【Teaser Trip】Cute, Beautiful, Delicious Japan! with Souvenir Ideas
What we'll do
If you are interested in learning about the traditional Japanese concepts of cute (kawaii), beautiful (kirei), and delicious (oishii), and want to see traditional Japanese crafts (and maybe keep one for yourself!), this tour will be perfect for you.
In this tour, "Cute, Beautiful, Delicious Japan", I will first take you through a brief overview of Japan's nature and religion - including why rice is important for us. We will then head out and I will show you the many cute, beautiful and delicious aspects of the traditional Japan. As a part of our tour of "traditional Japan", I will also show you some traditional Japanese craft items which can make great souvenirs for you. The tour is conducted using photos, videos and some interesting quizzes.
Although our traditional mindsets have changed in the course of Japan's modernization especially after World War II, they are still imbedded deeply at the bottom of our hearts.
This tour is good for the first time visitors to Japan to learn a good overview of the country. This is also good for the frequent travelers to Japan who, however, could not have enough time to think about what is behind the spirits of Japanese. You will find something new about Japan.
- Price per person (tax included)
- 550 JPY - / person
- Max participants
- Up to 15 people
- Hosted in English
- Communication tools
- Please download Zoom in advance.
- Best for enjoying Japan
- Things you need to know before the tour
*The teaser trips will be held using Zoom meetings.
*Personal computers and smartphones can be used to participate, but when using a smartphone, please be sure to download the Zoom application in advance.
*The URL for the teaser trip will be sent to the email address you used to register no later than one hour before the start time.
*The meeting room will open to participants five minutes before the start of the teaser trip.
*Participants may join the teaser trip even if the start time has passed. However, please note that we will not be able to receive or respond to messages after the trip begins.
*Please make sure that your microphone is off and your camera is on during the teaser trip.
*Depending on the internet connection on the day of the teaser trip, there may be issues with the sound or video. We ask for your patience and understanding.
*Any internet or data fees incurred by participation in the teaser trips are the sole responsibility of the participant.
*In this teaser trip, some souvenir vendors/stores are introduced. The company and the WoW U-mediators are not in the position to promote the sales and/or support the purchase of the product at all and are not responsible for any trouble between the store/vendor and yourself.
*In order to avoid any trouble, the teaser trips may be recorded by the organizer. However, you are not allowed to record the teaser trip.
*The company and the WOW U-mediators (guides) will not be responsible for any malfunctions of participants' computers, smartphones, or tablets that may occur during the teaser trips.
*Reservation cannot be canceled after payments have been made. Please double check you reservation before finalizing your purchase.
1Japanese Nature, Religion and Rice - What is behind the Spirits of Japanese
Japan is a country of green mountains, clean water rivers and the serene sea. Japanese were impressed with the nature and came to believe the deities reside in the nature. Japanese indigenous religion, Shinto, was born to worship the nature. Worshiping the deities was especially important when we wished for a good harvest of rice which has been the staple food for Japanese for more than 2000 years.
Japan's nature, Shinto religion and the rice.... I will explain these with photos and interesting quizzes. You will find what is behind the spirits of Japanese which is sometimes difficult to observe in this modern Japan.
2Cute and Beautiful Japan
Cute Japan starts with "Guardian Lion Dog" statues. They are placed in front of the main hall of Shinto Shrine to scare off evil spirits. While they look scary, I find they are cute, too. Please find out whether you think they are scary or cute. I will also explain some other mythical creatures of Japan.
Beautiful Japan is full of pictures of famous view points such as cherry blossoms, Mr. Fuji, traditional buildings, and ..... rice field. Why rice field? You will find some interesting trivia relating to beautiful places.
3Souvenir ideas from Traditional Japanese Craft Items
As a spin off of "Beautiful Japan", I will introduce a few shops handling traditional Japanese craft items. They specialize in folding screens, Ukiyoe woodblock prints, cloisonne potteries, folding fans & round fans, or tenugui, Japanese style design towels. I will share photos and videos of those items. Those shops have English website and some may deliver the products to certain foreign countries, although the international delivery is more difficult now due to COVID-19. Please note that I am not in the position to promote the sales or support your purchase of the product. You need to contact the shop and arrange the purchase directly, if you are interested in the product.
Traditional Japanese cuisine, "Washoku", was designated as World Intangible Cultural Heritage of UNESCO. I will explain a traditional Japanese cuisine as well as casual food or "B rated gourmet" which is inexpensive but very tasty. We finish with Japanese style curry and rice. Yes, as Japanese, I finish with the rice.
I learned a lot from Hideo san's tour.
From the beginning to the end of the tour, there are many interesting topics.
So participants will never get bored.
I hope to join another his tour which focus on one particular place.
I enjoyed this tour very much.
It was very well organized and full of beautiful photos, detailed explanation and Q&As.
