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.
Today 16th of June is the day of Wagashi. At one era, all daimyo queued to get some sweets from the shogun. Here is a little history about Wagashi.
You see a tea ceremony or a demonstration of martial arts and realise that people often sit on their heels, which is called seiza. Many may think this is the traditional way but is it, really?
Japan is officially the oldest country in the world. The country was founded in 660.B.C. and the current Emperor in Japan is the descendant of the first Emperor Jinmu.
Now we know Japanese people say Itadakimasu before eating. Then what do they say after eating? It´s Gochisosama. But do you know what does it really mean?
One of the things that confuse me outside of Japan is when people start to eat. Each one starts when they get the plate while Japanese people wait for everyone to get the plate and start together with “Itadakimasu”.
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.
Hanko is a must item to have when you live in Japan. It even proves who you are. So it´s good to have one original. But where to make it? Let´s go to Taiho-do.
Japanese tattoo design is impressive. Despite of the discrimination, it´s considered as an art. But do you know the meaning of the tattoo design?
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?
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.
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.
Who said Japanese don´t eat bread? Yes we do and we love it! There are so many that you will get lost to choose one.
Have you ever tried tatsuta-age? it´s a Japanese style fried chicken. It´s easy to make. Here is the recipe.