17 Aug

Obon in Japan -Okuribi-

15th of August is the last day of Obon and Japanese people burn fire to send their ancestors´ souls back to where they rest. This is called Okuribi.

01 Jun

How do you wash rice?

In winter, no one wants to wash rice with cold water but some how, Japanese people are told to do so since child. Is there any particular reason? Why can we not wash it with warm water?

14 Apr

M7 Quake hit Kumamoto, Kyushu

Today just before 10pm in Japan, M7 earthquake hit Kumamoto region in Kyushu. Many houses are collapsed and people evacuated to near school ground or gyms. It´s still chilly in the night and people are asking for more blanket in the social media.

24 Mar

Is Ehomaki good for the environment?

It´s been a while since Ehomaki has become another part of Setsubun in Japan. Despite of sushi industry´s promotion, people are still quite not used to it. And this year, the mass of leftover sushi rolls caught Japanese citizen´s attention.

06 Nov

The meaning of shaving head in Japan

In the western society, shaving head can be cool. In Japan, it has a slightly different meaning. They shave to show their apology. Why?

10 Oct

– Shinfuro – Let´s go to Onsen!

Japan is a country of Onsen and there are so many hot spring spots and fountains. Oita has the most onsen fountains in Japan and to promote their good onsen, they made a video, Shinfuro. It´s just funny.

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.

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?

12 Apr

Let´s make Shiratama – Japanese cooking

The other day I was at my friend´s house and we started making Shiratama, one of the Japanese sweets. It´s similar to mochi but much easier to make as long as you have shiratama flour. Here is the recipe. Let´s try!

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?

17 Dec

Let´s brush up your English with A5 - A5で英語力に自信をつける –

英語を習いたいけど時間がない、クラスに行ったけど上手くならないという人いませんか。A5の新しい英語アプリは、ロールプレイングゲーム感覚でビジネス英語が学べます。いつでもどこでも気軽に学べるのが、忙しい人にもぴったり。今、テスターになってくれた人には、iPad Mini 4が当たるチャンスもあり!

12 Nov

11th November is Origami Day in Japan

11th of November in Japan is Origami Day. This traditional paper craft has an old history and it´s something Japanese children learn people around them as they grow. So why it´s Origami Day?