ingredients is vegetable oil, beef, thick slices onion, Yukon gold potates, large cut carrot, fresh shiitake mushrooms, sake, dashi, sugar, salt, soy sauce, shirataki noodles, and trimmed green beans. First of all, stir-fry the beef until it gets brown in the pot. Then add the vegetables except green beans and continue to cook until it is thoroughly cooked. After that, add the dashi and seasonings by dashi, sugar, salt, and soy sauce order. Then add Shirataki noodles and cover with a lid and cook on medium heat for 20 minutes.  After of all, add the green beans and serve the dish.


You might notice many Japanese traditional seasoning is includes this list, and it looks difficult to cook. But, there are many variations also among in Japanese people, because it is home cooked recipe. So, I would like you to enjoy this dish freely without being eager.


Most of Japanese learners, probably get into a panic over tons of numbers of Kanji. That is so same with even Japanese.

Basically, very beginning of kanji is just a brief illustration drawn by the people. (To be exact, not all of them but most of them)

With the passing of the years, the rough illustrations turned into more lines or dots, and they finally got to be shaped into current form around two thousand years ago.

It is impossible to count it down exactly how many numbers Kanji are, however it is often listed 2,000 of those as in frequent use.

Well, you always wondering how to defeat your tough enemy (I mean Kanji of course).No worry, you’ll have already started the journey of Kanji-master after 5 minute-reading.

All right, let’s get started!


First one is 『男』, means “man” and is pronounced “otoko” in Japanese.

As in the picture, a man uses his powerful strength to pull a plough across the extensive rice field. In old the time, it was a mainly man to be engaged in agriculture. Who needs a tractor?


『火』is the second one to be introduced, meaning “fire” and is pronounced “hi” in Japanese. It is just simply expressing the situation of the flames leaping from the fierce fire.


In the third, let me introduce about 『月』.It means “moon” and is pronounced “tsuki” in Japanese.People of long ago drew the view, two clouds drifting past the moon.


Number four, I would like to introduce about 『木』, means “tree” and is pronounced “ki” in Japanese.

You can see the figure of a tree filled with fully fresh green leaves in the picture right down.


Fifth one is 『土』, means “ground” and is pronounced “tsuchi” in Japanese.

In earlier times, farmers were trying to develop their fields to be rich in order to plenty harvest. The illustration must be come from their hoping to the ground.


Number six, I would like to introduce about 『中』, means “middle” and is pronounced “naka” in Japanese. This is showing the situation, hammer a stake through the middle of the block.


The very finally, let me introduce about 『目』, means “eye” and is pronounced “me” in Japanese. You already found that it is just expressing big, staring eye.

Now, you are fascinated by this incredibly sophisticated language, Kanji.

More and more you understand the meaning of the background, Kanji is far and far away from something unknown, complicated, and difficult.Hang in there! You already found the way to enjoy learning Kanji!

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