Matcha is becoming something common and popular outside of Japan and many people learn tea ceremony recently. Chashaku is one of the tool that is used for the ceremony. Let’s have a look at the grand masters tea scoops.
On the 19th of February Usui started. The snow turns to the rain. It’s still cold outside but hints of spring is appearing.
In Edo period Yujo, prostitutes were the fashion icons and started many new styles that are still used in the current Japan. First let’s see their hairstyles.
Travelling in Japan with kids is fun and memorable but as there are so many commuters and most of them are always in a rush, it can be quite stressful. Here is my experience.
Daikan is the coldest season of the year and is one of the 24 Seasons Japanese and Chinese people have been using to describe the small changes of the season.
Ancient Chinese and Japanese people divided the year in 24 seasons according to subtle clime changes. People still refer to Nijushi-sekki to describe the time of the year.
Have you noticed the air has got colder recently? That’s because we are now in the season of Shokan. This is one of the 24 seasons of the year.
Women appear in kimono for the first business day at the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Would you be surprised if you find out those women are the employees and are obliged to wear kimono for work?
Potato chips are disappearing from konbini and supermarkets in Japan. People are going crazy chasing the last bags. What´s going on?
I was at the Japanese breakfast market in Berlin a few weeks ago and it was kind of disappointing as a Japanese. Why it´s always so crowded and expensive for such a small amount?
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?
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.
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.
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.
Are you in love with Japanese sweets and wanting to eat every day? There is a service that sends you a bagful of Japanese sweet to your house twice a month.
Japanese wives make bento for the husband even they are annoyed and angry with him. Those obento are called Shikaeshi bento – revenge bento-. They are mean but somehow sweet and humorous. What would you do if you have one of them?
Hokusai was a great painter. He was so good that he had drawn kimono patterns and published them as a book, Shingata Komoncho.
After Setsubun, the spring is here in Japanese ancient calendar. It’s called Risshun. But it’s still cold. Why ancient people decided it’s spring now?
The 3rd of February is Setsubun in Japan. Evil masks and dried soy beans are sold in many supermarkets. There are three things people do on this day for good luck.
Japan Tourism Agency has published short videos that shows how Japanese people expect the foreign tourists to behave when they come to Japan. They are funny and even work for Japanese tourists.