Eating with bread bowls is cool but that that cool any more after the introduction of the ice noodle bowl by Tempura Matsu restaurant in Kyoto who servers their noodles in a bowl made of ice. Yes, ice bowl and it is literally much cooler than any bowl you might hear.
Japan is a place full of bizarre stuff. There is nothing worth suprising if you see something unusual there, just like the snake cafe in Tokyo’s Harajuku shopping district where display 35 non-venomous snakes of 20 different breeds. Alougth, I am not that type of people who can enjoy their food while looking at these cold blood animal slithering around. The apparently, this snake cafe is quite popular, especially for those teenages. Open six days a week, the cafe allows customers to enjoy food and beverages while watching a small snake slither around in a cage on their table for a 1,000 yen (8.04 dollars). By paying an additional fee, customers get to hold and pet the snake. When ask the cafe owner why to open a cafe like this, the owner said “I was initially interested in environment conservation, and in that context, I wanted to show people the good parts about animals”.
This magical oasis of foxiness is called Zao Fox Village, and it’s located in Japan’s Miyagi prefecture where 100 animals and 6 different types of foxes romp and play together. For 100 yen (or about 85 US cents), visitors are provided with food, but because the foxes are not domesticated, they are cautioned against hand-feeding them or bringing small children.
Foxes are popular creatures in Japanese folktales and lore, and many of us may be interested in the history and culture behind these foxes. However, the main reason to visit Fox Village is that they are just so darn cute. What do you think about this village? It might be good place for visitor, but for foxes, I am kindly feeling sorry.
1. Image credits: Piccolist
Japan is a country full of surprise. You can see many crazy/bizarre designs and beautiful art as well. Those art can be seen everywhere in Japan, not only within museums and galleries, but some place as humble as underneath our feet. One typical example is Japan’s peculiar obsession with manhole covers. You can find stylized manhole covers almost anywhere in this country. Trees, landscapes, floral designs, birds and all city-related symbol are the popular patterns on manhole cover.