Films

Making Taiyaki, Daimaru Department Store, Ashiya

Making Taiyaki, Daimaru Department Store, Ashiya

Making Taiyaki, Daimaru Department Store In this short film, we see how the popular fish-shaped snack taiyaki are made. Taiyaki (literally “baked sea bream”) are Japanese fish-shaped cakes, made using pancake or waffle batter. The most common filling is red bean paste that is made from sweetened azuki beans. Other common fillings include custard, chocolate, cheese, and sweet potato. In this film, shot in the food hall of Daimaru department store in Ashiya, Hyogo Prefecture,…

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A Walk Around Nakanoike Ryokuchi Park, Ashiya

A Walk Around Nakanoike Ryokuchi Park, Ashiya

Nakanoike Ryokuchi Park In this short film, we take a relaxing stroll through the suburbs of Ashiya to Nakanoike Ryokuchi Park. Ashiya is our home when we are in Japan. It is in Hyogo Prefecture, (on the main island of Honshu) close to Kobe, and not far from Kyoto and Osaka. Nakanoike Ryokuchi Park is a modest municipal park built around a pond, where ducks, koi card and turtles make their homes. We walk along…

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Limousine Bus to Kobe Minato Onsen, Luxury Ryokan REN

Limousine Bus to Kobe Minato Onsen, Luxury Ryokan REN

  Sit back. Relax. Let’s ride to the spa. Kobe Minato Onsen is a luxury contemporary ryokan and natural hot spring, just five minutes from the heart of Kobe city centre. Located in a prime location, overlooking Kobe’s famous Harbourland, the hotel offers extensive, spa, health, dining, pool, sporting, yoga, personal training and relaxation facilities. Not only for guests but to those taking advantage of its Day Spa – which we indulged in. Included within…

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This Is How You Make Okonomiyaki! – Ajinoya Restaurant Osaka

This Is How You Make Okonomiyaki! – Ajinoya Restaurant Osaka

  Ajinoya is a go-to restaurant in Osaka specialising in okonomiyaki and yakisoba dishes. Staff prepare, mix and then cook the food on a hotplate at your table in front of you. Okonomiyaki is a Japanese savoury pancake containing a variety of ingredients. The name is derived from the word okonomi, meaning “how you like” or “what you like”, and yaki meaning “grill”. Okonomiyaki is mainly associated with the Kansai or Hiroshima areas of Japan….

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Boiling Eggs at Japan’s Oldest Hotspring – Yunomine Onsen

Boiling Eggs at Japan’s Oldest Hotspring – Yunomine Onsen

  Yunomine Onsen village, commonly referred to as Japan’ s oldest spa, can be found nestled in the sacred mountains of Kumano in Wakayama Prefecture, Honshu. The village was built on a natural hotspring where the waters are naturally heated up to 90 degrees. High quantities of sulpher in the water creates myriad colours on the rocks. The sulpher also adds to the water’s medicinal properties. Along the riverside, just below the Yunomine Onsen bus…

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Unboxing Cake in Commemorative Shimakaze Train Packaging

Unboxing Cake in Commemorative Shimakaze Train Packaging

Knowing I’m a bit of a train geek, a friend kindly bought me a gift commmorating the launch of the Shimakaze train service. Its pieces of sponge cake presented in a commemorative box – shaped like the Shimakaze train itself! The box also functions as a children’s toy. In this film you’ll see that the back of the box opens, revealing an inner box that is decorated with symbols of the Shima region including sea…

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N700A Shinkansen Departing Shin-Osaka Station

N700A Shinkansen Departing Shin-Osaka Station

  The N700 series is a Japanese Shinkansen high-speed train with tilting capability developed jointly by JR Central and JR-West for use on the Tokaido and Sanyo Shinkansen lines since 2007, and also operated by JR Kyushu on the Kyushu Shinkansen line. In this short film shot at Shin-Osaka Station we travel up the escalator to walk along the platform to view a N700 bullet train preparing and then departing the station.     Location…

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Goshikizuka Mounded Tomb, View of Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, Kobe

Goshikizuka Mounded Tomb, View of Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, Kobe

Goshikizuka Mounded Tomb, also known as Sentsubo Kofun, is an ancient burial ground between Kobe and the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge (which can be seen in the film). Goshikizuka Mounded Tomb is the largest keyhole shaped tomb mound in Hyogo Prefecture, constructed around the end of 4th century. The site has been restored to the original construction. The sides of the large tomb are covered in fukiishi, which are stones taken from nearby riverbeds, typically used…

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Steam Locomotive Exhibit Ride Kyoto Railway Museum

Steam Locomotive Exhibit Ride Kyoto Railway Museum

All aboard! This film follows the journey onboard the steam locomotive exhibit ride at Kyoto Railway Museum in Kyoto. The original Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum opened in 1972, but was expanded and modernized in 2016, becoming the current day Kyoto Railway Museum. For a small additional fee, passengers can access the steam locomotive exhibit and ride in cars pulled by one of the actual steam locomotives kept and maintained at the museum. The 1km round-trip…

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Tsugaru Shamisen Live Performance Asobenomori Iwakiso Ryokan, Aomori

Tsugaru Shamisen Live Performance Asobenomori Iwakiso Ryokan, Aomori

This live Tsugaru shamisen performance was recorded in the Asobenomori, Iwakisou ryokan in Aomori Prefecture – right at the very northern-most tip of the largest island Honshu. Tsugaru jamisen or Tsugaru shamisen refers to both the Japanese genre of shamisen music originating from Tsugaru Peninsula in present-day Aomori prefecture and the instrument it is performed with. Tsugaru jamisen is considered the most recognized genre of shamisen music, and has enjoyed multiple periods of popularity in…

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