06 Oct

Protect your bum ball from Yokai, Kappa

There are many folklores about Kappa all over Japan. This comical looking yokai can be friendly but can lead you to death by pulling out shiridama from you.

29 Sep

Shishi and Komainu. What´s the difference?

When you go to a shrine in Japan, you see two lion like animals at the entrance. Actually they are two animals, a lion and a komainu. What are they? And what´s the difference?

24 Sep

Tsuru to Kame, Fashion magazine for elders

There is a free paper called Tsuru to Kame, which dedicates to promote elderly people´s fashion style in Nagano. Japan is becoming an aging society. Why not the fashion trend comes out among elder people?

11 Aug

Samurai´s marriage in Edo period

Samurai, despite of their serious face, they must´ve had some romantic moments and a wedding to celebrate. How did they find a partner and how was their wedding?

05 Aug

Why mosquito-repellent incense is in spiral?

One of the typical things in Japan in summer is mosquitos. These stripy fellows are so annoying. So Japanese people use mosquito-repellent incense. But why is it in spiral shape?

17 Aug

Where to get good Wagashi in Tokyo – Osakaya –

Do you love wagashi? There are so many sweets shops in Tokyo but I´d recommend you to try Osakaya, which has a long history and once served wagashi to the Royal Family. It´s worth visiting during your stay in Tokyo.

27 Jul

Breast feeding 48 tricks among Japanese mums

While breast feeding in public is discussed in Europe, Japanese mums are talking about the posture of breast feeding. They are funny, especially the explanations of the postures.

30 Jun

Summer clean up, eat Minazuki

Today the 30th of June, people in Kyoto eat Minazuki to purify the bad luck from the last 6 months. Why they eat it and how it started?

03 Jun

Drink and eat vinegar at Osuya in Tokyo

Do you love trying new taste and always look for a new challenge? Then try Osuya. They are specialised in vinegar and you can do a vinegar tasting, which changes your idea about vinegar.

27 Apr

History of Onigiri

Onigiri is one of the most loved snack foods in Japan. The variety is infinite. It´s also healthy comparing to other snacks. Here is a little history about onigiri.

25 Feb

Gaijin Meet Japan – Itadakimasu!!

The 4th episode of Oleñka and Cédric. This time is all about Japanese food! What did they like? And what did they like the least?

14 Feb

Gaijin Meet Japan – Happy New Year in Tokyo!

This is the third episode of the adventure of Oleñka and Cédric. They spent the New Year´s Eve with the Okimori family. It´s one of the most traditional and magical moment of Japan during the year.