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This week, we follow two teams as they travel by bus and train from Kamakura, Shonan to Enoshima. During the three-day “sugoroku” trip, the men’s and women’s team has to fulfil and execute different “commands” in order to move forward. The team which reaches the goal first wins the challenge and has to pay the expenses incurred by the other team.
The women’s team starts by travelling by bus to Ofuna Jutaku-mae. Their first task is to find a “secret” apple pie shop in the residential area. The “shop” is actually a vending machine which sells a popular freshly-baked apple pie. The vending machine belongs to Baked Confectionary Workshop Kawamura. The apple pie costs 100 yen (S$1.23) per piece and is only available on Tuesdays and Fridays. Sometimes, it gets sold out within an hour. After tasting the delicious apple pie, the women’s team has to proceed to Kosaka Yubinkyoku-mae next. At Kobukuroya, they have to eat the “donburi of spring”. They are given a map to guide them to the shop. This popular meal box shop, which only opened in January 2013, is hidden in a residential area. It serves “spring” donburi in bittersweet thick sauce. The dish consists of Kamakura's vegetables such as broccolini and giant butterbur and other healthy
14 Dec 2013
This week we continue to visit uninhabited islands in Japan. At Gahi Island in Okinawa, take a leisurely walk along the beautiful beach. Look out for a natural moment of the island, the terrestrial hermit crab.
07 Dec 2013
There are 6,429 uninhabited islands in Japan, so join us this week as we visit some of them.
30 Nov 2013
We continue our five-day hike along the "Kanto Togetherness Trail", travelling a distance of 60km from Mt. Takao in Tokyo to Mt. Mitake.
23 Nov 2013
Join us this week as we hike along the “Kanto Togetherness Trail”, a route which connects the mountains around Tokyo. It is the result of a joint collaboration between six Kanto prefectures and Tokyo. The nature trail spans 1,789km but we will hike along a 60km-route from Mt. Takao in Tokyo to Mt. Mitake, over five days.
16 Nov 2013
We visit more “marginal villages” this week, where half the population is above the age of 65.
09 Nov 2013
This week, we will visit “marginal villages”, where half of the population is above the age of 65.
02 Nov 2013
More unique winter festivals await us this week. In Yamagata, we first go to Yonezawa’s yukidoro (snow lantern) festival. A shuttle bus takes you from Yonezawa Station to the festival grounds at Uesugi Shrine. The yukidoro and yukibombori (snow table lamps) are handmade. Go to a “candle experience” corner, where you can learn to make your own candle for 100 yen.
26 Oct 2013
Join us as we check out traditional winter festivals in Japan. We will first head to Itoigawa in Niigata to witness the 300-year-old Hadaka Doage (Naked Body Throw) festival. Travel by Joetsu Shinkansen and Hakutaka Express from Tokyo to Itoigawa. Then, take the Hokuriku Main Line to No Station. During your journey, you can admire the magnificent view of the Sea of Japan.