Japanese war notes, also called Japanese Invasion Money, was currency in the Philippines between 1941 and 1945 during the Japanese occuption. The Japanese Occupation forces printed millions of paper bills of several denominatons to replace United States Philippine currency. Japanese Invasion Money was officially known as Southern Development Bank Notes. It is a currency that was issued by the Japanese Military Authority, as a replacement for local currency. In February 1942 Japan passed laws which established the Wartime Finance Bank and the Southern Development Bank. Both of these banks issued bonds to raise funding for the war. The former loaned money primarily to military industries. The latter is the one we are interested in here. Continue reading
Omakase Japanese Cuisine at the Ayala Triangle Gardens is located in Makati, Manila. With the number of Japanese restaurants opening everywhere, it’s quite a challenge to make one stand out. Omakase seemed to have surpassed this stage because a lot of people have already been raving about the place since it opened in Ayala Triangle Gardens. Serving Authentic Japanese staple food such as the sushi, sashimi, and tempura are the usual favorites, but among the bestselling dishes in the joint are their take on the tofu steak, spicy tuna salad, seafood crepe salad and designer sushi plus a whole lot more. Another cool fact is that the term “omakase” roughly translates to “entrust” which means you have to trust the chef to serve the sumptuous food he wants. True enough, the resto does this for the guests. Continue reading
General Tomoyuki Yamashita of the Japanese Imperial Army in the Philippines surrendered on September 2nd 1945 in the entrenched Nabulaguian Hill of Kiangan, Ifugao. General Yamashita and his remaining forces were holed up before eventually yielding to the Allied forces following almost a month of bombardment.His surrender signaled the end of World War II. He surrendered at the Home Economics building of the Kiangan Central School. After an overnight stay in Kiangan with his remaining battle-weary forces, Yamashita was brought on Sept. 3, 1945 by helicopter to Baguio City, where he formally signed surrender documents before American forces at Camp John Hay. Yamashita, 60, was sentenced to death for war crimes in December 1945 by an American military tribunal in Manila. He was Continue reading
The Takumi Butai Memorial Shrine is located in Cotabato City, at the LR San Sebastian compound in Malagapas. The shrine was named after Colonel Takumi Butai, the Provincial Commander of the Japanese Imperial Army in the then empire Province of Cotabato during the Second World War. Upon Takumi’s request, part of his ashes was enshrined in Cotabato City, a place he considered his second home. The month of August is recognized by the Japanese as All Souls Month. It ushers a sentimental journey of relatives, friends and compatriots back to the city to pay homage to a fallen hero. The shrine was put up by the Lion’s Club of Kyoto, Japan in cooperation with the city government of Cotabato.
The OISCA Farm is a privately owned man-made lakes with the prime purpose of irrigating hundreds of hectares of rice lands, it serves as a demonstration farm of the Organization for Industrial, Spiritual and Cultural Advancement (OISCA) of Japan in Southern Philippines which is concerned with environmental conservation of the area. It is located nine kilometers from the city proper and southwest of the verdant mountain chain of Mt. Kanlaon in Brgy. Lumapao, approximately 400 meters above sea level with the advantage of year round coolness. The farm has turned the rocky slopes into three manmade lakes which are ideal for swimming with added gardens of sun canopy covered with vine roses or climbing ornamental flowering plants that corridors the landscape of lush green vegetation and refreshing the park for picnic and camping. Continue reading
Maria Ozawa on the cover of FHM Magazine Philippines June 2015. Maria Ozawa is a Japanese adult video actress. In Japan, she is referred to as an AV Idol. Her father is French-Canadian and her mother is Japanese but she was raised in Japan and speaks both English and Japanese. She began her career in adult videos in 2005 at the age of 19 and her exotic beauty has made her one of the most popular AV actresses in Japan and abroad. She has also acted on Japanese TV. She has said that she enjoys being a porn star and would like to travel to other countries (especially the United States) to pursue her career.
Zen Restaurants Corporation first opened this branch of its famous sushi bar & restaurant in the Clark Freeport Zone on September 11, 2003. Situated directly in the heart of the exclusive Mimosa Leisure Estate right across the street from the Holiday Inn Hotel. Apart from their 2 branches in Makati, this is the 1st Zen restaurant outside of Manila. Surrounded by a dense jungle of Acacia trees, this newest addition to the popular Zen Japanese Restaurant chain occupies a total space of 332 square meters with a maximum seating capacity of 105. The unique and gorgeous structure was designed by local Pampanga architect Popoy David. Continue reading
Whether it’s Sushi, Sashimi, Robatayaki or the freshest fish and crustaceans, world-class ingredients are the highlight of Yakumi. Solaire Resort and Casino’s signature Japanese restaurant in Manila, Philippines offers only the best Japanese dishes created by some of the world’s top Japanese chefs. This Japanese dining destination features an expansive open kitchen that allows patrons of the restaurant to witness how the ingredients–sourced largely from Japan, are prepared carefully like a perfected way of life, and how it is blended using aged traditional techniques, and modern presentations to provide dining customers’ palate, an incredible Continue reading
Plaza Cuartel is the restored ruins of an old garrison where Japanese soldiers burned 143 American prisoners of war inside a tunnel, and stands as a grim reminder of World War II events in the Philippines. Known as the Palawan Massacre, Japanese soldiers in Palawan ordered the American POWs into air raid shelters. The Japanese poured gasoline into the shelters and set them ablaze, and followed up with hand grenades. As the American POWs attempted to flee, the Japanese opened fire with their weapons and bayoneted the POWs to death. The Plaza Cuartel monument has the following words inscribed: Continue reading
The Japanese Tunnel is an L-shaped tunnel used as an arsenal by the Japanese Imperial Army during the World War II. It measures 40 metres (130 ft) long and around 7 feet (2.1 m) deep below the ground. The tunnel is located in Brgy. EM’s Barrio South in the Albay District.
The historic Japanese war tunnels in this town will be one of the new tourist attractions in Albay province. This as Albay Gov. Joey Salceda has included in his top priority tourism program onsite and offsite development around Mount Kitwinan where a network of Japanese tunnels remain preserved and Continue reading