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I am staying in Tokoname for the summer, with a Japanese family, whom I have not met.
I have several questions please.
1, What is considered to be the most appropriate present to bring a man and his wife ?(age unknown)
2. If I am able to travel from Tokoname for 2-3 days during the summer, where is the best place to go? Fairly nearby, Onsens? Outdoor Onsens? Art Museums,etc. I have previously been to Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo.
3. Are there any outside Onsens in/near Tokoname?
4. Is Tokoname just the ceramic part, or is it a bigger town?
5. What sort of local food might people eat on an everyday basis ?
6. Do Japanese people usually have ovens in their kitchens, or gas rings only?
I have been to Tokoname in Aichi Prefecture.
Are you going to Tokoname in Aichi?
If so, I have something to advise.
Where are you live in?
I think something been related to your local place will make them glad.
Local foods will also make them happy, but they might have their own taste.
There are some hot springs(Onsen).
It will be better to ask your host family.
And if you are adult, there is a boat racing center.
Boat racing is a gambling, but it might be interesting to see.
You can go to Nagoya, too.
Nagoya castle is beautiful.
Tokoname ceramics are famous.
You can make ceramic arts.
Lots of Japanese eats rice.
But we eat bread, therial, hamburger, and so on.
I don't know what their host family eats.
It depends on the home.
Many people have a gas ring(or an electromagnetic cooker), a microwave ovens, or a gas oven.
Travel Tips for Osaka
Modern and very busy transportation station
Nankai Station, Hub of Osaka. The Rapido Express Train has route here that takes you direct to Kansai Airport. Taking this train can be memorable experiance. When you get your ticket. boarding begins at exact time and will leave at exact time. Very effiecent service! Seats very comfortable. At front of each car, there is tick-a-tape messages describing service, then when traveling news bulletins will be shown. In English and Japanese. Phone service available along with snacks on numbered trains only. This is where I will arrive from Kansai Airport. Takes about 45 minutes to arrive from Kansai Airport non-stop. I have so many memories of this station . So many good shops and restaurants.
Osaka Shopping is a BLAST!
If you happen to be wandering around the shops in the Nankai Namba area of Osaka near the Takashimaya department store, watch out for this rocket, for which there is no apparent reason.
It's very big, incredibly silly, ridiculously out-of-place. And typically Osaka.
Delicious Hot & Spicy Food Here!
So, if you're in Japan, and you get a little sick of Japanese food, and you are looking for a lot of flavour and spice, go to The Elephant Cafe!! You can order Indian, Thai, Indonesian,.. they make many different types of hot and spicy foods! And, it is so delicious! You can also get cocktails, coffees, teas, wines, and juices here. I reccomend the Tom Yum soup (hot and sour, watch out for the mind-burning chillis in the soup!!), and the nasi-goreng (spicy fried rice with egg on top). Yum. Everytime I think about going to Osaka, I want to go and eat here.
A must see in Osaka is the Aquarium, located 5 minutes walk from Osakako station on the Chuo line.
The building is impressive and allows you to spiral down around a massive central tank and 13 others, enabling you to see the animals at different depths.
The entry charge of 2000 yen may seem a little expensive, but it is well worth it.
Try to get to the Aquarium in the afternoon during the week - school parties tend to have left by then - in the morning it can be a nightmare!
On my most recent visit i went at 6pm (the Aquarium is open until 8) - this left us just about enough time to get round the exhibits comfortably. the big advantage was that we had the place virtually to ourselves. The disadvantage was that the lights were dimmed on the penguins exhibit and there was no activity from them or the sea lions who also seemed to have settled for the night.
Peace Osaka is a museum dedicated to promoting peace through exhibits of war, namely WWII. It features a lot of information about Osaka city in WWII, particularly the bombings of Osaka, for locals and others who are interested. The main feature however, is the displays and videos about Japanese agression in China, Korea, and Southeast Asia. While the Japanese are often criticized for downplaying their own role in WWII, this museum has some graphic displays and the information does not glaze over anything. You can watch the videos in English. The museum also features information and some artifacts from the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings, ending with images from important historic events and people worldwide.
It is interesting to see a museum that is meant to showcase the negative things that its own nation did during war. I have not heard of any in the United States.
Entrance is 250 yen.
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