A nice place.

Welcome to Japan!

Whatever it is
that has brought you
to this country or this page,
it's an encounter based on
the combination of many small
decisions of yours. And if so
why don't you take a little time
and experience something
only this e-Toko can give you?

Since April 2011. Last update February 2, 2019. Copyright (C) eToko-Japan. All rights reserved.
A nice place.

Whatever it is
that has
you here,
may this
be an e-Toko
for you!

Since April 2011. Last update February 2, 2019. Copyright (C) eToko-Japan. All rights reserved.

Sightseeing in Japan
Eating and Drinking in Japan
Wondering "Why" in Japan

Eating Experience That's More Than Eating.

Forget about workaholics at your office gobbling up instant noodles. In Japan, eating should be more than just filling your stomach. It's an all-sense engaging activity to experience food. Explore the distinctively natural taste of food while savouring its condensed seasonal sensations. Click an image to learn about the food, or here for the index.
sakuramochi edamame ramen
sake sushi sukiyaki

In Quest Of A Wabi-Sabi Spirit

Tired of bustling spots filled with all Harries and Sallies? It's time to experience a little bit of Wabi-Sabi at some unknown places. You don't need famous big temples to taste this minimalistic serenity. Because Wabi-Sabi is to appreciate the "less" positively. Click the image to learn about the spot, or here for the list.

ikkyuji kabusanji
miyama otokuni

Flower Lovers Are Not True Villains

You too must love flowers. Actually, hard to find those who hate them. Love for flowers has no boundaries, and many temples in Japan are famous for their specific flower gardens. Temples of peony, hydrangea, azalea, iris to name a few. Click the image to learn about the flower spot.

rose yoshimine
nagaoka otokuni
Japanese Watch

Why Japanese Love Cherry Blossoms?


Year after year, there are two things Japanese just can't do without. Cherry blossoms and red maple leaves viewing. Indeed, they are musts to duly welcome spring and bid farewell to autumn. So obsessed that failing to do so makes them feel "guilty". Imagine... it's like you've missed a reunion with your dear long-time-no-see friends who could stay only for a short time.

So every year when spring comes closer, TV weather programs start giving "cherry blooming forecasts", and people began chatting like "How are they doing?", "A bit late this year and still in buds" or "Now it's the time!". Compared with the autumnal counterpart, the cherry blossom is like gold versus silver. Thus a jumble of people - young and old, men and women, retired or non-retired - are back again under cherry trees for Hanami (flower viewing)!

But why people adore this flower so much?