30 Jun

Summer clean up, eat Minazuki

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?

26 Jun

Is Japanese confusing to you?

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.

19 May

The real meaning of Gochisosama

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?

16 May

Why Japanese say Itadakimasu together before they eat?

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”.

03 Jun

Drink and eat vinegar at Osuya in Tokyo

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.

13 May

Where to make your Hanko in Tokyo?

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.

05 May

Meaning of Japanese tattoo designs

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?

27 Apr

History of Onigiri

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.

12 Apr

Let´s make Shiratama – Japanese cooking

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!

31 Dec

Shiwasu, the month when the masters run

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.

12 Jul

Japanese love bread

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.