>This is Domo-kun. He’s the spokesmonster for NHK’s BS2. which is basically their HBO.
I’m sick and still thinking about Japan, for some reason, so here are some good links to try if you are interested in visiting.
Or In case you would just like some insight into a culture that is quite possibly more odd and intriguing than ours.
A food page covering Tokyo and the Kansai (Kobe, Osaka, etc.) and telling you all the good basic stuff you need to know about fooding in Japan.
A page by a woman who’s a big fan of Japan and all it’s silly food-ities.
A site about the pleasures of the Japanese onsen (hot spring bath). I had a good friend who lived on the north coast and we spent a lot of lovely evenings soaking at the local onsen.
A site that sells Japanese kimonos and vintage fabrics. Beautiful stuff. They are based in NY and their suppliers are in Kyoto- you know, where the geishas hang out in their gorgeous robes.
A site that will help you find a great place to stay in Japan. Ryokans (traditional inns) are the best way to experience the country in style.
A site for those who want to add climbing Mt. Fuji to their “To Do” list this year. One of the most memorable parts of my stay there.
A site that gives info about traveling by and for travelers. I may add to it myself, if I can get a few major details straight first.
A site about chaji, the Japanese tea ceremony. I saw my first in elementary school and fell in love- with the tea, the sweets, and the clothes!
A site that lists resources for making sushi, including DVDs, books, and locations for cooking classes, etc.
A site that covers dressing in a kimono, tying an obi, and the history of the garment.
And a blog by a Japanese expat who I think is quite nifty!
Happy surfing! And enjoy this lovely shot of Domo-kun’s butt.