Hideo, our guide, told us a lot of stories, which were informative and interesting.
One thing that I liked about the tour is that it was interactive.
Hideo often asked us some questions, which made me deepen the understanding of Cute, Beautiful, Delicious Japan. Thank you, Hideo.
The tour was informative and enjoyable, covering nature, religion, rice, festivals, and traditional Japanese crafts. Our guide, Hideo san was great and served a wonderful tour, using lots of beautiful photos and videos. Thank you very much, Hideo san.
I enjoyed Ｍr. Uenishi's tour very much,
His guiding was based on statistics, so very persuasive. He focused on various aspe cts of Japanese culture. I learn a lot about Japan,
I'll visit places he recommended such as
Yasaka shrine to find cute Komaimu and some shops of Japanere traditional arts in Tokyo.
Thank you so much,
Presentation is easy to understand. I was impressed by the skill of power point with beautiful pictures. It provides us with good information of several souvenir shops. If your visit to Japan for the first time, I highly recommend you to watch this Teaser trip.
This tour provides fact-based questions in the beginning of each section, That makes viewers to think about something by themselves, then precise information and explanation follow. Therefore very comfortable rhythms keep going until the end. I also liked a section of Maiko performers' beautiful images with artistic comment made by our guide, Hideo san. Indeed this tour is a colorful summary of charming points of Japan.
The tour was full of Japanese attractions. I learned a lot from him. Everything was good and what I was most impressed with was the poem
about dancers coming from heaven. I really would like to see the dance held at the Gion festival. Hideo must be a superb popular guide, and I highly recommend this tour.
This session is very good at knowing Japanese religion, guardians in Shinto shrines, and the ideas about souvenirs.
He showed us a lot of pictures, gave us a quiz. It was fun.
Thank you so much for lots of information.
This tour was sooo much fun and informative ! I fully enjoyed it .
Hideo-san provided a lot of information with plenty of beautiful photos and fun quizzes.
He helped to broaden and deepen my knowledge about Japan.
I highly recommend you join his tour !!
I really enjoyed this tour.
It was a great introduction to Japanese culture.
Hideo san's explanation was easy to understand and very interesting.
I'd recommend his tour to everybody interested in Japan and it's unique culture.
Thank you, Hideo san!
Thank you for your tour on Sunday. I was impressed by your informative tour . Some souvenir shops’ information in Tokyo was new for me.
I truly enjoyed the tour!
This fact-filled tour made me realize how deeply rooted Japanese traditions and culture are!
The explanations, with lots of images and videos, were as interesting and entertaining as I had expected.
Hideo-san was very friendly and his English was natural and easy to listen to.
This tour is highly recommended to anyone who wants to know about Japan properly!
Thank you Hideo san. It was a fun and informative tour. Japan is my favourite country and I learned something new in the tour! Also having an enthusiastic and happy tour guide like you really make this an enjoyable tour.
Mr uenishi gave us a tour that was informative, interesting, and inspiring trip.
i was also impressed that all his pictures were taken by himself, and places were where he actually visited. He surely knows the beauty of Japan!
I cannot wait to enjoy his tour again!
It's informative and well organized tour.
There're many things I haven't know even living in Japan. It's good for amyone who wants to learn more about Japan seriously.
Awesome trip, very informative. Great for people wanting to know more about japans beauty and cuteness.
I really enjoyed this informative, fun and interactive tour.
Hideo-san gave us a lot of useful information about Japanese cultures.
The introduction to food and souvenirs in Japan was also valuable.
This tour is highly recommended!
Thank you very much for a wonderful tour!
I really enjoyed the tour.
It was informative and helped me better understand Japan and Japanese culture.
I recommend his tour to everybody who plans to visit Japan or who is interested in the country.
He gives us a wide range of knowledge about Japan. I could get a lot of information, some of which is really new to me. This tour would be good for people who really want to know the country.
Passionate traveler around Japan and love Japanese history, culture and tradition with a good business experience working in US and working for Australian company
I am a passionate traveler of Japan and love Japanese history, culture and tradition. I like train traveling, dining at various kinds of restaurants, strolling around towns. I spent 4 years of my university days in Kyoto, which made me a great fan of the old city. Currently I live in Tokyo after spending 12 years working in US. I work for the Japanese office of Australian company in addition to be a licensed guide interpreter. Thus I am a two-way player and both job involves the hospitality and yes I love entertaining people. I am good at explaining Japanese economy and business environment. While I enjoy entertaining people just looking for fun, I have an experience of taking care of business travelers visiting Japan for business negotiation. Personally I play tennis and love watching sports. I really admire sports players who bring us the excitement. If any aspect of me appeals to you, I will be your perfect guide! I am very looking forward to guiding you as a Government Licensed Guide Interpreter.