【NagasakiStroll】Why Not Kyushu? Come and View the Gorgeous 99 Islands

13.March.2017 | FEATURES / SPOT

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Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara, Osaka… A majority of tourists would always start and end their Japan trip within these prefectures. These prefectures are very lovely places, but why not come sightseeing in Kyushu! If you want to experience something different from other tourists, Nagasaki would be a great place to visit.

In Kyushu there are many wonderful prefectures like Kumamoto for the castle, Oita for onsens, Fukuoka for ramen, and then comes Nagasaki. Today I will show you one of my favorite places of all in Nagasaki prefecture.IMG_6338

 

Look at this amazing view, full of green and blue. Can you count how many islands there are in this photo? There are about 17 islands within this picture, but there are actually more than 200 islands!

This place is called 99 Island Pearl Sea Resort (Kujyu-kushima). 99 refers to “many”, and there are actually 208 islands.

Pearl Sea Resort offers a fantastic way to enjoy the view of these beautiful islands.

They have a harbor offering sightseeing boats, the elegant boat Pearl Queen, and the colorful vessel, Mirai that will cruise around the islands.

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You can enjoy the cruise both below and above decks on the boats. I enjoyed being outside, especially at the top of the deck where I could feel the breeze. We cruised around numerous islands and were able to see oyster rafts for pearl cultivation and ducks that were swimming nearby.

Adult: ¥ 1440

Child: ¥ 700

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You can also enjoy various types of marine life found in the local waters at Umikirara Aquarium! Entrance is ¥ 1440 for adults (¥ 720 children).

 

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Last but not least, my most favorite spot!

There is a natural land bridge created by blocks of stones by the beach where you can walk across on the days at special low tides. It only happens once or twice every month so if you’re lucky, you might be able to walk on the bridge to the mini gate at the end of the land bridge!

 

 

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■Writer:Jessica

■SNS:mintbaaby / instagram

■Information:

99 Island Pearl Sea Resort

Address: 1008 Saseboshi Kashimaechou Nagasakiken 858-0922

Telephone: 0956-28-4187

Access: 25min by bus from JR Sasebo Station.

WEB:http://www.pearlsea.jp/english/

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■Related article:Scarlett’s Kawaii Kyushu Part 1: Beppu

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    The “kibiore” sweetening, which will be sold from September 8th, is a cafe au lait base mixed with speciality coffee home brewed by Yamada Coffee in Amami in Kagoshima and non‐centrifugal cane sugar taken from locally grown sugar cane on the Amami Islands.
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    The shop’s speciality coffee uses 100% high quality coffee beans that meet international standards which are blended to create a balance that maintains the beans’ rich flavour even when used in in a cafe au lait, and also leaves a fresh and smooth aftertaste.
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    The sugar is made from 100% non‐centrifugal cane sugar that comes from exceptional local sugarcane grown on the Amami Islands which has been grown in lots of sunlight in the South.
    The non-centrifugal cane sugar contains lots of minerals. It is well-accepted that when compared to brown cane sugar, it is the superior choice, containing less acidity and bitterness. Cafe au lait bases are normally made with white sugar, but Yamada Coffee use non‐centrifugal sugar in order to create a cafe au lait base that is friendly to your body.
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    Not a single preservative, colouring or flavouring is used – their “kibiore” simply uses coffee and non‐centrifugal sugar. Yamada Coffee want to make kibiore a thing of Amami Ōshima and so are also releasing gift sets that can be used as Bon Festival or end-of-year gifts by people both inside and outside Amami Ōshima.
    During your trip to Amami Ōshima, be sure to stop by Yamada Coffee for a sit down with one of their special cafe au lait!
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    ■Information
    Kibiore (sweetening)
    On sale Friday September 8th
    Price: ¥1,600 (tax incl.)
    Shelf Life: 1 year from the day of manufacturing
    Storage: Store at room temperature and keep out of direct sunlight.
    How to Use: Shake well. Use 4 parts milk. Drink.
    Available: In-store at Yamada Coffee and online
    Link: https://amamiycoffee.theshop.jp/items/7888915
    “Yamada Coffee Amami Island”
    285-4 Kasaricho Oaza Wano, Amami, Kagoshima Prefecture, 894-0503
    Official Website: https://amamiycoffee.theshop.jp/
    *Non-centrifugal cane sugar: A variety of sugar produced differently than regular sugar. Because the sugar crystals and cane juice of the molasses are solidified and crystallised and not separated, the sweetness and flavour of the raw ingredient create a much stronger flavoured sugar.
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    At the private wood deck space, you can reserve the whole area and enjoy the recent trend in Japan, “glamping” (glamorous camping). There will be a glamping tent with tables, sofas, and a barbecue space to have a good time with friends and family.  There will also be a personal waitress that will be serving your food and drinks.

     

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    Try out the most popular drinks, Mango Sparkling and Peach Sparkling! They are very fruity and easy-drinking for anyone. Even the ice cubes are colored, which makes it very stylish and perfect for Instagram!

