T-shirts with nishikigoi print (2016-12-27)

T-shirts with nishikigoi print on its back. The kanji are pronounced and mean “nishikigoi”. Not only black, but there are several colors.      A small logotype on the breast     The t-shirts are available at the shop “Ippin-kan” on the second floor of a complex “Sun Plaza” in Ojiya City, which is next to Nishikigoi-no-sato.   Access: Tokyo… Read more →

Souvenir – Japanese sake “Nishikigoi” (2016-12-24)

In relation to Colored carp, one which Webmaster introduces you today is Japanese sake “Nishikigoi” produced by Imayo-tsukasa Brewery (Imayo-tsukasa-shuzo, 今代司酒造).   As you see, the bottle and package are designed to image colored carp. It has received various prizes on design and taste. A bottle in the box (left) and a bottle taken out from the box (right). The… Read more →

Spot report – Nishikigoi-no-sato in Ojiya (2016-12-21)

Last week, Webmaster visited Nishikigoi-no-sato in Ojiya City where one can meet hundreds of nishikigoi (colored carp).   Access: Tokyo (shinkansen 1:40) Urasa (local train 0:30) Ojiya (bus 0:10 or taxi 0:06 or walk 0:20) Honcho-chuo (walk 0:02) @   Even the entrance of a pedestrian underpass in front of Ojiya Station has the shape of nishikigoi. You can take… Read more →

Knowing about – Colored carp and its varieties (2016-12-18)

Yesterday, new item “Colored carp” was uploaded on the Top page. Colored carp (Nishikigoi) firstly appeared in the first half of 19th Century in Nijumurago (二十村郷, a part of present Ojiya City and Nagaoka City in Niigata Prefecture). They say “strangers” in color appeared by mutation among black common carp which were farmed for food. Since then, our seniors continued… Read more →

Souvenir – Soft toy of coelacanth (2016-12-14)

The second  item Country-Japan presents you as souvenir is a soft toy of coelacanth, which is available at the museum shop of Numazu Deepsea Aquarium. There are several sizes of them, small, medium, large and very large. One which Webmaster bought is the small one with about 25 cm long (see below).   Many coelacanths on the shelves of the… Read more →

Spot report – visiting Numazu Deepsea Aquarium (2016-12-13)

Webmaster visited Numazu Deepsea Aquarium (Numazuko-shinkai-suizokukan) last week. Access: Tokyo (shinkansen 0:53) Mishima (local train 0:05) Numazu (bus 0:15 or taxi 0:10 or walk 0:25) Numazu-ko (walk 0:02) @     The main attractions here are deep-sea life and coelacanth. There are various kinds of deep-sea life with curious forms.             Then, coelacanths!! There are five specimens. Two… Read more →

Souvenir – Origami with national flag design! (2016-12-06)

Today, Country-Japan wants to introduce you to one souvenir from Japan. As you may already know, origami is Japanese traditional paper craft. Here is special origami papers with which you can make “cranes” of national flag design! There are 24 flag designs included in a package. It is produced by Toyo Corporation.      Webmaster bought it at Nippon Origami Association… Read more →

Official release of Country-Japan (2016-12-05)

We are happy to inform you that this website “Country-Japan” is officially released today. Country-Japan is a privately run web site which try to introduce you to the tourist attractions of natural beauty and cultural charm in the rural areas and countryside of Japan. (We are sorry for some people, but the information on the metropolises of Japan i.e. Tokyo,… Read more →