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?
Japanese children get money, otoshidama in the New Year. It was my best event at the beginning of the year as a child and not my favourite as an adult.
Sashiko has been used to reinforce parts of clothes or to repair worn places or tears with patches. This running stitch technique the damaged clothes stronger and warmer. Yuko Wakaoka brings out to our modern life. Have a look at these beautiful design.
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?
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?
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.
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.
We had an opportunity to experience a hanko carving at Taihodo Seal shop in Tokyo. It was such an unusual and interesting experience. Have a look at our videos.
Happy New Year!! It’s a year of mouse in 2020. Wish you all lots of new challenges and fun!
Do you know how does a cat say in Japanese? It’s nyaa nyaa but it wasn’t always in this way.
If you are looking for a good laugh, Manhattan Love Story is the one. I guarantee that this gives you a good feeling. Tencho who loves coffee more than anything and never speaks somehow is getting involved everyone´s love relationship including him having one.