     

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    Continuing with Instagram, there are several cute photo spots inside the café. There are 3 different areas with wall art of an Angel’s wing and there are also swings here that will bring back your childhood memories.

     

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    Not only can you come and BBQ with your friends on the weekend, but you can also show up after work on a weekday to refresh and have a nice relaxing time.

    Reservation:

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    There are also free café spaces where you do not need to make any reservations so feel free to come in any time!

     

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    The Tokyo Sky Resort Wild Beach (Shinjuku) will be opened until September 30th, 2017!

     

    Writer:Jessica

    ■Information:

    Location: Lumine EST rooftop

    Address: 3-38-1, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

    Open Hours: 11:00am- 23:00pm

    Phone: 070-3884-7290

     

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    Team Labo will hold “Koou Suru Mori to Joseki – Kushimazaki Juso” at Omura Shrine which stands on Kushima Shiro Ato”

    Kushimazaki Juso is a place which became a natural forest after the Kushima Castle was deserted. The place includes huge trees.

    Floating, Resonating Spheres – Omura Shrine
    teamLab, 2017, Interactive Installation, Endless, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi
    The project is to combine the mysterious natural forest and modern technology.

    Oomura Park will become an interactive digital art location which changes its form by the passing of people. The project includes “Koou Suru Mori to Joseki – Kushimazaki Juso,”which is an art event where colors and the resonating of sounds change when  a person walks by and “Fuyu suru, Koou suru Kyutai,”where a light bulb bobs up and down in the center of the shrine grounds.

    This event will be held between the 3rd of June, 2017 (Sat) and the 2nd of July (Sun) and “Kashobu Maturi” will be held on the 4th of June (Sun) from 11:00 to 15:00. In the largest Kasyobu Park in Kyusyu, 171 kinds of Kashobu (300 thousands of Kashobu) will showcase the park until mid June.

    呼応する森と城跡 – 玖島崎樹叢 / Resonating Forest and Castle Ruins – Kushimazaki Tree Flora
    teamLab, 2017, Interactive Digitized Nature, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi

     

    The scene where the light bulb sparkles and fades out looks like it is breathing. Let’s experience the world of interactive art which combines nature and digital artforms.

     

    ■Information

    Resonating Forest and Castle Ruins – Kushimazaki Tree Flora
    Event period: June 3rd, 2017 (Sat) to July 2nd (Sun)
    Omura Park, Omurashi, Nagasaki Prefecture (Kushimazaki Juso / Omori Shrine) (〒856-0834  45-3 1-Chome, Kushima, Omurashi, Nagasaki Prefecture)
    ※The event will be cancel depending on the weather conditions.
    ※Elementary school students must come with their parents and a group consisting of only junior high / high school students must leave the venue before 20:30.

    Official site:https://www.teamlab.art/jp/e/omura/

    Kashobu Maturi:http://www.city.omura.nagasaki.jp/kankousuishin/event/h28/20160605.html

     

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  • A cake shop in Kansai that is popular for its cute cat logo “Chat noir”

    09.May.2017 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Are you a cat or a dog person?

    Today I will show you a cake shop in Kansai that is popular for its cute cat logo.

    My friend took me to this store because she fell in love with the cats.

    Chat noir means “black cats” in French.

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    As you can see, all of these have a black cat logo somewhere on the cake.

    My friend and I were standing in line for about 15 minutes because we had a hard time deciding which one to buy sense they were all super cute!

    We were definitely going to buy the cake that was shaped like a cat because their eyes were literally staring at us.

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    This is the bag they put in and the box with the cakes inside.

    The cakes were all in one box, but the staff gave us an extra bag because I was with my friend. The bag was so cute and fancy, I decided to keep it. I mean, who wouldn’t keep such a cute bag?!

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    Another hidden cute gift was this ice pack. It has their logo front and bag. You can also keep/reuse this sense it’s cute and clean!

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    We chose these 3 cakes. The one in the very left is a Tiramisu, the middle one is a cheesecake, and the right one is a chocolate cake.

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    We tried all 3 of them and my favorite was the cheesecake because it was soft and the sweetness was just right for me. The tiramisu one was a little bitter for me, but it was the perfect bitterness for my friend. My friend’s favorite was the chocolate cake because it had a little coffee flavor and it was the cutest out of all the cakes from the store.

    What my friend really likes about this store is that it’s not so sweet and they have various types of cakes.

    There are about 8 Chat noir in Osaka, and 4 of them have a café space, so I recommend you to peek in when you visit Osaka!

     

    ■Information

    For more information, please visit:http://chat-noir.net/shop.php

     

     

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    23.April.2017 | SPOT

    With the concept of “Staying overnight at a bookshop” at the core, the “BOOK AND BED TOKYO” hostel will open a new branch inside Fukuoka PARCO on Saturday 29th April 2017. The online reservations homepage started on Thursday 20th April.

    The most comforting experience of falling asleep while reading – a true feeling of happiness can be experienced at this hostel in Fukuoka. It’s not about the fluffy mattress, nor a fluffy pillow or a warm and soft futon, but a bed buried deep in a bookcase.

