Kakigori or Japanese Shaved Ice

Kakigori is a Japanese shaved ice dessert flavored with syrup and condensed milk. During the hot summer months, kakigōri is sold virtually everywhere in Japan. Some shops serve it with ice cream and sweetened red beans.

Matsumoto Castle

Amazing Matsumoto Castle is one of the most complete and beautiful among Japan's original castles.

Wishes Wooden Tablets

Wishes Wooden Tablets

Ema are wooden tablets on which to write one's wishes and hang in in a shrine in Japan.

Sakabayashi or Sugitama

Sakabayashi or Sugitama

Sakabayashi or Sugitama is used to inform everyone that new sake has been made. A sugitama is made from fresh pine leaves. And as the sugitama dries and changes color, it lets people know how much the sake has been matured.

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