Do you know a Japanese paper craft, Monkiri Asobi? It´s simple but very amusing, which became very popular among common people 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?
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?
Japanese family name. This time is the 8th common name in Japan, Nakamura. It has quite a deep history than I expected.
This ancient theatre mask of Noh is very scary. It´s a demon called Hannya. I´ve just found out this is a female character. But why is it so scary? Let´s find out.
Gion-matsuri is one of the most important festivals in Japan. The name itself is very famous. But who knew it lasts for a month? What do they do?
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?
After a while you learn Japanese, you feel stuck. You also feel you haven´t actually learn anything. If you do, you are not the only one. Japanese can be confusing and vague.
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.
There are islands in Japan where old traditional customs are still strictly kept. One of them is Okinoshima located in the middle of Genkai Sea.
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.
This time, iromegane interviewed a Japanese dancer, Asa Shimada who lives in a small city of Iceland. What made her to dance? Why did she go to Iceland?
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?
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.
About a week ago, Japanese people ate Kagami-mochi, the dried mochi. How can you make it softer? Sweets shop, Osakaya shows us how to make Noshi-mochi from dried Kagami-mochi.
5th of January is the day all fish markets in Japan begin the business of the year. Seeing bidding in Tsukiji market is very exciting. What´s the price for the tuna fish this year?
Time is ticking. It´s time to say good bye to 2013 and say hello to 2014. How was your December? Busy as usual? December is called Shiwasu in Japanese because the teachers even run. Here is the last article of the year.