    As you enjoy your stay at this hostel and flick through the pages of your favourite book, nighttime will fall in no time – two hours will go by and your eyelids will start to feel heavier and heavier, and as you continue to read, you drop off to sleep.

     

    The moment you fall asleep is a moment of pure happiness and is something that everybody should experience at least once in his or her lifetime. From 30th April, BOOK AND BED TOKYO will start their “Daytime plan” which allows guests to enjoy the hostel space at their own free will without staying over. This hostel is not just limited to travellers – anybody is welcome to stay over to spend carefree nights filled with wonderful bliss and books.

     

    ■ Information

    BOOK AND BED TOKYO Fukuoka
    Address:Fukuoka PARCO Shinkan 6th floor 2 -11-1, Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka-ken, 
    Access:
    Subway Kukou line 「Tenjin station」West exit・7th exit (direct connection)
    Nishitetsu Tenjin Ōmuta Line 「Fukuoka(Tenjin)station」- immediately outside the north exit ticket barriers
    Close to the Nishi Tetsu Bus stop

    Official site:http://bookandbedtokyo.com/en/fukuoka/index.html

     

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  • 【Nagasaki sweets】Kasutera Ice Cream Sandwich 

    10.April.2017 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Here I am in Nagasaki again!

    Today I will be showing you guys a great place to buy Kasutera Ice Cream Sandwich!

    Now a specialty of Nagasaki, Kasutera is a popular Japanese sweet sponge cake. The name doesn’t sound Japanese because it came from the Portuguese phrase “Pao de Castela”. Traditionally, there were only honey flavor, but today there are all sorts of flavors including matcha and chocolate. Kasutera is available to buy in any souvenir shops and cafes in Nagasaki.

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    I’ve had so many different flavors of Kasutera, but I never got to try Kasutera Ice, so I visited a store called New York Do. It is a 5 minute walk from Nigiwaibashi Station.

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    As I entered the store, there were various types of snacks and a big freezer. Inside the freezer there was Kasutera Ice! They had 6 different flavors: Basic, chocolate, strawberry, matcha, biwa, and sweet bean paste. The first one the staff pointed out was the biwa (Ioquat) flavored out so my friend got that. I knew right away that I was getting the matcha flavored one.

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    As I removed the Kasutera Ice from its wrapper, there was a scoop of matcha flavored ice cream sandwiched between two slices of Kasutera. The staff told us to wait 10 minutes before opening it, but we couldn’t wait that we started eating it.

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    My advice for you is to wait 10 minutes before eating it because the ice cream wasn’t melted enough for me to be able to take a bite. It is better to defrost the ice cream by putting it between your hands.

     

    Not surprisingly, the Kasutera Ice was delicious! I think all of the ice cream goes well with the Kasutera because the cake itself tastes like honey.

    If you buy just the Kasutera, you can sandwich your own favorite ice cream and make an original Kasutera ice cream!

    Information

    Address: Nagasaki ken Furukawa cho 3-17

    Phone: 095-822-4875

    Open: 10am – 6:30pm, Sundays til 5pm.

     

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  • 【Nagasaki Lunch】HIKARI BURGER at Sasebo city

    25.March.2017 | FEATURES / FOOD

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    Continuing with my Nagasaki tour, the next stop should be Hikari Burger (a.k.a SASEBO BURGER)!!!

    Yes, this is what Sasebo City is known for.

    Hikari opened in 1950 and is one of the oldest burger restaurants in town.

    They are famous for its jumbo size burger. When I mean jumbo, it’s really jumbo.

    I lived here for 16 years, but I never had the chance to try it so it was actually my first day to order one!

    There were all sorts of burgers: Hamburger, Cheese Burger, Bacon Burger, Fish Burger, Jumbo Chicken Burger…etc.

    I decided to go with the “Special Burger”. I mean, who wouldn’t buy something that said “special” on it?!

    There are 3 tables outside for people to sit so I waited there. It has a nice little roof to block the sun.

    As my number was called, they handed me the huge special burger wrapped in a nice white cover.

     

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    The Special Burger contained: huge soft buns with chicken meat, cheese, omelet, bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, and onions.

     

     

     

     

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    As you can see from the picture, the egg is standing out so bright~! It was so hard to take my first bite off the burger because it was so tall. It took me 3 bites to actually get to the chicken and egg. I really liked their buns because they didn’t have any sesame’s and they were super soft and sweet. The combination of the chicken, egg, and the bacon are always the best. As I kept eating, first I thought the sweet flavor was from the buns, but they were actually the sauce. They rearranged the mayonnaise with some kind of spice, that the burgers actually tasted sweet! It took me a long time to finish because I’ve never had a burger that big in Japan.

    If you miss the real American size hamburger, come to Hikari!

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    ■Writer:Jessica

    ■SNS:@mintbaaby

    ■Information

    Address:〒857-0047 Nagasaki ken, Saseboshi Yaokamachi 1-1

    Open:Monday ~ Sunday 10am~20pm

    Closed::Wednesday

    Phone::0956-25-6685

     

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