Japanese film Umimachi Diary shows you what family is. Sometimes you can choose your family as long as you accept the person.
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?
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.
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?
Recently many Japanese women have higher and important posts in the society and still, when it comes to marriage, 95% of women change their family name to the husband´s. Can Japanese couple keep separate family name as a married couple?
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?
In the western society, shaving head can be cool. In Japan, it has a slightly different meaning. They shave to show their apology. Why?
My mum just celebrated her 60th birthday. I was planning to send her a red vest for her Kanreki which she refused to receive. What is special about Kanreki in Japan?
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.
Japanese people love binchotan. They love so much that make any products with the charcoal. What is so good about?
Ochanoko saisai. I´ve been using this saying for a long time but I´d never thought about the origin of the word. Now I´ve found a tasty word journey.
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.
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?
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!
Old Japanese people say, “atsusa samusa mo higan made”. You may surprise how true this saying is. After Shunbun no Hi (21st March), suddenly the wind becomes softer.
Zakuro (pomegranate / ザクロ) is one of my favourite fruits. It´s a little difficult to get small grains but it´s worth it. One day, my father brought me a pomegranate after the dinner. I didn´t know what it was and he told to eat just red grains. They looked like small ruby. I picked one and put it in my mouth. My face broke into a smile. I loved it.
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Manabeshima Island Japan: One Island, Two Months, One Minicar, Sixty Crabs, Eighty Bites and Fifty Shots of Shochu
A French artist, Florent Chavouet travelled to Manabeshima, known as a cat island in Japan and spent 2 months deeply involved with the locals with very little Japanese. He depicted all his experience and it´s amazing.
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.
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.